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  • Ikeda Saemi to serve as Asahi Kasei campaign model

    January 27, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    On January 26th, Asahi Kasei announced that fashion model Ikeda Saemi (21) will serve as their 2012 campaign model.  She will participate in PR for the company’s swimwear textiles launch and other various products within the group. Ikeda was born in the city of Kagoshima and is an active model for women’s fashion magazines such as “JJ.” Asahi Kasei aims to become a strong competitor in the Chinese textiles market, so they also plan on u

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  • Hirajima Natsumi & Yonezawa Rumi leaving AKB48!

    January 27, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

    [caption id="attachment_217590" align="aligncenter" width="501" caption="Left: Hirajima Natsumi, Right: Yonezawa Rumi"][/caption] AKB48's official blog has announced that both Hirajima Natsumi (Team B, Watarirouka Hashiritai 7) and Yonezawa Rumi (Team K) will be leaving the group. Below are the messages from Hirajima and Yonezawa on the official blog. ------- "I, Hirajima Natsumi, have decided to withdraw from AKB48 and Watarirouka Ha

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  • MUSIC STATION reveals artist line-up for February 3rd

    January 27, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

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  • Fukiishi Kazue spotted at Fukuyama Masaharu's apartment, Amuse blocking reports?

    January 27, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    [caption id="attachment_217554" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Fukiishi Kazue with her rabbit (l.) & her trying to catch a taxi (r.)"][/caption] On Thursday, January 26th, some rumors surfaced that the notorious weekly pictorial magazine 'FRIDAY' was going to publish a big scoop about a possible relationship between popular singer/actor Fukuyama Masaharu and actress Fukiishi Kazue. On the surface, it looked like it was just yo

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  • Compilation album for Aoki Kotomi's manga "Kano-Uso" to be released

    January 27, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    The compilation album, “Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru MIXTAPE VOL. 1” for Aoki Kotomi’s popular manga, “Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru” will be released on February 22 through Ariola Japan. The manga, nicknamed “Kano-uso,” is currently being serialized through the shojo manga magazine “Cheese!”; it is a romance genre manga about the music industry. The selection of songs was chosen by the editors of the magazine “MUSICA” and a total of 17

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  • D=OUT to release first major album, "MUSIC NIPPON"

    January 27, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    Visual kei band D=OUT has announced that they will be releasing their first major album, "MUSIC NIPPON", on February 8th. "MUSIC NIPPON" will feature album versions of the band's previous singles, "Psychedelico∞Psychedelico", "ONE", "ROMAN REVOLUTION", and "Zenshin Zenrei LIVES". It will be available in three different types: Limited Edition -Dai-, Limited Edition -Gin-, and Regular Edition -Jo-. 'Limited Edition -Dai-' will come with a

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  • Yamamoto Yusuke to play a villain in new 'Ring' movie, 'Sadako 3D'

    January 27, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    Early last year, it was announced that the über-popular horror character 'Sadako' from the "The Ring" would be getting her own movie in 2012 called "Sadako 3D". Last month, the media revealed a few of major cast, in which Ishihara Satomi would play the protagonist (a high school teacher), while Seto Koji will play as her boyfriend (a web designer). On January 26th, the film's staff revealed that Sadako wasn't going to creep out everyone al

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  • AKB48 reveals short PV + track list for "GIVE ME FIVE!"

    January 27, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    It was announced earlier today that idol group AKB48 would be releasing a 34-minute promotion video (PV) for their new single, "GIVE ME FIVE!". Directed by Sugita Shigemichi, the video will see some dramatic acting from several AKB48 members. Fortunately, for those fans who'd love to get their AKB48 fix but don't have 34 minutes to spare, the girls have prepared a five-minute version. Check out the shortened PV below, as well as the tra

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  • Ms.OOJA releases teaser for "Be..."

    January 27, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    Earlier this month, tokyohive revealed that singer-songwriter Ms.OOJA would be providing the theme song to upcoming drama series, 'Renai NEET ~Wasureta Koi no Hajime Kata~'. No new details regarding the single have been released, but her label (Universal Music Japan) has uploaded a two-minute teaser of "Be...". Check it out after the jump! -

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  • "Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de" to return as a special drama in March

    January 27, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    Fuji TV's hit drama series, "Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de", will be returning as a special drama in March! Starring Arashi's Sakurai Sho and actress Kitagawa Keiko,"Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de" first aired in October of 2011 and concluded in December with high rankings in December. The TV series was adapted from Higashikawa Tokuya's hit mystery novel, which tells of a rookie detective named "Hosho Reiko" (Kitagawa), the daughter of rich f

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