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  • Japan Box Office Report – December 17th/18th

    December 21, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    [caption id="attachment_211494" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider" / "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" / "Kaibutsu-kun""][/caption] This weekend, "Mission: Impossible" enjoyed a very nice start, while the Japanese 3D CG anime "friends Mononoke Jima no Naki" secured a place in the top four. As expected, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" took over the Japanese weekend b

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  • AKB48 holds their own 'Kohaku' competition

    December 21, 2011 @ 6:15 am

    On December 20th, popular idol group AKB48 and their sister groups held their own "AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen" competition at the Tokyo Dome City Hall. With Team A captain Takahashi Minami serving as the leader of the red team and Team K member Oshima Yuko as the leader of the white team, 139 members of the AKB48 family participated in their own 'Kohaku' just 11 days before the official event, giving the girls an opportunity to spark the

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  • Takaoka Sousuke confirms divorce from Miyazaki Aoi

    December 21, 2011 @ 4:18 am

    After tabloid magazine Shukan Josei reported that actor Takaoka Sousuke and actress Miyazaki Aoi were currently living apart and heading towards divorce, Takaoka himself confirmed that the couple plans to split soon. During the December 21st broadcast of TV Asahi's "Jouhou Mansai Live Show Morning Bird!", the actor stated that the divorce is not yet complete, but that he thinks it will probably end sometime next year. When asked about the

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  • RIAJ reveals hard copy sales certifications for November

    December 21, 2011 @ 1:58 am

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ') has recently released their hard copy sales certifications for the month of November. This certification is based off the total numbers of CDs and DVDs sold to retailers. RIAJ hands out these awards based on the following standards: Gold – 100,000 units sold Platinum – 250,000 units sold; Double Platinum - 500,000 units sold; Triple Platinum - 750,000 units sold Million – 1,00

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  • Check out a preview of Morning Musume's new song, "Pyoko Pyoko Ultra"!

    December 21, 2011 @ 12:20 am

    A radio rip of Morning Musume's upcoming song "Pyoko Pyoko Ultra" has just been revealed! "Pyoko Pyoko Ultra" is the A-side of the idol group's latest single, which is slated for a release on January 25th. Judging from this preview, it's just as cheery and bright as the girls' cute yellow outfits. Without further ado, check out the preview below and let us know what you think! Thanks to alyssa and QUINCY for the tips!

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  • AKB48's Sashihara Rino chosen as image character for "Maple Story"

    December 20, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    AKB48 member Sashihara Rino has been chosen as the image character for the PC online game, "Maple Story". She will be starring in its new CM starting on December 23rd. "Maple Story" is a popular online MMORPG game for the PC developed by the Korean company Wizet where players travel to islands and villages to fight monsters. It's available in 60 countries worldwide, and has over 100 million subscribers. This will be Sashihara's first so

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  • NEGOTO to sing opening theme song for "Mobile Suit Gundam AGE"

    December 20, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

    Four-member girl rock band NEGOTO will be providing the popular anime "Mobile Suit Gundam AGE" with its opening theme song! The song is titled "sharp #", and will air as the opening theme for the anime every Sunday at 5:00 PM. The band's first single "Charon" had previously been used as the CM song for au's "LISMO!" campaign, and their collaboration with a popular anime such as Gundam suggests that NEGOTO might be on its way up in terms of

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  • Digital Masters, RIAJ reveals digital certifications for November

    December 20, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or ‘RIAJ’ for short), has just released the digital recording sales certifications that artists achieved during the month of November. To announce the certifications, the RIAJ works together with almost all of the digital and mobile download portals in Japan, including recochoku, dwango, music.jp, mu-mo (Avex), oricon ME, and many more. After compiling the data from all the major download portal

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  • DiVA introduces their new members

    December 20, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

    AKB48 sub-unit DiVA has revealed their 6 new members! The 6 members were introduced at AKB48's very own "Kohaku singing battle" on December 20th. Together with original members Akimoto Sayaka, Umeda Ayaka, Masuda Yuka, and Miyazawa Sae, the girls performed their new song for the very first time. The new members are Kasuya Satoko, Futami Yuuki, Furukawa Atsuko, Fukuno Ramu, Inoue Yuina, and Yamagami Ayaka. Kasuya stated, "I will be stri

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  • Kago Ai suddenly announces marriage & pregnancy

    December 20, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    Kago Ai has announced her sudden marriage on her official blog and also revealed that she is currently pregnant. Kago wrote on her official blog: "To everyone who has always been cheering for me and supporting me: I, Kago Ai, would like to announce that I have registered my marriage this month with a person I have known for some time now. Also, recently... I learned that I have a new life growing inside of me. I feel such happines

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