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  • Matsuyama Kenichi and more to star in special NHK Kohaku drama

    January 8, 2015 @ 2:20 am

    As part of the celebration for the 90th anniversary of NHK this year, the broadcast company has announced a special drama titled "Kohaku ga Umareta Hi" to be aired on March 21 starring actor Matsuyama Kenichi (29) as the lead. Other cast members include Honda Tsubasa (22), Hoshino Gen (33), and Takahashi Katsumi (53). The drama focus on the story of how NHK's famous New Year's Eve program "Kohaku Uta Gassen" came about in 1945, when the

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  • SKE48's Yamada Mizuho and Abiru Riho announce their graduation

    January 8, 2015 @ 2:17 am

    On January 7 during SKE48 Team KII's performance, it was announced that members Yamada Mizuho and Abiru Riho will be graduating from the group. The group's official website posted a comment from both members. Yamada, who will be graduating from the group after January, commented, "It's been 3 years since I joined SKE48. There were a lot of painful times, as well as fun times. During those times, fans would always be supportive. I am filled w

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  • Kanjani8 tops Oricon's DVD charts two consecutive weeks for the first time

    January 7, 2015 @ 3:57 pm

    Kanjani8's latest concert DVD release "Jussai" sold 13,000 copies in its second week (184,000 copies in total), topping Oricon's Overall DVD Chart for the second week in a row. This is the first time that the group has had a consecutive weeks topping the DVD chart. The Blu-ray version of the concert came in at 6th place this week (3,073 copies, with a total of 64,000 copies sold), bringing "Jussai" to the top spot in the Overall Music DVD/Bl

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  • Tanihara Shosuke's wife is pregnant with their 6th child

    January 7, 2015 @ 2:59 am

    On January 6, it was revealed that actor Tanihara Shosuke's (42) wife is pregnant with their sixth child. His wife is currently 5-6 months pregnant, and she's due sometime in April. Tanihara is currently a father to 3 sons and 2 daughters. Among neighborhood residents, he's rumored to be an 'ikumen' (a man who enjoys childrearing) and is often seen attending his children's school events as well as local events. A good friend of his said, "He

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 12/29 ~ 1/4

    January 7, 2015 @ 2:28 am

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for December 29 to January 4. Check out the results below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "GENKIDANE☆" - Kamen Joshi : 1/1 (131,513)2. "Thank you jyan!" - Kis-My-Ft2 : 12/24 (16,775)3. "LOVE Machine" - Guild : 1/1 (9,909)4. "Dakara Don't say it!" - N Zero : 12/31 (9,042)5. "Fuyu ga Kureta Yokan" - BiBi : 12/24 (8,738)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "E.G.TIME" - E-girls : 1/1 (75,950

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 12/29~1/4

    January 7, 2015 @ 2:24 am

    This is Tokyohive's regular Drama Prime Time Report giving 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 December 29th to January 4th and an overview of the episode and average ratings of the current fall dramas below! === 12/29 – Monday 11.8%(?.?%) – 19:00-19:30 – NHK News 7 15.2%(?.?%) – 18:30-19:00 – Sekai Maru Mie! TV Tokusobu Speci

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  • [Goo Ranking] Japan picks the most handsome Johnny's idols!

    January 6, 2015 @ 2:03 pm

    While Johnny's Entertainment might be producing some of Japan's best loved male idol groups, many of them are known for their cute, girly images. However, among these idols, there are still some that are popular for their manly handsomeness. Goo Ranking surveyed 250 men and 250 women separately and found out who are the most handsome Johnny's idols!For the men, they voted TOKIO's Nagase Tomoya, best known for his rock vocals and wild looks,

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  • Three AKB group members turn into 'Appliance Idols'

    January 6, 2015 @ 12:39 pm

    Kitahara Rie (AKB48), Suda Akari (SKE48) and Ikoma Rina (Nogizaka46/AKB48) will be making guest appearances in the short anime "Go!Go! Kaden Danshi" that is being aired on Hikari TV, NicoNicoDouga, and YouTube. The humorous anime series which is in its second season, illustrates the college life of personified household appliances. Kitahara, Suda and Ikoma will appear as fictional idol group "USB45". They are of course personifications

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  • E-girls top Oricon's weekly album ranking for the 3rd consecutive time

    January 6, 2015 @ 2:58 am

    E-girls released their third album "E.G.TIME" on New Year's Day, and it sold 76,000 copies the week after (140,000 copies sold in total). Though "E.G.TIME" charted in second place for the previous week, it topped the latest ranking. This marked the group's third consecutive chart-topping album, following "Lesson 1" (released in April 2013) and "COLORFUL POP" (released in March 2014).Congratulations to E-girls!Source & Image: Oricon

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  • Anne talks about her marriage to Higashide Masahiro on radio

    January 6, 2015 @ 2:56 am

    Actress Anne (28) talked about her New Year's Day marriage to actor Higashide Masahiro (26) for the first time on January 4 during her radio program "Anne no Anytime Andante".The actress said, "I got married on January 1. My husband is Higashide Masahiro-san, who I had acted with in 'Gochisousan' and WOWOW drama 'xxxHolic'." She also commented shyly, "While keeping all your kind words in my heart, I hope we will build a wonderful family toge

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