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  • AKB48 wins Japan Record Award with "Flying Get"

    December 30, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    AKB48 has become the most unstoppable girl group this year after they nabbed the highly coveted Japan Record Award from the "The 53rd Kagayaku! Japan Record Awards"! On December 29th, the girls won the award for "Flying Get" at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. Seven years after their CD debut, all five singles released this year have sold over one million copies, and now they've captured this prestigious award with their 22nd single.

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  • AAA's Nishijima Takahiro to appear in NHK Taiga drama, "Taira no Kiyomori"

    December 30, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    AAA’s Nishijima Takahiro (25) has been cast for the upcoming NHK Taiga drama, “Taira no Kiyomori”! Nishijima will play Taira no Yorimori, the younger brother of Taira no Kiyomori (played by Matsuyama Kenichi). He often confronts his older brother with his candid opinions, even amidst the friendly atmosphere of the Taira household. NHK offered this role to Nishijima after observing his acting skills in the 2009 film, “Ai no Mukidashi (Lo

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  • SDN48 holds release event with Mino Monta for their latest single

    December 30, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    On December 28th, idol group SDN48 held a release event for their latest single, "Kudokinagara Azabu Juban duet with Mino Monta" at the Zepp Tokyo. Approximately 2,000 fans gathered at the venue to celebrate the release of SDN48's latest single. The opening number "Kudokinagara Azabu Juban" featured a sudden appearance by Mino Monta as a surprise guest, who helped the idol group rile up the crowd. The delighted audience even gave Mino a huge

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  • Vocaloid producer Darvish-P to make major debut with "5150"

    December 30, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    Vocaloid producer Darvish-P has announced that he'll be making his major debut with a solo album titled "5150" on March 7th! Darvish-P learned how to play guitar at a very young age, and was part of a band for five years after graduating from high school. He made his debut as a Vocaloid producer in January of 2009, and has since explored a variety of styles by posting heavy rock music with Vocaloids onto Nico Nico Douga. His creations and skil

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  • Oricon Comic Chart for the week of January 2nd

    December 30, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    Oricon has revealed their comic charts for the week of January 2nd! This week features Top 5 features comics from various genres so check them out below. === 1. Therme Romae, Volume 4 - Yamazaki Mari : 250,146 2. Jojolion (JoJo's Bizarre Adventures), Volume 1 - Araki Hirohiko : 235,585 3. FAIRY TAIL, Volume 30 – Mashima Hiro : 156,584 4. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, Volume 7 - Fuyukawa Motoi, Kamachi Kazuma, and Hai

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  • Angela Aki talks about her soon-to-be-born baby at Kohaku rehearsal

    December 30, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    On December 29th, singer-songwriter Angela Aki - who is currently nine months pregnant with her first child - attended the rehearsal for the upcoming Kohaku Uta Gassen at the NHK Hall in Shibuya. While caressing her pregnant belly, Angela talked about performing at the Kohaku with her unborn child. Since I'm nine months pregnant, it wasn't an easy thing for me to stand on stage at Nippon Budoukan and Kouhaku. I'm looking forward to the day I

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  • Check out a PV preview of Morning Musume's "Pyoko Pyoko Ultra"!

    December 30, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    Morning Musume has just revealed a two-minute long PV preview of their upcoming song, "Pyoko Pyoko Ultra"! After showing the fans a few behind-the-scenes shots, member Mitsui Aika cheerfully introduces the PV preview for the girls' new song. In the video, fans get a peek at the choreography for "Pyoko Pyoko Ultra", adorable shots of the new 10th generation members, and more. Without further ado, check out the PV preview for "Pyoko Pyoko U

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  • Osawa Shinichi arrested for involvement in suspected rape

    December 30, 2011 @ 5:58 am

    It's just been revealed that artist Osawa Shinichi was arrested by police on December 14th on suspicion of his involvement in a semi-rape. "I need you to entertain my male client. If you don't do that, the company will go bankrupt," Osawa allegedly said as an order to a female subordinate, who then had horrible deeds committed unto her by the unsaid man at a metropolitan hotel. Upon hearing this, Osawa was arrested on the 14th. "I don't hav

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  • 210 members of AKB family to perform special medley on 'Kohaku'

    December 30, 2011 @ 3:27 am

    On December 29th, AKB48 took part in the rehearsals for the "62nd Kohaku Uta Gassen" at Shibuya's NHK Hall. Last year, 130 members from AKB48, SKE48, and NMB48 took the stage. This year, the family upped the ante by sending a record 210 members! AKB48, SKE48, and NMB48 will return to the spotlight, along with HKT48, JKT48, and SDN48. Member Maeda Atsuko commented, "I think we're going to exceed 300 members next year," while Oshima Yuko

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  • Koda Kumi registers her marriage with KENJI03

    December 30, 2011 @ 2:05 am

    It's been reported that Koda Kumi and KENJI03 of rock band BACK-ON have officially registered their marriage! According to their respective agencies, the staff registered the couple's marriage at the ward office this past weekend. Neither Koda or KENJI03 plan to comment on their newlywed status. In related news, Koda participated in the 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' rehearsal on December 29th. She entered the hall wearing all black, and held her

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