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  • AKB48's Kojima Haruna becomes new TSUBAKI model

    December 9, 2011 @ 3:08 am

    On December 8th, AKB48 member Kojima Haruna attended a press event for haircare brand 'TSUBAKI' as their newest model. Kojima commented, "It seems like a dream for me to be in TSUBAKI commercial and I'm really glad to have been chosen for this. " The idol also talked about her experience shooting the CM. "I was nervous at first, but they played AKB48 songs and I felt relaxed," she laughed. Joining Kojima as new models for the brand

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  • 30 members pass first round of judging for AKB48's upcoming anime

    December 9, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    On December 8th, AKB48 announced the names of the 30 members who passed the first round of judging for their upcoming anime, "AKB0048". The storyline focuses on 9 idol cadets who aim to become legendary superstars. Out of 200 girls from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48, 30 passed the first round for a chance to be one of 9 voice actors. These members include 17 from AKB48, 8 from SKE, 4 from NMB, and 1 from HKT. The 30 members will advance i

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  • B'z reveals their latest 'Pepsi Nex' CM

    December 8, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    Rock duo B'z has uploaded their new CM for 'Pepsi Nex' on their official YouTube channel. The CM, titled "Xmas Lover", depicts a merry couple ice skating in the snow. B'z also makes an appearance in the CM, singing their hit song, "Itsuka no Merry Christmas". Check out the CM below! - <60 sec> <30 sec> Source: natalie

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  • Nine months into her pregnancy, Koyuki attends preview screening of "ALWAYS 3"

    December 8, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    Earlier today, some people were able to see the upcoming movie "ALWAYS San-chome no Yuhi '64" for the first time at a preview screening event. "Always San-Chome no Yuhi '64" (English title: "Always: Sunset on Third Street 3") will depict the lives of the residents at Third Street in Tokyo back in 1964. The Olympics are set to take place in Tokyo and the country has experienced a period of rapid economic growth. It's the last installment in

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  • lecca to release new album "Step One"

    December 8, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    Reggae singer-songwriter lecca will be releasing her new album, "Step One", on January 25th. lecca's sixth album will contain a total of 15 songs including her latest single, "Right Direction", Nissen's CM song "gift", and the digital single, "Familia". Fans who purchase both "Right Direction" and "Step One" can enter their serial number through a special website for a chance to attend lecca's CD release events. Additionally, to coincid

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  • Nakagawa Shoko announces her 1st single for 2012

    December 8, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    Nakagawa Shoko has announced that she will be releasing her new single, "Horoscope", on January 11th. The title song is already being used as the theme song for Fuji TV's variety program "Uchi Kuru!?". It's said to be a medium rock tune that portrays a faint love story. In the music video, a comical alien character that created a buzz during the 1990's appears as Shokotan's lover. This alien is played by Thane Alexander Camus. The two a

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  • "Heart Catch Pretty Cure" movie nominated for Kidscreen Awards

    December 8, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

    It's been reported that Toei Animation's "Heart Catch PreCure! Hana no Miyako de Fashion Show... Desu ka!?" (Heart Catch Pretty Cure! The Movie: Fashion Show in Paris!) has been nominated for the '2012 Kidscreen Awards' in the 'Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie for Kids' category. The film is based on the TV anime series, "Heart Catch Pretty Cure!", which is the seventh series of the "Pretty Cure" installment. It premiered in February of 2

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  • AKB48 starts their new global project with Google+

    December 8, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    On December 8th, AKB48 members Maeda Atsuko, Shinoda Mariko, Takahashi Minami, Sashihara Rino, and Takajo Aki attended a press conference for their new project with Google+. Using Google+, the members will update information in various ways, allowing them to interact with overseas fans. Maeda commented, "I'm excited. I want to be able to have various interactions in order to be loved equally by people around the world." Meanwhile, Takahash

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  • Oricon reveals the CM King & Queen of 2011

    December 8, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    N-Monitor and Oricon once again elected the CM King & Queen for 2011, based on the number of CM contracts that were signed this year. Midway through the year, pro-golfer Ishikawa Ryo and actress Ueto Aya were leading in their respective rankings. The former was able to defend his title with seventeen contracts (three more than in July). He was able to defend his crown as last year he was also the CM King. His fresh looks and very polite

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  • Lc5 to release new single, "Only you -Kimi to no Kizuna-"

    December 8, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    Visual kei band Lc5 has revealed that they'll be releasing a new single titled "Only you -Kimi to no Kizuna-" on February 15th. This will be the band's first single in 11 months, and it's already been picked up as the theme song for the anime "Beelzebub", starting January. "Only you -Kimi to no Kizuna-" is described as a positive song that portrays friendship and relationships. Prior to its full release, it will be available in Chaku-Uta f

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