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  • Yoshitaka Yuriko and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu attend 'ORICON Valentine Festa'

    February 7, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    On February 7th, actress Yoshitaka Yuriko and model/singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu attended the Valentine's Day event, "ORICON Valentine Festa 2012". As this was their first time meeting, Kyary revealed her thoughts on the actress saying, "Yoshitaka-san was always a mystery watching her on TV, but she's a mystery in person as well." In response, Yoshitaka whispered, "Kyary-san is the same." Oricon conducted a survey asking 350 teenage girls w

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  • Mother of an AKB48 member arrested due to indecent act with a 15-year-old boy

    February 7, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    On February 7th, it was reported that the mother (44) of an unnamed member (20) from popular idol group AKB48 was arrested due to suspicions that she violated the Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance Regarding the Healthy Development of Youths. Last November, she allegedly committed an indecent act in her home in Hachiouji-city with a 15-year-old acquaintance who was her son's senior from junior high school. According to the report, the mother adm

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  • AKB48's Akimoto Sayaka to star in her first NHK drama

    February 7, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

    On February 7th, it was revealed that AKB48 member Akimoto Sayaka would be starring in her first NHK drama. The drama will be titled "Asadora Satsujin Jiken", and will air for two consecutive nights in late-March. NHK has yet to announce the exact date and time of the airing of the drama. "Asadora Satsujin Jiken" will be written Hokimoto Shinya, the scriptwriter for "Comedy Unit Isokawa-ke". The story will revolve around Miho (played by

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  • CNBLUE tops the Oricon Weekly Chart - first for a foreign band in 41 years

    February 7, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    Korean rock band CNBLUE's 2nd major single "Where you are" sold 60,000 copies in its first week and topped the Oricon Singles Chart for the week of February 13th. CNBLUE made their indie debut back in 2009 and released their major label debut single titled, "In My Head" last October. A foreign band has not topped the singles chart for 41 years. It last occurred back in January 18, 1971, when Canadian rock band Mashmakhan released their

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  • Kariyushi58 announces their nationwide tour

    February 7, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    Pop group Kariyushi58 have announced that they will be holding a nationwide tour starting May 8th! The tour is temporarily titled "High Side Road 2012 ~Hub Yori Mo! Mongoose Yori Mo!~", and is comprised of 34 shows. It will kick off at the Shibuya Star Lounge, and will wrap up at the Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo. Prior to the tour, Kariyushi58 will release their new single, "Yui", on March 14th. This new song will be revealed on TOKYO FM's "

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  • LITE announces new mini-album, "past,present,future"

    February 7, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    Instrumental rock band, LITE, have announced that they will be releasing a new mini-album entitled "past,present,future" on March 21st! This will be the band's first release in about eight months, with their last being "FOR ALL THE INNOCENCE".  It will feature two tracks with guest vocalist Caroline, who's known for participating in MICE PARADE's works. The first press edition of the album will come with the ambient track that was used

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  • Cast of "Hungry!" celebrate Mukai Osamu's 30th birthday

    February 7, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    On February 7th, the cast of "Hungry!" threw a surprise birthday party for actor Mukai Osamu on set. Reportedly, the surprise birthday party was planned on February 1st, which was also the 30th birthday of Mukai's character, 'Eisuke'. The party began when rock band THE BAWDIES suddenly appeared on set, singing the drama's theme song, "ROCK ME BABY". Stunned by the event, Mukai exclaimed, "What is this?" After receiving a bouquet of 30 r

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  • DIR EN GREY's Kyo encounters vocal cord problems, cancelling North America tour plans

    February 7, 2012 @ 4:15 am

    DIR EN GREY's vocalist Kyo has been diagnosed with vocal cord nodule and voice disorder. Consequently, it has been announced that the group's North American tour, which was supposed to start in March, has been canceled. According to his agency, Kyo needs to have an early surgery due to the deterioration of his pharyngeal polyp, and he will consult with his doctor for more examination, including about the surgery. DIR EN GREY was plannin

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  • Arimura Kasumi to star in a new movie "Little Maestra"

    February 7, 2012 @ 2:57 am

    Actress Arimura Kasumi (18) will be starring in a new movie titled 'Little Maestra'.  This is Arimura's third time appearing in a movie, and her second time taking lead role after her previous movie, 'Gal Basara ~Sengoku Jidai wa Kengai Desu~'. 'Little Maestra' follows the story of a high school girl who is a genius conductor, who tries to rally an orchestra at a fishing village that is suffering from underpopulation. The filming fo

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  • Tanaka Kei & Sakura welcome their first baby girl

    February 7, 2012 @ 1:45 am

    On February 7th, it was reported that actor Tanaka Kei and actress Sakura who announced their marriage and fifth month pregnancy back in August 2011, welcomed their first baby girl. Sakura shared, "On February 6th at 3:24 AM, I, Sakura, gave birth to a girl safely.  Right now, I'm full of gratitude that she was born.  I also want to thank everybody who watched over us warmly.  Thank you very much." Tanaka also left a message, saying, "W

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