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  • Drama Prime Time Report – January 20th~22nd

    January 24, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    [caption id="attachment_216975" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – January 20th~22nd"][/caption] The two big highlights: 'Renai NEET' and 'Mousou Sousa' aired their first episodes. Meanwhile, not many unexpected developments for the remaining dramas in terms of ratings. Only one drama managed to gain viewers with its second episode. Taiga drama 'Taira no Kiyomori' aired its third episode and the ratings drop

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  • Japan Box Office Report – January 21st/22nd

    January 24, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    [caption id="attachment_216996" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan" / "Always: Sunset on Third Street 3" / "Robo-G""][/caption] "ALWAYS 3" came in on top, followed by "Sentai Gokaiger" at number two. The Korean adaption of "Kimi wa Petto" opened in at sixth, while "Johnny English" maneuvered in at seventh place. As expected, the final movie in the popular "

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  • D☆DATE releases PV preview for 'JOKER'

    January 24, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    Back in November, the boys of D☆DATE revealed that they would be releasing two new singles to kick things off in 2012. They first released 'Love Heaven' back on January 11th. Their second single for 2012 and fifth single overall titled 'JOKER' is scheduled for released on February 22nd and earlier today, the PV preview was released. Lee Sang Ho who has worked on BEAST’s 'BAD GIRL' is the sound producer for 'JOKER'. Check out the PV preview

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  • AKB48 draws 4,000 fans to 'AKB Unit Festival'

    January 24, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    On January 23rd, idol group AKB48 held an event titled, ‘AKB Unit Festival’, at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Bunkyo, Tokyo. This festival is like an extra concert to their four-day event, ‘Request Hour Set List Best 100’, which ended just recently on the 22nd. This festival featured AKB48 sub-units Watarirouka Hashiritai 7, No Sleeves, and French Kiss as well as five soloists  such as Maeda Atsuko (20) and Itano Tomomi (20). 2012 marked

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  • Performances from January 22nd's 'Music Japan'

    January 24, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    The stage of this week's 'Music Japan' was graced by a bevy of talented female artists. On January 22nd, viewers got to see idol group SDN48 hold a duet with Mino Monta. Additionally, soloists Kikkawa Yuu, Milky Bunny, and Kuriyama Chiaki performed their latest tracks. Check out all the performances below! - < SDN48 - 'Kudokinagara Azabujuban duet with Mino Monta' > - < Milky Bunny - 'Zurui yo...' > -

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  • 9nine attends release event for "Shoujo Traveler" at Shibuya Marui City

    January 24, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    On January 23rd, 5-member girl group 9nine attended the release event for their new song, “Shoujo Traveler”, at Shibuya’s Maru City. This song talks about a “love adventure” and incorporates the word 'bus stop' in the lyrics. As such, the girls arrived in a red double-decker bus. Member Yoshii Kanae (18) explained, “This is an adventurous love song that is a little more grown-up than the usual 9nine [tracks],” before launching into three

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  • FLOWER announces 2nd single, "SAKURA Regret"

    January 24, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    EXILE's sister group FLOWER has announced that they will be releasing their second single, "SAKURA Regret", on February 29th! "SAKURA Regret" will be produced by Matsuo Kiyoshi, who was also in charge of the group's debut single, "Still". The limited edition will come with a DVD and photo book. Stay tuned for more details on this upcoming release. In the meantime, check out the jacket covers and track list below! - <Limited Edi

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  • Aqua Timez releases "Mask" PV

    January 24, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    Rock band Aqua Timez is gearing up to release their first single of 2012, "MASK". "MASK" marks the band's 14th major single, and it will be released on February 22nd. Since it's also the ending theme song for popular anime series, "BLEACH", the first press of the single will come with a "BLEACH" wide cap sticker. Check out the cover, tracklist, and promotion video after the jump! - 1. MASK 2. Sora ni Tsuzuku Michi 3. 1980 4

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  • Jin Akanishi reveals making-of video for "Sun Burns Down" PV

    January 24, 2012 @ 6:53 am

    The hype is definitely building up for Jin Akanishi's new single, "Sun Burns Down"! The singer has just revealed his making-of video from his PV set, promising an exciting storyline that's reminiscent of "'Mission Impossible' and 'Entrapment'." "Jin is after these jewels in this abandoned warehouse," explains director Luga Podesta. "While he's breaking in, he realizes that there's another thief [in] there with him, a female thief who's worki

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  • Hamasaki Ayumi returns to Japan after announcing her divorce

    January 24, 2012 @ 5:39 am

    Singer Hamasaki Ayumi (33) has returned to Japan via Haneda International Airport from Dubai, where she had a music video shoot. It was the first time she made a public appearance after announcing her decision to file a divorce from husband Manuel Schwarz (31). Hamasaki was surrounded by agency staff while wearing sunglasses and a white mask to hide her identity. As expected, a lot of press came to ask her questions, but she refused to respo

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