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  • Sawashiro Miyuki, Kawasumi Ayako, and Nakahara Mai to join as voice actresses for "AKB0048"

    March 10, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    AKB48’s first anime series “AKB0048”, which will air its first broadcast on April 29th, has announced additional voice actresses including Sawashiro Miyuki, Kawasumi Ayako, and Nakahara Mai. Sawashiro Miyuki will play ‘Acchan’ or Maeda Atsuko of the 13th generation. Kawasumi Ayako will take on the role of ‘Sayaka’ or Akimoto Sayaka of the 10th generation. Nakahara Mai as ‘Sae’ or Miyazawa Sae of the 10th generation in this anime serie

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  • U to make his debut in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore this month!

    March 10, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    Actor and singer U (a.k.a Shirota Yu) has revealed that he will be making his debut in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore later this month! He will be making this particular debut with his first album 'UNO' (released in Japan back on March 7th) through print and digital form. Shirota recently collaborated with Backstreet Boys member Howie D for "Worth Fighting For feat. HOWIE D” (released on February 22nd), and became the topic of interest wh

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  • Model Yuumi to marry baseball player Morimoto Hichori

    March 10, 2012 @ 3:48 am

    On her official blog entry posted on March 8th, model Yuumi (33), known for her modeling in women’s fashion magazine “DOMANI”, announced her marriage to baseball player Morimoto Hichori. Regarding her marriage, her agency stated, “Yuumi is not pregnant and will continue her work as usual.” Additionally, Yuumi commented, “While supporting one another, I hope build up a happy family with him. I hope you support the two of us from now on as w

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  • MAY'S commemorates their return with a comeback live

    March 10, 2012 @ 2:16 am

    On March 9th, pop duo group MAY’S, who went hiatus last year due to vocalist Katagiri Maiko’s poor condition, held their comeback live ‘THE FACTORY presents MAY’S RETURN LIVE '39'”, which marked their first live since September of last year. At this event, Katagiri stated, “I’m happy I was able to come back as my energetic self,” and performed thirteen songs including their new song, “SKY”, at this live. She stated, “Since it was my first

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  • Uehara Takako confirms her engagement on her official blog

    March 10, 2012 @ 12:25 am

    Previously, we reported that SPEED's Uehara Takako would be getting married to ET-KING member TENN in July. In her recent blog update, Uehara confirmed her engagement to TENN. She explained, "I met TENN-san, and while spending time together, we both started to become aware of something called marriage." Uehara continued to express her joy saying, "My future with this person... everyday those feelings grew, and I'm happy to be able to re

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  • RIAJ reveals hard copy sales certifications for February 2012

    March 9, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ') has just released their hard copy sales certifications for the month of February. This certification is based off the total numbers of CDs and DVDs sold to retailers. RIAJ hands out these awards based on the following standards: Gold - 100,000 units sold Platinum - 250,000 units sold; Double Platinum - 500,000 units sold; Triple Platinum - 750,000 units sold Million - 1,000,0

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  • Berryz Koubou releases the full PV for their upcoming single

    March 9, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    As reported back in February, Berryz Koubou is scheduled to release their new single "Be Genki (Naseba Naru!)" on March 21st, and the full PV to the upcoming song has been released on Berryz Koubou's official YouTube channel. "Be Genki (Naseba Naru!)" will be released in four different editions; Limited Edition A, B, C, and regular edition.  Check out the full PV below! Thanks to Raitoryuuku & Kc for the tip!

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  • Check out the performances from March 9th's MUSIC STATION

    March 9, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    TV Asahi's music program MUSIC STATION broadcasted their episode for March 9th with gorgeous artist line-up. Check out the performances below! (Yusuke's performance cannot be found.) ----- “Wild at Heart” – Arashi “Gajumaru Beat” – HY “Strength” – Shibasaki Kou “SAKURA, I love you?” – Nishino Kana “Ai, Texas” – Yamashita Tomohisa (According to MUSIC STATION' site, there will be no episode next

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  • L'Arc~en~Ciel holds their 1st live concert in Thailand

    March 9, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    On March 7th, L'Arc~en~Ciel held the 2nd show of their world tour, "L'Arc-en-Ciel WORLD TOUR 2012", at Bangkok IMPACT Arena in Thailand. L'Arc~en~Ciel previously visited Thailand back in 1999 for promotional activities, however, this marked their first live concert in the country. Many fans awaited the band as they arrived at the airport. They held signs that read "We waited for 13 years", and "Thank you for coming". From beginning to e

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  • ORANGE RANGE to release new album, "NEO POP STANDARD"

    March 9, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    Rock band ORANGE RANGE has revealed that they will be releasing their new album, "NEO POP STANDARD", on April 18th. Since the band will be celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, they will break new ground with an electro album. It will contain a total of 13 tracks including their summer pop tune, "Hello Sunshine Hello Future", which is currently available for free download. The limited edition version of the album will come with a

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