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  • Kimura Takuya's driver's license suspended for speeding

    March 15, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    On March 14th, it was revealed that SMAP member Kimura Takuya was caught speeding twice in the past 6 months. Because of these two violations, his driver's license has been suspended. Johnny's Entertainment confirmed this news after it was reported in the March 15th issue of weekly tabloid magazine, "Shukan Bushun". According to the agency, Kimura was caught driving 20 km/h (12mph) over the posted speed limit in Chiba last September and

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  • Omori Nao and Ono Yuriko announce their marriage

    March 14, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    On March 14th, actor Omori Nao (40) announced his marriage to actress Ono Yuriko (22) through his agency's official website. Omori commented, "From now on, I want to devote myself to all things with new feelings. Everyone, please continue to support and encourage me." Ono also reported the marriage saying, "Without forgetting the compassion, I want to build a family with endless smiles." Regarding her future, she commented, "Regard

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  • Tokyo Tower to be lit up in Arashi's colors!

    March 14, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    On March 13th, Arashi appeared at the press conference for Fuji TV's "Hana Arashi" campaign. This campaign is to promote Fuji TV's spring programs, in which Arashi members appear during March 16th to April 16th. During the campaign, many CM spots starring Arashi will be aired intensively. They will also promote the programs through 5 minute late-night specials titled, "Haru Ichiban! Bokura ga Hana Arashi wo Makiokoshimasu!" (total 4 episod

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  • Itaya Yuka announces her second pregnancy

    March 14, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    On March 13th, actress Itaya Yuka (36) sent a FAX to the media, and announced that she is pregnant with her second baby.  According to the announcement, she will give birth in the middle of August. Itaya married a stylist back in 2007, and the couple had their first child a year later. Itaya wrote, "We are welcoming a new member to our family this summer.  Since I'm now in the stable period, please allow me to announce this.  I can already

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  • DREAMS COME TRUE donates over 13 million yen to Japanese Red Cross Society

    March 13, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    On March 12th, DREAMS COME TRUE revealed through their official website that they have donated 13.35 million yen (approximately 162,300 USD) to the Japanese Red Cross Society. DREAMS COME TRUE collected over 11.19 million yen from their best-of album,  "THE SOUL FOR THE PEOPLE ~Higashi Nihon Daishinsai Shien Best Album~", and 2.16 million yen from the t-shirts they sold during the end of the year. They commented, "We hope this donatio

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  • Plastic Tree drummer cancels his appearance from upcoming tour

    March 12, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    [caption id="attachment_224475" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Second from the Right: Sato Kenken"][/caption] It's been revealed that visual kei band Plastic Tree's drummer Sato Kenken has canceled his appearance from the band's upcoming nationwide tour, "Ao no Unmeisen". As a result, the band will hold the tour with a support member. Earlier this month, it was reported that Sato was hospitalized due to acute hepatitis. After furt

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  • Oguri Shun & Yamada Yu to get married!

    March 12, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    On March 12th, actor Oguri Shun and actress/model Yamada Yu announced that they are getting married!  They are planning to register their marriage officially on the 14th. The couple sent a fax to the media in their joint names, "We, Oguri Shun and Yamada Yu are registering our marriage on March 14th.  We have received support by so many people until now, and we are now able to see this happy moment.  We are truly full of gratitude.  We

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  • SKE48 member Hiramatsu Kanako fractures her right leg

    March 12, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    SKE48 Team S member, Hiramatsu Kanako has fractured a bone in her right leg. According to the announcement, Hiramatsu fractured her leg after falling down on March 8th during her private hours. As a result, she will take a break from stage performances for 6 weeks for a complete recovery. On SKE48's official blog, Hiramatsu expressed her feelings towards the group's upcoming one-man live at Nihon Gaishi Hall. "I can't believe I injure

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  • GACKT visits the memorial services in Iwate and Miyagi

    March 12, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    GACKT (38), who established the ‘Public Cooperation SHOW YOUR HEART Foundation’ in March of last year to donate to the victims of the disaster areas, appeared at three memorial events in Iwate, Miyagi Prefecture on March 11th. At exactly 2:46 P.M., the moment that the 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, GACKT participated in a moment of silence at Minami Sanriku Bayside Arena in Miyagi Prefecture and offered a bouquet of flowers to the mem

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  • SDN48's Urano Kazumi to join Watarirouka Hashiritai 7

    March 11, 2012 @ 3:01 am

    On March 10th, Akimoto Yasushi revealed through his Google+ account that SDN48's Urano Kazumi will be joining AKB48 sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai 7.  Though Akimoto stated it's still "temporary", he sent a yell to Urano saying, "It would be fun! Urano, go for it!" Watarirouka Hashiritai formed in October of 2008 with AKB48 members Watanabe Mayu, Oota Aika, Nakagawa Haruka, and Hirajima Natsumi. They made their CD debut with their single,

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