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  • AKB48 reveals title + April tour dates for upcoming nationwide tour

    March 16, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    Previously, we reported that popular idol group AKB48 will be touring all 47 prefectures in Japan. Now, the title and first tour dates have been revealed! The tour will be titled "AKB48 Nationwide Tour 2012 'Nonaka Misato' Ugoku. ~47 Todofuken de Aimashou~'", and will officially kick off next month. Currently, they are scheduled to hold 5 concerts starting on April 6th at Fukuoka Sun Palace Hotel & Hall. Tickets will gradually go

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  • Kis-My-Ft2 to make regular appearance on TV Asahi's new variety show

    March 16, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    Seven-member group from Johnny & Associates, Inc., Kis-My-Ft2 will make their regular appearance on TV Asahi's new program "Hama Kis", which will be the first regular program for the group. The program will be a "variety school" show, in which Kis-My-Ft2 members will receive instructions about the fundamentals of variety shows, by another regular cast member Hamaguchi Masaru (of comedian duo Yoiko) and two guest comedians.  It was once

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  • Full trailer for "Signal: Getsuyobi no Ruka" released

    March 16, 2012 @ 5:37 am

    On March 15th, the upcoming movie "Signal: Getsuyobi no Ruka" launched its official website along with the first full-length trailer to give us a better glimpse at the story. "Signal: Getsuyobi no Ruka" stars young actress Mine Azusa, who'll be making her acting, movie, and starring role debut with her portrayal of 'Sugimoto Ruka', a projectionist at an old movie theater. 'Ruka' hasn't left the movie theater for three years due to a cer

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  • Ashida Mana to continue her singing career with a 2nd single in May

    March 16, 2012 @ 2:50 am

    On March 15th, it was revealed that child actress Ashida Mana (7) is going to release her second single called "Zutto Zutto Tomodachi" in May. Last year the adorable young actress made her singing debut together with fellow child actor Suzuki Fuku (7). Their single "Maru-Maru-Mori-Mori!" sold over 533,000 copies, and ranked eighth on the Oricon weekly charts. Moreover she became the youngest person ever to perform at NHK's annual music sho

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  • Lead presents fans with special marshmallows for White Day

    March 16, 2012 @ 12:55 am

    Dance group Lead surprised all their fans on White Day at their CD release event, "Wanna Be With You", at Ikeburukuro Sunshine Plaza. They appeared dressed in all white, and gave 2000 fans special marshmallows at their handshake event. The group released their 19th single on March 14th, but started promoting their single on March 13th at Tokyo Dome LaQua Garden Stage. They will continue promoting the single everyday til March 20th befor

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  • Yonekura Ryoko to make Broadway debut with "CHICAGO"

    March 16, 2012 @ 12:02 am

    On March 15th it was announced that actress Yonekura Ryoko will be making her Broadway debut in the musical "CHICAGO" in July. She will be the first Japanese actress to star in a Broadway musical since Nancy Umeki (also known as Miyoshi Umeki) did so back in 1958. Moreover it's going to be the first time ever that a Japanese actor / actress will be portraying the role of an American character in a Broadway musical. The actress already star

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  • Ikimonogakari to release new single in April

    March 15, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    It's been revealed that Ikimonogakari will be releasing their new single, "Haru Uta", on April 25th! As reporter earlier, "Haru Uta" is the theme song to the upcoming animated film, "Meitantei Conan 11-ninme no Striker", which will open in theaters on April 14th. The single will also contain the instrumental version of "Haru Uta", and will be available for purchase at 570 yen (approximately $6.80 USD). Additionally, Ikimonogakari wil

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  • Kis-My-Ft2 reveals the PV preview for their 3rd single

    March 15, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    Kis-My-Ft2 is scheduled to release their third single titled "SHE! HER! HER!" on March 21st, and they have now revealed the PV preview to the new song. Reportedly, the theme of the PV is "Kiss", and there will be 23 kiss scenes in the PV (including blown kisses).  It was also said, the member who participates in the kiss scene in the PV the most is Fujigaya Taisuke.  As we reported previously, "SHE! HER! HER!" is currently being used as th

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  • Dream's Sayaka to leave the group

    March 15, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    It has been announced that pop group Dream member Sayaka will be leaving the group on March 31st. Sayaka is one of the six members that won the audition back in 2002. Being acknowledged for her singing abilities, Sayaka made her solo debut under the name 'Yamamoto Sayaka' shortly after. Below is a statement from Sayaka: "Thank you for always supporting Dream. I, Sayaka, have been active with the group since 2002. Many members have jo

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  • m-flo & Kimura Kaela to sing theme songs for Nagasawa Masami's upcoming drama

    March 15, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    m-flo's new song, "Don't Stop Me Now", has been chosen as the opening theme song for TV Asahi's upcoming drama, "Toshi Densetsu no Onna". Starring actress Nagasawa Masami, the drama's story revolves around a detective named Otonashi Tsukiko, who has a mania for urban legends. "Don't Stop Me Now" can be found in m-flo's latest album, "SQUARE ONE". It's described as a dance tune with a fusion of electro and rock. To commemorate the alb

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