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  • Four Sakura Gakuin members graduate from the group

    March 31, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

    On March 30, members Horiuchi Marina (15), Iida Raura (15), Sugisaki Nene (15), and Satou Hinata of idol unit Sakura Gakuin, which requires graduation from the group upon graduation of middle school, appeared at their public graduation ceremony.During their graduation ceremony, Horiuchi formally proclaimed with tears, "We will work towards our respective dreams.  We hope someday we can provide requital for favors granted to us" and v

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  • Ikimonogakari to sing the ending theme for 'NEWS23'

    March 31, 2014 @ 12:22 am

    Ikimonogakari's new song "Namida ga Kieru Nara" has been chosen as the ending theme for TBS' news program 'NEWS23'.   "Namida ga Kieru Nara" is a slow tempo song with Yoshioka Kiyoe's (Vo) singing voice sounding gently. It was written by Yoshioka and Yamashita Hotaka (G, Harmonica), and composed by Yoshiko and Mizuno Yoshiko (G). This is the group's first song in which all members were involved in the song making. The arrangement was d

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  • Oshima Yuko to release stamps in commemoration of her graduation

    March 29, 2014 @ 6:11 am

    In commemoration of her graduation from AKB48 on June 2, Oshima Yuko will be releasing a postage stamp set called 'AKB48 Oshima Yuko Sotsugyou Kinen Frame Kitte Set'.Since her theater debut in April of 2006, Oshima has been an active member of AKB48 for about 8 years. For the stamps, she has handpicked one picture to represent each year. Including pictures from her graduation ceremony, which will be held on March 29 and 30th a

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  • yui talks about her panic disorder on her blog

    March 28, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

    Singer-songwriter yui recently canceled her band FLOWER FLOWER's live appearance in the 'VIVA LA ROCK' festival due to her panic disorder. On March 27th, she updated the band's blog and talked about her situation.   yui, who just turned 27-years-old on the 26th, reported, "How is everyone doing? Thanks to everyone, I am able to take it easy. It's a sickness that gets better little by little, so I want to take my time to face it." As her goal, sh

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  • [Champagne] to change their band name to '[Alexandros]'

    March 28, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

    It has been announced that [Champagne] will be changing their band name to [Alexandros]. This was announced on March 28th at the band's one-man live at Nippon Budokan. Kawakami Yohei (Vo, G) appeared on stage during the encore and introduced, "Nice to meet you. We are [Alexandros]." The band followed up by playing their new song. During the MC, Kawakami commented, "Please check our interviews for the name's origin. We will start [o

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  • Anne to be the charity personality for this year's 24-Hour TV

    March 28, 2014 @ 12:50 am

    It was announced that actress Anne has been chosen to be the charity personality for NTV's annual telethon 24-Hour Television which will air in August. Together with Kanjani8 --the main personality for this year--, Anne will liven up the program from the main venue at the Nippon Budokan.This will be the very first time for the actress to participate in the program. According to the producer, the reason why she was appointed for the big role was

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  • Sakaguchi Kenji registers his marriage

    March 28, 2014 @ 12:50 am

    On March 27th, it was revealed that actor Sakaguchi Kenji (38) registered his marriage with a restaurant manager (32) on the 18th.  According to his agency, the couple registered their marriage as Sakaguchi had a break from work after shooting for the drama 'Iryu 4' that wrapped up on March 17th. The two met last summer through actor Ito Hideaki (38) and started dating shortly after. Sakaguchi's wife is currently pregnant and is due in Augu

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  • Yamamoto Mizuki graduates from Meiji University

    March 26, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

    On March 26, model and actress Yamamoto Mizuki (22) appeared at the Meiji University graduation ceremony held at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.She appeared wearing a yellow hakama that she designed in the "retro women's literary style."  Yamamoto, who was said to have studied genetics in the Department of Life Sciences in the School of Agriculture, reflected on her experience with, "I was able to graduate without incident within 4 years.  As I

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 3/19~3/25

    March 26, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of March 19th to March 25th. 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 - "Harukaze" - Rihwa 04 - "ai" - Sonar Pocket 05 - "Hot Stuff" - JUJU 06 - "Aoi Ryu" - EXILE ATSUSHI 07 - "Let It G

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 3/17 ~ 3/23

    March 26, 2014 @ 3:59 am

    Oricon has revealed its weekly charts for March 17 to the 23rd. Check out the results below! [Single Weekly Ranking]01. "Mirai to wa?" - SKE48 : 3/19 (397,874)02. "Kimi no Soba ni wa Hoshi ga Aru / Viva Viva More" - Tackey & Tsubasa : 3/19 (43,467)3. "Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no KISS / Are Kore Shitai!" - Juice=Juice : 3/19 (38,293)4. "Kotsu" - BugLug : 3/19 (14,736)5. "TV Anime 'Free!' Character Song Duet Series 004 Nanase Haruka & Ma

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