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  • 'Music Station' performances from August 19th

    August 19, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

    'Music Station' is back with another exciting episode full of great performances! This week, pop duchess Koda Kumi performed "Poppin' love cocktail", and fangirls went wild over Kanjani8's "Tsubasa ni Koi" and SMAP's special medley. Also performing this week were YUKI with "Hello!" and Kuwata Keisuke with "Ashita e no March". Check out their performances below! == < Kanjani 8 - "Tsubasa ni Koi" > - < Kuwata

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  • Hamasaki Ayumi chosen as image character for color contacts

    August 19, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    J-pop queen Hamasaki Ayumi has been chosen as the image character for fashion product maker T&H's color contact lens, "SWEET DAYS". The product will be available on its official site, and at Don Quijote stores nationwide on August 31st. It plans to expand to various drug stores and other retail stores at a later date. "SWEET DAYS" will come in 12 different colors. Each set will cost 4,200 yen (approximately 55 USD). Source: Oricon

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  • EXILE's full music video for "Rising Sun" revealed

    August 19, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    After teasing fans with a short PV earlier this week, EXILE have finally revealed the full music video to their new song, "Rising Sun! The music video evokes a sense of hope and promise, thanks to its gold motif and scenes of individuals running towards the sun. The song was created specifically to cheer up Japan, with EXILE's lyrics encouraging everyone to keep progressing towards the light. All proceeds from the song's sales will go tow

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  • Shimatani Hitomi to continue playing 'Akage no Anne' for her fifth consecutive year

    August 19, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    It's been announced that Shimatani Hitomi (30) and her starring musical “Akage no Anne” will be shown at Suita City’s Culture Hall 'May Theater' as part of their Osaka performance. This will mark her fifth consecutive year in playing this role for this musical. Expressing her enthusiasm for the performance, Shimatani stated, “I am quite excited because in Osaka, people show a lot of reactions so the actors become energetic from that as well.

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  • EXILE's ATSUSHI reveals short PV for "Itsuka Kitto..."

    August 19, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    EXILE's gorgeous crooner ATSUSHI has finally revealed his PV for his debut solo track, "Itsuka Kitto..."! The song was picked up to be the theme song for the upcoming drama, "Hi wa Mata Noboru", and it's also part of a double A-side with EXILE's new single, "Rising Sun". “Itsuka Kitto…” is a song that expresses ATSUSHI’s anxiety and desire as a single man. Since it's his debut solo song, it was created with great care, as he double-checked

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  • Kato Cha reveals photos of his 23-year-old wife

    August 19, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    A few weeks ago, rockstar Kato Cha (68) surprised many people with his marriage announcement to a 23-year old woman from Hiroshima. On August 18th, Kato uploaded two pictures onto his official blog, introducing his new wife to his fans. The first photo is a cute two-shot of the couple with the phrase, "Darling, I love you," written across the top. In the second photo, we can clearly see the beauty of his young wife. He wrote, "This is m

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  • Studio Ghibli's "Kokuriko-zaka Kara" to be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival

    August 19, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    Exciting news for Japanese film fans in Toronto! It's been revealed that Studio Ghibli's animated film, "Kokuriko-zaka Kara", will be shown at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival this September as part of the 'Contemporary World Cinema' category. The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most notable film festivals in the world. Although it is non-competitive, it carries 'The People's Choice Award' for the best film, a

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  • Coming Soon!! announces guest line up for August 22nd

    August 19, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    TBS midnight music program, 'Coming Soon!!', has announced its line up for the upcoming August 22nd broadcast. For next week's episode, rock band NICO Touches the Walls will make their first appearance on the show, performing their new single, "Te wo Tatake". Also, the boys of V6 will perform their latest single, "Sexy.Honey.Bunny!" for the first time on t.v. Additionally, there will be a special talk segment with SMAP's Nakai Masahiro.

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  • Irie Jingi to release his first photobook in September

    August 19, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    Actor Irie Jingi (18) will be releasing his very first photobook, "JINGI 18", on September 26th. Irie is in his fourth year of acting, and he currently stars in the dramas, "Kingyo Club" and "IS ~Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei~". Since it's his last year of summer as a high school student, Irie showed off the body he sculpted by sporting swimwear and underwear in his photobook. He shared, "I do weight training everyday! Lately, I do 100 push

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  • Fujimoto Miki promotes "Hanabatake Farm Tea au Lait" while fending off persistent reporters

    August 19, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    On August 18th, Dream Morning Musume's Fujimoto Miki (26) and talento/president of Hanabatake Farm, Tanaka Yoshitake (53), attended the first collaboration event between DyDo and Hanabatake Farm called , ‘DyD0 X Hanabatake Farm’. The products developed between the two companies, “Hanabatake Farm Tea au Lait” and “Hanabatake Farm Condensed Milk Shake”, will begin distributing on the 22nd. Tanaka commented, “It’s like a dream for anyone’s p

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