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  • bump.y to 'graduate' from their group activities

    April 22, 2014 @ 1:44 am

    bump.y has announced that they will "graduate" from their group activities in late-June.The girls will be "graduating" in order to devote themselves to their acting careers. They are scheduled to hold an event for members of their mobile site 'bump.y mobile' as their final activity as bump.y. bump.y is a 5-member actress group comprised of Matsuyama Mary, Sakuraba Nanami, Miyatake Mio, Takatsuki Sara, and Miyatake Matsuri. They formed in 2009, th

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  • E-girls member Takeda Kyoka to withdraw from group

    April 21, 2014 @ 11:33 am

    It's been announced that E-girls member Takeda Kyoka will be withdrawing from the group.  The reason for Takeda's withdrawal is her goal of becoming an actress. A message has been uploaded onto LDH's official website, which says, "As a result of thinking about what I really want to do in the future, acting was number one. The path that I am planning to take will not be an easy one. It may be series of painful and sad things. However, I want to u

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  • L'Arc-en-Ciel's tetsuya to become a father

    April 21, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    It's been reported that L'arc-en-Ciel member tetsuya's (B) wife Sakai Ayana is currently 6-months pregnant.   This announcement was made by Sakai through her official blog. She revealed that she is due sometime this summer, "At this time, we have been blessed with our long-awaited child." She further expressed, "Since this is my first time, I am very anxious, but I am spending everyday happily while feeling our child move around energetically in

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  • Nogizaka46's Ikuta Erika to temporarily suspend her activities

    April 20, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    Nogizaka46's Ikuta Erika has announced that she will not be participating in the group's new single, as well as activities accompanying the new release.This announcement was made by Ikuta herself on April 20th during a handshake event for Nogizaka46's 8th single "Kizuitara Kataomoi" at Pacifico Yokohama. She explained, "Until now, I have managed both Nogizaka46 and my high school life, but there are a lot of things I'm missing out on. If I go on

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  • Momoiro Clover Z' Sasaki Ayaka fractures her left ankle

    April 19, 2014 @ 1:56 am

    On April 18, Momoiro Clover Z member Sasaki Ayaka announced via their Ustream channel "momoclo TV" that she has fractured her left lateral malleolus after falling down during the shoot for TV program. On "momocloTV", she said, "I have something to tell you Mononofu (the fans) with my own words." She continued, "Today, I fell down during the shoot for Kansai TV's 'Mujack', and fractured my left foot. Though I went to the hospital right after

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  • 37-year-old housewife is the winner of 'Otona AKB48 Audition'

    April 19, 2014 @ 1:54 am

    On April 17, the announcement for the results of the "Otona AKB48 Audition" was made, and it was revealed that 37-year-old Tsukamoto Mariko had been chosen as the Otona AKB48 member. "Otona AKB48 Audition" was a part of Ezaki Glico's "Papico 2014 Spring Campaign", and the audition was held to find a limited-time member who was over 30 years old. Reportedly, a total of 5,066 people applied for the audition which included former Morning Musume mem

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  • Odagiri Joe & Kashii Yuu celebrate the birth of their 2nd child

    April 18, 2014 @ 5:00 am

    It's been reported that actor Odagiri Joe's (38) wife, actress Kashii Yuu (27), gave birth to their second child, a baby boy.   Kashii's agency announced that she hopes to return to work as soon as possible while adjusting her physical condition and child-rearing situation. The couple do not plan on revealing the birth date, time, location, and name of their new son. Odagiri and Kashii got married on their birthday, February 16 of

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 4/7 ~ 4/13

    April 17, 2014 @ 1:56 am

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for April 7th to the 13th. Check out the results below. [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Yes we are / Koko Kara" - SMAP : 4/9 (138,968)2. "Honoo to Mori no Carnival" - SEKAI NO OWARI : 4/9 (66,469)3. "Kizuitara Kataomoi" - Nogizaka46 : 4/2 (24,668)4. "Shimane Koi Tabi" - Mizumori Kaori : 4/9 (15,891)5. "TOKI" - Da-iCE : 4/9 (15,107)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "HUMAN" - Fukuyama Ma

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 4/9~4/15

    April 16, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of April 9th to April 15th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~ (Japanese)" - Matsu Takako 02 - "Let It Go" - Idina Menzel 03 - "Grotesque feat. Amuro Namie" - Hirai Ken 04 - "Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~ (Ending)" - May J. 05 - "Hidamari no Michi"

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  • NMB48's Akazawa Hono graduates from the group

    April 16, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

    It's been announced that NMB48 Team BII's Akazawa Hono has graduated from the group as of April 16.Akazawa explained, "Since a few months ago, I've been carrying out my activities with uneasiness in my health," continuing with, "The manager and staff suggested options such as taking a break or do my best while watching my condition. However, I didn't have the confidence to enrich every day while carrying this uneasiness of not knowing when I woul

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