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  • KAT-TUN tops Oricon weekly chart with "RUN FOR YOU"

    August 8, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

    On August 3rd, KAT-TUN released their 16th single, "RUN FOR YOU", and it's been revealed that they've topped the Oricon charts for the week of August 15th. With this result, they sold a total of 152,000 copies in its first week! Since their debut single, "Real Face", KAT-TUN has taken the first spot in the ranking with their singles 16 times in a row. Their 5 albums have also topped the charts one after another, setting a record a total of

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  • Ryo to star in new NHK drama, "Bitter Sugar"

    August 8, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    Actress Ryo will be starring in the first drama for the new NHK time slot, "Yoru☆Dora". Titled "Bitter Sugar", Ryo will play the role of 'Ichiko', a 39-year old woman who has experienced both the bitter and sweet things in life. Along with Wakui Emi and Suzuki Sawa, the three will portray the true feelings as women. Ryo commented, "I have always used my full strength with every role, so as usual, I want to challenge myself to do my best."

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  • Perfume to make their movie debut in "Moteki"

    August 8, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    Today it was revealed that the popular techno-pop trio Perfume will be making their debut on the big screen for the upcoming movie "Moteki". "Moteki" is a romantic comedy starring Moriyama Mirai as 'Fujimoto Yukiyo', a young man who gets taken by surprise by his 'moteki' - a period when one becomes very popular and attractive to others. The movie is based on a best-selling manga and drama of the same name, but will feature an original stor

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  • FLaMme opens online auditions for new actresses

    August 8, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    Entertainment agency FLaMme has teamed up with Oricon's scout site, "Ori☆Cas" for a limited online audition. FLaMme is known for their popular actresses with a sense of freshness, such as Hirosue Ryoko, Toda Erika, and Kichise Michiko. The agency is also assertive when scouting rookies. Recently, Arimura Kasumi has been receiving attention with her role as 'Miyabi' in the drama, "SPEC", and her appearance in the movie, "Hankyu Densha".

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – August 05th ~ 07th

    August 8, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    [caption id="attachment_180390" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Singing about the ratings? ("Ikemen desu ne")"][/caption] The second half of the week didn't bring forth any new surprises. The prime time for Friday started with a nice drama special called "Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni", starring Kitagawa Keiko and Koide Keisuke, performing decently during NTV's movie time slot. Fuji TV also aired a variety special, making it

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  • Who is Gackt's favorite AKB48 member?

    August 8, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    Gackt was on Twitter earlier and answered a few questions from his fans. One of the questions receiving interest was, “Gackt, who is your favorite member in AKB48?” It's an interesting question, since AKB48 is currently the top girl group in Japan. Gackt replied back that “Akimoto” was his favorite. People were pretty amused with his answer, until they realized Gackt was being his usual self and possibly pranking them all! He never answere

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  • SMAP reveals track list for their disaster relief album

    August 8, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    The track list for SMAP's disaster relief album, "SMAP AID", has been revealed on the August 8th episode of "SMAP x SMAP". SMAP decided to release this album after receiving messages that said, "I was encouraged by SMAP's songs, I was given courage, "after the Tohoku Earthquake. The album features 15 tracks that fans' voted for in a countdown form. From every album sold, 200 yen (around $2.50 USD) will be donated through the relief proj

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  • Full audio for Hamasaki Ayumi's "Beloved" revealed

    August 8, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    The audio for Hamasaki Ayumi’s new song “Beloved” has been unleashed! Beloved is a sweet ballad song and the track is included on her upcoming mini-album, “FIVE“. "FIVE" is slated for release on on August 31st, in the mean time check out the "Beloved" track below! Tip: maki

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  • Mukai Osamu was pressured to avoid acting?

    August 8, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    Actor Mukai Osamu (29) attended a preview event in Osaka for his upcoming movie 'Boku tachi wa Sekai wo Kaeru koto ga Dekinai'. The event also had a panel discussion with 150 college students who are soon to embark on their career and job hunts. During the discussion Mukai commented, "When I first started acting, I was scolded and told 'Don't become an actor'" reminiscing on his earlier days as an actor. Fortunately, he didn't take this ad

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  • AYABIE reveals their gorgeous PV for "Ryusei"

    August 8, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    tokyohive previously reported on the album info for rock band AYABIE's first major single, "Ryusei". Now, we've got the full music video for their new song! It's a beautiful music video that utilizes traditional-style art and motifs, but with an ethereal, modern touch. Check it out below: Tip: tika

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