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  • AKB48's Itano Tomomi & EXILE's Takahiro rumored to be in a relationship

    March 28, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    The latest issue of weekly tabloid 'Shukan Bunshun', which will officially hit news stands on March 29th, is going to reveal an alleged relationship between AKB48's Itano Tomomi and EXILE's Takahiro. The first photographs of the article already made it onto the web, and quickly became a hot topic on various bulletin boards and Twitter. Shukan Bunshun has not only received testimonies from people around them who claim that they are serious,

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  • Nakayama Miho and Mukai Osamu to star in new romance film

    March 28, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    On March 27th, it was revealed that actress Nakayama Miho (42) and actor Mukai Osamu (30) will be starring in a new romance film called 'Atarashii Kutsu wo Kawanakucha'. The movie tells the 3-day love story between a photographer (Mukai) and freelance writer (Nakayama) who meet in Paris by chance. The ages of both Nakayama and Mukai's characters won't differ much from real life so there will be over a 10-year age gap between the two fic

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  • Maeda Atsuko to star in new "Furikake" CM

    March 28, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    AKB48's Maeda Atsuko will be starring in the new CM for Marumiya Foods' 'Nokkeru Furikake' series. In the CM, Maeda portrays the role of a college student who wakes up from the smell of freshly cooked rice. While still in her pajamas, she tries to sneak herself to the breakfast table but is stopped when her mother scolds, "Go and change first". Maeda revealed that it's a part of her daily routine to eat breakfast right after getting out

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  • Saito Kazuyoshi to release new single "Gekkou"

    March 28, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Saito Kazuyoshi will be releasing his new single, "Gekkou", on May 2nd. As reported earlier, "Gekkou" will be used as the theme song for Odagiri Joe's upcoming drama, "Kazoku no Uta", starting April 15th. For its coupling track, the single will include the theme song for the movie 'Potechi' called "Konya, Ringo no Ki no Shita de". It will also contain "Metro ni Notte", the CM song for Tokyo Metro's new campaign 'We are the Tokyo Navi

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  • AKB48's Kashiwagi Yuki to release a new photobook in April

    March 28, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    AKB48’s producer Akimoto Yasushi announced on Google+ that he received an email from Shueisha and it has been decided that Kashiwagi Yuki’s new photobook “Yu, Yu, Yukirin…” will be released on April 19th. Kashiwagi’s photobook will have shots of her as a bunny girl and photos of the star in a sand bath. The cover of the photobook will be unique since it won’t have Kashiwagi herself, but a shot of kimchi and butabara nabe. However, it’s un

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  • Kuriyama Chiaki's dream comes true with new CM

    March 28, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    Actress Kuriyama Chiaki (27) has been appointed as the new CM character for hair care brand “syoss”. On March 27th, Kuriyama attended a press conference for the brand. Kuriyama explained how her dream has come true, “I have long hair so I wondered if this day would ever come, and when it did I was so happy.” Okada Keisuke of MasudaOkada and Kinoshita Takayuki of TKO were also in attendance. Kinoshita caused a bit of laughter with one of hi

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  • More cast members revealed for Nakai Masahiro's upcoming drama "ATARU"

    March 28, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    On March 26th, TBS announced more cast members for Nakai Masahiro's upcoming drama, 'ATARU'. This mystery drama tells a story about Ataru (Nakai), a man with autism as well as savant syndrome, uses his extraordinary memory and deductive skills to solve various cases. Among the newest additions is Kis-My-Ft2's Tamamori Yuta, who will play Ebina Noboru, a medical student and the younger brother of Ebina Maiko (Kuriyama Chiaki). He's the f

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  • Otake Kazuki & Nakamura Hitomi become parents

    March 28, 2012 @ 6:26 am

    It's been reported that comedian Otake Kazuki (Summers) and announcer Nakamura Hitomi have welcomed their first child! This was reported by Otake himself on the March 27th episode of the variety program, 'Waratte Iitomo!'. According to the announcement, Nakamura gave birth to a healthy baby boy weighing at 2,580 grams (5lb 11oz). To kick off the show, Summers' Mimura Masakazu said, "We have a small announcement to make," and Otake proud

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  • Japan Box Office Report – March 24th/25th

    March 28, 2012 @ 5:25 am

    [caption id="attachment_229267" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Bokura ga Ita" / "Doraemon" / "Sherlock Holmes""][/caption] "Ultraman Saga" featuring AKB48 fights its way into the top 10, while "Doraemon" remains an unbeatable force. The anime "Doraemon" unlocked the achievement for topping the box office chart for the fourth consecutive weekend. Its weekend revenue only dropped by 17.7% compared to t

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  • Acid Black Cherry ranks #1 on Oricon for the first time

    March 28, 2012 @ 3:59 am

    Taking a hiatus from his rock band Janne Da Arc, vocalist yasu has released his 3rd album “2012” under his solo act, Acid Black Cherry. The album sold 118,000 copies, a personal best for him, and ranked in at number one on Oricon’s 4/2 Weekly Album Ranking - a first time for yasu. Yasu has been having major activities for 13 years, and this will be his first ever first place. His previous singles and albums have been able to reach the num

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