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  • A thief steals whose picture at the AKB48 Theater?!

    July 31, 2011 @ 1:12 am

    On July 30th a thief trespassed at the AKB48 Theater stealing a wall-mounted picture of CG-idol Eguchi Aimi in the process. The official AKB48 blog writes, that the person who stole the picture probably did it on a whim and meant no harm. They also note the thief is probably feeling regret right about now. Since the culprit may be feeling remorse, AKB48 Theater only wishes that they would come back and return the photo. “We could easil

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  • OGRE YOU ASSHOLE's Hiraide Norihito decides to leave the band

    July 30, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    It's been announced that Hiraide Norihito, the bassist from rock band OGRE YOU ASSHOLE's, will be leaving the band. The reason for Hiraide's withdrawal was not due to directional differences in music, nor was it caused by any friction in his relationships with the other members. His decision was made after careful considerations of his future. Hiraide will perform on stage for the last time on August 5th at "ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2001".

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  • CHATMONCHY's Takahashi Kumiko to leave the band in September

    July 30, 2011 @ 1:33 am

    It's been announced that Chatmonchy's drummer Takahashi Kumiko will be leaving the band in September. On Chatmonchy's official website, Takahashi stated, "I am losing my power towards music. That's fatal to creating new music. I couldn't lie to myself and face songwriting while having this gap between my feelings and Ecchan and Akkochan's passion," as her reason for leaving the band. Meanwhile, vocalist Hashimoto Eriko and bassist Fukuoka Ak

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  • Morning Musume's Mitsui Aika + Sayashi Riho to withdraw from summer tour

    July 29, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

    According to an announcement on Hello! Project's official website, Morning Musume members Mitsui Aika and Sayashi Riho will be withdrawing from their current concert tour, "Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER". Because of her previous ankle fracture, Mitsui is being advised by a doctor to rest for approximately eight weeks. Sayashi is currently at home for sciatica (pain, numbness or weakness in the leg caused by the injury/compression of the sciatic n

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  • Musician Rei Harakami suddenly passes away at 40

    July 29, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    [caption id="attachment_177367" align="aligncenter" width="369" caption="yanokami: Yano Akiko (L) and Rei Harakami (R)"][/caption] On July 28th, it was revealed at musician Rei Harakami tragically passed away on the evening of the 27th. According to the announcement posted on the official yanokami webpage, the musician passed away due to a cerebral hemorrhage at 7:00 PM JST. He was only forty years old. Rei Harakami made his debut

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  • "Oba-chan 3gou" Mishiro Akiko passes away due to multiple organ failure

    July 29, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    Talento Mishiro Akiko (65) - who's well-known to Japan as “Oba-chan 3gou” - has passed away due to multiple organ failure on July 27th. According to her agency, she was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago due to her deteriorating health. Reportedly, she didn't reveal the details of her condition even to her agency so that she wouldn't worry them. Her last performance was for TV Tokyo’s drama, “URAKARA”, where she guested on its seco

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  • A.B.C-Z's Kawai Fumito breaks his leg during stage performance

    July 29, 2011 @ 2:19 am

    Kawai Fumito (23) of Johnny’s Jr. five-member unit, A.B.C-Z, broke his left leg during the performance of musical ‘PLAYZONE’ 11 SONG & DANC’N’ at Tokyo's Aoyama Theater in Tokyo. According to Johnny’s Entertainment, Kawai fractured his foot after he jumped off stage on July 23rd. After he was examined, he was told that his leg would need at least one month for a full recovery. Consequently, Kawai will cancel the remainder of his appeara

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  • Takaoka Sousuke to leave his agency after making controversial tweets

    July 28, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    On July 28th, actor Takaoka Sousuke announced through his official Twitter that he will be resigning from his agency. The actor recently stirred a controversy with an inflamatory series of tweets, bashing 'Hallyu' ('Korean Wave)' in Japan. Takaoka commented, "From one tweet, it became a big sensation. I have caused trouble to people who are related to the agency. I know this is the logical consequence." He continued, "To everyone who has

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  • SKE48's Matsui Rena celebrates her coming-of-age as an adult

    July 28, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    On July 27th, Matsui Rena of Nagoya-based idol group SKE48, turned 20-years-old and therefore officially became an adult in Japan. Weekly magazine "Nikkan SPA!" visited Matsui after the live broadcast of news show "PON" in order to throw a little birthday party for her. They gave her a delicious cake, a book about melon bread, and a cute parasol as presents. Matsui was grateful for the presents and said, "Is it really okay to get so many

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  • Suzuki Ryohei gets married!

    July 28, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    On July 28th, it was announced that actor Suzuki Ryohei got married to a non-celebrity who works for a web-related company. The two met six years ago, during Suzuki's modeling days, through a friend's introduction. It's also been revealed that his wife is six months pregnant at this time. The wedding ceremony and reception were held on the 24th amongst their close relatives. Suzuki commented, "We hope to build a cheerful and thoughtful fam

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