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  • Odagiri Joe to become a father of three in new drama, 'Kazoku no Uta'

    February 11, 2012 @ 5:17 am

    Fuji TV has announced that actor Odagiri Joe will be starring in a new drama called 'Kazoku no Uta' next season. It will be the seventh drama in Fuji TV's relatively new drama time slot of Sundays at 9:00 p.m.; 'Kazoku no Uta' will also mark  Odagiri's drama premiere on the network. He will play the role of the once-popular rock musician 'Hayakawa', who's been gradually fading into obscurity after the breakup of his rock group, 'out of

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  • GACKT to release new single, "UNTIL THE LAST DAY"

    February 11, 2012 @ 2:53 am

    It's been revealed that GACKT will be releasing his new single, "UNTIL THE LAST DAY", on February 22nd! "UNTIL THE LAST DAY" is the theme song for the CG anime film, "Dragon Age -Blood Mage no Seisen-". The film is based on the popular RPG game, "Dragon Age: Origins", and is directed by Sori Fumihiko. GACKT, Kuriyama Chiaki, and Tanihara Shosuke provided their voices for the characters in the film. "UNTIL THE LAST DAY" is described as a s

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  • Japan Twitter Trends for January 2012!

    February 11, 2012 @ 12:44 am

    Every month, BIGLOBE releases a list of the top Twitter trends in Japan. Now that January has come to an end, they’ve compiled their data and have revealed their rankings for that month. (If you want to go back in time and compare what trended in the past, you can check out December’s rankings here.) == [Word Ranking] – [Previous Month] 1. Earthquakes - #1 2. Trains - #3 3. Lateness - #6 4. Earthquake level 4 [1 is weak

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  • GO!GO!7188 disbands after Yuu's withdrawal

    February 10, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    Today it was announced that GO!GO!7188's vocalist and guitarist Nakashima Yumi, also known as Yuu, has decided to withdraw from the band. This decision consequently lead to the disbandment of GO!GO!7188. Yuu explained the reason for her decision to leave on the official site of the band. She wrote, "I do think that the band was still in a process of growing, but I felt that I've reached the limit of what I can do for the band. This feeling

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  • Ueto Aya and Gouriki Ayame attend CM presentation event for 'AOKI'

    February 10, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    On February 9th, actresses Ueto Aya and Gouriki Ayame attended a CM presentation event for suit retailer, 'AOKI'. Upon seeing Gouriki, Ueto commented, "She's really cute. I went through that period myself. I'm often told that I look like Gouriki-chan. I think so too. It's like I'm watching myself from the past." In response, Gouriki exclaimed, "Having my 'dai-senpai' tell me things like that... Thank you very much!" The new CM is set

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  • RIAJ reveals hard copy sales certifications for January 2012

    February 10, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ') has just released their hard copy sales certifications for the month of January. 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 - 1,000,00

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  • MUSIC STATION reveals artist line-up for February 17th

    February 10, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    TV Asahi's music program MUSIC STATION has revealed the artist-line up for the upcoming February 17th broadcast! Next week's episode will feature performances by AKB48, THE BAWDIES, Naoto Inti Raymi, FUNKY MONKEY BABYS, and V6. This will be THE BAWDIES' second consecutive week to appear on the show. They will take the stage with their latest single, "ROCK ME BABY", which was released on February 8th. Check out the full set list below

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  • Kora Kengo & Yoshitaka Yuriko to star in new movie, "Yokomichi Yonosuke"

    February 10, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    It's been revealed that Kora Kengo and Yoshitaka Yuriko will be starring in the upcoming film, "Yokomichi Yonosuke". Kora and Yoshitaka had previously co-starred together in the 2008 movie, "Hebi ni Pierce". Kora expressed, "It would make me happy if we could reunite like old friends." As for Yoshitaka, she said, "I'm very excited, but I'm worried that I haven't matured since then. While building a trustworthy relationship with Kora-san, I

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  • SDN48 reveals PV preview for final single, "Makeoshimi Congratulation"

    February 10, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    SDN48 will soon be bidding their fans farewell as they prepare to release their final single, 'Makeoshimi Congratulation'. Recently, a preview of their last PV was aired through a television program, and it revealed that the video would have a strong storyline. Additionally, AKB48's Kashiwagi Yuki will be making a cameo in the PV. As reported earlier, all the members of SDN48 will graduate together at the NHK Hall on March 31st. The girls

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  • Kusanagi Tsuyoshi's drama "Ninkyo Helper" to get a movie adaptation

    February 10, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    It's been announced that Fuji TV's popular drama, "Ninkyo Helper", will get a movie adaptation! "Ninkyo Helper" revolves around a Yakuza member named 'Tsubasa Hikoichi' (SMAP's Kusanagi Tsuyoshi), who suddenly gets ordered by his boss to work as a caretaker in a senior citizens' home. The drama grabbed viewers' attention immediately, since Kusanagi, who's known to have a "good person character", was cast as a cruel Yakuza. In the Kanto reg

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