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  • Koda Kumi to make a comeback after maternity leave

    October 19, 2012 @ 4:26 am

    On October 18, it was revealed that singer Koda Kumi (29) will end her “maternity leave” and restart her activities on October 23rd with the release of "ViVi" magazine, which she has graced the cover of. She commented, “I thought there was no better way and timing for me to enter the next phase in my life than together with 'ViVi', which supported me in the past.”  Even though she welcomed her first child, a son, with BACK-ON guitarist KEN

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  • NMB48's Matsuda Shiori to graduate from the group

    October 18, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    It's been reported that NMB48's Matsuda Shiori will be graduating from the group in order to focus on her studies. This was announced by Matsuda herself during Team N's concert on October 18th at NMB48 Theater in Osaka. Her graduation concert will be held on the 24th. Matsuda also posted a comment on the group's official blog explaining, "From shortly before, I wasn't able to have confidence in continuing my activities as NMB48. So I wa

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  • RIAJ reveals hard copy sales certifications for September 2012

    October 17, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ') has recently released their hard copy sales certifications for the month of September. This certification is based off the total numbers of CDs and DVDs sold to retailers. RIAJ hands out these awards based on the following standards: Gold - 100,000 units sold Platinum - 250,000 units sold; Double Platinum - 500,000 units sold; Triple Platinum - 750,000 units sold Million - 1,0

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  • 26 girls pass SNH48's first generation audition

    October 16, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    On October 15, AKB48's overseas sister group SNH48 (based in Shanghai, China) revealed that 26 girls have passed the first generation audition. The 16 girls were chosen out of about 38,000 applicants who participated in auditions across China. They will debut after going through training. The group has plans to hold their first performance at the end of the year or early next year. Aside from performances at SNH48 Theater, which is schedul

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  • Akimoto Manatsu to participate in Nogizaka46's handshake event for "Hashire! Bicycle"

    October 13, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    It's been revealed that Nogizaka46 member Akimoto Manatsu will be participating in the group's handshake event for "Hashire! Bicycle" on October 14th at Makuhari Messe. Earlier this month, it was reported that Akimoto will officially be starting her activities as the senbatsu member for the group's 4th single. Under normal circumstances, her participation in events would be related to this single. However, due to her strong wishes, it was

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  • FRIDAY reports that Tamaki Hiroshi is in a romantic relationship with a non-celebrity woman

    October 12, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    On October 11th, it was revealed that actor Tamaki Hiroshi (32) currently has a new non-celebrity lover.  This was reported and photographs of the couple were revealed in the October 12th issue of the weekly tabloid magazine “FRIDAY.” According to the magazine, the woman resembles actress Higa Manami (26) with her impressive beauty and large eyes.  Tamaki lives with his mother and younger sister in a luxurious house that has an estimated w

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  • MAX's REINA announces her 2nd pregnancy

    October 12, 2012 @ 4:37 am

    Female vocal group MAX member REINA has announced that she's pregnant with her second child! Through her official blog, she reported, "I've entered my 6th month. Including my son, who seems to be curious about my stomach growing bigger day by day, the whole family is looking forward to meeting the baby." She also wrote, "When my son was born last November, I refrained from making an announcement, and may have worried many people. But I'

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  • AKB48's official calendar for 2013 to go on sale next month

    October 11, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

    On October 10th, it was announced that AKB48’s official calendar “AKB48 Official Calendar BOX2013 iDOLL” (Shogakukan, ¥2500 around $32 USD) will go on sale November 30th. The 2013 calendar will feature 12 of the “Calendar Senbatsu” members including  Oshima Yuko (23), who served as one of the centers of their new song “UZA,” Matsui Jurina (15), and Shimazaki Haruka (18), the winner of the 3rd Janken Tournament. The first limited editio

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  • Dentist and model Seki Yumiko wants to try acting

    October 9, 2012 @ 6:34 am

    Model Seki Yumiko (27) has recently gained much attention for being introduced as one of the most beautiful dentists in Japan in various variety shows such as 'Odoru! Sanma Goten!!" (NTV). Seki is not only a model who has appeared on various fashion magazines as an amateur model such as 'AneCan' for seven years, but is also a dentist enrolled in the graduate school at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University and does medical examinations at

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  • Ayase Haruka attends opening ceremony of the 'Glicopia East' learning factory

    October 7, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    On October 7th, actress Ayase Haruka attended the opening ceremony of Ezaki Glico's facilities for a factory tour 'Glicopia East' in Kitamoto, Saitama. Ayase wore a red one-piece dress for the event and greeted all the persons present, "Starting with the Kitamoto residents, I hope there will be a lot of people who come here and see how sweets are made." She added, "I'm praying that sweets will receive even more love from now." Aside fro

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