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  • Takaoka Sousuke posts an apology onto his blog

    August 11, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    Actor Takaoka Sousuke, who recently launched fiery criticisms of TV companies that overemphasized  the "Korean wave", updated his blog on August 10th with a sudden apology, titled, "To the many people who have given me their opinions". "About this incident with the things I said on Twitter, I have been reflecting deeply about my lack of consideration in what I said, and I would like to sincerely apologize for causing trouble to the many peop

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  • Fukui Mai releases an acoustic version of "Ikutabi no Sakura"

    August 11, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    Back in June,  singer Fukui Mai released her second single, "Ikutabi no Sakura", which arrested the listener's attention with its beauty. Although it's been two months since its release, Mai recently recorded a PV for the acoustic version of "Ikutabi no Sakura", which was included as a bonus track in the single's "Special Edition". The video contains serene footage of the countryside, along with gorgeous black and white stills that perfec

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  • NICO Touches the Walls announces nationwide tour in 2012

    August 11, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    Rock band NICO Touches the Walls have announced that they will be holding a nationwide tour titled, "NICO Touches the Walls TOUR2012", next year. The 10-stop tour will kick off at Yokohama Blitz on January 13th, and will wrap up at Zepp Sendai on February 25th. Information for ticket pre-orders will be included in their new single, "Te wo Tatake", which will be released on August 17th. Check out the tour dates below! - <NICO To

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  • Hamasaki Ayumi joins Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter!

    August 11, 2011 @ 5:03 am

    J-Pop Queen Hamasaki Ayumi recently joined Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, which drew an excited response from her Chinese fans. But they won't be the only ones getting updates - international fans can follow along as well, since she'll be microblogging in English 99% of the time. It's only been two days since Hamasaki created her account, and she's already  amassed close to 310,000 followers. Shortly after joining, she repo

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  • Berryz Koubou announces they'll release a new music clip DVD

    August 11, 2011 @ 4:14 am

    Idol group Berryz Koubou just released their latest single, "Aa, Yoru ga Akeru", for which the PV for the title track gave the girls a more mature look, as opposed to their usual cute image. Rolling with the momentum of releases, the girls will be releasing a new video clips DVD called, "Berryz Koubou Single V Clips (5)". It will contain all their single music videos from 2010, bonus footage, and different editions of PVs and CMs, as well

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  • Which Not yet member voice-dubbed in the Japanese version of "Hop"?

    August 11, 2011 @ 2:59 am

    It's been reported that a member from AKB48 sub-unit Not yet lent her voice for the Japanese dubbed version of the animated film, "Hop". A campaign will be held to guess which member the voice belongs to. This mysterious member will play the careless and clumsy rabbit from 'The Pink Berets'. The correct answer to this fun quiz will be revealed on August 23rd, when the member herself appears at a stage greeting. Information on how to enter

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  • SKE48's Matsui Jurina leaves event prematurely due to exhaustion

    August 11, 2011 @ 2:21 am

    On August 10th, SKE48 member Matsui Jurina had to prematurely leave the group's handshake event at Pacifico Yokohama due to poor health conditions. According to Matsui's blog, she became ill on the 8th, and was also absent from a SKE48 performance on the 9th. People close to Matsui stated, "It seems her fatigue has built up. She is being cautious and is resting at home." Matsui came in 14th place for the AKB48 general elections in June,

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  • Ziyoou-Vachi unveils PV for "Desco"

    August 11, 2011 @ 1:46 am

    Mysterious band Ziyoou-Vachi has revealed the PV to "Desco" on their official website. In the clip, the four members drastically dance to the song clothed in bright colors. The PV reflects the band's outlook of the world, and presents their unique sound and personality. "Desco" is included in Ziyoou-Vachi's major debut album, "Kujaku", which is set to be released on September 7th. It will also serve as the theme song to the movie, "Mote

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  • SOPHIA reveals their PV for "cod-E ~E no Angou~"!

    August 11, 2011 @ 1:25 am

    Back in June, rock band SOPHIA announced that they will be making a comeback as a major label band under avex, and that their debut single will be titled, "cod-E ~E no Angou~". Just yesterday, avex revealed the full PV for this single as well as a short commentary from the band through their official YouTube channel! In the commentary video, vocalist Matsuoka Mitsuru said, "This song will give strength and energy to those who listen to it".

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  • Oricon unveils its comic charts for August 15th!

    August 11, 2011 @ 12:38 am

    Oricon has just revealed the comic charts for the week of August 15th! This week, popular manga "ONE PIECE" topped the charts with an incredible sales figure of 2,119,401 copies! Check out the other well-known comics who made it into this week's ranking below. ---- 1. ONE PIECE,Volume 63 - Oda Eiichiro : 2,119,401 2. NARUTO, Volume 57 - Kishimoto Masashi : 716,937 3. HUNTER x HUNTER, Volume 29 - Togashi Yoshihiro : 6

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