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  • EXILE's MATSU announces his marriage to a non-celebrity woman

    January 1, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

    EXILE's MATSU has announced that he has registered his marriage with a non-celebrity woman on January 1st.   MATSU announced his engagement to this woman on July 22nd of last year. The two met back in 2006, and she has stayed beside him and supported him throughout the years. He described her as an "encouraging and irreplaceable person."Regarding his marriage, MATSU commented, "In my new life, I will have the responsibility of protecting my fami

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  • PUFFY's Yoshimura Yumi divorces for the 2nd time

    January 1, 2014 @ 12:46 am

    PUFFY's Yoshimura Yumi has announced her divorce through their fan club site.  Yoshimura ended her marriage with Nishikawa Takanori (T.M.Revolution) in 2002. She then married a non-celebrity man on December 31, 2009 and welcomed their first child in August of 2012. Through the recent post on the fan club site, she commented, "From now on, I will devote myself more and more. I will do my best with work. I will give a lot of love to my son. I will

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  • Former Morning Musume member Mitsui Aika to go on hiatus

    December 31, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

    On December 31st, former Morning Musume member and talento Mitsui Aika announced through her official blog that she would put a stop to her entertainment activities. She will study English abroad starting in January.  Mitsui stated that she grew a strong interest in English after her graduation from Morning Musume. She declared, "I want to learn genuine English by coming in contact with it. I began to think that way. I am thinking about studying

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  • Johnny's new group 'Johnny's WEST4' to make their debut in 2014

    December 31, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    It was revealed that a new group from Johnny & Associates, Inc. named "Johnny's WEST4" would make their CD debut sometime in 2014.This announcement was made during "Johnny's Countdown 2013-2014" live concert held at the Tokyo Dome during the New Year's eve to the New Year. The new group consists of 4 Kansai Johnny's Jr. members that include Nakama Junta (26) and Kiriyama Akito (24) from B.A.D, Shigeoka Daiki (21) and Kotaki Nozomu (17) from

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  • Oshima Yuko announces her graduation from AKB48

    December 31, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    AKB48 Team K's Oshima Yuko has announced her graduation from the group. This was announced on December 31st during the broadcast of the '64th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen'. After performing "Koisuru Fortune Cookie", Oshima suddenly announced her graduation, "This will be my last time appearing on Kohaku like this. I will sing wholeheartedly." The group then performed her center song "Heavy Rotation".Oshima hadn't told the other members about her gr

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  • Plastic Tree announce mini album + tour for 20th anniversary

    December 31, 2013 @ 2:36 am

    Plastic Tree have announced that they will release a mini album (currently untitled) on March 5. To coincide with the album's release, they will hold their first tour in 3 years next spring. The tour will kick off on March 16 at ROUTE14 in Chiba and will wrap up on May 3 at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL. There will be a total of 20 shows to celebrate their 20th anniversary.   More details on the album will be revealed at a later date. In the meantime, ch

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  • Mizuki, Ano Natsu, and Suzuki Hirono to withdraw from Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku

    December 30, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

    Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku has announced that members Mizuki, Ano Natsu, and Suzuki Hirono will be withdrawing from the group. They will 'transfer schools' after their Nippon Budokan concert (currently untitled) on April 15th.The girls decided to withdraw from the group after having many talks with their parents and staff. They will continue their education at an university, as well as aim for their long-time goal of becoming actresses. Among t

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  • Muto Ayami to make her major debut in April

    December 30, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    Former Sakura Gakuin member Muto Ayami will be making her major debut under A-Sketch in April.  Muto just wrapped up her live house tour 'TRAVELING ALONE' on December 29th at Akasaka BLITZ. The major debut was announced during the live, where Muto expressed, "The road I head towards as a soloist is not all about fun. There may be times when I face painful experiences as well as times when things don't turn out the way I want,

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  • VAMPS new song to be used in CM for 'X-TRAIL'

    December 30, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    It's been revealed that VAMPS' new song (currently untitled) will be used in the CM for Nissan's latest model 'X-TRAIL'.   The CM song was written by VAMPS based on the worldview of 'X-TRAIL'. It will on air for the first time on the January 2nd broadcast of TV Asahi's 'Tunnels no Sports Ou wa Ore da!! 15-kai Kinen 5 Jikan Special Kaikyoku 55 Shunen Kinen'. Afterwards, the CM will be available for viewing on the CM gallery of Nissan's official w

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  • EXILE wins the 55th Japan Record Awards

    December 30, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    On December 30, the final selection for the annual music awards, "the 55th Japan Record Awards" was held at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, and EXILE's "EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisurutame~" won the grand prize "the Japan Record Award". As EXILE has won the award 3 consecutive times from 2008 ~ 2010, this marked their 4th time winning the award, the most in the awards' history. On the stage, EXILE's leader HIRO who will retire as a performer

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