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  • Sugimoto Aya attends Benjamin McKenzie's Tokyo press conference

    September 16, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    On September 15th, Sugimoto Aya appeared at a press conference at The Ritz Carlton Tokyo alongside Benjamin McKenzie, star of American television drama “Southland.”  Sugimoto appeared as the representative “sexy lady”, and  McKenzie, who's been selected twice as one of “The World’s 25 Sexist Men,” talked about sexy men and women in Japan and America. Sugimoto dressed as a “policewoman in deep cover.”  McKenzie, who plays a police officer

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  • SMAP holds a press conference at China's Great Hall of the People

    September 16, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    On September 15th, SMAP held a press conference in China prior to their very first overseas performance on the following day. The press conference was held at the Great Hall of the People in 'The Chongqing Hall', which is a special room that is used for meetings between national guests and Chinese officials. About 150 reporters from 100 local media agencies gathered at the hall, and showed their interest in the group. The reporters aske

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  • Kanno Miho becomes the new image character for "Kaku Highball"

    September 16, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    It's been announced that actress Kanno Miho was selected to become the new image character for Suntory's "Kaku Highball" CMs! The previous endorsement model, actress Koyoki, had previously announced her pregnancy, and so it was decided that the CMs would require a new image character. Kanno said that she likes to drink alcohol, but whiskey seems like an "adult" drink. She also said making the commercial was a challenge for her and that

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  • GACKT's band YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz kicks off their tour at Zepp Tokyo

    September 16, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    GACKT's band YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz kicked off their tour at the Zepp Tokyo on September 14th and 15th. YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz formed in March 2010 under the theme, "To shape up weak men". In June 2011, they announced their new members: LUNA SEA drummer SHINYA, JON from fade, TAKUMI on guitar, and former RIZE member U:ZO. The "twin vocal & triple guitar" band held a European tour in July, gathering roughly 20,000 people to 13 performa

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  • BoA stuns with her gold dress at ESCADA opening ceremony

    September 16, 2011 @ 6:12 am

    On September 15th, singer BoA attended the opening ceremony for ESCADA's Tokyo Roppongi Hills store as a special guest. The beautiful singer appeared wearing a gold dress worth approximately 1.78 million yen. "This is the first time I've worn such a gorgeous dress, but I'm of an age where I can wear things like this now," she said. When asked whether or not she had brought an escort, BoA smiled while replying, "I don't have one yet." BoA

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  • Check out a preview for AKB48's new PV, "Kaze wa Fuiteiru"!

    September 16, 2011 @ 5:06 am

    On the September 16th's broadcast of 'Mezamashi TV', AKB48 revealed a PV preview for their upcoming single, "Kaze wa Fuiteiru"! So far, the song seems to have a more mature feel, and that's reflected in the girls' cool and modest white dresses. The single will be released on October 26th. Check out the previews in the video below! Thanks to Chris C for the tip!

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  • School Food Punishment to provide theme song for "UN-GO"

    September 16, 2011 @ 3:27 am

    It's just been revealed that School Food Punishment will be singing the opening theme song for the upcoming anime, "UN-GO"! The song is titled "How to go", and it will air alongside the show on October 13th, which is when the series will broadcast its first episode. The anime is based on Ango Sakaguchi's novel "Meiji Kaika Ango Torimonochou" and is said to be a daringly arranged story set in the near future, in which a detective and his p

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  • AAA and Perfume to perform at "2011 Asia Song Festival" in Korea

    September 16, 2011 @ 2:18 am

    Popular groups AAA and Perfume will be performing in Asia's biggest music festival, "2011 Asia Song Festival", on October 15th at Daegu Stadium in Korea. AAA and Perfume were chosen by The Korean Foundation of International Culture Exchange (KOFICE) as the top artists to represent Japan. This will be AAA's first live in Korea since their debut in 2005. This annual event kicked off in 2004 with the purpose to exchange Asia's music and cu

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  • Kago Ai to be placed on 24-hour suicide watch following discharge from hospital

    September 16, 2011 @ 1:16 am

    On September 14th, it was revealed that Kago Ai would be put on a 24-hour suicide watch in the wake of her recent suicide attempt. Kago's representative in this situation has been spending the night at the hospital to watch over her. Although her physical strength has been steadily returning, her attorney feels nervous about leaving the star on her own, and is said to be looking for people who can be with her for all 24 hours in the day. The

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  • miwa to hold her first acoustic nationwide tour

    September 16, 2011 @ 12:03 am

    Singer-songwriter miwa will be holding her first acoustic nationwide tour! Titled "miwa acoustic live tour 'acoguissimo'", the tour will kick off on November 2nd at Kanazawa AZ, and will wrap up on the 27th at Nagasaki DRUM Be-7, with a total of 11 performances. miwa commented, "My goal is to conquer every prefecture! I want to make it an intimate live that makes you feel at home. I'll be able to travel to places I couldn't go to during m

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