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  • Ninomiya Kazunari chosen as new CM character for "Pocky"

    September 20, 2011 @ 2:18 am

    Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari has been chosen as the new image character for the chocolate snack, "Pocky", and will be appearing in their CM starting September 20th. In the CM, Ninomiya dances to hip-hop artist MC Hammer's signature song, "U Can't Touch This". The CM comes in two versions: 'Drink & Po' episode, and 'ALL' episode. In the 'Drink & Po' episode, Ninomiya appears in black from head-to-toe, along with five backup dancers. He

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  • AAA tops Oricon's weekly album chart for the first time with their best album

    September 20, 2011 @ 1:15 am

    Seven-member group AAA's best album "#AAABEST", which was released to celebrate their 6th anniversary on September 14th, sold 66,000 copies and toped Oricon weekly album chart for the week of September 26th.  AAA's highest ranked album was "Buzz Communication" (released in February) which was on No.2, therefore this is the first time for the group to top the weekly album chart. This best album contains total 15 songs including their single

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  • EXILE nominated at MTV Europe Music Awards 2011

    September 19, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    Popular group EXILE has been nominated under the "World Wide Act Asia Pacific Nominees" category for the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011! In the category, EXILE will be running against Big Bang, Jane Zhang, and more. Make sure to show your support for the boys by casting your vote here! The voting for this category closes on October 23rd. The MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 will be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland on November 6th. Source: M

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  • AKB48's "Flying Get" reaches 1.5 million sales

    September 19, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

    Popular idol group AKB48's 22nd single "Flying Get's" (released on August 24th) sales has reached 1.5 million copies, 4 weeks after the release. The latest weekly sales came in at 23,000 copies.   This is AKB48's 2nd consecutive single to reach 1.5 million sales since their previous single "Everyday, Kachuusha" (released on May 25th) also sold 1,573,000 copies in total. Selling 1.5 million copies for 2 consecutive singles has been accom

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  • SKE48 to hold "Setlist Best 50" in November

    September 19, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    On September 19th, SKE48 held a handshake event for their 6th single "Pareo wa Emerald" at Makuhari Messe in Chiba.  For this day, 9,500 fans attended the event which was the largest number of audience for any SKE48 handshake event. To the event, a total of 39 members were in attendance including 16 senbatsu members for "Pareo wa Emerald", Shiro-gumi, Aka-gumi members, and Matsushita Yui who will be graduating from SKE48 in the end of Sept

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  • Aragaki Yui sheds tears at "Les Pros Happy Charity Project" event

    September 19, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    On September 18th, actress Aragaki Yui rode through Kyoto via bicycle, participating in the fund-raising activities for victims of Tohoku earthquake. We previously reported about this project organized by the entertainment company "Les Pros entertainment" back in March. This bicycle event was one of the events for the "Les Pros Happy Charity Project".  Since June 5th, "Hapichari Bokinbu(Happy charity fund-raising team)" has started rid

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  • From Software announces new release date for "ARMORED CORE V" + new record company

    September 19, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    Gaming company, From Software has announced the official date for it's upcoming game, "ARMORED CORE V". The new "official date" for the mecha-based video game is January 1, 2012 as opposed to the old date, October 20th. The suggested retail price for the game is ¥7,800 and will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360. From Software also announced that they now have their own record company, "FROM SOUND RECORDS". They are releasing

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  • Tohoshinki reveals full PV for B.U.T (BE-AU-TY)

    September 19, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    Last week, the boys of of Tohoshinki revealed a short video preview for “B.U.T. (BE-AU-TY)”, the title track to their upcoming Japanese album ‘Tone‘ and now the full PV has been released! Check out the PV below! Tohoshinki will officially release ‘Tone’ on September 28th. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

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  • Rumors abound over why Sawajiri Erika has yet to finalize her divorce

    September 19, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Back in April, the media went wild after it was discovered that actress Sawajiri Erika would finalize her divorce from husband Takashiro Tsuyoshi. Considering the players involved and the messy nature of their divorce, the media excitedly named the designated day (May 16th) as 'Day X'. That day passed and nothing happened, leading several journalists to simply blame her conflicting schedules for her non-submission of papers. Four months ha

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  • SMAP to appear on NHK's documentar​y show for the first time

    September 19, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    As reported earlier, SMAP held their very first overseas concert in China on September 16th. The boys will continue to add new experiences to their roster, as it's just been reported that they will appear on NHK's documentary show for their first time since their debut. Titled "Professional Shigoto no Ryu-gi SMAP Special", the show followed the five SMAP members closely for about two months. The staff filmed the members' long preparations

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