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  • AKB48's Kato Rena to suspend performances due to sprained knee

    January 23, 2014 @ 4:20 am

    On January 22, it was revealed that AKB48's Kato Rena (16) would be suspending her performances for a short while due to her sprained right knee. The group's blog stated, "Regarding Team B's Kato Rena, her right leg was injured during a shoot for a TV program the other day. After getting examined at the hospital, results showed that her right knee was sprained." "Because it will place an excessive burden on the lower half of her body, t

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  • TACKEY & TSUBASA's Imai Tsubasa joins 'Burn the Floor' as a guest dancer

    January 23, 2014 @ 4:00 am

    TACKEY & TSUBASA's Imai Tsubasa (32) will join the world-renowned dance show "Burn the Floor: Dance with You" as the special guest dancer on the Japan leg of the tour. This is the second time Imai will participate in the show since his first performance in 2012. He commented, "This is the most exciting and a great opportunity to learn for my dancing career. I will shed my old self and want to share another emotional f

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  • Nounen Rena goes on a 'date'...with Koizumi Kyoko

    January 23, 2014 @ 3:26 am

    Popular actress Nounen Rena (20), who played the lead character Amano Aki in NHK's Asadora 'Amachan' last year, recently updated her blog. She announced to her fans that she has gone on a "date" with actress Koizumi Kyoko (47) who played her character's mother in the same drama. She got a sewing present as a gift as she had written on her blog: "Something really great happened. I went on a date with Koizumi-Mama, and she even bought me

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  • Morning Musume '14 & Morisanchu form a new unit 'Morimusu'

    January 22, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

    On January 22, idol group Morning Musume '14 and their producer Tsunku♂ who have been appointed as au's student discount campaign characters, made appearances for the "au release conference 2014 Spring." During the conference, it was announced that they would form a new idol unit "Morimusu" along with female comedy trio Morisanchu's Oshima Miyuki and Kurosawa Kazuko who have been serving as the CM character for au. (One more member of

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 1/13 ~ 1/19

    January 22, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

    Oricon has revealed their latest weekly charts for January 13th to the 19th. Check out the results below. [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Hibiki" - Kanjani8 : 1/15 (206,091)2. "Goodbye/Yuriika" - Sakanaction : 1/15 (22,195)3. "Rave-up Tonight" - Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas : 1/15 (19,409)4. "SHOUT IT OUT" - Da-iCE : 1/15 (14,302)5. "Kietaikurai" - Kasai Tomomi : 1/15 (11,910)(Check out the full ranking here.)-[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "THE BE

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 01/15~01/21

    January 22, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of January 15th to January 21st. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "My VOICE" - Funky Kato 02 - "Zutto feat. HAN-KUN & TEE" - SPICY CHOCOLATE 03 - "Harukaze" - Rihwa 04 - "ONE LIFE" - Himuro Kyosuke 05 - "Snow Magic Fantasy" - SEKAI NO OWARI 06 - "Story Of My Life" - On

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  • SMAP's Nakai Masahiro appointed as Sochi Olympics newscaster for TBS

    January 22, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

    SMAP's Nakai Masahiro (41) will be the main newscaster for TBS's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi that will begin on February 7. This is the 6th time that Nakai will be the newscaster for the Olympics since his first at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Reportedly, Nakai will be visiting Sochi, and is planning to do interviews for men's snowboard slopestyle and more on February 8. Upon his return, Nakai will be sharing his excitement

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  • TRF's Sam is dating a non-celebrity in her 20s?

    January 22, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

    TRF's dancer SAM (52) was reported by the weekly magazine "Flash" to be dating a non-celebrity female in her 20s.  According to the magazine, they are currently living together in a luxurious apartment in Tokyo. SAM's management has commented that, "We will leave his personal matters to him. We have not heard any news of him remarrying." SAM was married to singer Amuro Namie (36) in 1997. They divorced in 2002. They had a son together and he is

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  • aiko reveals new artist photo

    January 22, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

    aiko, who will be releasing her new single "Kimi no Tonari" on January 29, has revealed a new artist photo.   In the new artist photo, aiko is seen with a gentle smile in a bright blue dress. She shows a different expression than the jacket photos she revealed earlier this month. The single's title track is the CM song for Lotte's 'Ghana Milk Chocolate'. For its coupling tracks, the single will include new songs "Shitauchi" and "A

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  • Utada Hikaru absent from scheduled radio program

    January 22, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

    It has been announced that singer Utada Hikaru did not go on her scheduled radio programs due to health problems. Utada was scheduled to appear on Inter FM's "KUMA POWER HOUR with Utada Hikaru". However, it was announced on the program's official website that due to health reasons, Utada would not appear on the show. Worried fans have also noted that the last time Utada updated her Twitter account was on January 1 and there has been no news from

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