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  • AKB48's new single to have a record-breaking 36 senbatsu members

    March 24, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    Idol group AKB48 announced at their concert at Saitama Super Arena on Saturday that they will be releasing their 26th single, "Manatsu no Sounds good!" on May 23rd and performed it for the first time. The colorful, uptempo song was sung by the largest number of senbatsu members in the group's history, with 36 members in total. Out of the 36, 15 are making their first senbatsu debut, including 11 members of AKB's Team 4 and HKT48's Kodama H

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  • SKE48's Matsui Jurina & NMB48' Watanabe Miyuki to join AKB48 for a limited time

    March 24, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    On March 24th, it was announced that SKE48 member Matsui Jurina and NMB48 member Watanabe Miyuki have joined AKB48 as of today. The surprise announcement was made during their concert at Saitama Super Arena. Matsui joined team K while Watanabe joined team B.  Their initiation to AKB48 will be for a limited time, and they will also continue being members of SKE48 and NMB48 respectively. It was also announced that 5 research students, Kat

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  • Yuka to graduate from "Ousama no Brunch"

    March 24, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    On March 23rd, it was reported that talento Yuka will be graduating from the TBS program, "Ousama no Brunch", at the end of this month. Following Sato Tamao, Yuka became the 3rd generation MC for "Ousama no Brunch" in April of 2003. She received favorable reputation on the show working beside actor Tanihara Shosuke. According to sources, Yuka notified TBS about leaving the program back in December. The reason is because she wants to mov

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  • Fairies to become regulars on TV program for the first time

    March 24, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    Idol group Fairies has announced that they will be regulars on TV Tokyo's "Harajuku KIRAKIRA Gakuin". This is the first time the idol group will become regulars on a TV show. "Harajuku KIRAKIRA Gakuin" will start on April 1st at 5:30 P.M. Joining the group is comedian Okada Keisuke of 'Masuda Okada' comic duo. It's also been revealed that the theme song will be a western song, but has not yet been disclosed. Source: Oricon

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  • UNDER GRAPH announces official withdrawal of guitarist Asa Ryosuke

    March 24, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    On March 24th, Rock band UNDER GRAPH announced through their official website, that their guitarist Asa Ryosuke has officially left the band. Asa went on hiatus since last January, and proposed to the band, "I want to leave the band officially and try my own ability starting from 0(zero)." The band accepted that and decided on his official withdrawal. Asa put an end his 12 years of band activities. He thanked his fans and commented, "

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  • Tsuchiya Anna to play Rihanna's voice in Japanese dubbed version of "Battleship"

    March 24, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    On March 22nd, model/singer Tsuchiya Anna attended a Japanese dubbing session for the Hollywood film, "Battleship". In the Japanese dubbed version of the film, Tsuchiya will voice the character 'Raikes', who is originally played by singer Rihanna. Tsuchiya, who claims she's a fan of Rihanna, commented, "I used the voice I would use if I was acting, so it was easy to do." In the film, there are a handful of scenes that required Tsuchiya t

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  • Yuzu sings a birthday song for Ayase Haruka

    March 24, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    On March 23rd, actress Ayase Haruka attended a CM presentation event for Nippon Life Insurance's 'Mirai Souzou Project' at a hotel in Tokyo. During this event, pop duo Yuzu sang their popular birthday song, "Okuru Shi", for Ayase, who will be turning 27 years old on March 24th. In tears, the actress expressed, "I think this will be a memory I will never forget." She also showed aspiration for the new year saying, "I want to work in dram

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  • Johnny Kitagawa to direct new musical starring Hey! Say! JUMP

    March 24, 2012 @ 4:35 am

    It was announced that new musical "JOHNNY'S World" which will be produced, and directed by the president of Johnny & Associates Inc., Johnny Kitagawa, will be played at Imperial Garden Theater during the months of November and December.  Hey! Say! JUMP will be starring in it, and 100 others including Kis-My-Ft2, Sexy Zone, A.B.C - Z, and Johnny's Jr. will also be making appearance. The stage play will consist of two parts; the first pa

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  • Kishio Daisuke to hold his first one-man live in June

    March 24, 2012 @ 2:09 am

    Voice actor Kishio Daisuke has announced that he will be holding his first one-man live, "GalaxyTourFirst. Tokyo in Japan of the earth ... Yes, Jukuhara!!!", on June 10th at Harajuku Astro Hall. As we previously reported, Kishio will be making his official singing debut with the album, "Birthday", on March 28th, which also marks his 38th birthday. Tickets for the concert will go on sale on May 12th. Prior to this, Kishio's official webs

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  • MISIA expresses her thoughts about upcoming performance at Washington D.C.'s "Cherry Blossom Festival"

    March 24, 2012 @ 12:20 am

    As reported earlier, Japanese recording artist MISIA has been invited to the ceremony to perform a live concert on March 25th (for Washington D.C.’s "National Cherry Blossom Festival") to send Japan’s appreciation for the support the nation has received for the recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. Following the announcemet, MISIA has revealed her thoughts about being selected for the event. This year is a remarkable celebration yea

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