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  • 'Shukan Shincho' digs up alleged dirty money used to build AKB48, office48 threatens tabloid with lawsuit

    September 13, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    On September 13th, the weekly tabloid 'Shukan Shincho' released its latest issue with the big controversial headline "The puppeteer's alchemy. A study of this generation's favorite child Akimoto Yasushi". It seems like they hit upon some dirt, as this is only the first part of a serial story. The first part is titled "The bank transfer scam money that built AKB48!" and takes a closer look at the origin of the idol group AKB48. The group is

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  • Model Takeshita Rena announces pregnancy with first child

    September 13, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    In the October issue of fashion magazine "BAILA" released on September 12th, model Takeshita Rena announced that she is pregnant with her first child. According to the announcement, she is currently in her seventh month, and will be giving birth in December. Takeshita shares how she felt when she found out about her pregnancy to how she is feeling now in the magazine. As reported previously, Takeshita married a non-celebrity man back in Jun

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  • Shinotani Hijiri's agency cancels his contract

    September 11, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    On September 11th, the entertainment agency GPR and the actor's group NAKED BOYZ announced on their website that the contract with actor Shinotani Hijiri has been canceled in the wake of his arrest on the suspicion of rape yesterday. In GPR's official statement and apology towards his fans, they once again confirmed that Shinotani was arrested as reported in the news and that they have canceled his contract as of today. They also explained

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  • Fujimoto Miki holds press conference for her yoga exercise book

    September 11, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    Talent Fujimoto Miki held a press conference in Tokyo for the release of her yoga exercise book. As a former member of Morning Musume., she was asked to give some comments regarding Tsuji Nozomi’s recent pregnancy, and she responded with a huge smile, “Congratulations!” She also commented on Nakazawa Yuko, who’s currently pregnant with her first child, “I haven’t been able to meet up with her since she got pregnant. If I do meet her, I want t

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  • Actor Shinotani Hijiri arrested after suspected rape of a teenage girl

    September 10, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

    On September 10th, actor Shinotani Hijiri (22) was arrested on the suspicion of rape by the Machida Police Station in Tokyo. Shinotani is being accused of having raped a teenage girl on the night of August 9th. Allegedly, the girl was on her way home in Machida, when he suddenly started to call out to her and kept on pulling her hand. She was then dragged into a local building and assaulted by him. The injuries on both arms of the victim h

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  • Actress Ono Ito appears at sales event for her photo book 'ITO'

    September 9, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    On September 8, actress Ono Ito (17) appeared at a commemorative sales event at the Shibuya branch of Bunkyodo in Tokyo for her photo book “ITO.” The photos were taken in Bali, Indonesia.  Her favorite photos are the side shots of her face and she smiled sweetly as she stated, “My side profile is pretty~.  I always have a cool expression, but for this book, I smiled a lot.” She spoke happily about her swimsuit shots, “It was embarrassi

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  • Comedian Yabe Hiroyuki hospitalized due to spontaneous pneumothorax

    September 8, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    It's been reported that comedian Yabe Hiroyuki (40) of NINETY-NINE has been hospitalized due to spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung). According to his agency, Yabe gave a phone call to his manager on September 7 around 9:00 pm reporting that he had been experiencing pain in his chest. Afterwards, he visited a hospital on his own, and he had to be hospitalized immediately. He will be treated with chest tubes, and he's required to be ho

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  • Gouriki Ayame throws the opening pitch at Jingu Stadium

    September 7, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    On September 7th, actress Gouriki Ayame was in charge of the opening pitch for the game between the Tokyo Yakult Swallows and the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants at the Jingu Stadium in Tokyo. Gouriki threw a strong pitch with her left hand and although it did hit the ground, it went straight towards strike zone. Afterwards she regretted that she wasn't able to manage to throw the ball without it bouncing. She said, "If I had thrown a little higher,

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  • Voice actress Shiraishi Ryoko announces her marriage

    September 6, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    Voice actress Shiraishi Ryoko has announced her marriage through her official blog! According to the announcement, Shiraishi registered her marriage with a non-celebrity man on September 6th, the day before her 30th birthday. She expressed, "I want to get married before I'm 30-years-old... To those who worried and made a joke about my dream, are you relieved now? Lol. Have I surprised you? I almost gave up on it. I didn't know it would com

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  • Koyuki is pregnant with her 2nd baby

    September 6, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    It's been reported that Matsuyama Kenichi (27) and Koyuki (35) are expecting their 2nd baby! Through her agency, Koyuki commented, "We will be welcoming a new family member in the winter. I've now entered my 5th month of pregnancy, and together with my husband, we are looking forward to the day we meet this new life. " Matsuyama and Koyuki started dating in April of 2009 after co-starring in the film, 'Kamui Gaiden'. They tied the knot

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