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  • Watarirouka Hashiritai 7's Nakagawa Haruka to undergo surgery for vocal cord nodules

    February 29, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    On February 29th, Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 member Nakagawa Haruka announced through the group's official blog that she will be undergoing surgery for vocal cord nodules. Vocal cord nodules are noncancerous growths on the vocal cords that are usually caused by vocal abuse. This causes one's voice to become hoarse and holds them back from singing in higher pitches. Nakagawa wrote, "At this time, it's been decided that I will be having surge

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  • Sexy Zone's Nakajima Kento to enter Meiji Gakuin University this April

    February 29, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    It was revealed that 5-member group Sexy Zone's Nakajima Kento has passed the entrance exam for Meiji Gakuin University (department of sociology), and will enter the university this April.  Although Sexy Zone has a busy schedule, he will try to manage both his activities in Sexy Zone and his studies. Noticing the great influence of media after the disaster, Nakajima decided to study sociology. He commented, "By understanding the mechanism of J

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  • Comedian Murakami Jun to marry his non-celebrity girlfriend

    February 27, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    Murakami Jun (31) of comedian duo Shizuru has announced that he will be marrying his non-celebrity girlfriend (31) on February 28th. According to the announcement, Murakami's partner is a former nurse and current office worker named Aiko. The two met during their high school days through their part-time jobs, and have been dating for over 10 years. Aiko made the move by asking Murakami, "Why don't we register our marriage?". From there,

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  • Gravure idol & actress Otsuka Mae is getting married

    February 25, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    One of Japan's most popular gravure idols, Otsuka Mae (31), who topped Amazon's 2011 ranking for gravure/image DVDs, announced on her blog that she is going to get married. The wedding ceremony is planned for the end of March. Otsuka is marrying a Japanese man (31) who works as an advisor for a Non-Governmental Organization that supports street children in Bangladesh. She first met him three years ago when she went to Bangladesh for work a

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  • Fuji TV to change parts of Odagiri Joe's upcoming drama 'Kazoku no Uta'

    February 25, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    On February 24th, Fuji TV's president Toyoda Ko mentioned at a regular press conference that they would be making some changes to the upcoming drama 'Kazoku no Uta', in which Odagiri Joe will be starring in. The network was forced to make arrangements to the plot after they were hit with plagiarism accusations. It seems that there are too many similarities between the upcoming project and the 1987 TBS drama 'Papa wa Newscaster', which was

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  • Oshikiri Moe designs an apartment building

    February 23, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    It was recently revealed that popular model Oshikiri Moe (32) designed an entire apartment building. The new 7-floor tall designer apartment complex, the “PREMIUM CUBE Meguro Higashiyama # mo,” is located in Higashiyama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo.  Oshikiri personally chose and decided on everything from the warm orange color of the exterior to the decorated entrances and the individual, fresh-feeling rooms. Prior to this, she also designed a we

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  • THE YELLOW MONKEY's Yoshii Kazuya & Manabe Kaori are dating

    February 23, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    On February 23rd, talento Manabe Kaori (31) made a live appearance Fuji TV's news program, "Tokudane!", where she revealed she was in a  relationship with THE YELLOW MONEY's vocalist Yoshii Kazuya (45). Manabe, who claims she's been a fan of Yoshii since middle school, said, "I've never once said that I wanted to meet him as a fan, but we met by coincidence." She also shared her first impression of Yoshii saying, "He's a really good person

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  • Shinohara Ryoko gives birth to her second child

    February 22, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    Actress Shinohara Ryoko (38) has announced that she has given birth to her second child! According to her agency, Shinohara gave birth to a healthy baby boy on February 22nd. Both mother and the baby are in healthy condition. She will gradually return to work after she has settled into her new life. Through a fax, Shinohara commented, "I gave birth to a healthy baby boy. I will do my best with work and child-rearing, so please continue

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  • Sawamura Ikki to debut as a picture book author

    February 21, 2012 @ 4:12 am

    It's been revealed that actor Sawamura Ikki will be making his debut as a picture book author and illustrator! Sawamura's first picture book, "Tane Pokkuru ~Papa to Mama ni wa Naisho no Ohanashi~", will be released on March 16th.  He expressed, "I'm not done yet, but these next few days, I want to shave time off my sleep schedule and life, and devote myself to drawing." The book is an adventure fantasy that tells a story of three fairy br

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  • Former SDN48 member Ninomiya Yuka announces her pregnancy

    February 20, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    Former SDN48 member Ninomiya Yuka (22) has announced through her official blog that she is currently 7-months pregnant! Ninomiya wrote, "Right now, we are filled with happiness that there will be a new addition to the family!" She also shared, "The baby is healthy and is growing very quickly. My physical condition hasn't changed much since before my pregnancy, I'm very healthy!!" This being her first pregnancy, Ninomiya called out to ex

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