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  • Ichikawa Yui announces her pregnancy

    April 11, 2016 @ 5:20 pm

    Actress Ichikawa Yui (30), who married actor Totsugi Shigeyuki (42) last September, is pregnant with their first child. She is currently five months pregnant and is due sometime this fall. Through her agency, Ichikawa expressed, "We are overflowing with the joy of gaining a new family member." On becoming a mother, she commented, "I am perplexed by all of the changes in my body, but when I see our beloved child growing inside of me, all of the an

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  • Kato Rumi to graduate from SKE48

    April 11, 2016 @ 3:51 pm

    SKE48 Team E's Kato Rumi has announced her graduation from the group. This announcement was made during Team E's performance on April 10 at SKE48 Theater. On the group's official website, Kato wrote, "It's painful to part ways my fans and the members that I love so much, but I decided to take a step forward for my dream and walk a new path. I plan to continue my activities in showbiz, so please continue to support Kato Rumi."  Kato's last day of

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 3/30~4/5

    April 11, 2016 @ 3:20 pm

    Recochoku have updated their weekly charts for the week of March 30th to April 5th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Feel So Alive" - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 02 - "Motto" - aiko 03 - "Fukkatsu LOVE" - Music Box 04 - "Born in the EXILE" - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 05 - "365 Nichi no Kamihikouki" - AKB48 06 - "FLASH" - Perfume

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  • Chatmonchy's new song to be used in CMs for vocational schools

    April 7, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    Chatmonchy's new song "majority blues" has been picked up as the CM song for healthcare related vocational schools Shuto Iko, Osaka Isen, and Nagoya Isen."majority blues" is a support song for people who chase after their dreams. It's a song that vibrantly sings about the courage of standing up to anxiety. You can preview the song in the CMs below. Source & Image: natalie

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  • Kawashima Umika to graduate from 9nine in July

    April 7, 2016 @ 10:16 am

    9nine's Kawashima Umika have announced her graduation from the group. This announcement was made on April 6 during 9nine's one-man live "9nine LIVE 2016 Sakura Cloud9" at Zepp DiverCity TOKYO. Kawashima explained, "After our live at Nippon Budokan two years ago, I gained a sense of accomplishment and seriously started thinking about my future. Even if I continue both my individual activities and my activities in 9nine, the fact is

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 3/28 ~ 4/3

    April 6, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    Oricon has revealed its weekly ranking for March 28 to April 3. Take a look at the results below the cut!  [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Chicken LINE" - SKE48 : 3/30 (257,095)2. "Harujion ga Saku Koro" - Nogizaka46 : 3/23 (22,238)3. "THE IDOLMaSTER CINDERELLA GIRLS STRAIGHT MASTER 01 Snow Wings" - Shimamura Uzuki (CV: Ohashi Hayaka), Shibuya Rin (CV: Fukuhara Ayaka), Honda Mio (CV: Hara Sayuri), Ootsuki Yui (CV: Yamashita N

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  • Budo Grape Celebrates Drummer in 5th Set of Digital Singles, Announces 3rd UK Tour

    April 6, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    Japanese new wave band Budo Grape have released their 5th set of digital singles worldwide on iTunes, featuring a contrast of melancholy ("Jikansaryouomoi") and insanely upbeat ("Go! Go! Taichi!", named for the band's manic, forever-smiling drummer).The current releases mark the achievement of 10 new songs over the course of a year, the result of the band's desire to keep connected to their fans in Japan and abroad."After creating the album Amste

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  • Hannya's Kawashima Akiyoshi reveals he had surgery for kidney cancer

    April 5, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    On April 4, comedian duo Hannya made an appearance on TV Asahi's "Shikujiri Sensei Ore Mitai ni Naruna!! 2-jikan Special". During this program, Kawashima Akiyoshi revealed that he was diagnosed with kidney cancer back in November of 2014. Kawashima received surgery for kidney cancer at the end of 2014. The surgery was a success, and he returned to work the next month. Kanada Satoshi commented on his feelings when his partner returned to work

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  • NIGHTMARE to go on temporary hiatus at the end of the year

    April 5, 2016 @ 10:17 am

    NIGHTMARE have announced that they will be taking a temporary hiatus at the end of the year. This was announced on April 2 during the opening day of their tour "NIGHTMARE TOUR 2016 Awakening of Clowns" at Sendai PIT in Miyagi. On the reason of their hiatus, YOMI (Vo) explained, "In preparation for our 20th anniversary, we thought about how we want to spend it with our fans and decided to take a temporary break." He continued, "It's not

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  • AKB48 Team 8's Fujimura Natsuki, Yamamoto Ai and Iwasaki Moeka announce graduation

    April 4, 2016 @ 6:11 pm

    AKB48 Team 8 members Fujimura Natsuki, Yamamoto Ai, and Iwasaki Moeka have announced their graduation from the group. This announcement came on the first day of Team 8's concert "Team 8 Kessei 2 Shunen Kinen Tokubetsu Kouen in Okinawa Mensore! Haru no Eight Matsuri" at Nakagusuku Castle in Okinawa. Fujimura and Iwasaki have graduated from the group as of April 3. As for Yamamoto, her graduation concert will be held in the coming days at AKB48 The

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