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  • NMB48 to root for the Hanshin Tigers in their upcoming match against Hiroshima Toyo Carp

    August 14, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    The professional baseball team Hanshin Tigers, relay station ABC TV, and idol group NMB48 announced a special collaboration for the team's upcoming match against the Hiroshima Toyo Carp on August 17th. The Hanshin Tigers are currently chasing after the current first place holders, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, and absolutely need a victory in their next game. Since they're one of  two teams in the Central League without any mascot girls or ch

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  • S/mileage reveals their five new sub-members!

    August 14, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    On August 14th, idol group S/mileage announced their five new members at the Hello! Project concert, "Hello! Project 2011 SUMMER ~Nihon no Mirai wa WOWWOW Live~". The five new members were revealed to be Katsuta Rina, Kosuga Fuyuka, Nakanishi Kana, Tamura Meimi, and Takeuchi Akari. Producer Tsunku explained, "They will take part as sub-members instead of official members. Based on their activities, I will decide if they will become offi

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  • TOKIO's Joshima Shigeru denies he's in relationship: "She's just one of my friends"

    August 14, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    tokyohive previously reported about how TOKIO leader Joshima Shigeru was on a ‘drunk date’ with a beautiful woman in late July. On August 14th, Joshima made his first public appearance since that news report for a sign and handshake event  for "Kokoro no nichiyoubi Ganbaruhitoe", his maiden work of collected poems. Speaking on the woman he had the date with, he emphasized once again that she is just one of his friends. "Many people saw that

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  • Matsuzaka Tori and Okamoto Rei to star in "Detective Conan" drama!

    August 14, 2011 @ 5:03 am

    On August 14th, the additional cast for the current on-air drama, “Meitantei Conan Kudou Shinichi e no Chousenjou”, has just been named! It was revealed that Matsuzaka Tori will play 'Hattori Heiji', the rival to main lead Mizobata Junpei; meanwhile, Okamoto Rei will play 'Toyama Kazuha', Hattori’s love interest. Matsuzaka, who is originally from Kanagawa, expressed his anxiety over the role: “I need to do something about my Kansai dialect

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  • Niwa Mikiho sheds her "pretty-girl-image" in 'Weekly Playboy'

    August 14, 2011 @ 4:15 am

    Popular idol and fashion model, Niwa Mikiho - member of the group Canary Club, was featured in the most recent edition of 'Weekly Playboy'. Niwa is known and loved for her very cute and pretty image, but this young lady will turn 22 next month. It's time for her to sport a more refined and mature image.  Being the idol that she is, she marks her transition to adulthood in the form of a gorgeous pictorial. The photos are sensual and more a

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  • SOPHIA holds a comeback live with Miyako Keiichi, his first since recovering from lymphoma

    August 14, 2011 @ 3:31 am

    On August 13th, five member rock band SOPHIA held a comeback live titled 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY SOPHIA' at Nippon Budoukan in Tokyo. The band made this live a fresh start with member Miyako Keiichi (39), who recently conquered lymphoma (cancer involving cells of the immune system). During the live, there was a large cheer when Miyako first appeared on the main stage and said, “I’m back!”.   After his performance of “Hymne à l'amour”, vocalist Ma

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  • Kanda Sayaka admits relationship with Tashiro Mario?

    August 14, 2011 @ 2:03 am

    On August 13th, actress Kanda Sayaka (24) attended a stage greeting for the movie, 'Amazing Grace ~Hakanaki Otoko Tachi e no Shi~', at Cinemart Roppongi, and admitted her relationship with actor Tashiro Mario (27). When the press asked, "Is the relationship going well?", Sayaka nodded with a smile, then showed a cute peace sign. Kanda and Tashiro's date was first reported back in May in the tabloid magazine, 'FRIDAY'. Thereafter, Sayaka a

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  • Music Fair performances for the first half of the August 13th episode

    August 14, 2011 @ 1:02 am

    The August 13th episode of Music Fair featured a line-up of many talented artists such as SPEED, Salyu, and ZONE.  Not to mention a spellbinding collaboration between Salyu, Anri, Imai Eriko, Shimabukuro Hiroko, and Asakura Daisuke. Watch their performances below! <"Olivia wo Kikinagara" - Anri, Imai Eriko, Shimabukuro Hiroko, Salyu, and Asakura Daisuke> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAApWQUKrEg <"secret base ~Kimi ga Kure

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  • SPEED performs "Little Dancer" on the August 13th episode of Music Fair!

    August 14, 2011 @ 12:21 am

    On the August 13th episode of Music Fair, female group SPEED performed their 20th single, "Little Dancer"! In this performance, the members showed off their upbeat and energetic dance skills, which matched well with the melody of their new song. Check it out below:

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  • SECRET's performance + commentary on the August 13th episode of CDTV!

    August 13, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

    Korean idol group SECRET made an appearance on the August 13th episode of CDTV to perform their Japanese debut single, "Madonna". Before the performance, the four members of SECRET briefly introduced themselves and the song. Leader Hyosung described "Madonna" as a "groovy and an aggressive song". Check it out their introduction and performance below! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-ltO93ycoU

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