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  • Shinoda Mariko-produced fashion brand 'ricori' shuts down

    July 17, 2014 @ 2:26 am

    Former AKB48 member Shinoda Mariko (28) tweeted that she was "very surprised" at the news of the closing of fashion brand "ricori", which she had produced. ricori announced through Twitter on July 16 that starting on the 15th, all of its stores would be shut down. Shinoda, who produced and designed for the brand, seemed to have not been aware of this beforehand. She added, "I, Shinoda Mariko, was able to help as an adviser until last year, s

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  • Hirano Aya's father passes away

    July 17, 2014 @ 1:36 am

    Voice actress and singer Hirano Aya (26) revealed on her own blog that her father (56) had passed away on July 11 from cancer. She stated on her blog that her father was diagnosed with end-stage cancer at the end of year before last, and received surgery. After that, he also underwent chemotherapy, and went in and out of the hospital for treatments. His vigil was held on the 14th and funeral on the 15th of July. According to sources, Hi

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  • Nakama Yukie to become MC for NHK's '46th Omoide no Memory'

    July 17, 2014 @ 1:34 am

    NHK Director-General Momii Katsuto (71) announced on July 15 that actress Nakama Yukie has been selected to be the MC for the 46th installment of its annual music program 'Omoide no Melody', hailed as the 'Summer Kohaku' (August 9, 7:30pm onwards). The mediator will be Ayanokoji Kimimaro. Nakama has gained much popularity through her role as 'Hayama Renko', best friend of the protagonist Hanako (Yoshitaka Yuriko) in NHK's ongoing morning dra

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu grabs No.1 spot on Oricon's weekly album ranking

    July 15, 2014 @ 1:59 am

    Singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu grabbed No.1 spot on Oricon's latest weekly ranking with her 3rd album "Pikapika Fantajin" (released on July 9) after selling 48,000 copies during the first week.This is her second chart-topping work, including both singles and albums, since her previous album "Nanda Collection" ranked No.1 on the chart.Kyary commented, "I am really happy to be able to grab the No.1 spot on Oricon ranking again with my 3rd album! I realiz

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  • Nogizaka46 tops Oricon's weekly single ranking for 8th consecutive time

    July 14, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

    Idol group Nogizaka46's 9th single "Natsu no Free&Easy" (went on sale on July 9) sold 422,000 copies in the first week, and topped Oricon's latest weekly single ranking. This marks the group's 8th consecutive chart-topping single since their 2nd single "Oide Shampoo" (released in May 2012). With this, they're tied for 6th place in the record of number of consecutive chart-topping single for female groups, following AKB48 (23 consecutive sing

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  • Himuro Kyosuke to suspend live activities after 2015

    July 13, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

    Himuro Kyosuke will be putting his live activities on hold after his final live scheduled in 2015.   During his Yamaguchi concert on July 13, Himuro surprised fans when he announced that he is planning to retire. After, it was announced on his official website that he would be suspending all live activities after his live plans next year. Details on his other music activities will be revealed at a later date. Currently, Himuro is

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  • Oguri Shun borrows Yamada Yu's Instagram to warn fans about fake accounts

    July 13, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

    On July 13, actor Oguri Shun borrowed his wife Yamada Yu's Instagram account to warn fans about fake accounts.   Oguri wrote, "This is Oguri Shun borrowing my wife's Instagram. I don't use neither Instagram or Twitter. Yoroshiku. I apologize [to inform everybody] from a place like this. But I heard it from my wife and I didn't like it." In addition, he uploaded a photo of himself covering his face with his right hand. In response, fans left comm

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 7/2~7/8

    July 12, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

    Recochoku have just updated their weekly charts for the week of July 2nd to July 8th. Check out the top ranking chaku-uta, digital singles and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Precious Love" - EXILE ATSUSHI 02 - "R.Y.U.S.E.I." - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 03 - "Let It Go ~Ari no Mama de~ (Japanese)" - Matsu Takako 04 - "Saishuu Densha ~missing you~" - Sonar Pocket 05 - "Nijiiro" - Ayaka

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  • Hashimoto Kanna cast in Fuji TV Drama 'Suikyuu Yankees'

    July 11, 2014 @ 2:59 am

    Hashimoto Kanna (15) from Fukuoka-based idol group Rev.from DVL has been cast as herself in Fuji TV's upcoming drama "Suikyuu Yankees", which is set to begin on July 12. Although Hashimoto has made an appearance in Koreeda Hirokazu's movie "Kiseki" in 2011, this is her first time on a nationally broadcast drama. She commented, "I will do my best to play my part. I also want to learn a lot from being on set." The drama is a youth co

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  • Kanjani8's latest single tops Oricon's Weekly Singles Chart for the 15th consecutive time!

    July 11, 2014 @ 2:43 am

    Idol group Kanjani8 sold 169,000 copies of their 28th single "Omoidama" (released on July 2) in the first week, topping the July 14th Oricon Weekly Singles Ranking. This is their 15th consecutive single and 23rd single in total (including single released under Eight Ranger) to have topped the chart. The single is the "2014 ABC summer high school baseball league cheering song" for ABC/TV Asahi's summer high school baseball digest program "Netto Ko

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