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  • DiVA's Miyazawa Sae celebrates birthday with live concert

    August 16, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    On August 13th, AKB48 sub-unit DiVA celebrated the release of their newest single "Cry" by holding a live event at Ai Chikyuu Haku Memorial Park. August 13th was also member Miyazawa Sae's birthday, and so despite the intense heat, 2,300 fans gathered for this special event. While the four members were on standby for their next number, "Namida Surprise" started to play instead. The other three members - Akimoto Sayaka, Umeda Ayaka and Mas

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  • Rainbow reveals track list + jacket covers for debut single "A"

    August 16, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Korean girl group Rainbow are preparing to debut into the J-Pop industry with their hit track, "A". On August 16th, they revealed the track list info and covers for their debut single through their official Japanese website. "A" will come in three editions: Version 'A', Version 'B', and Version 'C'. Version 'A' will come with a CD and DVD, while version 'B' will include a special photobook. Meanwhile, version 'C' will feature a bonus track n

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  • Singer Futaba Akiko passes away due to acute heart failure

    August 16, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    It's been reported that singer Futaba Akiko passed away on August 16th at 3:30 AM. According to her record label, the singer passed away due to acute heart failure at a nursing home in Hiroshima. She was 96 years old. Futaba, whose real name was Kato Yoshie, was born on February 2nd, 1915 in Hiroshima. In 1936, she signed with Columbia records and made her debut with "Ai no Youran". Her talent and voice made her one of the most popular

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  • GOING UNDER GROUND to sing poignant theme song for movie, "Hara ga Kore Nande"

    August 16, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    Rock band GOING UNDER GROUND will be providing their new song "Ai Nante" for the upcoming movie, "Hara ga Kore Nande", which will hit theatres in November. The movie is a heart-warming comedy telling the story of a pregnant woman (Naka Riisa) who feels obligated to save peoples' lives. The theme song was personally requested by director Ishii Yuya, who's known for his movies "Kawa no Soko kara Konichiwa" and "Azemichi no Dandy". Ishii a

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  • 2PM reveals dance version of "I'm Your Man" PV

    August 16, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    Korean idol group 2PM are becoming a hot topic in Japan thanks to their sexy 'tie dance' for their new song, "I'm Your Man". While fans got a good glimpse of it in 2PM’s original MV for the song, this newly-released dance version will definitely allow them to grab a better look at this hot choreography. Check out 2PM’s alternate music video below!

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  • EXILE's "Rising Sun" to be the theme song for "Birdman Contest 2011"!

    August 16, 2011 @ 5:29 am

    [caption id="attachment_182537" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="TAKAHIRO (Left)"][/caption] On August 16th, it was announced that EXILE’s charity song “Rising Sun” will be used as a theme song for the 19th broadcast of Nihon TV’s program “Birdman Contest 2011”. "Rising Sun" was written by member ATSUSHI (31), who sought to express his wish for the rapid recovery of areas afflicted by the Tohoku disaster. In addition, member TAKAHIR

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  • Check out the short PV of EXILE's "Rising Sun"!

    August 16, 2011 @ 4:48 am

    EXILE has finally revealed a short PV to their Great Tohoku Earthquake charity song, “Rising Sun”. All proceeds from the song will be donated to the Red Cross of Japan. A message from ATSUSHI can be heard in the lyrics, encouraging people to never give up hope and to keep progressing towards the light. This track will give courage and warm the hearts of anyone who listens to it. Check out the beautiful PV below! http://www.youtube.co

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  • Sakurai Sho invites 130 nurses to "Kamisama no Karute" pre-screening

    August 16, 2011 @ 3:51 am

    On August 15th, Arashi’s Sakurai Sho (29) attended a pre-screening for his new movie, “Kamisama no Karute” and invited 130 nurses as special guests. At this event, he also talked to Nohara Shigeaki (99), the board chairman of St. Luke’s International Hospital, a general hospital located in Tokyo. Sakurai, who played a doctor in this movie, stated, “I have come to understand that there is a deep bond between the doctor and the patient.” Resp

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  • RAINBOW reveals their ab dance in Japan for the first time!

    August 16, 2011 @ 2:29 am

    We previously reported that Korean girl group RAINBOW are preparing for their Japanese debut on September 14th with their track “A”. The “ab dance” that was banned for being too sexy in Korea is now going to be shown full force in Japan. The dance has the girls cross their arms and teasingly lift up their shirts while shaking their hips. Originally released last August in Korea, broadcasting stations banned their music video and told them

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  • NMB48 Shimada Rena's kissing purikura revealed

    August 16, 2011 @ 1:11 am

    We previously reported that NMB48 2nd generation Research Student, Shimada Rena, was caught in a purikura scandal with her (then) boyfriend, Nobu. NMB48’s management responded by encouraging fans to continue supporting Shimada. However, following the announcement, a flood of new pictures were released - this time with several couple shots, including one where Rena was seen kissing. The purikura says things like, “I'm only your... princess”,

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