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  • AKB48 CAFE & SHOP' to open in Osaka

    April 3, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    On April 3rd, 7 members of AKB48 and NMB48 held a promotional event for 'AKB48 CAFE & SHOP NAMBA'. 'AKB48 CAFE & SHOP NAMBA' will officially open its doors to the public on April 4th, becoming the 1st AKB48 cafe in the Kansai region. Aside from AKB48's original goods, the store will carry special items associated with Osaka-based sister-group NMB48. It will also feature walls displaying the members' autographs and 16 TV monitors

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  • Watanabe Mayu and Minegishi Minami attend event for 'Dior'

    April 3, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    On April 3rd, AKB48's Watanabe Mayu and Minegishi Minami attended an event for fashion brand 'Dior' at a cafe in Omotesando. During this event, Minegishi revealed that she had heard about Maeda Atsuko's graduation about a year ago. She then stated, "But I didn't know she was going to say it at Saitama Super Arena. She told me sorry for not telling me, and it made me cry even more." Meanwhile, Watanabe disclosed, "I had no idea," and reflected

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  • Ono Erena to make solo debut this summer!

    April 3, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    It's been revealed that former AKB48 member Ono Erena will be releasing her first solo single this summer! The single "Erepyon" is scheduled to release on June 13th and come in several editions. For those who don't know Erena, "Erepyon" is her nick name and it was Erena who titled the single after herself. She wrote the lyrics for "Erepyon" while SmileR from NicoNico Douga produced the new single. "Erepyon" will get its first airing on Ap

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  • Kashiwagi Yuki to hold solo concert for her new photo book

    April 3, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    Previously, we reported that AKB48's Kashiwagi Yuki will be releasing her 2nd photo book, 'Yu, Yu, Yukirin...', on April 19th. To commemorate this release, it's been revealed that she will be holding her first solo live on July 13th at Nakano Sun Plaza! Kashiwagi expressed, "Whenever I do something, I think about whether or not the fans would enjoy what I do." She continued, "I don't care if it's a small venue, I want to do it in front of

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  • Kis-My-Ft2's 1st album sells 254,000 copies + tops Oricon weekly chart

    April 3, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    Kis-My-Ft2's 1st album, 'Kis-My-1st' (released March 28th) has sold 254,000 copies in its first week, topping the Oricon Weekly Album Ranking for the week of April 9th! With this, the boys have topped the charts two weeks in a row, after last week with their latest single, "SHE! HER! HER!". This also marks the first time in 6 years that a male artist has sold over 200,000 copies of their 1st album in the first week. It was previously ac

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  • YUKI announces special live & nationwide tour + new single, live DVD & PV collection

    April 3, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    To get ready for her upcoming Tokyo Dome concert, singer-songwriter YUKI has announced that she will be holding a special live called 'BREATHS OF TEN'! She has also announced that she will be holding a nationwide tour, 'BEATS OF TEN', starting in June. 'BREATHS OF TEN' will be held as a 'pre-party live' on April 27th and 28th at Yokohama BLITZ. Meanwhile, her nationwide tour will kick off on June 8th at Toda Civic Cultural Hall in Saitama,

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  • SKE48's Matsui Jurina absent from handshake events due to poor health

    April 3, 2012 @ 5:59 am

    On March 31st and April 1st, SKE48's Matsui Jurina was absent from the group's handshake events at Intex Osaka due to her poor health. The manager of SKE48 Theater commented on Matsui's condition through Twitter saying, "About Jurina's condition, we are having her get plenty of rest. When she hears loud sounds or loud voices, she starts to feel sick." Through her official blog, Matsui explained, "I overdid it during February's performances

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  • Nagayama Kento breaks his left knee in motorcycle accident

    April 3, 2012 @ 4:04 am

    On April 2nd, it was reported that actor Nagayama Kento fractured his left knee in a motorcycle accident. According to his agency, the accident occurred on March 29th when Nagayama misjudged his steering and rolled over on his motorcycle while heading home from voice training. A witness immediately dialed 119, and he was rushed to a hospital in Tokyo. On the 2nd, Nagayama underwent surgery, and it was determined that he should be hospit

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  • Kalafina's new song chosen for "Minna no Uta"

    April 3, 2012 @ 2:25 am

    It's been revealed that vocal unit Kalafina's new song, "moonfesta", will be featured on NHK's "Minna no Uta" from June to the end of July! Kalafina member Keiko expressed her joy on her official blog saying, "How this new song will be felt by everyone, I'm nervous, yet very excited at the same time!" "moonfesta" will be written, composed, and arranged by Kajiura Yuki, who has continued to produce Kalafina's songs since their debut. Thi

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  • AKB48 become racers for new 'WONDA' CM

    April 2, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

    AKB48's new CM for Asahi Soft Drinks' 'WONDA' will broadcast starting April 3rd. The new CM titled "Wonderful Race" is a CM for the internet campaign, "WONDA×AKB48 Kondo wa Race da! Wonderful Race". It stars Itano Tomomi, Oshima Yuko, Kashiwagi Yuki, Kojima Haruna, Sashihara Rino, Shinoda Mariko, Takahashi Minami, Maeda Atsuko, Yokoyama Yui, and Watanabe Mayu. In the CM, the girls are seen driving race cars, and calling out, "Hurry, hur

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