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  • AKB48's Akimoto Sayaka announces her graduation

    April 7, 2013 @ 1:32 am

    AKB48 member Akimoto Sayaka announced, on her official blog, that she would not participate in upcoming Senbatsu general election and that she would graduate from the group. Below is what she posted on her blog. ===== The Senbatsu General Election. Today is the deadline to run as a candidate for the general election. Until the very last minute, I was thinking in my own way if I would participate, and while I was thinking about it,

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  • Model Kuroki Natsumi gives birth to her first child

    April 6, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

    It's been reported that model Kuroki Natsumi (28) has given birth to a 2,790g (6lb 2oz) baby girl on April 5th at 7:00 am. On her official blog, she wrote, "Although it was a little earlier than the expected date, both mother and child are in healthy condition. It was more difficult than I had imagined, but after my bag broke, I went to the hospital and started having contractions in just 4 hours. I was able to have an easy delivery!!!"

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  • Kasai Tomomi's graduation date from AKB48 revealed

    April 6, 2013 @ 5:14 am

    It was announced on AKB48's official blog that Kasai Tomomi's graduation from the group will be on May 3rd, after the Shinoda team A performance at AKB48 theater. Kasai previously announced her graduation on the stage of "the 2nd AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen" held on December 17th of last year. Additionally, her last appearance for a handshake event will be on April 20th which will be held at Makuhari Messe. On May 8th, right after he

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  • Actors Tanaka Kei and Kawahara Kazuhisa appear at final stage greeting for 'Aibo Series X Day'

    April 5, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    On April 4, actors Tanaka Kei (28) and Kawahara Kazuhisa (51) appeared at a stage greeting which was held at the Shinjuku Wald 9 in Tokyo for their popular film “Aibo Series X DAY”.  Tanaka appeared somewhat sad as this was their final stage greeting for the film and he expressed the mood with, “It is unfortunate [that this is our final stage greeting.]”  He added enthusiastically, “I would be happy if I could appear in the ‘Aibo’ series

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  • SCANDAL to start collaboration project with a robot

    April 4, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    It's been revealed that SCANDAL will be collaborating with a robot to start on a project called 'Robot・Scandal'. This project will send out new contents for the world from the commercial facility, 'Grand Front Osaka', which opens in the Umekita district in Osaka on April 26. SCANDAL will be working together with 'Robi', a robot designed by Takahashi Tomotaka, to create a new song and music video. The girls will be holding a live at Grand

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  • Sakai Masato & Kanno Miho register their marriage

    April 3, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    Actor Sakai Masato (39) and actress Kanno Miho (35) registered their marriage on April 2, which was an auspicious day according to the Buddhist calendar.  The couple was present at a ward office in Tokyo to complete their marriage registration.  Currently, they live together and are said to be looking for a new home.  Their ceremony and reception dates have yet to be set. Through their agency, the couple commented, “We – Sakai Masato and K

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  • Becky♪♯ appears at event for book and DVD release

    April 1, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    On March 31, singer Becky♪♯ (29) appeared at a commemorative sales and handshake event for her book “Yume no Onshoku~music life” and her DVD “MUSIC STORY ♪♯~BestClips&Document” at the Kinokuniya Bookstore – Shinjuku in Tokyo. This book is her first ever autobiographical work as "Becky♪♯", and it includes details about her family, love life, and more.  She appeared shy as she stated, “This is the first time I have exposed certain things abo

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  • Former SDN48 member Chen Qu announces her marriage

    March 31, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

    On March 31st, during SDN48's one-day revival concert at AKB48 Theater, member Chen Qu (26) announced that she would be getting married. Her partner is 6 years her senior and is an executive officer of a company. They are planning on registering their marriage and living together in the near future. She is not pregnant at this time and will continue her activities. After singing their 3rd song, Chen Qu happily announced, "I have an impo

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  • Sugiura Taiyo & Tsuji Nozomi reveal the name of their 3rd child

    March 31, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    On March 29, Sugiura Taiyo and Tsuji Nozomi, who welcomed their third child into the world earlier this month on March 21, revealed on their blog that they named their newborn son “Sora.” They explained that on the day of his birth, “We looked to the sky and saw the sun shining radiantly and the overflow of strength from the sky.”  Therefore, “We decided on a combination of the words ‘sun,’ heavens', and ‘sky,’ to come up with ‘Sora.’” [T

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  • AAA's Atae Shinjiro appears at event for photobook

    March 31, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

    On March 30, 7 member co-ed group AAA’s Atae Shinjiro (24) appeared at a commemorative sales event for his photobook “ATAE BEST” (2200 Yen, Shufu-to-Seikatsusha) at the Fukuya Bookstore – Shinjuku Subnade store. The 20 themes of the photos for the book were shot in Tokyo and Hawaii in January of this year, after more than 2000 fans signed requests to help him decide on the themes.  As there were an overwhelmingly large number of requests f

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