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  • Mitani Koki lectures at Nihon University

    September 25, 2011 @ 3:34 am

    On September 23rd, director Mitani Koki lectured for the first time at his alma mater, Nihon University's Faculty of Arts. In front of 100 students, he discussed his works and his opinions on being a film director. During the Q&A session, Mitani advised, "I have a job that I like, so I've never felt stress. The moment you feel stress, you know that you're not suited for that job." He continued, "In the future, if you ever win the scree

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  • YUI holds a free live on the streets of Shanghai

    September 25, 2011 @ 2:43 am

    On September 24th, singer-songwriter YUI held a free live on the streets of Shanghai. It is very unusual for a Japanese singer to perform live on the streets as the security is very tight in China. While there was almost no advanced notices for the live, many young people stopped to listen to YUI sing a total of 4 songs as she strummed her guitar. Following her street live, YUI then sang on a special stage at Hisamitsu Department Store

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  • NMB48's upcoming CM, "ROUND 1", to broadcast nationwide for the first time!

    September 25, 2011 @ 2:02 am

    On September 25th, it was announced that AKB48’s sibling group from Namba, Osaka NMB48’s upcoming CM will be broadcasted nationwide. Their starring CM is titled 'ROUND 1'.  This will be the first nationally broadcast CM for the group. In the CM, they will be endorsing an amusement park of the same name.  It's said to feature footage of various members bowling at a game center. At the press conference event held in Osaka, member Yamada N

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  • Yuzu's Iwasawa Koji to marry his girlfriend

    September 25, 2011 @ 1:12 am

    It's been revealed that folk duo Yuzu's Iwasawa Koji (34) will be holding a wedding party on September 25th. His partner is a non-celebrity in her 30's from Yokohama. Iwasawa and his girlfriend have been dating since Yuzu held amateur activities in Isezakicho as street musicians, and she has supported him throughout the years. Although Iwasawa is wrapped in a busy schedule, he continued his relationship by going out on dates a few times a

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  • Eikura Nana sings for Lotte's "Yukimi Daifuku" CM!

    September 25, 2011 @ 12:40 am

    On September 23rd, Eikura Nana's latest CM for Lotte's 'Yukimi Daifuku' was revealed! As their image character for this CM, this well-known actress sings along to “Yukimi Daifuku 30-sai” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this well-known ice-cream while stretching the rice cake. Regarding this CM, Eikura stated, “This time, I was able to stretch the rice cake as far as possible so I am satisfied that it went so well! If you have a ch

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  • Radio rip of Berryz Koubou's and C-ute's collaboration single revealed!

    September 25, 2011 @ 12:15 am

    On September 23rd, a radio rip of Berryz Koubou's and C-ute's collaboration single, "Amazuppai Haru ni Sakurasaku" (set for release on November 9th) was unveiled! This 5-minute audio features the members singing harmoniously to a sweet and upbeat melody.  The groups also announced that the song would serve as the ending theme for horror movie, "Ousama Game". Tell us what you think of it below! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH1KQ4qaW

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  • Johnny Kitagawa to reveal his face through Guinness World Record!

    September 24, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

    On September 24th, it was revealed that Johnny’s Entertainment president Johnny Kitagawa (79) accepted an interview regarding his two Guinness World Record awards that he recently received and announced, “As a Guinness World Record holder, I want to have a show in Las Vegas.” Regarding his two awards as “most No.1 singles produced by an individual”, he unveiled, “Of course, as [a label with] ‘no.1 in the world’, I am happy.” Johnny Kitaga

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  • The future of AKB48 - 33 girls have provisionally passed the 13th audition

    September 24, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

    AKB48's audition for the 13th generation has come to an end on September 24th, and a total of 33 girls have come closer towards their dream of becoming an idol. It was a mixtures of smiles and tears, when AKB48's theater manager Togasaki Tomonobu read out the names of the 33 girls. They are now on the road towards their dream, but they still have a long and difficult journey ahead. The final round of the audition started with the 57 gir

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  • Which male celebrities look best in pink clothing?

    September 24, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    It was a big moment in the history of variety shows, when Kasuga Toshiaki from the comedy duo Audrey took off his trademark pink vest after losing a certain game during a TV show. Kasuga is known and loved for his character and pink vest, but are there other male celebrities who would be able to pull of pink clothing as well? NTT DoCoMo and goo asked that very question to their mobile and online users, and were looking forward to the re

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  • AKB48 holds live concert at "Shanghai Japan Week 2011" in Shanghai

    September 24, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    On September 24th, 16 members of popular idol group AKB48 joined Shanghai’s cultural event, ‘Shanghai Japan Week 2011’ and sang live in front of approximately 1,300 college students at this venue. To thank the large support Japan received from China after the Tohoku earthquake, this idol group made their appearance free-of-charge and “leader” Takahashi Minami stated on stage, “With all the support we received, Japan will walk towards the f

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