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  • Horikita Maki travels to Jakarta to volunteer for "24 Hour Televsion"

    August 5, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    Actress Horikita Maki recently visited Jakarta, Indonesia to film a report for NTV's upcoming television special, "24 Hour Television 34 ~Ai wa Chikyu wo Sukuu~". Last month, Horikita was announced as one of the charity personalities for the program, and she joined other Japanese volunteers in the area. One of their projects included a "mobile library", in which they visited children in various locations and let them enjoy Japanese pict

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  • Animated series for "HUNTER X HUNTER" reveals its official air date!

    August 5, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    Weekly Shounen Jump made many fans happy when they announced that popular manga "HUNTER X HUNTER" would be returning to TVs across Japan. Now fans can finally mark their calendars with the official air date! "HUNTER X HUNTER" will be shown every Sunday at 10:55AM starting on October 2nd through Nihon TV. The animation series will be under the supervision of Koujina Hiroshi, with composition by Maekawa Atsushi and character design by Yoshi

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  • ViViD holds their first Hong Kong live

    August 5, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    On August 2nd, ViViD performed their first live in Hong Kong for 'The 13th ACGHK2011 Heart Beat Seinen Music Festival'. 'ACGHK' stands for 'Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong' , and it's a trade show that introduces the Japanese culture to the people of Hong Kong. This fun event drew in approximately 650,000 people over a span of five days. ViViD served as the closing act for the festival and rocked out to an audience of 10,000 fans. During t

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  • Sowelu reveals PVs, tracklists & covers for new mini-album "Let me..."

    August 5, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    R&B and pop singer Sowelu is releasing a new mini-album this month, but it's got a surprising concept that's sure to make it a hot item. Entitled "Let me...", the mini-album is designed for each sex! It's based on the concept of "active desire and lust of modern women", which includes the themes of being selfish and wanting love; there's also elements of fashion, money, marriage, and a career, all weaved together into the album. "Le

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  • lecca reveals PV for "Familia"

    August 5, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    Reggae singer lecca will be releasing a new song entitled "Familia" ("Family") via Recochoku on August 17th. This song is described to fit perfectly with the summer song, and it expresses the strong bonds with not just family, but close friends as well. "Familia" was also picked up to be the opening theme song to 'FT-R' for the month of August. Check out her new PV below! - lecca previously released a ballad album earlier thi

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  • PUFFY to voice act for anime series, "Usagi Drop"

    August 5, 2011 @ 4:59 am

    Pop duo PUFFY will be taking up the challenge of voice acting for the first time in five years for the 9th episode of the Fuji TV anime, "Usagi Drop". This was decided upon after having their song, "SWEET DROPS", chosen as the theme song for the anime. "Usagi Drop" is a story about an 'ikumen' who raises his grandfather's illegitimate child. PUFFY will voice after school supervisors who were created in their image by the novelist Unita Yum

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  • TOKIO leader Joshima Shigeru reported to be drunk on a date

    August 5, 2011 @ 4:06 am

    On the August 5th issue of "FRIDAY", it was reported that TOKIO's leader Joshima Shigeru (40) was on a 'drunk date' with an office lady in late July. According to the article, Joshima was accompanied by a beautiful woman who looked like a model at a restaurant in Nishiazabu, Tokyo. That day, the two visited five restaurants, and by the end of the night, Joshima was very drunk. From there, the woman nursed Joshima and took him home to her a

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  • Kobayashi Sachiko expresses concerns for her hometown

    August 5, 2011 @ 2:37 am

    On August 3rd, singer Kobayashi Sachiko (57) held a singing event to celebrate her 32nd year as a singer at the Nishinomiya Gardens shopping center in Hyogo prefecture. Kobayashi enthusiastically sang three songs in front of 1,200 fans, including her 1979 hit song “Omoide Sake” and the song she recorded on March 11th (the day of the Tohoku Earthquake) called “Onna no Sakeba”.  “It feels like I’ve returned to where I began. I am happy that

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  • Oricon reveals monthly charts for July

    August 5, 2011 @ 1:23 am

    Oricon has revealed the monthly chart rankings for July. Check it out below! — <Single> 1. “Paleo wa Emerald” – SKE48: 7/27 (378,747) 2. “Over” – Hey! Say! JUMP: 6/29 (290,804) 3. “Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo” – NMB48: 7/20 (232,862) 4. “GO GO Summer!” – KARA: 6/29 (189,064) 5. “Naminori Kakigoori – Not yet: 7/6 (189,062) 6. “Maru-Maru-Mori-Mori” – Kaoru To Tomoki, Tama ni Mukku: 5/25 (175,121) 7. “Supersta

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  • Covers, tracklist and short PV revealed for AYABIE's major debut single, "Ryusei"!

    August 5, 2011 @ 12:05 am

    In June, visual kei band AYABIE announced their first major single, "Ryusei" ("Shooting Star"), which is due out in August 24th. The band has finally released more information on their exciting new work! As stated before, "Ryusei" will come in three editions. In the 'first press limited editions', an application card will be enclosed inside, and 10 lucky fans will win a direct call from the members themselves! Thirty fans will receive an

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