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  • Matsuyuki Yasuko & NEWS' Tegoshi Yuya join cast of "Hotaru no Hikari" movie

    October 26, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    As we previous reported, popular drama series "Hotaru no Hikari" will get a movie adaptation starring Ayase Haruka and Fujiki Naohito.  Today, it was announced that Matsuyuki Yasuko (38) and NEWS member Tegoshi Yuya (23) have been added to the cast. This movie adaptation of "Hotaru no Hikari" will revolve around the  honeymoon of Hotaru (Ayase) and her husband Takano (Fujiki) in Rome. Matsuyuki will play "Saeki Rio", a lady who lives in It

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  • Acid Black Cherry releases PV preview for "Chou"

    October 26, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    Last month, we reported that Acid Black Cherry would be releasing a new single in November called "Chou". "Chou" will be the third single from his five-month consecutive release project. The song fuses a slight swing melody with driving guitars, and  its PV sees the boys rocking out in an elegant mansion. Check out the PV preview below! -- Tip: Hyde

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  • AKB48, EXILE, and more receive a letter of appreciation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    October 26, 2011 @ 6:07 am

    On October 25th, artists who attended "The 2nd Japan-Vietnam Friendship Music Festival~Kono Heiwa wo Yume mite~" in Hanoi, Vietnam earlier this month visited the Prime Minister's official residence, where they received a letter of appreciation from two notable public figures: Chief Cabinet Secretary Fujimura Osamu and Sugi Ryotaro, the special ambassador for Japan and Vietnam. This letter was drafted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to t

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  • Check out the latest result of Oricon weekly charts

    October 26, 2011 @ 4:58 am

    Oricon has revealed their chart rankings for the week of October 31st. Check 'em out below! ----- < Single Weekly Ranking > 1. "Oh My God!" - NMB48 : 10/19 (265,435) 2. "Zero" - BUMP OF CHICKEN : 10/19 (163,381) 3. "Winter Magic" - KARA : 10/19 (78,148) 4. "In My Head" - CNBLUE : 10/19 (71,200) 5. "Shangri-La" - Acid Black Cherry : 10/19 (49,507) (Check out the full ranking here.) - < Album Weekly Rank

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  • FUNKY MONKEY BABYS announces their first arena tour

    October 26, 2011 @ 3:25 am

    It's been announced that FUNKY MONKEY BABYS will be holding their arena tour, "FUNKY MONKEY BABYS 1st ARENA TOUR Waratte Utatte Moriaga Arena ~Ikuzo Nihon!!~", starting in January 2012. This tour will have the theme of "smile", and will be the group's largest tour ever. It will kick off on January 28th at Shizuoka Ecopa Arena, and will wrap up on May 3rd at Sendai Sekisui Heim Super Arena, for a total of 20 performances in 13 locations. T

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  • SHIHO gives a birth to a baby girl!

    October 26, 2011 @ 1:13 am

    The wife of a mixed martial aritst, Akiyama Yoshihiro (36), and a model SHIHO (35) gave a birth to a baby girl at 1:24 pm on October 24th. According to a person concerned, the baby was born in 3358 grams, and both the mother and the baby are in good condition.  Akiyama  presented at birth, and SHIHO was deeply moved after first meeting with her beloved daughter.  She told that she was surprised, and full of gratitude that the baby was born saf

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  • The cast of "Antoki to Inochi" appears at a talk event

    October 25, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

    On October 24th, Okada Masaki, Eikura Nana, and Harada Taizo attended a talk event for their movie, "Antoki no Inochi". Okada, who has a nude scene at the beginning of the movie, commented, "I thought it was a scene with a lot of impact. However, the filming took place in my residential area, so the people walking by looked at me as if they wanted to cry. Their looks hurt." Director Zeze complimented, "You have a charming behind," and Okada

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  • Japan Box Office Report – October 22nd/23rd

    October 25, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

    [caption id="attachment_199297" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Cowboys & Aliens" / "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" / "Moteki""][/caption] Cowboys, aliens and smugglers invaded the top ten of the box office charts this weekend. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was able to defend the top spot for the third weekend in a row and already grossed more than 1.75 billion Yen (23 million USD). Next weeke

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  • Takei Emi to make her singing debut

    October 25, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

    It's been revealed that actress Takei Emi will be making her singing debut with the single, "Koi Suru Kimochi", on December 14th! Written by GLAY's TAKURO, "Koi Suru Kimochi" is described as a ballad number that is perfect for the winter season. Because Takei has always been a fan of GLAY, TAKURO was asked to provide the song by the recording company. TAKURO commented, "Takei-san is already active in expressing various genres. I feel ve

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  • Maeda Atsuko's movie, "Moshidora", to be released on DVD and Blu-ray

    October 25, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    It's been revealed that AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko's starring movie, "Moshimo Koukou Yakyu no Joshi Manager ga Drucker no 'Management' wo Yondara (aka: Moshidora)" will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 21st. The bonus will contain "Hodokubo High School Baseball Alumni Association", which features the cast and director Tanaka Makoto reflecting upon the episodes of their filming. It will also come with a 24-page booklet, making-of a

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