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  • Nito Moeno announces her graduation from AKB48

    February 14, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    AKB48 member Nito Moeno announced her graduation from the group. She made the announcement during the team A stage performance held at AKB48 theater on February 14th. Nito is a 5th generation member, and she was the runner-up in the Senbatsu Janken Tournament held back in September of last year. The graduation date has not yet been revealed. Source: Nikkan Sports Image: AKB48 official site Thanks to Jurinaoshi for the tip!

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  • Yoshikawa Hinano produces a children's clothing brand

    February 14, 2013 @ 3:50 am

    It's been revealed that model/talento Yoshikawa Hinano has produced a children's clothing brand for the first time. Yoshikawa's brand 'Dolly Mew' will be launched from popular brand 'CECIL McBEE'. After experiencing childbirth last March, Hinano says that she grew interested in children's clothing. Since last autumn, she started working on this project with plans for production. "It's unbearable how cute miniature sized clothing are. I tho

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  • Kabuki actor Onoe Kikunosuke to marry the 4th daughter of Nakamura Kichiemon

    February 13, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    On February 13, it was revealed via a fax sent out to the press that Kabuki actor Onoe Kikunosuke (35) will marry Namino Yoko (30), the 4th daughter of Kabuki actor Nakamura Kichiemon. Kikunosuke comes from a distinguished family in the Kabuki world as he is the first-born son of Kabuki actor Onoe Kikugoro (70) and actress Fuji Sumiko (67).  Kikunosuke and Yoko, along with their respective fathers, will appear at a hotel in Tokyo to announ

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  • ZONE member MIYU's agency dissolves her contract

    February 13, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    RunTime Music Entertainment announced on their official site that they have dissolved their exclusive contract with MIYU (Nagase Miyu), of girls' band ZONE, as of February 13th. According to the announcement, "The reason of the dismissal is that "Nagase Miyu's conspicuous immoral conduct and frequent non-fulfillment of duties caused the fans and the parties concerned great trouble in addition to extensive damage to our company. Although we tri

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  • AKB48 group to become 'Tourism ambassador' of Guam

    February 12, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    The national tourism organization of Guam has appointed popular idol group AKB48 as the "Tourism ambassador" of Guam. They will be sworn in during a ceremony on April 6th. AKB48 was chosen as the tourism ambassador due to the recognition of their worldwide activities. This is the first time a group has been chosen as Guam's tourism ambassador. AKB48 General Director Takahashi Minami commented, "As the tourism ambassadors, we hope to tell e

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  • Masuda Yuka to have her own program starting in April

    February 11, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    Former AKB48 member Masuda Yuka announced on her Twitter that she would have her own program starting in April. Though no details including the title or which broadcasting station the program will air on were revealed, Masuda also tweeted that she already attended the first shooting for the program. The fans can look forward to hearing further details from her soon. Source & Image: Masuda Yuka's Twitter Thanks to Stela for the tip

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  • Kishidan's drummer Shiratori Yukinojo to halt his activities

    February 10, 2013 @ 6:03 am

    On February 9th, Kishidan's drummer Shiratori Yukinojo announced through the band's official homepage that he would be putting a halt to his activities. As such, support drummer Kano Akira will be participating in Kishidan's nationwide tour which will kick off on March 1st. Shiratori has been concentrating on treatment for muscular insufficiency in his left hand since last June. However, it was revealed that his condition was due to occup

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  • Morning Musume's Tanaka Reina announces she is diagnosed with duodenal ulcer

    February 9, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

    On February 9th, Morning Musume's Tanaka Reina who was absent from a fan club event held on the same day, announced on her blog that she has been diagnosed with duodenal ulcer and esophagitis. Tanaka explained, "As the pain comes and goes, sometimes it's not too bad, but sometimes it really really hurts. It's unpredictable when it would hurt, and when it hurts I might have to be absent just like today...I'm sorry, but I'm fine except for m

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  • Momoiro Clover Z's Ariyasu Momoka to continue throat treatment until end of February

    February 8, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    It's been announced that Momoiro Clover Z's Ariyasu Momoka will be continuing treatment for her throat until the end of February. Back in January, Ariyasu announced that she would be refraining from using her voice (both singing and talking) in order to rest her vocal cords. To take thorough measures, her treatment period will be extended until late-February. While Ariyasu will make an appearance on February 11th's 'Nippon Housou Momoir

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  • Shibasaki Kou, Maki Yoko, and Terajima Shinobu appear at press conference for their upcoming movie

    February 6, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    On February 5, actresses Shibasaki Kou (31), Maki Yoko (30), and Terajima Shinobu (40) appeared at a press conference in Tokyo for the film “Suu-chan Mai-chan Sawako-san” (directed by Minorikawa Osamu, opens March 2.) The dramatic film focuses on the friendship and worries of three women who are different ages and come from different backgrounds.  When asked about her thoughts on fairytale “marriages,” Shibasaki revealed, “I do not believ

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