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  • AKB48 to sing the national anthem at Yomiuri Giants' opening game at Tokyo Dome

    March 6, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    On March 4th, baseball team Yomiuri Giants announced that popular idol group AKB48 will be singing the national anthem at Tokyo Dome, for the opening game of this season (to be held of the 30th)! AKB48 has previously thrown the first pitch at the Tokyo Dome for Yomiuri Giants vs. Hiroshima Toyo Carp back in July 1st, 2009. In regards of their participation in this upcoming game, Maeda Atsuko stated, “A great stage with the Yomiuri Giant

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  • GOING UNDER GROUND to hold nationwide tour this summer

    March 6, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    Rock band GOING UNDER GROUND has revealed that they will be holding a nationwide tour, called "WHEEL of FORTUNE", starting in May. GOING UNDER GROUND is currently touring with rock band Merengue. Their upcoming tour will kick off on May 10th at Chiba LOOK, for a total of 15 performances in 14 cities. Tickets will gradually go on sale starting April 7th. Check out the tour dates below! - <WHEEL of FORTUNE> Thursday, May 10

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  • FLiP announces new album, "XX emotion"

    March 6, 2012 @ 5:00 am

    All-girl rock band FLiP has announced that they will be releasing their 2nd album, 'XX emotion', on May 16th. This will be FLiP's first original album since 'Michi Evolution', which was released about a year ago. Additional details will be revealed at a later date. To coincide with the album's release, FLiP will embark on their nationwide tour, 'FLiP 2nd Album 'XX emotion' Release Tour ~Kidoai ROCK~', starting in June. Currently, the ba

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  • AKB48 achieves a Guinness World Record for their 90 CMs for 'Wonda Coffee'

    March 6, 2012 @ 3:35 am

    Back in February, AKB48 broadcasted 90 solo member’s CMs for Asahi’s ‘Wonda Coffee Morning Shot’ and has now received a Guinness World Record for broadcasting the “Most Number of Same Product Television Endorsement within 24 Hours”! The broadcast of all 90 versions of the CM (restricted in Kanto, Kansai, Tokai region) took place on February 28th, and defeated the previous Guinness World Record for broadcasting 60 commercials in 24 hours.

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  • Naoto Inti Raymi to release a new single, "Aishiteta"

    March 6, 2012 @ 1:01 am

    It's been revealed that Naoto Inti Raymi will be releasing his new single, "Aishiteta", on March 28th. The single will be released in both limited and regular editions. The limited edition will come with a DVD containing footage of "Tekina Beat", "Kimi Life", and "Omakase Peter Pan" from Naoto's live concert at Ryogoku Kokugikan in July of 2011. Prior to the CD release, the song will be available for download in Chaku-Uta form starting

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  • Kitagawa Keiko chosen as new image character for 'Kirin Namacha'

    March 5, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    On March 5th, actress Kitagawa Keiko attended a press conference for 'Kirin Namacha' as it's newest image character. Kitagawa, who will be celebrating her 26th birthday this year, revealed, "My friends already consider me to be 'around 30'". She also commented on the CM shoot stating, "During this CM shoot, I tried to make expressions of maturity". For this year's goals, Kitagawa said, "I don't really like exercising, but starting this

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  • AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48 to hold charity performances on March 11th

    March 5, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    In memory of the tragic Tohoku Earthquake that shook Japan last year, AKB48 and their sister groups SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48 will be holding a charity performance, titled "Tohoku Earthquake Reconstruction Support Special Performance ~Dareka no Tame ni Project~", on March 11th. The charity performance will be held at each of the groups theaters in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka. All members of the groups (including Research Students) are

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  • Arashi performs "Wild at Heart" on 'HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ'

    March 5, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    On the March 5th broadcast of HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ, Arashi appeared on stage to perform their new single "Wild at Heart"! Along with their performance, they held a brief interview and talked about how they celebrated Sakurai Sho's birthday on the last day of their tour "Beautiful World" and gave a surprise present. The members made their own version of Taboo and came out with cosplay of mini suka police to surprise him. Check out

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  • AKB48 announces 'Google+' senbatsu members

    March 5, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    [caption id="attachment_224534" align="aligncenter" width="316" caption="Takajo Aki, one of the senbatsu members for 'Google+'"][/caption] On March 4th, popular idol group AKB48 announced their 'Google+' (Gugutasu) senbatsu members. 16 members whose activities stood out on the social networking site, 'Google+', were chosen as the senbatsu members. These members include Matsui Sakiko, Takajo Aki, Katayama Haruka, Nakamata Shiori,

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  • AKB48's Sashihara Rino to star in new CM for 'Toilet Quickle'

    March 5, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    It's been revealed that AKB48's Sashihara Rino will be starring in the new CM for Kaou's toilet cleaning sheet, 'Toilet Quickle'. Sashihara, who says that this was her first time cleaning a toilet, expressed, "If I had known it would get this clean so easily, I would've done it sooner. From now on, I want to set an example." In the new CM, Sashihara cleans the whole toilet with just one sheet of 'Toilet Quickle'. She commented, "The per

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