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  • Cast of "Thermae Romae" attends an opening event at TOHO Cinemas

    April 29, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    On April 28th, actor Abe Hiroshi (47) and actress Ueto Aya (26) attended an opening event for their movie 'Thermae Romae' at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills in Tokyo. This film featured many “strong faced” actors such as Abe, Ichimura Masachika (63), Kitamura Kazuki (42), and Shishido Kai (45) and in commemoration, they held an event titled, ‘Japan’s Most Strong Faced Actor Deciding Match’ at this event. Among these four actors, Kitamura was

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  • Shonen Knife to release new album "Pop Tune"

    April 29, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    Female rock band Shonen Knife has announced they will be releasing a new album titled, "Pop Tune". Pop Tune will drop on June 6th and be available in Japan, America, and Europe. Last year the girls released a cover album "Osaka Ramones", this upcoming album will be a rock party album. It will have ten pop tunes including, "Welcome To The Rock Club" and "Move On". The third track "Osaka Rock City" will be the theme song to movie "Soul Flowe

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  • THE BACK HORN announces nationwide tour

    April 29, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Rock band THE BACK HORN has announced that they will be holding a nationwide tour called, 'THE BACK HORN 'KYO-MEI Tour' ~Liv Squall~"! This tour will be held to coincide with the group's 9th album, "Liv Squall", which will be released on June 6th. It will kick off on September 7th at Zepp DiverCity, and will wrap up on January 6th, 2013 at Nippon Budokan. The band will hold a total of 35 performances including concerts in Taiwan and South Ko

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  • Yamaguchi Ichirou gets his own 'Station ID' on Space Shower TV

    April 29, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    Yamaguchi Ichirou of rock band, Sakanaction will have his own "Station ID" on Space Shower TV.  The video is viewable on Victor Entertainment's official YouTube channel. The concept behind the station ID is "Music's realistic existence" using the symbols of "sound" and "people". The song in the video is a remix of Sakanaction's song for Mode Gakuen new TV CM. - Source: natalie

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  • Check out the trailer for "RUN 60"!

    April 29, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    Last year Universal Music Japan set out to release short thriller film "RUN 60", where each day the movie was shown in pieces through five music videos. Now UMJ is at it again with a continuation of the story in a 9 episode TV drama. RUN 60 will have limited broadcasting in three major cities, including the Kinki region (Mainichi Broadcasting System), Chubu region (Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting), and Tokyo (TOKYO MX). The story will develop

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  • EGO-WRAPPIN' to headline "RAINBOW ISLAND 2012"

    April 29, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Duo EGO-WRAPPIN' has just been announced as a headliner to South Korean festival, "RAINBOW ISLAND 2012". The year before last, EGO-WRAPPIN' performed a one-man live at SEOUL-AX in South Korea. This time they will join JASON MRAZ and CHRISTINA PERRI as a headliner in this years festival. Right now the group is gearing up for a one-man live at the Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall. There are three days left until ticket sales end. For those wh

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  • Sasagawa Miwa releases her first mini album in 5 years

    April 29, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    It's been five years since she's released anything, but singer/songwriter Sasagawa Miwa will be releasing a new mini album this summer through avex, under their Cutting Edge label. Titled, "Orokana Negai", the mini album will be released on June 27th and have six tracks. The songstress debuted 10 years ago and at the age of 29, she wants to express the feelings of painful, yet beautiful love of women her generation. Right now Sasagawa i

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  • After School introduces their new member at Zepp Tokyo

    April 29, 2012 @ 6:18 am

    On April 27th, Korean girls group After School performed their first live of their nationwide tour at Zepp Tokyo and introduced their new member, Gaeun (17), at this event. Gaeun made her appearance during the encore of this live and dramatically appeared during their marching performance in front of 2,400 fans. This new member, who studied abroad in Japan back in middle school, stated in fluent Japanese, “I am nervous standing in front o

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  • Yuzu celebrates their 15th anniversary in their hometown, Yokohama

    April 29, 2012 @ 5:41 am

    On April 28th, duo unit Yuzu held FM Yokohama’s public recording event at Queens Square Yokohama. This event was also held to celebrate their 15th anniversary since their debut and returned to their hometown Yokohama to commemorate in front of 1,000 fans. It was also decided that Yuzu will be performing at Tokyo Dome in June 2nd and 3rd for the first time in 11 years. Regarding this, Kitagawa Yujin (35) stated, “We are currently in the

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  • Hilcrhyme's TOC provides details on his marriage proposal at their best album event

    April 29, 2012 @ 4:00 am

    On April 28th, hip-hop duo Hilcrhyme held a release commemoration event for their first best album, “Best of Hilcrhyme” at Lazona Kawasaki on this day. Member TOC (30) announced his marriage to a non-celebrity woman (24) back on the 7th. Regarding his future activities as a married man, he stated, “It’s probably going to be different than when I was single. However, on stage, I feel single,” and declared his independence for his future pe

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