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  • Morning Musume '14 to recruit new members

    March 16, 2014 @ 12:57 am

    On March 15, it was announced that popular idol group Morning Musume '14 would hold "Morning Musume '14 Golden Audition!" to recruit new members.10~17 years old unmarried women of any nationality can apply for the audition. On the official site, the producer Tsunku♂ explains, "As our current members' skills are getting higher, the selection criteria is also getting higher, but I'm sure there are so many people with amazing talent

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  • Veteran actor Utsui Ken passes away at the age of 82

    March 14, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    On March 14 at 6:05 pm, popular veteran actor Utsui Ken passed away at the age of 82, due to chronic respiratory failure. To follow the deceased' wishes, Utsui's funeral will be held only for his family and relatives, but there is a plan for the farewell meeting at a later date.Utsui had appeared not only in movies, but also in many popular dramas, such as "Wataru Seken wa Onibakari", "Aibou", and "Gokusen", and had been active as an a

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  • Ikimonogakari's new song used in CM for 'Calpis Water'

    March 14, 2014 @ 2:16 am

    Ikimonogakari's new song "Love Song wa Tomaranai yo" will be used in the CM for Calpis Water starting March 14th.The song was written just for the CM with the theme "the overflowing feelings for the person you love". It was written and composed by Mizuno Yoshiki (G), and arranged by Honma Akimitsu. Ikimonogakari provided their song "1 2 3 ~Koi ga Hajimaru~" for Calpis Water last year, making this their 2nd tie-up with the brand. Their n

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  • SKE48's Deguchi Aki announces her graduation

    March 14, 2014 @ 2:11 am

    It's been announced that SKE48 Team S member Deguchi Aki will be graduating from the group in April.   This announcement was made on March 13th during Team S' stage performance 'RESET' at SKE48 Theater. Deguchi's 26th birthday party was held during this show, but her sudden announcement surprised the fans. She explained, "It's a positive graduation. As a 1st generation member, I've learned a lot through my 6 years of activities. So I'm really sa

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 3/3 ~ 3/9

    March 13, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

    Oricon has revealed its weekly charts for March 3rd to the 9th. Check out the results below! [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Hikari no Signal" - Kis-My-Ft2 : 3/5 (202,877)2. "Kokoro no Sakebi wo Uta ni Shitemita / Love take it all" - °C-ute : 3/5 (62,405)3. "Love Story" - EXILE TAKAHIRO : 3/5 (54,397)4. "Seventh Chord" - Maeda Atsuko : 3/5 (42,784)5. "FREAK SHOW" - DISH// : 3/5 (34,328)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "TR

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 3/5~3/11

    March 12, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of March 5th to March 11th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Harukaze" - Rihwa 02 - "Hot Stuff" - JUJU 03 - "Love Story" - EXILE TAKAHIRO 04 - "Story Of My Life" - One Direction 05 - "Aoi Ryu" - EXILE ATSUSHI 06 - "Let It Go" - Idina Menzel 07 - "MAKE A MIRACLE" - E

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  • Utada Hikaru to end her radio program

    March 12, 2014 @ 5:29 am

    Utada Hikaru will be putting an end to her radio program 'KUMA POWER HOUR with Utada Hikaru' after the upcoming March 18th broadcast.  This was announced via InterFM and Utada Hikaru's official websites. The message, "Thank you for listening during this past year," has been posted on both sites. 'KUMA POWER HOUR with Utada Hikaru' is Utada's regular radio program that started in April of 2013. This was her first regular radio program s

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  • Former AKB48 & SDN48 member Tojima Hana serves as fire station chief for a day + talks about Oshima Yuko

    March 10, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

    On March 10, former AKB48 and SDN48 member Tojima Hana (25) participated in a fire department exercise in Tokyo as the Takanawa Fire Station chief for the day.  Aboard the fireboat "Kachidoki," she directed the simultaneous hosing practice near the Rainbow Bridge in the Tokyo Bay.  As she was sprayed by ocean water due to the wind, she was shy as she said, "It was salty," and smiled as she said, "I am happy that I was able to come aboar

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  • L'Arc-en-Ciel's new artist photo revealed

    March 9, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    L'Arc-en-Ciel, who will be holding a 2-day concert at National Olympic Stadium on March 21st and 22nd, has revealed their new artist photo.   The new artist photo is a stylish black and white artwork that will surely raise the expectations for their upcoming live performance!Tickets for their upcoming concert, which went on sale on March 9th, have completely sold out and is expected to draw in a total of 160,000 people. There will also be live v

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  • Tsunku to go on hiatus for laryngeal cancer treatment

    March 6, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

    Tsunku♂ has announced through his official website and blog that he will be going on hiatus to treat laryngeal cancer.  According to the announcement, he will undergo immediate intensive care as the cancer was found in its early stages. "Regarding post-treatment, I don't know when I will be able to use my voice. There are a lot of unknown things, so regarding when I will return to jobs where I use my voice, I will let everyone know acc

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