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  • Actor Uchino Masaaki changes his name to 'Uchino Seiyo'

    July 11, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    On July 10, actor Uchino Masaaki announced through his official website that he has changed his name to 'Uchino Seiyo'. Regarding his name change, he explained, "There are still a few people who are called 'Seiyo' with聖陽 (kanji for Masaaki). There was also a part of me who called myself 'Uchino Seiyo' with 内野聖陽 (kanji for Uchino Masaaki). I thought that it would be better to go with the simple 'onyomi' (Chinese-derived pronunciation)."&

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 7/1 ~ 7/7

    July 11, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for July 1st to the 7th.Check out the results below!===[Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Girls Rule" - Nogizaka46 : 7/3 (337,138)2. "EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Aisuru Tame ~" - EXILE : 4/3 (157,570)3. "AHEAD / REPLAY" - VAMPS : 7/3 (50,058)4. "Atarashii Watashi ni Nare! / Yattaruchan" - S/mileage : 7/3 (26,573)5. "Taisetsu na Mono wa Kimi Igai ni Miataranakute / Binetsu Refrain" - flumpool : 7/3 (25,781)(Check out

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  • Which actor had his big break in the first half of 2013?

    July 11, 2013 @ 3:25 am

    We previously reported the ranking of actresses who had their big break in the first half of 2013, and now it's time for actors!ORICON STYLE asked 1,000 people in their teens, 20s, 30s, and 40s the question, "Which actor had his big break in the first half of 2013?" The results have now been revealed.For the first half of this year, people gave the No.1 spot to Fukushi Sota, who made his acting debut in 2011. Fukushi grabbed attention with h

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  • Akimoto Sayaka will stay in DiVA even after her graduation from AKB48

    July 11, 2013 @ 2:36 am

    It was revealed on DiVA's official blog that member Akimoto Sayaka, who will be graduating from AKB48 on August 28th, will continue her activities in DiVA even after her graduation.As DiVA is AKB48's sub unit, many fans are wondering what Akimoto would do as a DiVA member, and thus, according to the blog entry, they have received many questions regarding the matter. It was also announced that fellow member Miyazawa Sae, who became a full SNH

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  • Aragaki Yui is the new CM character for "Chicken Ramen"

    July 10, 2013 @ 4:59 pm

    Actress Aragaki Yui was appointed as the new CM character for Nissin Foods' "Chicken Ramen" and presented the new commercials at a PR event in Tokyo.In the CM and at the event, Aragaki sports a yellow outfit that is supposed to make her resemble the brand's cute yellow chick character. One of the two CM versions also features the actress singing a parody of the children's song "Musunde Hiraite". Her singing was praised by the host, which she glad

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  • SKE48's new song to support Japan's national swimmers

    July 10, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    SKE48's new song, "Utsukushii Inazuma", has been chosen as the theme song for GMO Click Securities' CM to support Japan's national swimmers. "Utsukushii Inazuma" is SKE48's new single that will be released on July 17. The new CM features a combination of the swimmers' energetic swimming and SKE48's sexy and wild song.  The CM will begin airing on July 10. Member Matsui Rena represents the group with a message saying, "SKE48 will suppor

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  • Japanese bachelors love the figure of Fukada Kyoko

    July 10, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    In June, marriage counseling platform "Onet" carried out an online survey to find out what kind of female figure bachelors like in Japan. They were also asked to select a female celebrity with the best figure according to their taste. Onet has now released the results. The survey was conducted after a recent article of a very popular women's magazine, which claimed that somewhat chubby women are more popular with men than women with a slim bod

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 07/03~07/09

    July 10, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of July 3rd to July 9th. Check out the top ranking digital singles, chaku-uta, and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Tomodachi Yori Daiji na Hito" - Goriki Ayame 02 - "Issen Ichibyo" - EXILE TAKAHIRO 03 - "Hands On Me" (from 'FEEL') - Amuro Namie 04 - "Believe" - Nishino Kana 05 - "Koyomi no Ue dewa December" - Ameyoko Jogakue

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  • Nogizaka46's Shiraishi Mai throws ceremonial pitch at the Rakuten-Nippon Ham season opening game

    July 10, 2013 @ 3:21 am

    Shiraishi Mai (20), the center of AKB48's rival group Nogizaka46 and a cast member of Fuji TV's horse racing program "Uma Zuki!" (airs Saturdays at 1:50 AM), appeared at the season opening ceremony at Tokyo Dome for the Rakuten Eagles-Nippon Ham Fighters game on July 9. Shiraishi stood at the mound wearing a number 46 Rakuten uniform. She pitched the ball, which hit the ground and bounced a few times. Shiraishi shouted, "Ah," as she jump

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  • andymori's upcoming tour & disbandment live concert canceled due to Oyamada Sohei's serious injury

    July 9, 2013 @ 4:48 am

    andymori member Oyamada Sohei (Vo, G) has been seriously injured after he jumped in to a river on July 4. Because of the injury, all of andymori's scheduled activities have been canceled. According to the band's official announcement, Oyamada jumped into the river from 4.5 meters (~15 feet) high at 9:00 am on the 4th and was taken to an emergency medical service center. Due to the quick transport and treatment, he is in no danger. However, he su

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