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  • Tackey & Tsubasa talk about an Asia tour, relationships, and Tohoku

    November 2, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    On November 1st, popular unit Tackey & Tsubasa held a live concert at Yoyogi First Gymnasium as part of their nationwide tour. They drew 15,000 wildly cheering fans, which promised a great start to their first live at this venue. Since next year will be Tackey & Tsubasa's 10th debut anniversary, they revealed that they were planning to hold a large-scale tour which will also include concerts in Asia. Takizawa Hideaki (29) said, "I

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  • AKB48's Shinoda Mariko holds a handshake event for her fashion magazine

    November 2, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    On November 2nd, AKB48's Shinoda Mariko held a handshake event for her fashion magazine, "MARIKO magazine", at Fukuya Bookstore Shinjuku Subnade. Shinoda won AKB48's recent Janken Tournament and took the center position for their upcoming single. As a result, the single was titled in her honor: "Ue Kara Mariko (Mariko From the Top)". Shinoda expressed, "I'm happy that my name will be included in the song. But why 'from the top'? Does it me

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  • Tokyo Jihen adds two more tour dates + Shiina Ringo's "Carnation" PV

    November 2, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    Eclectic rock band Tokyo Jihen has just announced two more dates for their nationwide tour, "Tokyo Jihen Live Tour 2011 Discovery". The band  added shows for December 24th at Aomori Civic Cultural Hall and December 26th at Iwaki Arts and Cultural Exchange Centre Alios. Tickets will be available for purchase starting December 4th. Meanwhile, Tokyo Jihen's Shiina Ringo released her new single, "Carnation", today. The song currently serves

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  • AKB48 and '7-Eleven' release their Christmas cake CM

    November 2, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    AKB48 wants to know if you're ready to "deck the halls with boughs of holly" -- if not, you better make your way to 7-Eleven and grab one of their Christmas cakes to get into the holiday spirit! After revealing their special 'Macaron cake' at their press conference yesterday, the girls followed up with their full CM. In the commercial, AKB48 introduces several collaboration cakes in cute Santa outfits, as their new song "Noel no Yoru" plays

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  • Ketsumeishi to release best-of album + PV collection

    November 2, 2011 @ 6:08 am

    Hip hop group Ketsumeishi will soon be releasing their first best-of album and PV collection on December 21st. The group's best-of album will come in four separate discs, each representing a different season. In total, it will feature 30 singles from "Kocchi Oide" to "Kodama", and 22 coupling songs. Each album will come with an entry form for a chance to win "Ketsu no Demo", which includes an unreleased demo track. Additionally, Ketsumeis

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  • Aragaki Yui becomes the new CM character for 'Mobage'

    November 2, 2011 @ 4:48 am

    Actress Aragaki Yui has been appointed as the new CM character for the mobile social network 'Mobage' and attended a PR event to introduce the CM on Tuesday. For the CM, Aragaki, who is sporting a new short hairdo since the filming of "Ranma 1/2", was put in a vast and empty studio, where she had to follow the instructions given by the director through a speaker. While following his instructions and playing the game, she was filmed by thirte

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  • FUNKY MONKEY BABYS to feature Yuka for their upcoming single

    November 2, 2011 @ 3:57 am

    It's been revealed that popular group FUNKY MONKEY BABYS will feature talento Yuka (31) on both the cover jacket and PV for their upcoming single "LOVE SONG" which is scheduled to be released on November 16th. It is an established custom that FUNKY MONKEY BABYS features the great names for their single PVs, and the leader Funky Kato (32) revealed the reason for this appoint that Yuka is the image of woman who men would want to protect.  He

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  • w-inds. to release documentary photo book, "w-inds. ALL OFF SHOT!!!"

    November 2, 2011 @ 3:06 am

    It's been revealed that pop unit w-inds. will be releasing their first documentary photo book, "w-inds. ALL OFF SHOT!!!", on November 14th to commemorate their tenth year anniversary. The photo book was shot over a period of 100 days. To capture their 'real selves', every single picture was taken as an off-shot. It is described as a book that will draw out each of the member's personalities. Additionally, the photo book will feature relax

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  • Japan Box Office Report – October 29th/30th

    November 2, 2011 @ 2:25 am

    [caption id="attachment_200717" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""The Three Musketeers" / "Suteki na Kanashibari" / "Eiga Suite Precure: Torimodose!""][/caption] It was a turbulent weekend for film fans in Japan with the final screenings at the '24th Tokyo International Film Festival', but the regular openings were also well-attended. All top three spots on the Japanese box office chart was replaced this w

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  • Sato Takeru to make his stage debut with "Romeo and Juliet"

    November 2, 2011 @ 1:33 am

    It's been announced that actor Sato Takeru (22) will be making his stage debut with Shakespeare's enduring masterpiece "Romeo and Juliet" which will start playing in May 2012.  Sato will play Romeo, and he commented, "I will challenge squarely toward the pure love story of 'Romeo and Juliet'."  It was also revealed that actress Ishihara Satomi (24) will be taking the role of Juliet, and this is the first time for them to co-star each other.

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