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  • Kato Miliyah to make a comeback!

    January 10, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    Kato Miliyah posted some cute selcas of herself along with an announcement that will excite any fan: Miliyah is hard at work in the studio! "I'm making a new song! Creating a song from the sounds and melodies born inside my head is absolutely amazing." The last time Miliyah released new musical material was with her July 2010 album, "HEAVEN". The album swept the charts and marked the R&B singer's return to fame. Since then, fans have b

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  • Morning Musume's leader Takahashi Ai to graduate in the Fall!

    January 9, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    [caption id="attachment_87859" align="aligncenter" width="309" caption="Takahashi Ai"][/caption] Takahashi Ai, the current leader of Morning Musume, has announced her graduation from the Hello! Project group just a little while ago.  The news was posted on the official Hello! Project site, and it says that she will graduate from Morning Musume and Hello! Project after the 2011 Fall Tour. Takahashi said that when Kamei Eri, Lin Lin, and Jun

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  • RADWIMPS announces live tour and new album!

    January 9, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    To coincide with the release of an untitled new album on March 9th, rock band RADWIMPS has decided to embark on a tour! For fans who purchase their latest single, "DADA" on January 12th, the limited first press will contain an application that can be entered into an early raffle for tickets. The general application process will held from February 23rd to March 15th on RADWIMP's official website, which also hosts the information for the entir

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  • 100 fortune tellers predict 2011 to be a great year for YUI and Komoto Junichi

    January 9, 2011 @ 12:09 am

    The "Ranking of Best Fortune for 2011" compiles predictions from 100 fortunetellers, which was then revealed through the "Zappallas" website - "Zappallas" is a Japanese mobile content provider. Amongst the 1,400 celebrities they've listed, they've determined that 2011 would be a great year for singer YUI and comedian duo, "Jicho Kacho"s Komoto Junichi. What were the standards for the rankings? The results were based on the combinations of

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  • Inoue Mao celebrates her 24th birthday on the set of "Ohisama"

    January 8, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Popular actress, Inoue Mao celebrated her 24th birthday on January 9th with a special surprise! While shooting for NHK's upcoming morning drama "Ohisama", her castmates decided to deliver a special birthday cake for their "Toshionna." In Japan, a 'toshionna' is a woman who celebrates her latest birthday on her Chinese Zodiac year; since 2011 is the year of the rabbit, Mao's cake was decorated with 24 chocolate rabbits. Mao said happily,

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  • "Ori☆Sta" reveals ranking of actors, actresses who will blow up in 2011

    January 7, 2011 @ 4:38 am

    On the latest issue of "Ori☆Sta" magazine, the publication revealed their "Next Break Ranking 2011" list, which shows the ranking of actors or actresses who could possibly blow up in 2011. The weekly entertainment magazine posed the survey to 500 Oricon analysts, from November 26th ~ 29th in 2010. So which actor or actress has the potential to go sky-high this year? Check out Ori☆Sta's list below! *** <Actors> 10. Miura S

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  • Ayumi Hamasaki comes back to Japan with her hubby

    January 6, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    On January 5th, Ayumi Hamasaki returned to Japan with her husband, Austrian actor Manuel Schwarz. Arriving at Narita Airport, the newlyweds were met by a swarm of reporters, who immediately spotted the big diamond rings they both sported. Both the reporters and the onlookers shouted their congratulations to the couple, and while they smiled, Ayu did not answer the many questions the reporters were throwing her way. Instead, she bowed sligh

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  • 'The Kouhaku Effect': AKB48 dominates the 'Top 10' with four songs at once

    January 6, 2011 @ 4:50 am

    [caption id="attachment_116869" align="aligncenter" width="470" caption="AKB48's Single: "Heavy Rotation" dominates the Oricon due to the Kouhaku Effect"][/caption] We're previously reported about the after-effect of the "Kouhaku Uta Gassen" called 'The Kouhaku Effect', in which singer/songwriter, Uemura Kana, experienced a popularity revival for her hit track, "Toilet no Kamisama". AKB48 also experienced the positive repe

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  • Yamashita Keijiro of 'Rockabilly Sannin Otoko' passes away at 71

    January 6, 2011 @ 12:39 am

    [caption id="attachment_116814" align="aligncenter" width="194" caption="Yamashita Keijiro of the Rockabilly Sannin Otoko"][/caption] Yamashita Keijiro, a member of the famous Rockabilly Sannin Otoko, passed away on January 5th at a hospital in Tokyo.   He was 71 years old. Yamashita was born in Tokyo and is the son of the famous comedic storyteller, Rakugo-ka. In 1956, Yamashita joined "Sons of Drifters" (a precursor band of the "Drif

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  • SMAP pulls in the highest rating during "Kohaku Uta Gassen"

    January 5, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    The individual artist ratings for the "61st Kohaku Uta Gassen" was revealed on January 4th, and it was discovered that SMAP were the performers who pulled in the highest ratings among all artists during Kohaku. SMAP attended this year's Kohaku as the ootori (the last performer of the whole show), and while they were performing at 11:33 PM, the rating reached an impressive 48.9%.  This is the sixth time that SMAP has managed to pull the hig

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