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  • Drama Prime Time Report – February 24th~26th

    February 28, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    [caption id="attachment_223289" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – February 24th~26th"][/caption] The weekend dramas finally recorded some positive changes in the ratings department with surges as high as 3.3%. NTV wasn't able to repeat the success of last week's "Avatar" on Friday and therefore the ratings shifted back to normal and helped the drama 'Renai NEET' (TBS) to climb up by 1.1% again. However, TV

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  • Perfume announces label transfer + new single

    February 28, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    Electro-pop trio Perfume has announced that they have transferred to Universal Music Japan! Additionally, they've also revealed that they will be releasing their new single, "Spring of Life", this spring. The title track has already been picked up as the CM song for 'Kirin Chu-hai Hyouketsu'. For the CM, Perfume held their very first overseas shoot in Los Angeles, California. The CM will broadcast starting on February 29th. "Spring of L

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  • Mezamashi TV's main newscaster Otsuka Norikazu to leave the show in March

    February 28, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    On February 28th, Fuji TV announced that ‘Mezamashi TV’ main newscaster Otsuka Norikazu (63), who was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia last year, will take his leave from thie popular morning news program. He will be leaving this program alongside with his stand-in caster Ito Toshihiro (39), who will resign formally in March, and Miyake Masaharu (49) will take over his place as his successor. Otsuka started out his career at Fuji

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  • Japan Box Office Report – February 25th/26th

    February 28, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    [caption id="attachment_223162" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Always: Sunset on Third Street 3" / "In Time" / "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo""][/caption] A second win for "In Time", while "ALWAYS 3" is back in at second place. "The Twilight Saga" opened in at fourth place. "In Time" defended its first place position by recording another high weekend box office revenue of 237,673,900 Yen (2.94 mill

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  • KARA's full PV for "Speed Up" revealed

    February 28, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    Earlier today, DSP Entertainment released two PV teasers of KARA’s upcoming (Double A Side) 6th single in Japan. The two teasers were for ‘Girl's Power‘ and ‘Speed Up‘. Similar to the song's namesake, the full PV for 'Speed Up' has already aired in Japan. The track is a bit of a departure from their previous Japanese releases as their concept is quite fierce compared to their cute look. Check out the PV below! Tip: Bishou

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  • Nogizaka46 becomes official supporters for "J League 2012"

    February 28, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    On February 28th, the girls of Nogizaka46 attended a press conference as the official supporters for "Sukapa! J League 2012". "Sukapa! J League 2012" is the 12th season of J League (Japanese national football league) that will broadcast via 'Sukapa!'. J1 will be held on March 10th and J2 will open on March 14th. Member Miyazawa Seira, who is the daughter of former J League player Miyazawa Michel, commented, "When I told my dad, he was

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  • T-ara reveals PV for "Lies"

    February 28, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

      Girl group T-ara has just unveiled the full PV for their Japanese version of "Lies". "Lies" was originally in 2009 as part of T-ara’s 'Absolute First Album'. It's been remastered and remade for a Japanese audience, and it sounds great! In the video, the girls belt out a wonderful harmony while giving melancholy looks to the camera. "Lies" will be included as a B-side for 'Limited Edition A' of their 'Roly-Poly' Japanese singl

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  • Kuriyama Chiaki chosen as new image character for 'Aeon Mall'

    February 28, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Actress Kuriyama Chiaki has been chosen as the new image character for 'Aeon Mall'! She will be starring in their latest CM starting February 29th. The campaign slogan for the new CM is "DO MALL!! AEON MALL". With her lively appearance, Kuriyama will represent the mall's many features, which include shopping, dining, and entertainment. Kuriyama reflected on the CM shoot saying, "I got to throw paint everywhere, it was a very refreshin

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  • KAT-TUN's latest album "CHAIN" tops Oricon weekly album chart

    February 28, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    It was revealed that popular group KAT-TUN’s 6th original album, “CHAIN” (released on February 22nd), topped the Oricon Weekly Album Ranking for March 5th with its first week sales of 110,000 copies! This feat will mark their sixth consecutive album to top the Oricon Album Charts since their first album, "Best of KAT-TUN" (released in March 2006). This record has surpassed rock band The Checker’s record of topping five consecutive albums a

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  • Momoiro Clover Z receives "The 4th CD Shop Award"

    February 28, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    At the ‘4th CD Shop Award’ held on February 27th, Momoiro Clover Z made their appearance to receive their award for their album “Battle and Romance”. This album, released approximately a year ago, was chosen by CD shop employees nationwide out of hundreds of original albums. In regards to this incredible feat, member Tamai Shiori (16) stated, “Although we never received a Newcomer’s Award, I am glad that Momoiro Clover Z’s first award wil

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