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  • L'Arc-en-Ciel to perform at New York's Madison Square Garden!

    January 26, 2012 @ 5:32 am

    L'Arc-en-Ciel fans, heads up! The legendary rock band will be bringing their music to arenas all over the world! L’Arc-en-Ciel will return to the U.S. as part of their 2012 world tour, and they'll be performing at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City -- a first ever achievement for a Japanese artist. The first time the band performed in the States was in 2004, where they played to a crowd of over 10,000 in Baltimore. This

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  • Suzuki Fuku to appear in Fukuyama Masaharu's PV for 'Doraemon' OST

    January 26, 2012 @ 3:11 am

    Popular child actor Suzuki Fuku (7) will be making a cameo in Fukuyama Masaharu (42)’s music video for “Ikiteru Ikiteku”, the theme song for the film, 'Doraemon: Nobita to Kiseki no Shima ~Animal Adventure~'. Suzuki will also be appearing in the movie itself. The music video begins with an anime segment from the upcoming movie featuring the character “Fukuyama Masaaki” (inspired by Fukuyama himself), and a dodo bird by the name of “Fuku

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  • EXILE's NAOKI diagnosed with spinal canal stenosis

    January 26, 2012 @ 1:21 am

    It's been reported that EXILE member NAOKI has been diagnosed with spinal canal stenosis. Spinal canal stenosis is the abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal that causes restriction to the spinal cord. According to sources, doctors found that NAOKI was born with stenosis in the cervical region, and in order to prevent future problems, it was decided that he seek treatment immediately. NAOKI will undergo treatment for several months, ref

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  • AKB48's Sashihara Rino holds her 1st photobook release event

    January 26, 2012 @ 12:36 am

    On January 24th, AKB48 member Sashihara Rino held a handshake event to commemorate the release of her 1st photobook, "Sashiko" (released on January 19th). Sashihara has enjoyed a strong year so far, as she's landed a lead role in the drama 'Muse no Kagami' for the first time, made a solo debut, and released her own photobook. She commented, "Since nothing has brought consequences yet, I want to look back on this year as a leaping year afte

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  • Akanishi Jin and Kuroki Meisa's agencies release official statements

    January 25, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    On January 26th, Akanishi Jin and Kuroki Meisa's agencies released official statements regarding the recent rumor about a possible relationship. News outlet Sponichi (or ‘Sports Nippon’) broke the news about an alleged date at Tokyo DisneySea and possible romantic relationship between Akanishi and Kuroki on January 25th. Naturally, all of the outlets now tried to get an official statement from both of their agencies. Sanspo was one of the

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  • Check out the full trailer and new teaser for "SPEC~Ten"

    January 25, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

    The official website for the upcoming movie, "SPEC~Ten", has finally been updated with a second teaser and a full-length trailer. 'SPEC~Ten' brings back its two protagonists, Toma Saya (Toda Erika) and Sebumi Takeru (Kase Ryo), who’ve already solved various cases related to people with SPEC (special abilities) in last year’s TBS drama. In the movie they will have to case about some mysterious mummified bodies that have been found on a crui

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  • ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION releases best hits album in the states!

    January 25, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    Rock band ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION has announced that they have released their very first greatest hits album "BEST HIT AKG" in the states. The album is available now on iTunes and Amazon and contains songs from six of their albums and mini albums, including their new song "Marching Band". The band has garnished international popularity through their work associated with popular anime titles such as NARUTO and BLEACH. - 1. Far a

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  • w-inds. unveils covers + tracklist for "FLY HIGH"

    January 25, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    Celebrating their 11th year anniversary, vocal & dance unit w-inds. informed their fans last month that they would be releasing their 31st single this year. As previously mentioned the single will come in four versions and is scheduled for release on February 22nd. Earlier today, the covers along with the tracklist for this upcoming single were revealed. Check out the covers and tracklist after the jump! - Limited Edition A

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  • Ashida Mana pouts in new 'Chicken Ramen' CM

    January 25, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    Today, Nissin Food Products released a new commercial for their 'Chicken Ramen', starring popular child actress Ashida Mana as 'Hiyoko-chan' (a young chicken). Ashida was appointed as the new image character for 'Chicken Ramen' back in August of 2011. For this new CM, she's sporting the same cute costume as in the first commercial. In the CM, Hiyoko-chan is pushing a handcart with chicken ramen while cheerfully singing the 'Chicken Rame

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  • NMB48's Yoshida Akari to resume her activities

    January 25, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    On January 24th, NMB48 announced that suspended member Yoshida Akari would be allowed to return to the group. As we reported earlier, Yoshida personally requested to return to the group, and the agency decided to hold a fan vote to help determine her comeback. Results showed that the majority was in favor of Yoshida's return and she will officially resume her lessons to participate in the group's activities starting mid-February. Yoshid

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