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  • NHK receives 759,480 applications for "Kohaku"

    December 3, 2010 @ 9:40 am

    On December 2nd, NHK held a press conference and revealed that they received an astounding amount of applications from music fans who wished to attend the "Kohaku Uta Gassen", which will be held on New Year's Eve. If we look at the statistics here, the 2009 Kouhaku event drew in 591,274 applications, but this year's event pulled in an astounding 759,480 requests. Since only 1,300 people will be selected, the number of applications turned o

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  • Mizushima Hiro's debut novel, "KAGEROU", experiences explosive pre-order sales

    December 2, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    Mizushima Hiro will be releasing his debut novel, titled "KAGEROU", which received the prestigious “Poplar Publishing Grand Prize for Fiction” award on December 15th, and it's been reported that the novel has already received over 400,000 pre-orders. According to a person from the publishing industry, that number is extremely high, especially nowadays when a new writer's book that receives a rookie award usually gets 4000~5000 copies sold for

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  • Ayumi Hamasaki releases new book, 'Ayu no Digidigi mini'

    December 2, 2010 @ 7:28 am

    Along with her upcoming album, "Love Songs", which is due out for December 22nd, the J-Pop Queen will release a 'handy' book as well. The book is titled, "Ayu no Digidigi Nikki mini", and will be released sometime in December. The mini-book will include many photos and articles that the singer has done, including a long interview she did with fashion magazine, ViVi. The price to carry Ayumi around with you will be ¥1,600 ($18.89 USD).

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  • Ito Aiko retires from the entertainment industry

    December 1, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

    On December 1st, actress, Ito Aiko announced her retirement from the entertainment industry.  According to Aiko, she already left her former agency, "Stardust Promotion" on November 30th.   She stated on her official site, "After getting married and becoming a wife, my life has become very meaningful.  The most important dream for me now is to make my family happy, therefore, I want to focus on that new dream from now on."  (Aiko married a

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  • Arrest warrant issued for suspect involved with Ichikawa Ebizo's assault

    November 30, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

    Previously, we reported that kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo had been assaulted but managed to limp home with serious facial injuries. Today, an arrest warrant was issued in connection with the assault on Ebizo, and the suspect is described as a 26-year-old male who resembles K1 fighter Bob Sapp.  The warrant comes after Ebizo was taken to the hospital and had a formal complaint filed with the police. It's widely speculated that the man wan

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  • Matsuda Ryuhei involved in motorcycle accident

    November 30, 2010 @ 8:33 am

    Actor Matsuda Ryuhei got into motorcycle accident on November 30th. According to Sanspo, the accident occurred at an intersection when the taxi driver made a right turn even though the motorcycle had the right of way.  Matsuda's motorcycle fell down, but fortunately, he did not get hurt. The police department stated that the cause was a lack of forward checking by the taxi driver. Source: Sanspo

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  • Ranking of "ideal face" chosen by women

    November 30, 2010 @ 2:58 am

    Oricon style held the 4th "Ranking of 'ideal face' chosen by women", and just revealed the results. Check it out below!  Which celebrity has your ideal face? 10. Toda Erika (tie) 10. Ueto Aya (tie) 9. Kuroki Meisa 8. Sawajiri Erika 7. Matsushima Nanako 6. Sasaki Nozomi 5. Shibasaki Kou 4. Aragaki Yui 3. Miyazaki Aoi 2. Ayase Haruka 1. Kitagawa Keiko Source: Oricon style

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  • Sakai Noriko to publish autobiographical book "Shokuzai"

    November 29, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    Sakai Noriko, a popular actress who was convicted of drug possession last year, will publish an autobiography titled "Shokuzai" on December 3rd. Sakai was charge with violating the Stimulant Drug Control Laws, and is currently under probation. The book will consists of eight chapters (224 pages long), through which she will talk about her background, her glorious days as a celebrity, as well as the drug scandal and family.  She dedicates two

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  • Arashi's Ohno is in New York?

    November 29, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    It has been reported that the leader of the wildly popular group Arashi, Satoshi Ohno, has been spotted in New York! He is reportedly in the Big Apple celebrating his 30th birthday with pop artist Yoshitomo Nara. Ohno, a man of many talents and interests, sat down with Nara as part of a TV project last year to discuss art. Nara is currently holding an exhibit in New York's Asia Society Museum, titled "Nobody’s Fool", which is where Ohno mig

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  • Kato Koji hospitalized due to fracture dislocation of his right ankle

    November 28, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

    It's been reported that comedian talent, Kato Koji (Gokuraku Tonbo) broke his right ankle while he was playing futsal on his private time.  He is now hospitalized, and will need to undertake surgery.  However, it will take at least a month for him to recover, and he will have to be hospitalized for about a week after the surgery. Thus, Kato will be forced to take a rest for a little while. Kato commented, "I apologize for my carelessness in my

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