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  • SKE48 commissioned as public safety ambassadors for Aichi prefecture

    March 29, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    On March 28, 10 members of Sakae, Nagoya-based idol group SKE48 were commissioned as Aichi prefecture crime prevention and traffic safety PR ambassadors by police Superintendent Okita Yoshiki.  They will be active in their roles as ambassadors for one year, which begins in April and ends in March of 2014. Aside from appearing at crime prevention events, they will appear in videos that cover topics including cyber crime prevention and theft

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  • Actress Sakaguchi Ryoko passes away due to colon cancer and pneumonia

    March 29, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    It's been reported that actress Sakaguchi Ryoko passed away on March 27th at 3:40 am at a hospital in Tokyo. She was 57 years old. As stated in her will, the wake and funeral was held with Sakaguchi's near relatives. On the 29th, Sakaguchi's husband, professional golfer Ozaki Tateo (59), and daughter, talento Sakaguchi Anri (22), announced through their agencies, "Since before, she was undergoing treatment (colon cancer and pneumonia)." Th

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  • Ninety-nine's Yabe Hiroyuki and freelance announcer Aoki Yuko register their marriage

    March 27, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

    On March 27, Ninety-nine's Yabe Hiroyuki and freelance announcer Aoki Yuko announced through their agencies that they have registered their marriage. Yabe commented, "As embarrassing as it is, I stayed single until this age with an unsteady mind, but I was very attracted to her who is straight and honest. Thanks to her, I feel as if my heart is being purified every day. From here on, I will continue making my best effort, so please support

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  • BiS to hold new member auditions

    March 27, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    In response to Wakisaka Yurika's withdrawal, idol group BiS has announced that they will be holding an audition for a new member. The group is recruiting a woman from ages 17 to 24, and experience is not required. However, it has to be someone who is currently not signed with a record company or production. The audition will take place on April 14th and 21st from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Avex Headquarters. As long as the application requireme

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  • KAT-TUN's Nakamaru Yuichi graduates from Waseda University

    March 27, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    On March 26th, KAT-TUN's Nakamaru Yuichi (29) graduated the correspondence course in the Department of Human Behavior and Environment Sciences at Waseda University. He attended the graduation ceremony held at the Waseda Campus and also held a press conference after the ceremony. Nakamaru appeared in Haori and Hakama (Japanese male formal attire), and said with diploma in hand, "I can clearly feel the graduation after receiving this (diplom

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  • Yoshizawa Hisashi announces his marriage with Kiriyama Maki

    March 26, 2013 @ 11:51 pm

    On March 26th, actor Yoshizawa Hisashi (34) and actress Kiriyama Maki (32) announced through their agencies as well as Yoshizawa's official Facebook, that they got married on March 3rd. Yoshizawa commented, "I am feeling a great joy that I was able to fulfill one of my dreams to have my own family." Regarding his wife, he said, "As my wife is also in the show business, our paces in life match well, and we have been able to build a comprehe

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  • Model duo AMOYAMO perform at fashion event

    March 26, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    Model duo AMOYAMO, known for their Harajuku girls style, appeared as guest performers at the “Design Jiyu Mirai” fashion event in Tokyo on March 25.  They performed their double A-side single “LIVE/MAGIC,” which will go on sale March 27. AMO’s favorite Sanrio characters Kiki Lala appeared on stage when they performed their cover of Coupling’s song “TWINKLE”.  She appeared touched as she said, “I have been a fan since I was a child.  It is

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  • Aibu Saki to study abroad in the United States

    March 26, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    On March 26th, it was revealed that actress Aibu Saki (27) will do a short-term study abroad in the United States. According to her agency, Aibu will study English at an university in California from April to August of this year. Aibu has had an interest in studying English. She even gave a speech in English when she participated in the 'Anime Expo' in Los Angeles back in 2010. The day before, Aibu tweeted about the study abroad, saying

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  • Naoto Inti Raymi admits to being married since 2005

    March 26, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    The latest issue of "Shukan Josei" released on March 26th (JST) reported that singer Naoto Inti Raymi (33) is a married man. According to the weekly magazine, Naoto married his wife, who is said to be a 37-year-old R&B singer (currently on hiatus), in May of 2005, and he is also the father of 6-year-old twin girls. Naoto admitted the report and released a comment through his agency, "As it was before my debut, there has not been an oppo

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  • Former Morning Musume member Ichii Sayaka gives birth to her 3rd child

    March 25, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    Former Morning Musume member Ichii Sayaka (29) announced through her official blog that she had given birth to her 3rd child. According to the announcement, she gave birth to a baby boy at 2:51 am on March 25. Ichii uploaded a picture and wrote, "We've become a family of 5! Just 2 and a half hours after being admitted into the hospital, I was able to have an easy delivery." She revealed, "The entire family is overflowing with joy,"

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