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  • Nakai Masahiro, Esumi Makiko & AKB48 to be the MC for TBS' new music program

    February 29, 2012 @ 2:47 am

    It was announced that SMAP's Nakai Masahiro, actress Esumi Makiko, and idol group AKB48 has been chosen as the MC for a yet-to-be-titled music program on TBS which will start in the middle of April.  The music show will feature three or four artist groups every week, and will comprise of performance and discussion segments. AKB48 member Takahashi Minami commented, "For AKB48, this is our first experience to be the regular MC for music prog

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  • Gouriki Ayame chosen as new campaign character for "Vehicle Liability Insurance"

    February 29, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    On February 28th, actress Gouriki Ayame attended a press conference for the "Mandatory Vehicle Liability Insurance PR Campaign" as its new campaign character. Although she's yet to obtain her driver's license, Gouriki commented, "I want to go to the beach by myself. On my first drive, I want my friend to be in the passenger seat. With my friend, I want to go to Hakone." The "Mandatory Vehicle Liability Insurance" covers the insured person

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  • Saeko reveals a two shot with ex-husband Darvish Yu

    February 29, 2012 @ 12:22 am

    Talento Saeko recently revealed a snapshot with her ex-husband Darvish Yu on her official blog. Saeko titled the update "BEST FRIEND", and wrote, "Although we have separated, he will always be an important person." tokyohive previously reported that Saeko and Darvish Yu filed for divorce on January 19th. However, it seems like the two are on good terms and continue to meet with each other. Saeko also revealed that Darvish often gives h

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – February 24th~26th

    February 28, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    [caption id="attachment_223289" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – February 24th~26th"][/caption] The weekend dramas finally recorded some positive changes in the ratings department with surges as high as 3.3%. NTV wasn't able to repeat the success of last week's "Avatar" on Friday and therefore the ratings shifted back to normal and helped the drama 'Renai NEET' (TBS) to climb up by 1.1% again. However, TV

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  • Perfume announces label transfer + new single

    February 28, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    Electro-pop trio Perfume has announced that they have transferred to Universal Music Japan! Additionally, they've also revealed that they will be releasing their new single, "Spring of Life", this spring. The title track has already been picked up as the CM song for 'Kirin Chu-hai Hyouketsu'. For the CM, Perfume held their very first overseas shoot in Los Angeles, California. The CM will broadcast starting on February 29th. "Spring of L

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  • Mezamashi TV's main newscaster Otsuka Norikazu to leave the show in March

    February 28, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    On February 28th, Fuji TV announced that ‘Mezamashi TV’ main newscaster Otsuka Norikazu (63), who was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia last year, will take his leave from thie popular morning news program. He will be leaving this program alongside with his stand-in caster Ito Toshihiro (39), who will resign formally in March, and Miyake Masaharu (49) will take over his place as his successor. Otsuka started out his career at Fuji

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  • Japan Box Office Report – February 25th/26th

    February 28, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    [caption id="attachment_223162" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Always: Sunset on Third Street 3" / "In Time" / "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo""][/caption] A second win for "In Time", while "ALWAYS 3" is back in at second place. "The Twilight Saga" opened in at fourth place. "In Time" defended its first place position by recording another high weekend box office revenue of 237,673,900 Yen (2.94 mill

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  • KARA's full PV for "Speed Up" revealed

    February 28, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    Earlier today, DSP Entertainment released two PV teasers of KARA’s upcoming (Double A Side) 6th single in Japan. The two teasers were for ‘Girl's Power‘ and ‘Speed Up‘. Similar to the song's namesake, the full PV for 'Speed Up' has already aired in Japan. The track is a bit of a departure from their previous Japanese releases as their concept is quite fierce compared to their cute look. Check out the PV below! Tip: Bishou

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  • Nogizaka46 becomes official supporters for "J League 2012"

    February 28, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    On February 28th, the girls of Nogizaka46 attended a press conference as the official supporters for "Sukapa! J League 2012". "Sukapa! J League 2012" is the 12th season of J League (Japanese national football league) that will broadcast via 'Sukapa!'. J1 will be held on March 10th and J2 will open on March 14th. Member Miyazawa Seira, who is the daughter of former J League player Miyazawa Michel, commented, "When I told my dad, he was

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  • T-ara reveals PV for "Lies"

    February 28, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

      Girl group T-ara has just unveiled the full PV for their Japanese version of "Lies". "Lies" was originally in 2009 as part of T-ara’s 'Absolute First Album'. It's been remastered and remade for a Japanese audience, and it sounds great! In the video, the girls belt out a wonderful harmony while giving melancholy looks to the camera. "Lies" will be included as a B-side for 'Limited Edition A' of their 'Roly-Poly' Japanese singl

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