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  • Arashi tops Nikkei's 'Talent Power Ranking'

    May 11, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    Which celebrities are drawing the most attention and have the highest name value? The answers were revealed through the June issue of information magazine 'Nikkei Entertainment!'. This 'Talent Power Ranking' is held every quarter by Nikkei Entertainment and was created by ARCHITECT Co., Ltd.. They take a survey and examine people's "degree of recognition" and "degree of interest" out of 1,196's talents. From the survey, they calculate each

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  • Takuma Takayuki and Okouchi Nanako file for divorce

    May 11, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    Scenario writer and actor Takuma Takayuki (41) and actress Okouchi Nanako (34) announced via FAX that they have filed for divorce on May 7th. According to Takuma, the reason for their divorce is that their "points of view for the future and sense of value diverge from each other. Therefore, we've concluded that going our separate ways would be the best choice for each others' future. We do not hate each other, nor do we feel depressed."

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  • Vanilla Beans to release their first photo book

    May 11, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    Idol group Vanilla Beans will be releasing their first photo book, 'Gekkan Neo Vanilla Beans', on June 26th. The girls are now in the 5th year of their career, and they challenged themselves to many new things for this new photo book. It holds the theme of "beautiful legs", and it will feature Risa and Rena's very first sexy shots. Pre-orders for 'Gekkan Neo Vanilla Beans' will be available through TOWER RECORDS ONLINE and other online

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  • Suzuki Kyoka to guest star as Sakai Masato's ex-wife in Fuji TV drama 'Legal High'

    May 11, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    On May 10th, it was announced that actress Suzuki Kyoka (43) will make a guest appearance on the May 22nd broadcast (6th episode) of Fuji TV’s 'Legal High' (Tuesdays, at 9PM).  She will play the ex-wife of Sakai Masato (38). Suzuki will play Keiko, the ex-wife of the protagonist Komikado. Keiko is a lawyer who has never lost a case and previously worked at the same law firm with Komikado. She chose, after enduring months of the failed mar

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to appear on ABC TV's 'Ohayo Asahi desu'

    May 11, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    Model and singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (19) will appear on ABC TV’s 'Ohayo Asahi desu' (Monday – Friday, 6:45AM). Filming took place in the Minami area of Osaka. Kyary, who popularized the "kawaii" look went to a second-hand clothing store for the filming. She happily coordinated for her date with the host Urakawa Yasuyuki (40). She overwhelmed Urakawa  and announcer Kita Yukari (31) with their "Kansai area's powerful Nori(the way of talk).

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  • B'z guitarist Matsumoto Takahiro to release new solo album

    May 11, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    Matsumoto Takahiro (B'z) has revealed that he will be releasing his solo album, 'Strings Of My Soul', on June 20th. This will be Matsumoto's first album since 'TAKE YOUR PICK', a collaboration album with Larry Carlton which was released in June of 2010. Under his solo name, this will be his first album since 'Hana', which came out back in February of 2002. 'Strings Of My Soul' will feature a total of 13 tracks including "#1090 Sen Mu Ic

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  • Tominaga Ai wins 'Best Mother Award'

    May 11, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    On May 10th, model Tominaga Ai attended the awards ceremony for the '5th Best Mother Award'. During the ceremony, reporters mentioned actor Shioya Shun's recent two-timing relationship. Although Tominaga responded, "It doesn't hurt or itch," she stayed silent when asked to give a comment to Shioya himself. About 10 days ago, Tominaga pulled a muscle behind her right knee from playing soccer with her son. She appeared in front of the rep

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  • avex to hold annual summer event 'a-nation' for 2012

    May 11, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    The details of the annual summer event 'a-nation' by entertainment company avex have been revealed. This year marks the event's 11th anniversary, and Fuji TV is reported to be co-sponsoring it. With the theme "artist and audience all across asia",  they will hold two stadium festival events, 'studium fes', in the east and west side of Japan, but they are also holding 'music week' at Shibuya and Yoyogi first gymnasiums in Tokyo from August 3rd

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  • SECRET's "Twinkle Twinkle" PV released

    May 11, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    SECRET has released the PV for their newest Japanese single “Twinkle Twinkle“. “Twinkle Twinkle” is reported to be the ending theme song for ‘Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden‘, a gag spin-off of the popular ’Naruto Shippuden‘ series. The single will go on sale June 13th. Fit for an anime, “Twinkle Twinkle” features an upbeat J-pop sound, and the PV hops from a more sci-fi to a garden setting with the girls of SECRET wearing adorable

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  • Ashida Mana and Toyokawa Etsushi to star in new Fuji TV drama

    May 11, 2012 @ 5:59 am

    Toyokawa Etsushi and Ashida Mana will be starring in the upcoming Fuji TV drama, 'Beautiful Rain', starting in July. In the drama, Toyokawa plays the role of Keisuke, a single father who is diagnosed with juvenile Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Ashida will take on the role of a 2nd grade student named Miu who supports her father during his times of trial. This will be Ashida's first time starring in a Fuji TV drama series since her big

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