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  • Ishiguro Aya & Tsuji Nozomi to make guest appearance at Dream Morning Musume's last live

    February 23, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    It's been announced that former Morning Musume members Ishiguro Aya (33) and Tsuji Nozomi (24) will be making a guest appearance in Dream Morning Musume's last live! Dream Morning Musume was created temporarily in January of last year, and consists of 10 former members of Morning Musume. The group will hold their last concert at Nippon Budokan on March 10th. This will be Ishiguro's first concert since graduating from Morning Musume over

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  • Oshikiri Moe designs an apartment building

    February 23, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    It was recently revealed that popular model Oshikiri Moe (32) designed an entire apartment building. The new 7-floor tall designer apartment complex, the “PREMIUM CUBE Meguro Higashiyama # mo,” is located in Higashiyama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo.  Oshikiri personally chose and decided on everything from the warm orange color of the exterior to the decorated entrances and the individual, fresh-feeling rooms. Prior to this, she also designed a we

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  • FUNKY MONKEY BABYS's song "Kono Sekai ni Umareta Wake" grabs 4th place on Japanese Billboard Charts

    February 23, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    FUNKY MONKEY BABYS’s song “Kono Sekai ni Umareta Wake,” released on February 15th, grabbed 4th place on the Billboard Japan's Single Sales and JAPAN HOT 100 charts. The song, a heart-warming ballad number, was written as the title song of the drama “Hayami-san to Yobareru Hi,” which began airing in January and stars Matsushita Nao.  Matsushita appears wearing a wedding dress in the same role for the song’s promotion video. After releasi

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  • AKB48's Sashihara Rino becomes model for 'Samantha Thavasa'

    February 23, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    On February 22nd, AKB48 member Sashihara Rino attended a press conference for the fashion brand, 'Samantha Thavasa', as their latest Muse. Sashihara appeared at the event wearing a pastel-colored blouse and a white mini-skirt. She shared that she was taken by surprise to receive the same title as Beyonce and fellow member Itano Tomomi, who are also Muses for the brand.  "I had my doubts whether it was real or not," she said. Sashihara w

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  • Artists line-up for NTV's special music program announced

    February 23, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    On March 7th, NTV will live broadcast a special music program titled "Nittere-kei Ongaku no Saiten Ongaku no Chikara 2012" to help support recovery efforts for the Tohoku earthquake. In addition to  relay broadcasting from the disaster area, many gorgeous artists will perform "cheering up songs" at the studio in Tokyo. The main host of the program will be Arashi's Sakurai Sho. As reported earlier, Arashi's visit to the disaster area and

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  • AKB48 Research Student Mitsumune Kaoru to make CM debut with 'Hewlett Packard'

    February 23, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    It's been revealed that AKB48 Research Student Mitsumune Kaoru will be starring in Hewlett Packard Japan's (HP) latest CM. Mitsumune is AKB48's 13th generation research student who made her theater debut in December of last year. The new CM series will also star Maeda Atsuko, Itano Tomomi, Shinoda Mariko, and Kojima Haruna. In the CMs, each member will introduce their favorite PCs from Hewlett Packard. It was also revealed that musician

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  • THE YELLOW MONKEY's Yoshii Kazuya & Manabe Kaori are dating

    February 23, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    On February 23rd, talento Manabe Kaori (31) made a live appearance Fuji TV's news program, "Tokudane!", where she revealed she was in a  relationship with THE YELLOW MONEY's vocalist Yoshii Kazuya (45). Manabe, who claims she's been a fan of Yoshii since middle school, said, "I've never once said that I wanted to meet him as a fan, but we met by coincidence." She also shared her first impression of Yoshii saying, "He's a really good person

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  • Shoujo Jidai releases new CM for 'e-ma'

    February 23, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    Hard candy brand e-ma has just revealed a new CM starring Shoujo Jidai! The commercial is full of stunning visuals that match perfectly with the Spring season. The girls work together to imitate the look of a pink flower by unfurling silk sheets. Shoujo Jidai's mid-tempo ballad, "Time Machine", was also used as the CM's background track. Check out the CM below, as well as its making-of video! -- < CM > - < Makin

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  • Arashi holds mini-live in Miyagi for Tohoku disaster victims

    February 23, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    On February 22nd, Arashi visited Miyagi prefecture to hold a mini live at Shichigahama Kokusaimura. This was a part of NTV's upcoming music program special called "Nittere-kei Ongaku no Saiten Ongaku no Chikara 2012", which will be broadcasted on March 7th. Though the members have visited the Tohoku disaster areas individually, this day marked the first time for all five members to pay a visit together. Before the mini live, they also made

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  • YUI to release Nippon Budokan concert on DVD & Blu-ray

    February 23, 2012 @ 4:52 am

    Singer-songwriter YUI has announced that she will be releasing a new live DVD & Blu-ray called "Cruising ~HOW CRAZY IS YOUR LOVE~" on March 28th. The DVD & Blu-ray will feature the Nippon Budokan show of YUI's 5th nationwide tour, which was held on January 19th. It will contain performances of YUI's hit songs such as "Good-bye days" and "CHE.R.RY", along with an emotional performance of "TOKYO". YUI held her recent tour with the

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