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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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  • Shirota Yu collaborates with his brother on the opening day of his 1st tour

    March 5, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    On March 2nd, Shirota Yu kicked off his first tour, "Shirota Yu LOVE & PEACE Tour 2012", at SHIBUYA-AX. During the concert, Shirota mainly sang songs off of his upcoming album, "UNO", along with covers of well-known numbers. Additionally, Shirota's brother, Shirota Jun, made a special guest appearance to sing "Mentirosa feat. Shirota Jun". This marked the first time the Shirota brothers appeared together on stage. The concert also

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  • Urasawa Naoki's manga "MASTER KEATON" to re-start serialization after 18 years

    March 5, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Manga magazine "Big Comic Original" (released on March 5th) revealed that Urasawa Naoki's popular manga "MASTER KEATON", will re-start serialization after 18 years.  The new series will be titled as "MASTER KEATON Remaster", and it will be illustrated by Urasawa, while the story will be taken on by Nagasaki Takashi.  The story will be set 20 years later from the previous series. "MASTER KEATON" tells a story about "Hiraga-Keaton Taichi", a

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  • TOKIO's Yamaguchi Tatsuya is determined to rebuild the 'DASH Village' in Fukushima

    March 5, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    On the NTV show called 'The! Tetsuwan! DASH!!', the members of TOKIO were once able to personally experience an unspoiled lifestyle at the so-called 'DASH Village' in Namie, Fukushima. It has actually been one year now, since the village had to be shutdown due to the Great Tohoku Earthquake, but there is one member who is really determined to open it again someday, Yamaguchi Tatsuya. Yamaguchi was filming in Namie when the Great Tohoku Ear

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  • Plastic Tree drummer hospitalized due to acute hepatitis

    March 5, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    [caption id="attachment_224475" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Second from the Right: Sato Kenken"][/caption] It's been reported that visual kei band Plastic Tree's drummer, Sato Kenken, has been hospitalized due to acute hepatitis. Sato was absent from the band's single release event on February 4th due to poor health conditions. He then immediately went to see a doctor, who later diagnosed him with acute hepatitis. Details on Sa

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  • Berryz Koubou's Tsugunaga Momoko to release new photo book

    March 5, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Idol group Berryz Koubou member Tsugunaga Momoko (19) will be releasing her latest photo book, "Hatachi Momochi", on March 6th. This day also marks Tsugunaga's 20th birthday. In the photo book, fans will be able to experience all 4 seasons with the idol, as it was shot over a period of 1 year in Okinawa and Nagano. Tsugunaga promoted her photo book saying, "It's the cutest photo book in the world from the cutest idol in the world!"

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