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  • Drama Prime Time Report – April 16th~April 19th

    April 22, 2012 @ 3:16 am

    [caption id="attachment_234515" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – April 16th~April 19th"][/caption] Seven new dramas aired their first episodes between Monday and Thursday, including the much-anticipated Monday drama of Fuji TV. The fifth season of the Monday drama 'Hancho' (TBS) seems to be off to a nice season with an improvement of 2.3% between the first and second episode. Fuji TV can say the same about

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  • Itano Tomomi and Triendl Reina grace the June cover of 'ViVi'

    April 22, 2012 @ 2:16 am

    On the June cover of ‘ViVi’, which hit store shelves on April 23rd, AKB48 member Itano Tomomi and model Triendl Reina graced the cover of this popular fashion magazine in their girly casual attire. This month’s feature pages will reveal ‘Tomochin (Itano) & Torichan (Triendl)’s Secret Date”.  Itano and Triendl also revealed that they are “close friends” and hang out with each other often. Despite their friendship, this is their first ti

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  • Ebihara Yuri makes an appearance at 'Shanghai Runway'

    April 21, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

    On April 21st, model Ebihara Yuri made an appearance at the fashion show, 'Shanghai Runway', in Shanghai, China. Ebihara, who walked her very first runway outside of Japan, expressed her joy saying, "I'm very happy to participate in my first show overseas." The 'Shanghai Runway' is a fashion show originating from the 'Kobe Collection', which was launched in Kobe back in 2002. The production committee of 'Kobe Collection' has been holdin

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  • PUFFY reveals track list for upcoming single, "Tomodachi no Wao!"

    April 21, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

    Pop duo PUFFY has revealed the track list for their upcoming single, "Tomodachi no Wao!"! The title track is composed by Ishino Takkyu, and the lyrics are written by both Ishino and PUFFY. It's already been picked up as the ending theme for TV Tokyo's anime program, 'Shimajiro no Wao!'. For its coupling track, the single will include "Tomodachi no Wao! ~Shimajiro to Asobo! Version~", which features Shimajiro saying "Wao!" throughout the

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  • AKB48 to create sister group based in Shanghai, China, SNH48

    April 21, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    After JKT48 and TPE48 there will now be SNH48! Following the mold of JKT48 and TPE48, SNH48 will be an overseas sister group based out of Shanghai, China. SNH stands for Sha Ng Hai and will be produced by AKB48 mastermind Akimoto Yasushi. Nationwide Auditions in China are rumored to be begin in August and they're aiming to form the first team by December 8th, which will be the 7th anniversary of AKB48. The Japanese media have ye

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  • MUSIC STATION reveals guest line up for April 27th

    April 21, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    TV Asahi's popular music program, MUSIC STATION, has revealed the guest line up for April 27th! For next week's episode, AKB48's Itano Tomomi will be singing her upcoming solo single, "10 Nengo no Kimi e", and SMAP will take the stage with "Sakasama no Sora", the theme song for the morning drama series, 'Umechan-sensei'. It will also feature performances by Anne, Ikimonogakari, Sexy Zone, and Yuzu for an exciting new episode you can't m

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  • Nogizaka46 comments on "rivalry" with AKB48's Sashihara Rino at HTC's product launch event

    April 21, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    On April 20th, AKB48’s official rival group Nogizaka46 attended HTC’s product launch event for their new smart phone, HTC J. It was also revealed that their second single, “Oide Shampoo” (to be released on May 2nd), will be the theme song for HTC’s upcoming CM. At this event, sixteen members of Nogizaka46 made their appearance on stage and danced to “Oide Shampoo” in front of the audience. Prior to this event, Nogizaka46 had to change a p

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  • STEREOPONY successfully wraps up first mini-tour in US

    April 21, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    Japanese all-female rock band STEREOPONY completed their first live-house tour of America this month, with stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Santa Ana, California. The tour kicked off on April 6th at Seattle's anime and Japanese culture event Sakura-Con, where the band performed live and met with fans at Q&A and autograph sessions. Check out their tour dates and set list from their completed tour: Tour Dates April 6-8 -

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  • Track list for Sashihara Rino's solo debut single revealed

    April 21, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    The track list for AKB48 member Sashihara Rino's solo debut single, "Soredemo Sukidayo", has finally been revealed! As previously reported, the title track is currently being used as the theme song for Sashihara's first starring drama, 'Kagami no Muse'. It's described as an upbeat number that resembles an idol song from the '80s. The single will come in 4 different versions: Type A, Type B, Type C, and Type D. Alongside "Hatsukoi Hills"

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  • 'SMAP x SMAP' books to be released

    April 21, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    On April 20th, it has been reported Fuji TV's popular variety show 'SMAP x SMAP' will release books of the program history, named 'SMAP x SMAP Shinbun Complete BOOK (a temporary title)' on May 29th. They will release a total of 5 books for one book each month, and the first issue will look back from 1996 to 1999 as well as a feature on Nakai Masahiro(39). 'SMAP x SMAP' marks their 17th anniversary this year. They have broadcast a total of

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