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  • Hige Danshaku's Higuchi-kun to wed his girlfriend of 12 years

    January 13, 2015 @ 2:29 am

    Higuchi-kun (40) of comedian duo Hige Danshaku has announced through his official blog that he will register his marriage with a non-celebrity woman in March. Higuchi-kun announced, "I will register my marriage with my girlfriend of 12 years in March." He also expressed his determination, "It's my turn to support the woman who has been supporting me from the time I didn't have money. There may be times when she will have to support me, but

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  • More characters' visual art for 'NARUTO' stage play revealed

    January 13, 2015 @ 2:03 am

    As previously reported, Kishimoto Masashi's popular manga "NARUTO" is getting adapted into a stage play "Live Spectacle : NARUTO" starting in March. It was last month when some of the main characters' ("Uzumaki Naruto", "Uchiha Sasuke", "Haruno Sakura" and "Gaara") visual art were revealed, and recently, 5 more characters' visual art have also been revealed. The 5 characters are "Hatake Kakashi", "the Third Hokage", "Umino Iruka", "Mom

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  • Nogizaka46's 1st album sells over 220,000 copies in the first week

    January 13, 2015 @ 1:50 am

    Idol group Nogizaka46 released their first album "Toumei na Iro" on January 7, and sold 222,000 copies during the first week, allowing the group to top Oricon's weekly album ranking. Nogizaka46 became the first female artist in one year and 10 months to top the album chart with their first album while selling over 200,000 copies during the release week. This was last achieved by NMB48 with "Teppen Tottande!" (released in February 2013, first wee

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  • NEWS' latest single tops Oricon weekly single ranking

    January 12, 2015 @ 4:03 pm

    NEWS' first single for 2015, "KAGUYA," that went on sale on January 7, sold 140,000 copies in the first week, topping Oricon's weekly single ranking. This marks the group's 17th consecutive chart-topping single since their debut song "Kibou ~Yell~" (released in May 2004)."KAGUYA" is a love song that has a motif of "Princess Kaguya" from 'The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.' The DVD that comes in limited edition 'A' contains the music video to the tit

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  • Talent and former SKE48 member Kaneko Shiori releases 1st DVD happy smile'

    January 12, 2015 @ 1:28 am

    On January 11, talent and former SKE48 member Kaneko Shiori (19) appeared in Tokyo at the sales event for her first DVD "happy smile." She did PR for the DVD with, "I wore my favorite blue bikini [for the DVD.]"   With her graduation from SKE48 in April 2014, her dating ban has also been lifted, but when asked about her ideal type, she responded, "Because I am a trouble-making type of rebel that will be in trouble, I would like to da

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 12/31~1/6

    January 11, 2015 @ 9:50 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of December 31st to January 6th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "R.Y.U.S.E.I." - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 02 - "Darling" - Nishino Kana 03 - "Dragon Night" - SEKAI NO OWARI 04 - "Nijiiro" - Ayaka 05 - "Guilty Love" - 2PM 06 - "Gaki no Tsukai 'OUT' sound" - Gaki no Ts

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  • Goto Aya to graduate from SUPER☆GiRLS & retire from entertainment industry

    January 10, 2015 @ 9:05 pm

    SUPER☆GiRLS member Goto Aya has announced that she will graduate from the group and retire from the entertainment industry in March. This was announced on January 10 during SUPER☆GiRLS' one-man live 'SUPER☆GiRLS LIVE 2015' at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL. Regarding her graduation, Goto explained, "While being active in SUPER☆GiRLS, I found another dream. I decided to graduate in order to get a step closer to that dream. I will graduate from SUPER☆GiRLS a

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  • SKE48 member Iwanaga Tsugumi to graduate at the end of February

    January 9, 2015 @ 11:58 am

    SKE48 member Iwanaga Tsugumi announced that she would be graduating from the group during team E's performance held at SKE48 theater on January 9. Though Iwanaga hasn't revealed the reason of her graduation, she released a comment on SKE48's official site that said, "I, Iwanaga Tsugumi, am graduating from SKE48 after February. I am so sorry to make this announcement at the very first performance for the new year.  There's a little over a mo

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  • SKE48's Yamada Mizuho and Abiru Riho announce their graduation

    January 8, 2015 @ 2:17 am

    On January 7 during SKE48 Team KII's performance, it was announced that members Yamada Mizuho and Abiru Riho will be graduating from the group. The group's official website posted a comment from both members. Yamada, who will be graduating from the group after January, commented, "It's been 3 years since I joined SKE48. There were a lot of painful times, as well as fun times. During those times, fans would always be supportive. I am filled w

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  • Kanjani8 tops Oricon's DVD charts two consecutive weeks for the first time

    January 7, 2015 @ 3:57 pm

    Kanjani8's latest concert DVD release "Jussai" sold 13,000 copies in its second week (184,000 copies in total), topping Oricon's Overall DVD Chart for the second week in a row. This is the first time that the group has had a consecutive weeks topping the DVD chart. The Blu-ray version of the concert came in at 6th place this week (3,073 copies, with a total of 64,000 copies sold), bringing "Jussai" to the top spot in the Overall Music DVD/Bl

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