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  • AKB48 reveals track list + senbatsu members for "GIVE ME FIVE!"

    January 13, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    AKB48 has revealed the track list and senbatsu members for their upcoming single, "GIVE ME FIVE!" The senbatsu members for the title song, "GIVE ME FIVE!", are Kojima Haruna, Sashihara Rino, Shinoda Mariko, Takajo Aki, Takahashi Minami, and Maeda Atsuko from Team A, Itano Tomomi, Oshima Yuko, Minegishi Minami, Miyazawa Sae, Yokoyama Yui from Team K, Kasai Tomomi, Kashiwagi Yuki, Kitahara Rie, and Watanabe Mayu from Team B. SKE48's Matsui R

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  • MIYAVI's "STRONG" chosen as the CM song for Nissan X-TRAIL

    January 13, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    Samurai guitarist MIYAVI's latest track "STRONG (MYV "Exclusive" ver.)" has been chosen as the new CM song for Nissan's "X-TRAIL". Previous CM songs for "X-TRAIL" include THE CLASH's "I Fought The Law", THE OFFSPRING's "(Can't Get My) Head Around You", THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS's "Setting Sun", BOOM BOOM SATELLITES's "KICK IT OUT", and 80kidz's "GMX". "STRONG (MYV "Exclusive" ver.)" was included in the regular edition of MIYAVI vs KREVA's s

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  • C-ute reveals jacket covers for "Dai Nana Sho 'Utsukushikutte gomen ne'"

    January 13, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    Idol group C-ute is gearing up to release their 7th studio album, and its jacket covers have finally been revealed. Titled 'Dai Nana Sho 「Utsukushikutte gomen ne」', the album contains 10 songs in total, including their singles "Momoiro Sparkling" and "Amazuppai Haru ni Sakura Saku". As reported earlier, there will be multiple versions available for purchase. Fans can choose between the limited or regular editions: the regular edition is a

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  • Cast members of "Seinaru Kaibutsu-tachi" celebrate Nakatani Miki's birthday

    January 13, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    On January 12th, actors Okada Masaki, Kato Ai, and Omasa Aya threw a small birthday celebration for their co-star, Nakatani Miki, who turned 36 years old. The party was held during the shoot for their new TV Asahi drama, "Seinaru Kaibutsu-tachi". Only Nakatani and Kato were scheduled to shoo that day, but Okada and Omasa dropped by the set early in the morning to wish Nakatani a happy birthday. Nakatani was stunned at seeing her co-star

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  • Aqua Timez to release new single, "MASK"

    January 13, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Pop-rock band Aqua Timez has announced that they will be releasing their 14th single, "MASK", on February 22nd. "MASK" is the band's first single in just over a year, with their last being "Mayonaka no Orchestra". The title number is said to be an encouraging message that describes the importance living as your true self. It's currently being used as the ending theme song for the anime, "BLEACH". The single will come with two coupling t

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  • Maeda Atsuko and her 14-year-old self to star in new NTT Docomo CM

    January 13, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    Popular idol group AKB48 will be starring in a new NTT Docomo CM for the first time in 6 years. In the CM, Maeda Atsuko will work with her 14-year-old self. No, she isn't going back in time; the CM will just use past footage of Maeda as part of its production. Maeda commented, "I'm surprised I haven't changed at all! Even now, I look like that without make-up." The CM will also feature appearances by Oshima Yuko, Kashiwagi Yuki, Koji

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  • Nogizaka46 performs their debut song at a press conference for new Meiji CM

    January 13, 2012 @ 6:10 am

    On January 12th, AKB48's "official rival", Nogizaka46, attended a press conference for the new "Meiji Tezukari Chocolate" CM, where they performed their debut song "Guru Guru Curtain" for the first time. Member Ikoma Rina, who gained the 'center' position in the CM, commented, "I can't believe we were able to appear in a widely known CM even before our debut. It feels like Christmas, New Year's Day, my birthday and Valentine's Day all came

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  • Japan Twitter Trends for December 2011!

    January 13, 2012 @ 4:00 am

    Every month, BIGLOBE releases a list of the top Twitter trends in Japan. Now that December has come to an end, they’ve compiled their data and have revealed their rankings for that month. (If you want to go back in time and compare what trended in the past, you can check out November’s rankings here.) == [Word Ranking] – [Previous Month] 1. Earthquakes - #1 2. Christmas - #4 3. Trains - #2 4. New Year’s Card – N/A 5.

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  • Takei Emi, Oshima Yuko and more receive "Jewellery Best Wearer Award"

    January 13, 2012 @ 2:50 am

    On January 11th, "The 23rd Jewellery Best Wearer Award" held its ceremony at the Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba, Japan. The "Jewellery Best Wearer Award" is presented every year to celebrities, both male and female, who suited jewellery the most. The nine winners for this year's awards were: Takei Emi (teen division), AKB48's Oshima Yuko (20's), Yonekura Ryoko (30's), Dan Rei (40's), Yo Kimiko (50's), Asaoka Ruriko (over 60), and Sato Koichi (m

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  • Check out D☆DATE's PV for "Love Heaven"!

    January 13, 2012 @ 1:35 am

    D☆DATE has finally released their PV for "Love Heaven"! The music video seems to play on a boxing concept, but adds certain aesthetic touches like paint splatter and crisp suits to make it more platable for J-Pop. Check out their PV below!

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