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  • Abe Hiroshi, Aragaki Yui & Co. attend preview screening for "Kirin no Tsubasa"

    January 15, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    Today, a preview screening of the upcoming movie and continuation of 'Shinzanmono' (TBS drama), "Kirin no Tsubasa", was held in Tokyo. Just like the drama and the drama special, "Kirin no Tsubasa" is based on the popular 'Kaga Kyoichiro' novel series by famed author Higashino Keigo. The screening was attended by lead actor Abe Hiroshi, as well as some of his new castmates for the movie - Aragaki Yui, Tanaka Rena, Matsuzaka Tori, and Miura

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  • THE BAWDIES to hold one-man tour this summer

    January 15, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    Rock band THE BAWDIES have announced that they will be holding a one-man tour, titled 'ROCK ME BABY TOUR 2012', this summer. The tour will coincide with the band's new single, "ROCK ME BABY", expected to be released on February 8th. It will kick off on June 7th at Shindaita FEVER in Tokyo.  The tour will wrap-up on July 1st at Zepp Sapporo in Hokkaido for a total of 13 shows. Pre-order tickets will be available to those who purchase the

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  • Performances from January 15th's 'Music Japan'

    January 15, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    NHK's 'Music Japan' has returned with a hot lineup of performers for this week's episode. On January 15th, the show hosted rock legend GACKT, as well as pop groups Fairies and D☆DATE. Mizuki Nana and Uemura Kana appeared to sing their latest hits as well. Check out their performances below (and click here for D☆DATE's stage): ---- < GACKT > - < Fairies > - < Mizuki Nana > - < Uemu

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  • D☆DATE performs "Love Heaven" on 'Music Japan'

    January 15, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    D☆DATE has returned to NHK's 'Music Japan' with their new song, "Love Heaven"! The four members wore the paint-spattered suits seen on their album jackets and at their CD release event in LAZONA Kawasaki Plaza. Check out their charismatic performance below:

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  • Comedian Inomoto Takafumi gets married

    January 15, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    [caption id="attachment_215264" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Right: Inomoto Takafumi"][/caption] On January 15th, Yoshimoto Creative Agency announced that  Inomoto Takafumi (of comedian duo License) has gotten married to a non-celebrity woman. Inomoto and his wife met through a mutual acquaintance, and had been dating for over 10 years. They registered their marriage together at a ward office in Tokyo on the 14th. Inomoto com

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  • Nakagawa Shoko holds release event for her new single, "Horoscope"

    January 15, 2012 @ 6:21 am

    On January 14th, talento Nakagawa Shoko held a mini live and handshake event to commemorate the release of her 15th single, "Horoscope". As the crowd of 7,000 people called out "Shoko!", Nakagawa took the stage in a red coat and called out, "It's amazing to see so many people gathered here on this cold day! Thank you!" In the beginning of the year, Nakagawa revealed on her official blog that her grandmother had passed away. "This son

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  • Check out the artist line-up for the next episode of MUSIC STATION

    January 15, 2012 @ 2:54 am

    TV Asahi's music program MUSIC STATION has revealed the artists line-up for their next episode, which will air on January 20th. Check it out below! ----- "Itsudatte Bokura wa" - Ikimonogakari "START" - JUN SKY WALKER (S) "Special Medley" - Sexy Zone "Special Medley" - Tokyo Jihen "TONIGHT" - BIGBANG ----- Source: MUSIC STATION official site (TV Asahi)

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  • GACKT discusses difficult filming of Hollywood debut movie, "BUNRAKU"

    January 15, 2012 @ 12:32 am

    On January 14th, GACKT's Hollywood debut movie "BUNRAKU" was released in Japan. Despite his busy schedule, GACKT appeared for a stage greeting to promote the movie. "BUNRAKU" is a martial-arts action movie directed by Guy Moshe. GACKT plays a Samurai,"Yoshi", who becomes partners with a drifter played by Josh Hartnett. During the stage greeting, GACKT revealed how rough the filming was.  According to GACKT, he fainted, hitting his head

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  • RIAJ reveals hard copy sales certifications for December 2011

    January 14, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ') has just released their hard copy sales certifications for the month of December 2011. This certification is based off the total numbers of CDs and DVDs sold to retailers. RIAJ hands out these awards based on the following standards: Gold - 100,000 units sold Platinum - 250,000 units sold; Double Platinum - 500,000 units sold; Triple Platinum - 750,000 units sold Million - 1,0

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  • Check out the opening and ending themes for Watanabe Mayu's new drama!

    January 14, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Recently, tokyohive revealed a preview for Watanabe Mayu's upcoming drama, 'Saba-dol'. Following up, the opening and ending theme songs for the drama have finally been released as well. The opening theme, "Synchro Tokimeki", is Mayu's solo debut single. It's described as an up-tempo '80s song that perfectly bridges Mayu's youthful voice with a musical style familiar to older audiences.  The ending theme is titled "Saba no Kanzume", is a fol

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