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  • Tokiwa Takako appears at press conference for new NHK drama, "Kamisama no Nyoubou"

    July 27, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    On July 26th, actress Tokiwa Takako attended a press conference for her new NHK drama, “Kamisama no Nyoubou” at Midoriyama Studio in Yokohama along side with her co-stars Tsutsui Michitaka and Nogiwa Yoko. Tokiwa, who showed up wearing a traditional kimono, said, “I am having a lot of fun [filming the drama]. As an example, for Nogiwa and my scene, we have some girl talk. Even Tokiwa joins in the conversation,” and explained the fun scen

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  • AKB48's music DVD breaks record as the top selling female artist DVD of all time!

    July 27, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    Popular idol group, AKB48’s DVD “AKB ga ippai ~The Best Music Video~” (released on June 24th) ranked 3rd and sold 10,000 copies on the Oricon Weekly DVD Ranking for the week of August 1st. In total, the DVD has already sold approximately 324,000 copies and thus, became the top selling female artist DVD of all time. Up until now, Koda Kumi’s DVD “secret ~FIRST CLASS LIMITED LIVE~” (released on September 21, 2005) held its place on the t

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  • FT Island's new single chosen as theme song for 'Street Fighters'

    July 27, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    Five member Korean group, FT Island's new single "Let it go!" has been chosen as the August theme song for TV Asahi's music program, 'Street Fighters'. Through this song they will be encouraging and cheering on amateur artists across the country. The single, which will be released on July 27th, will include a total of four songs, including the title track "Let it go!", "Dream Sky", and "Somebody". The single will be released in three diffe

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  • NIGHTMARE reveals PV previews for "SLEEPER" + "Star Spangled Breaker"!

    July 27, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    Rock band NIGHTMARE has just revealed PV previews for their new songs, "SLEEPER" and "Star Spangled Breaker"! "SLEEPER" is the title track of their upcoming single, which will be released on September 9th, while "Star Spangled Breaker" is one of the B-sides. Fans will receive one or the other depending on which version they buy. Check out previews for both PVs, as well as the track list and covers for each version below! - Type A

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  • Oikawa Mitsuhiro & Dan Rei get married!

    July 27, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    On July 27th, actor/singer Oikawa Mitsuhiro (41) and actress Dan Rei (39) announced that they got married, and officially registered their marriage on the 27th. The couple first met each other when they co-stared in TV Asashi's drama "Aibou Season8 New Year's day special" which started filming back in November of 2009.  Oikawa and Dan began dating shortly thereafter, and decided to get married after dating for around a year. According t

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  • SPEED reveals short PV for "Little Dancer"

    July 27, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    We previously reported about how girl group SPEED would be celebrating their 15th anniversary by releasing a new single called "Little Dancer" in August. avex has just revealed the short PV for "Little Dancer" through their official YouTube channel, and the video's already generating a hot response. Moving and grooving effortlessly to the infectious melody, these ladies demonstrate that they've still got the edge over all the newer girl grou

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  • Kato Miliyah shows off her fashion smarts for "ViVi"

    July 27, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Pop singer Kato Miliyah is the cover girl for the September issue of "ViVi", where she shows readers how to put together fashionable ensembles in any style. For her spread, Kato shows ViVi readers how she takes on animal prints and more for a distinct Miliyah-style look. She also contributes to her regular column "Miliyah's Fashion Show". Pop diva Koda Kumi also pops in to chip in some of her own advice, followed by a behind-the-scenes look a

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  • "My Neighbor Totoro" DVD manages to stay on Oricon rankings for 500 weeks!

    July 27, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    The DVD for Studio Ghibli’s masterpiece, “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)” has managed to stay on the Oricon DVD Ranking chart for 500 weeks! This DVD was released back on September 28th, 2001, and has stayed on the rankings for exactly nine years and ten months as of August 1st.This is the first DVD that's managed to rank for 500 weeks ever since Oricon began its DVD chart in April of 1999. "Tonari no Totoro" has sold over 1,08

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  • Tabe Mikako reveals her 'true colors' during "Jiu" press conference

    July 27, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    Actresses Kuroki Meisa and Tabe Mikako appeared for a press conference on July 27th to talk about their upcoming drama, "Jiu". As tokyohive previously reported, "Jiu" is based off of Honda Tetsuya's work of the same name, and revolves around two female police detectives as they track down crime ringleaders one by one. Since Kuroki participates in quite a few action scenes for her latest drama, the actress enthusiastically commented, "I'd

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  • Kanjani8 to appear in new Morinaga "Hi-Chew" CM

    July 27, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    It's been confirmed that Kanjani8 will be the new image characters for Morinaga's "Hi-Chew" candy CMs! The packaging for the product will have details on their latest campaign, where customers can win beds, guitars, and other goods through a special raffle. While laying down on the "Hi-Chew" bed prepared specially for the campaign's press conference, member Shibutani Subaru looked quite satisfied as he said, "It'd be the best to sleep on Hi-Ch

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