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  • Veteran voice actor Utsumi Kenji passes away at the age of 75

    June 13, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    It was reported that veteran voice actor Utsumi Kenji passed away at the age of 75 due to carcinomatous peritonitis. According to Kenproduction company which Utsumi served as the chairman, he passed away on June 13 at 3:01 pm (JST) at a hospital in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Though the details on a funeral and memorial ceremony have not been decided at this moment, the chief mourner will be served by his wife Nomura Michiko, who's also a voice actress

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  • AAA's Hidaka Mitsuhiro to make his solo major debut as SKY-HI

    June 12, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    It's been announced that AAA member Hidaka Mitsuhiro will make his solo major debut as rapper SKY-HI with double A-side single "Ai Bloom / RULE" that is set for release on August 7th. In addition to his activities as a member of AAA, Hidaka has been devoting himself to hip hop music. As SKY-HI, he has appeared in club events frequently, and has already participated in various challenges like MC battles.&nbs

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 6/3 ~ 6/9

    June 12, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    Oricon revealed their weekly charts for June 3rd to the 9th. Check out the results below. =====[Single Weekly Ranking]#1 1. "Joy!!" - SMAP : 6/5 (327,505)2. "TONIGHT" - Kim Hyun Joong : 6/5 (115,809)3. "Sayonara Crawl" - AKB48 : 5/22 (54,666)4. "Endless Game" - Arashi : 5/29 (38,347)5. "Te wo Tsunagou/Kindan no Karma" - Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku : 6/5 (34,163)(Check out the full ranking here.)--[Album Weekly Ranking]#2 1. "Koi n

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 06/05~06/11

    June 12, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of June 5th to June 11th.   Check out the top ranking digital singles, chaku-uta, and music videos for this week below!   -   < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking >   01 - "Endless Game" - Arashi 02 - "Last Love" - Rihwa 03 - "Believe" - Nishino Kana  04 - "Joy!!" - SMAP 05 - "Flower Song" - EXILE 06 - "Star Love Ration" - Kera Kera 07 - "

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  • S/mileage's Takeuchi Akari diagnosed with infectious enteritis

    June 12, 2013 @ 2:41 am

    On S/mileage's official site, it was announced that member Takeuchi Akari will cancel her appearances at the events scheduled for this weekend due to infectious enteritis. According to the announcement, Takeuchi was complaining about her condition since last weekend, and after an examination at a hospital, she was diagnosed with infectious enteritis. She's required to receive medical treatment with rest for about a week. 

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  • Shinoda Mariko talks about her future activities after graduation

    June 11, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

    On TBS's music program "Kayou-Kyoku!" which was live broadcasted on June 11th, AKB48 member Shinoda Mariko talked about her future activities after her graduation.As we reported back on the 8th, Shinoda announced her graduation from the group next month while at the event for the vote count results for AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election, in which she was ranked 5th. On the show, Shinoda explained that her activities after gradu

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  • Oricon Monthly Charts for May 2013

    June 10, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    Oricon revealed their monthly charts for May of 2013. Check out the results below. ===== [Single Monthly Ranking]  1. "Sayonara Crawl" - AKB48 : 5/22 (1,871,779)2. "Endless Game" - Arashi : 5/29 (477,869)3. "Preserved Roses" - T.M. Revolution × Mizuki Nana : 5/15 (146,829)4. "FACE to Face" - KAT-TUN : 5/15 (145,880)5. "GIVE ME LOVE" - 2PM : 5/29 (137,755)6. "Neko Chudoku" - Tegomass : 5/22 (102,131)7. "Love You More" - GE

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  • AKB48's Shinoda Mariko announces her graduation from the group next month

    June 8, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    During the event for the vote count results for AKB48 32nd Single Senbatsu General Election, AKB48 team A captain Shinoda Mariko, who ranked in 5th place in the election, announced that she would be graduating from the group. She made the surprise announcement during her speech. According to Shinoda, her graduation will be next month after the group's live concert at the Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome as she wanted to graduate in her hometown

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  • Arashi's latest single tops Oricon weekly chart

    June 7, 2013 @ 5:14 am

    Popular group Arashi's 41st single "Endless Game" (released on May 29th) sold 478,000 copies in the first week of its release, topping Oricon's weekly ranking.This makes 30 consecutive chart-topping singles (37th single in total) for the group since "PIKA★★NCHI DOUBLE" (released in February 2004). Topping the chart for 30 consecutive singles has only been achieved by B'z, KinKi Kids, and Mr.Children, so Arashi is the

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  • AKB48's latest single is the best selling single for a female group

    June 7, 2013 @ 3:16 am

    Popular idol group AKB48's 31st single "Sayonara Crawl" (released on May 22nd) sold 109,000 copies in the second week, and the cumulative sales number for the single reached 1,872,000 copies. It exceeded the previous best record for a female group's single sales --1,845,000 copies-- which SPEED had kept for over 15 years with "WHITE LOVE" (released in October 1997).Until now, AKB48's best selling single was their 26th single "

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