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  • Matsuzaka Tori chosen as the new CM character for "ACUO"

    May 8, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    On May 7th, actor Matsuzaka Tori (23) appeared at a press conference in Tokyo where it was revealed that he will be the character in the new CM for Lotte brand gum ACUO. The CM, which will air starting May 8, will have a comedic touch as it portrays Matsuzaka as a young business man who challenges his superior to a kung fu battle. He appeared shy as he did a high-pitched Bruce Lee shout and stated, “I looked at kung fu performances, and d

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  • New trailer for 2PM & 2AM's documentary film 'Beyond the Oneday'

    May 8, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    A second trailer for 'Beyond the Oneday' has been released! 'Beyond the Oneday' is a documentary film that covers the two groups back stage at the JYP Nation concert in Japan last year. It will also include footage of their daily activities during their time off and cuts of interviews with the members of each group. The film will release in theaters in Japan on June 30th, 2012 JST. Check out the new trailer below:

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  • Miyazawa Rie to divorce her husband

    May 8, 2012 @ 6:24 am

    On May 7th, it was reported that actress Miyazawa Rie (39) will be divorcing her husband, a former professional surfer and businessman. Miyazawa met her husband back in 2007, and they announced a shotgun wedding in February of 2009. At that time, Miyazawa had commented, "I want to make a family full of originality with him and our child." According to sources, the reason for their divorce is their busy lifestyles. Miyazawa's husband run

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  • Kis-My-Ft2' Fujigaya Taisuke to star in upcoming drama

    May 8, 2012 @ 3:14 am

    It has been announced that Kis-My-Ft2 member Fujigaya Taisuke will be starring in TBS' upcoming drama series "Beginners!" The drama will take place at a police academy, which is a boarding school that is under strict observation 24 hours a day. The story will feature the students of  "S class", which is assembled from a bunch of dropouts, who are making strenuous efforts to become police officers. Fujigaya's role will be of a 19-year-ol

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  • STRAIGHTENER reveals details on acoustic album

    May 8, 2012 @ 2:00 am

    Rock band STRAIGHTENER has revealed the details on their upcoming acoustic album, "SOFT". This album contains acoustic arrangements of 14 songs that the band has already released. It will also include 2 brand new songs called "Synchro" and "Phantasien" for a total of 16 tracks. Additionally, the first press edition of the album will enclose an ID number to download STRAIGHTENER's unreleased tracks "Nexus (acoustic ver.)" and "Kiseki no

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  • aiko's "Kuchibiru" chosen as CM song for Itoen's 'Jasmine Tea'

    May 7, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    aiko's new song, "Kuchibiru", has been chosen as the CM song for Itoen's "2tsu no Hataraki Catechin Jasmine Tea" "Kuchibiru" is a track off of aiko's upcoming album (currently untitled), set for release on June 20th. It's described as a medium tempo love song that conveys the message, "a world without you, I'm not in it". The 'LOVE EAT' version of the CM with aiko's song will air starting May 9th. The song was reportedly chosen for the

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  • YUKI holds her 10th anniversary concert at Tokyo Dome

    May 7, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    On May 7th, singer-songwriter YUKI held her 10th anniversary concert, "YUKI LIVE 'SOUNDS OF TEN'", at Tokyo Dome. In front of 50,000 people, YUKI appeared in a white dress and kicked off the concert by singing her solo debut single, "the end of shite". During the first MC segment, she reported, "Until now, I've never been named 'the first-ever' in anything, but it seems I'm the first female artist to perform at Tokyo Dome as a band and sol

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  • Nogizaka46 to promote tourism in Oita alongside Sashihara Rino

    May 7, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    On May 7th, it was revealed that Nogizaka46 had been appointed as the first 'sightseeing envoy' of Oita City. They will promote tourism alongside AKB48's Sashihara Rino, who was selected as Oita's 'sightseeing ambassador' last month. Just like Sashihara, 2 members of Nogizaka46 were born in Oita City. When the group visited mayor Kugimiya Ban to promote their new song in late-April, they requested to also become the 'sightseeing ambassador

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  • Which female celebrities are getting paid the most per CM?

    May 7, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    TV commercials are one of the best 'popularity barometers' for celebrities in Japan. However, it's not just the amount of CM contracts nor the amount of exposure that differentiates a CM Queen (or king) from a 'normal' female celebrity, it's the fee they get paid per CM. Tabloid 'Shukan Post' once again managed to obtain the top secret list that showed how much celebrities are getting paid per CM contract. Naturally, you have to have a cer

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  • AKB48's Oshima Yuko expresses her mind about 'AKB48 27th Single General Election'

    May 7, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    On May 6th, AKB48 launched a channel on YouTube, where each member express their views and comments regarding the upcoming 'AKB48 27th Single General Election'. In this short video, member Oshima Yuko mentioned that Maeda Atsuko will not be participating in the general election. She then stated, "People are saying that this is the change of generations. In fact, I also think that AKB48 is going to enter a period of a change of generations.

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