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  • Koike Teppei holds a handshaking event for 10th anniversary photo album

    February 19, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

    On February 19th, actor Koike Teppei (26) held a commemorative release handshaking event at Fukuya Shoten Shinjuku Subnade for the memorial photo album “I will…” to celebrate his 10th year since debut. He was welcomed by approximately 1,800 of his fans at this bookstore. This photo album includes exclusive photos of Koike and his dog (which he recently took into his home last June) and even photos of him climbing Mt. Fuji. Regarding his e

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  • Kusanagi Tsuyoshi to play a medical intern in new Fuji TV drama

    February 19, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    Today it was announced that SMAP's Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (37) is going to star in a new Fuji TV drama called '37-sai de Isha ni Natta Boku ~Kenshui Junjou Monogatari~' next season. The drama is inspired by a true story and portrays the hard struggles of a 37-year-old man who decided to quit his job as a salaryman at a food company and is now working as a medical intern at a university hospital. Kusanagi commented, "I'm happy that I finally

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  • Gouriki Ayame & Kikukawa Rei attend 'Kimono Queen Contest 2012'

    February 19, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    On February 18th, actresses Kikukawa Rei (33) and Gouriki Ayame (19) made their appearance ‘Kimono Queen Contest 2012’ in gorgeous kimonos at this event. At this contest, Kikukawa wore a simple, white kimono while Gouriki wore an elegant, black kimono to this event. Regarding this annual contest, Gouriki stated, “I love kimonos. It was a lot of fun.” She added, “I think a white kimono is perfect for a wedding. I yearn for it,” and admired a

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  • Dazzle Vision opens for American rock band Evanescence!

    February 19, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    On February 16th, Japanese screamo metal band Dazzle Vision performed two live shows on February 9th and February 10th. Dazzle Vision was invited to open the shows for the American rock band Evanescence. Performing songs from their fourth album "Kirari", which was released last year, vocalist Maiko sported her new electric-pink hair style for the capacity crowds at Zepp Tokyo and Zepp Nagoya. Check out live photos from last week's concert

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  • Akimoto Sayaka & Kokusho Sayuri reveals more details on their drama

    February 19, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    On February 18th, AKB48’s Akimoto Sayaka and actress Kokusho Sayuri held an interview at NHK Broadcast Center to discuss about their starring drama, “Asadora Satsujin Jiken” (March 28th at 12:15 – 12:44 A.M., 29th at 1:05 to 1:34 A.M. on NHK). As Kokusho is a former Onyanko Club member, Akimoto admitted, “I have always admired her,” and revealed her admiration to her senpai. In regard of Akimoto, Kokusho revealed, “She reminds me of my form

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  • Performances from February 19th's 'Music Japan'

    February 19, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    Music Japan is back with another episode filled to the brim with fantastic performances! For its February 19th episode, the show brought on AKB48, Nogizaka46, GACKT, KAT-TUN, and Korean girl group SECRET. Check out their performances below (AKB48 and GACKT's stages can be see here and here, respectively): ----- < KAT-TUN, "LOCK ON" > - < Nogizaka46, "Guru Guru Curtain" > - < SECRET, "Kore Kur

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  • GACKT performs "Until The Last Day" on 'Music Japan'

    February 19, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    GACKT has returned to 'Music Japan' with his new song, "Until The Last Day"! We reported earlier that "Until The Last Day" is the theme song for the CG-animated film, 'Dragon Age - Blood Mage no Seisen'. GACKT provides his voice for one of the characters in the film, along with actors Kuriyama Chiaki and Tanihara Shosuke. As for his 'Music Japan' show, GACKT brought dramatic flair to all aspects of his performance, from his movements on

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  • AKB48 performs "Give Me Five!" on 'Music Japan'

    February 19, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    AKB48 rocked the house with their lively performance of "Give Me Five!" On February 19th, the girl group appeared on 'Music Japan' to perform their latest single with live instruments. Fans hollered hoarsely as the girls gave their all, resulting in a stage that will undoubtedly bring a smile to your face. Check out "Give Me Five!" below!

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  • Matsuda Shota and Sasaki Nozomi attend stage greeting for "Afro Tanaka"

    February 19, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    On February 18th, actor Matsuda Shota and actress Sasaki Nozomi attended the first stage greeting for the upcoming movie, "Afro Tanaka", at Shinjuku Piccadilly. The afro Matsuda had to wear became a topic of great amusement at the stage greeting, especially after Sasaki revealed, "Matsuda-san would put on his afro and make strange movements, so I couldn't help but laugh every time. I also got to wear the afro myself, and Matsuda told me, '

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  • AKB48 to donate another 585 million yen to disaster-stricken areas

    February 19, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    On February 18th, popular idol group AKB48 held a handshake event for their 23rd single "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" at the Seibu Dome in Saitama. Right before the event started, members Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko, Kashiwagi Yuki, and Shinoda Mariko stepped on stage to announce that they will donate another 585,259,888 yen (~$7,359,908 USD), which they collected through their "Dareka no Tame ni" project, as well as through their fundraising activitie

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