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  • NMB48's Shimada Rena chosen as the captain of the 2nd generation

    January 3, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

    On January 3rd, it was announced that NMB48 member Shimada Rena (18) was chosen as the captain of the 2nd generation. The surprise announcement was made through a letter from Akimoto Yasushi during "the New Year special stage" held at NMB48 theater.  Though Shimada couldn't hide her astonishment from this sudden nomination, she gladly accepted this new role.  She stated to the audience, "Since I want to repay my obligations to NMB48, I will tr

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – December 26th~January 1st

    January 3, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

    [caption id="attachment_213589" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The 'Aibou 10' special episode leads us into a new year, and a new drama winter season!"][/caption] The last week of 2011 also finally got its own Drama Prime Time Report. There was one drama left that had yet to air its final episode, while the crime drama 'Aibou season 10' already opened the Winter season of 2012 with its traditional New Year's Day special Th

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  • ℃-ute's Yajima Maimi blogs about Niigaki Risa's graduation

    January 3, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    [caption id="attachment_213545" align="aligncenter" width="252" caption="Yajima Maimi (right) with Niigaki Risa (left)"][/caption] Yajima Maimi, the leader of 5-membered Hello! Project girl group ℃-ute, has blogged about the upcoming graduation of Niigaki Risa from Morning Musume and Hello! Project. In the entry titled "Niigaki-san", she wrote: "[On] the first day of the concert there was a shocking announcement. After Morning Musume

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  • NMB48 reveals tracklist + jacket covers for "Junjou U-19"

    January 3, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Idol group NMB48 have finally revealed their jacket covers and tracklist for their upcoming 3rd single, "Junjou U-19"! On January 2nd, NMB48's official website posted an update with the tracklist info as well as all four album covers. As reported previously, "Junjou U-19" will be available in four editions: Type A (CD+DVD), Type B (CD+DVD), Type C (CD+DVD), and 'Theatre' (CD-only). The single is scheduled to hit stores on February 8th.

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  • Berryz Koubou to release new single in March

    January 3, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    Idol group Berryz Koubou will be releasing a new single this Spring! Member Shimizu Saki, who's rumored to be the next leader of Hello! Project after Niigaki Risa graduates, made an announcement through her official blog about the new release. The single has been titled "Be Genki! (Naseba Naru)", and it's scheduled to hit stores on March 21st. Stay tuned for more updates on Berryz Koubou's new single! Source: Shimizu Saki's official

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  • Hey! Say! JUMP's Yabu Kota to enter Waseda University

    January 3, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    Hey! Say! JUMP member, Yabu Kota (21) has announced that he passed the entrance exam for the Department of Human Informatics and Cognitive Sciences (an e-learning course in the School of Human Sciences) at Waseda University. Though Yabu gave up seeking after a higher education because of how Hey! Say! JUMP's debut's came about after he graduated high school in 2008, he revealed, "From the beginning, I've never hated studying, and I always had

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  • Oikawa Mitsuhiro to release a new album in March

    January 3, 2012 @ 3:05 am

    Oikawa Mitsuhiro has announced that he'll be releasing a new original album titled "Ginga Densetsu"! on March 21st. This is his first album in two years since February 2010's "Utsukushiki Bokura no Sekai". Scheduled to hit stores on March 21st, the album will be released under the name, "Oikawa Mitsuhiro&THE FANTASTIX". To promote the album, a special site called "Ginga Densetsu Tokusetsu site" was launched on January 1st.  On the spe

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  • Fujimoto Miki reveals her baby's gender

    January 3, 2012 @ 12:51 am

    Talent Fujimoto Miki (26), who is currently pregnant with her first child, has revealed her baby's gender through her official blog! According to Fujimoto on December 31st, her first child will be a boy. The star wrote, "I was told earlier 'It looks like something is attached', but recently I was able to verify it clearly."  She also reported that the baby is growing well. Fujimoto will give birth to the baby in March. Congratulations!

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  • AKB48 reveals the title of their 25th single

    January 2, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    As reported earlier, AKB48 will be releasing their first single for 2012 on February 15th. The KING RECORDS OFFICIAL SITE revealed the official title of their 25th single, it will be titled "GIVE ME FIVE!"! There will be 4 different versions for the single; <Regular Edition Type A (limited quantity)>, <Regular Edition Type A>, <Regular Edition Type B (limited quantity)>, and <Regular Edition Type B>, and all version

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  • Hey! Say! JUMP to hold their 1st Asia tour

    January 2, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    On January 2nd, it was announced that idol group, Hey! Say! JUMP will be holding their first Asia tour in March to June.  The members were informed about the tour on the same day by Johnny Kitagawa, the president of Johnny & Associates, right before they began their live concert at the Yokohama Arena. Member, Yabu Kota commented, "I'm happy that we will finally be able to see fans overseas", while Chinen Yuri said, "We will show off our pe

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