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  • Jin Akanishi to release a new album both in Japan and in the U.S.

    January 7, 2012 @ 12:16 am

    It's been announced that Jin Akanishi's first album, 'JAPONICANA', will be released simultaneously in Japan and in the States. Due to time zone differences, the album will be available starting March 6th in the States, and on March 7th in Japan. It will also begin distributing in other countries through the iTunes Store. Though there will only be one edition for the U.S release, the Japanese edition will come in two versions: a CD+DVD limite

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  • Tortoise Matsumoto to release a new single & cover album

    January 6, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    It was announced that Tortoise Matsumoto will be releasing a new single titled "Blanco" on March 7th. The title track of this single was written as the theme song for the upcoming TBS drama "Stepfather Step" which will start airing on January 9th.  This is a home comedy & mystery drama based on Miyabe Miyuki's best seller novel, and Kamikawa Takaya and Konishi Manami will star in.  As the follow up song for the single, "Ue wo Muite Arukou"

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  • Of the highest rated dramas, which dramas are the most loved?

    January 6, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

    The online and mobile polling service of goo and NTT DoCoMo recently asked their users to vote for their most favorite dramas out of all those that achieved very high viewer ratings. Of course this poll was only created because of the incredible success of the recent 'Kaseifu no Mita' (NTV), which recorded the third best single-episode rating of all time for Japanese dramas with its final episode. This means that there have at least been t

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  • Honda Miyu shows off her skating skills

    January 6, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    Honda Miyu (7), best known for her recent role in 'Kaseifu no Mita', made an appearance in Tokyo Midtown for an ice rink opening ceremony on January 5th. There she was able to prove that she is a multi-talented individual by showing off her skating skills. Honda performed a short but smooth routine for the crowd and surprised everyone with her ability to do a double jump. Olympic medalist Arakawa Shizuka, who also attended the event, was a

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  • Check out previews of Hello! Project's upcoming songs + Niigaki Risa's speech

    January 6, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    Recently, JIJI Press shared a video clip from the 'Hello! Project Winter 2012 WINTER ~Rock-chan' concert held a few days back, which included some performances of Hello! Project's upcoming singles. Concertgoers got to experience the songs live before their release, which included the likes of S/mileage's "Chotto Matte Kudasai!", Morning Musume's "Pyoko Pyoko Ultra", and more. The editing team also included footage from Niigaki Risa's anno

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  • YOSHIKI to compose 69th Golden Globes Awards theme song

    January 6, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    On January 5th, the Golden Globes Awards announced through their official website that YOSHIKI would be composing their event theme this year. Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly and Dick Clark Productions executive Barry Adelman both praised YOSHIKI for his fine musicianship and exceptional talent. "YOSHIKI is a world-renowned musician and composer of enormous talent and versatility, who in ad

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  • Suzuki Fuku to make guest appearance in new "Doraemon" movie

    January 6, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    It's been revealed that popular child actor Suzuki Fuku will be making a guest appearance in the new 'Doraemon' movie, "Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Island of Miracles ~Animal Adventure~". Suzuki, who'll play a young boy named 'Fuuku', commented, "I was surprised to hear I was going to be in a movie, but I was happy." Regarding his character, Suzuki expressed, "I was surprised because he's exactly like me. I can't wait to watch the f

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  • 'Hungry' cast reveals Mukai Osamu possesses amazing cooking skills

    January 6, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    On January 5th, a press conference for upcoming drama "Hungry!" was held, which was attended by cast members Mukai Osamu, Takimoto Miori, Kuninaka Ryoko, Inagaki Goro (SMAP), and more. 'Hungry!' follows the story of 'Yamate Eisuke' (Mukai), a sadistic French chef with a poisonous tongue who used to be a bassist, but began his culinary career in accordance with his late mother's will. 'Yamate' will face trials and tribulations as he chases

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  • Sawajiri Erika becomes Audrey Hepburn for 'sweet' magazine

    January 6, 2012 @ 5:50 am

    Actress Sawajiri Erika has channeled the classic beauty of Audrey Hepburn for the February issue of popular fashion magazine 'sweet'. Sawajiri will soon make her comeback as an actress in the BeeTV mobile drama "L et M: Watashi ga Anata wo Aisuru Riyuu, Sono Hoka no Monogatari", where  she plays the roles of two women who couldn't be any more different. Her two love interests will be played by Murakami Jun and Nakamura Aoi. Moreover, all the

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  • Matsushita Yuya to release new album + nationwide tour

    January 6, 2012 @ 3:54 am

    Matsushita Yuya has announced that he'll be releasing his new album (currently untitled) on February 22nd. The album will include Matsushita's popular songs "Bird", the ending theme for anime "Kuroshitsuji II", "Paradise", and the theme song for drama "Quartet", and "4 Seasons", the theme song for movie 'Hikaru, Sono Saki e'. It will also come with the CM song for NATURAL BEAUTY BASIC, "Naturally". To coincide the release of this album, M

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