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  • Akimoto Yasushi and Watanabe Mayu take on the ice bucket challenge

    August 21, 2014 @ 1:22 am

    A video of Akimoto Yasushi taking on the ALS ice bucket challenge was uploaded onto AKB48's YouTube channel on August 20.Akimoto, who was nominated by Gentosha Inc. president Kenjou Toru, boldly accepted the challenge. It took place after the group's 3-day concert at Tokyo Dome. Members Takahashi Minami and Sashihara Rino assisted in dumping a bucket of ice water over his head. "I support the ALS ice bucket challenge," he stated. Shortly after, 

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 8/11 ~ 8/17

    August 20, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for August 11 to 17. Check out the results below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Another Future" - Kis-My-Ft2 : 8/13 (214,682)2. "EVERLASTING" - L'Arc~en~Ciel : 8/13 (54,627)3. "Bukiyou Taiyou" - SKE48 : 7/30 (46,145)4. "A Ha Ha! ~Chouzetsu Bakushou Ondo~" - SUPER☆GiRLS : 8/13 (41,385)5. "Odoru Ponpokorin" - E-girls : 8/13 (31,777)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "Sekai no Chuushin

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  • Hamasaki Ayumi does the ALS Ice Bucket challenge

    August 20, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

    On August 20, Hamasaki Ayumi uploaded a video of her ALS ice bucket challenge onto her Facebook account.In the video, Hamasaki declares in English, "I accept the ice bucket challenge for ALS." Then she has a man dump a bucket of ice water over her head to which she responds with a scream and a dash across the grass.   The three people Hamasaki nominated were EXILE HIRO, AAA's Urata Naoya, and Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers. 

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  • Kiritani Mirei shows off her beautiful skin in CM for Kose

    August 20, 2014 @ 1:55 am

    Actress Kiritani Mirei has been chosen as the image character for Kose's 'Nature and Co'. She is featured in the product's new CM showing off her beautiful skin.The CM was shot in a mysterious forest that represents the company's worldview. Surrounded by real trees, Kiritani claims that she was able to relax during the shoot. The new CM will begin airing on September 10.Source & Image: Oricon

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  • Actress Nishihara Aki gives birth to her first child

    August 19, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

    It's been reported that actress Nishihara Aki (26) has given birth to her first child.According to her official blog, Nishihara gave birth to a baby girl on August 15 at 11:11 am. She revealed, "I was able to safely give birth to a 2885 gram (6 lbs 6 oz), healthy baby girl," and expressed her joy, "I wanted to meet her for a long time. The baby that I used to talk to while inside my stomach is now in my arms. That is such a happy thing. Righ

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 8/15~8/17

    August 19, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    This is Tokyohive's regular Drama Prime Time Report that gives you a detailed look at the prime time ratings with a focus on the weekly dramas. You can check out more of the most recent ratings from August 15th to August 17th and an overview of the episode and average ratings of the current fall dramas below! Screencaps are from the "Hontoni Atta Kowai Hanashi 15th Anniversary Special" on Fuji TV. === 8/15 – Friday 04.8%(1.3%) – 22:0

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 8/11~8/14

    August 17, 2014 @ 2:04 am

    This is Tokyohive's regular Drama Prime Time Report that gives you a detailed look at the prime time ratings with a focus on the weekly dramas. You can check out more of the most recent ratings from August 11th to August 14th and an overview of the episode and average ratings of the current fall dramas below! === 8/11 – Monday 15.0%(?.?%) – 19:00-19:30 – NHK News 7 14.8%(0.7%) – 19:30-20:45 – Tsurube no Kazoku ni Kanpai Special 1

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 8/6~8/12

    August 16, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of August 6th to August 12th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Darling" - Nishino Kana 02 - "Puzzle" - Shonan no Kaze 03 - "Himawari no Yakusoku" - Hata Motohiro 04 - "Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~ (Japanese)" - Matsu Takako 05 - "Love Song wa Tomaranai yo" - Ikimonogakari

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  • Former SKE48 reserch student Imade Mai starring in stage play as a wicked girl

    August 15, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

    Former SKE48 research student turned actress Imade Mai (21) is playing the role of a wicked girl for the stage play "Eden no Sora ni Furiyuku Hoshi Uta" (runs until August 17.) The play is running at the Rikkoukai Hall in Kitashinagawa, Tokyo and it is Imade's first ever role as a wicked girl. The play is set in the cosmos and tells the story of girls and androids living aboard a spaceship; Imade plays a willful and violently tempered femal

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  • AKB48's sub-unit DiVA to disband within the year

    August 14, 2014 @ 1:31 am

    On the late-night radio show "AKB48 no All Night Nippon" broadcast on August 13, Miyazawa Sae and Umeda Ayaka announced that AKB48's sub-unit DiVA will disband within the year. DiVA was originally formed with AKB48's 2nd generation members Miyazawa, Umeda, Akimoto Sayaka, and Masuda Yuka back in February 2011, and they made their major debut in May under avex. In December of the same year, DiVA became a 10-member unit with additional 6 dancers f

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