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  • Hello! Project holds release event for "Hello! Channel vol.5"

    August 20, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    On August 19th, a release event for Hello! Project's new mook (magazine-book) series, "Hello! Channel vol. 5", was held at Fukuya Bookstore in Shinjuku Subnard. The idols who attended included Morning Musume's Suzuki Kanon and Ikuta Erina, Berryz Koubou's Sugaya Risako and Sudou Maasa, C-ute's Hagiwara Mai, and S/mileage's Fukuda Kanon. They each shook the fans' hands one by one, and shared their feelings on Takahashi Ai, who will be gradu

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  • Kuraki Mai sings the Japanese national anthem at Nadeshiko Japan's charity match

    August 20, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    We previously reported that Kuraki Mai would be singing the Japanese national anthem at a charity match between Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Soccer Team) and a team compiled of players from the Nadeshiko League. As a 'nadeshiko' of the music industry, Kuraki Mai beautifully sang the national anthem in front of a huge crowd at the National Stadium in Tokyo. Afterwards, Kuraki commented, "I sang with the hope that the players and

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  • Actor Yano Masato takes it off for women's fashion magazine "non-no"

    August 20, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    The latest issue of women's fashion magazine “non-no” which went on sale on August 20th, features actor Yano Masato (19) for his first nude photo shoot. Yano, who trained his body for this photo shoot stated, “Since it was my first nude photo shoot I was quite nervous but it was a valuable experience,” and smiled. Although he already had a fit body because of his training for the theatrical play, “Shintokumaru”. With the workouts he was ab

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  • Former Johnny's members Yamashita Shoon & Leon revive their activities

    August 20, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    [caption id="attachment_183428" align="aligncenter" width="470" caption="Yamashita Shoon & Leon"][/caption] On August 19th, former Ya-Ya-yah member Yamashita Shoon and former Johnny's Jr. Yamashita Leon held an event titled, "SHOON commu'presents NO LIMIT in Puroland", at Sanrio Puroland. This marked the revival of the brothers' activities after leaving their last agency. As Shoon got on stage, he shouted, "I'm back!", and expressed his

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  • Kra announces new album, "Naro to Torute"

    August 20, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    Visual kei band Kra will be dropping their new album, "Naro to Torute", on October 26th. To celebrate their 10th anniversary year, the band incorporated a Halloween party theme into the album. This will be the first time that former support guitarist Taizo will participate as an official member. After the release of their new album, Kra will hold a nationwide tour titled, "Kra LIVE TOUR 2011 'Tortilla!! (´°Д°`)'". The tour will kick of

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  • TOKIO's Yamaguchi Tatsuya attends a press conference for "Kung Fu Panda 2"

    August 20, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    On August 19th, TOKIO’s Yamaguchi Tatsuya (39) attended a press conference in Tokyo for the 3D-animated film, “Kung Fu Panda 2”, for which he acted as the Japanese voice of 'Po the Panda'. Aside from Yamaguchi, model MEGUMI and actor Sasano Takashi also attended this event as part of the movie’s cast. MEGUMI confessed, “Since we barely met during the recording, it’s pretty much our first meeting with this campaign.” Sasano teased Yamaguc

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  • SUPER☆GiRLS unveil PV for "Joshiryoku←Paradise"

    August 20, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    The PV for idol group SUPER☆GiRLS' new single, "Joshiryoku←Paradise", has been uploaded onto avex's official YouTube channel! The music video follows a story of 12 girls who attend "Sekai Joshiryoku Kaigi (World 'Girls Power' Meeting)", and they're outfitted in 12 different ways. SUPER☆GiRLS' individual cosplaying and aggressive dance scenes are said to be the highlights of the video. Additionally, on September 28th, SUPER☆GiRLS will re

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  • KARA attends press conference as the face of 'Honcho' drink + Full CM

    August 20, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    The girls of KARA have been chosen as the faces for the Japanese campaign of a popular Korean vinegar drink called 'Honcho'. On August 19th, they appeared at an event to reveal details about their new commercial. KARA, who are said to be fans of this drink, will portray the concept of 'Beautiful Body Show', in which they emphasize  their killer figure. Together they say, "Drink 'Honcho' and have a nice body. Everybody, let's become pretty

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  • Listen to a radio rip of C-ute's "Idai na Chikara wo!"

    August 20, 2011 @ 6:16 am

    A full radio rip of idol group C-ute's new song, "Idai na Chikara wo!", has just been revealed! "Idai na Chikara wo!" is the B-side to their upcoming single, "Sekai Ichi HAPPY na Onna no Ko", which is scheduled to be released on September 7th. Listen to the fun and cheerful song below! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR13of9xjxA Thanks to Min for the tip!

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  • DREAMS COME TRUE holds a successful live for disaster victims

    August 20, 2011 @ 3:42 am

    On August 19th, pop duo DREAMS COME TRUE held a free live to cheer on disaster victims at Rikuzentakata in Iwate. To kick off the live, vocalist Yoshida Miya called out, "I will sing with all my heart for everyone who's doing their best." The duo then sang many songs that were requested after the earthquake, including "Nandodemo". The concert achieved its purpose, as attendees related that they felt encouraged to keep moving forward. "I w

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