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  • S/mileage wants a sexy new member!

    August 9, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    On August 8th, Hello!Project idol group S/mileage went to Ikebukuro Sunshine Sansui Hiroba to support the Eco & Smile Project “Nu~bo~”. They took turns dancing to their new song “Uchouten LOVE”, showing off their cute appeal. The group announced that on August 14th, they will finally be revealing their new member(s). Wada Ayaka (17) commented, “I hope we get a member who is sexy to compensate (for what we don’t have)”. Do you think

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  • Hey! Say! JUMP to release new single in September!

    August 9, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    It's been announced that Hey! Say! JUMP will be releasing their 8th single, "Magic Power", on September 21st! "Magic Power" is a cheerful song with a positive message: "Even though our individual powers are small, if we combine them, we can turn the impossible into the possible, and move forward." The song has already been picked up as the theme song for the Japanese version of the animated movie, "The Smurfs", which will hit theatres on S

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  • Yuzu holds mini-live in Rikuzentakata for disaster victims

    August 9, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    On August 8th, popular duo Yuzu held a mini-live at Takata Municipal Elementary School in Rikuzentakata, Iwate to support the disaster victims. On the school grounds, destroyed tombstones were still left lying around. From a special stage, Kitagawa Yuujin reached out to the crowd saying, "I thought about if there would be a meaning in singing, but I will sing with hopes that everyone in Tohoku will be able to take a step forward." Starting

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  • Base Ball Bear releases short PV for "short hair"

    August 9, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    Last month, Base Ball Bear announced that they'll be releasing their second 10th anniversary single entitled "short hair". The single is due out on August 31st, and is said to be the group's first real love song. It was also revealed earlier this month that model Honda Tsubasa will the group's cover girl for their CD jackets, and will also star in the PV. Check out the "short hair" PV preview below! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6swYD

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  • Japan Box Office Report – August 6th/7th

    August 9, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    [caption id="attachment_180606" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Harry Potter 8" / "Kamen Rider OOO" & "Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger" / "Transformers 3""][/caption] After four weeks, "Harry Potter" lost the spark to its magic and gave up its first place position on the box office ranking to "Kamen Rider OOO". As with every year, it wasn't the only 'tokusatsu' movie that opened in theaters for

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  • AKB48's Kashiwagi Yuki causes a slight fever in 'Big Comic Spirits'

    August 9, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    AKB48's princess-like idol, Kashiwagi Yuki, graced the cover of yet another manga/gravure magazine, hinting at another batch of gorgeous pictures. Magazine 'Big Comic Spirits' used a really eye-catching and enticing cover picture for this week's pictorial, featuring everyone's favorite Yukirin. The magazine described Yukirin as "elegant, beautiful, fresh". It seems she's exchanged some of her sweetness for a more adult-like aura, proving to

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  • 2AM to debut in Japan early next year

    August 9, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    Four-member Korean ballad unit '2AM' has announced their plans to debut into Japan. They are a brother group to 2PM, who have already debuted, but these boys possess a soothing harmony that makes them easy to listen to at 2 in the morning. This is where the group gets their name. 2AM enjoyed various achievements back in their home country. In 2010, their single “Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die” was the most downloaded single, earning them

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  • Ebisu Muscats to hold their first Asia tour!

    August 9, 2011 @ 6:23 am

    On August 8th, sexy idol unit Ebisu Muscats held a press conference announcing their first Asia tour! The girls are scheduled to hold performances in Hong Kong in November and Taiwan in December. Other stops include Singapore, Seoul, Bangkok, and Macao. Member Aoi Sola commented, "I think the airports will be in panic. We want to go beyond an Asia tour, and aim for a world tour." Comedian duo Ogiyahagi and Ookubo Kayoko of Oasis also

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  • AKB48's Itano Tomomi plays with a puppet in a new CM

    August 9, 2011 @ 5:11 am

    AKB48’s Itano Tomomi will be playing two roles in her new 'Ito Yokado' CM. Itano will speak the Kansai dialect while playing with a puppet for Ito Yokado’s “Body Heater” product. When Itano arrived on set and saw the puppet, she exclaimed, “It’s so cute!! I want to take it home with me!” Even during the breaks, Itano was seen hugging and talking to the puppet. “Thanks to the puppet, I was able to have fun while recording,” she said. Ita

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  • More cast members revealed for NHK's 2012 Taiga drama, "Taira no Kiyomori"

    August 9, 2011 @ 4:39 am

    Additional cast members for NHK's 2012 Taiga drama, "Taira no Kiyomori", have been revealed! The drama held a press conference on August 8th, and it was revealed that actor Okada Masaki would play the role of 'Minamoto no Yorimoto', the biggest enemy of 'Taira no Kiyomori', who's played by Matsuyama Kenichi. NHK explained, "We want to portray this not only as a historic drama, but as a human drama. We hope that Okada, who relies on his ac

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