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  • Livedoor founder Horie Takafumi goes gravure before prison

    June 28, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    Horie Takafumi, aka Horiemon, the founder and former president of Livedoor who recently began his imprisonment for violating securities law by spreading false information and accounting fraud, became a hot topic again this week after the release of his semi-nude picture in the idol and gravure magazine Weekly Playboy. After ridiculing his situation by sporting a mohawk haircut and wearing a t-shirt saying "Go to jail" for his date with the

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  • Minami Akina to send a love message into space with Samsung's GALAXY S2

    June 28, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    It was recently revealed at a release commemoration event for NTT DoCoMo's newest smart phone, the GALAXY S2, that popular talent Minami Akina will be sending a love message into space! From July 15th through 17th, Samsung Electronics' "Space Balloon Project" will launch the GALAXY S2 towards space to a height of 30,000 meters using a weather observation balloon. During its flight, the GALAXY S2 is planned to display messages of hope and wis

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – June 24th~26th

    June 28, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    [caption id="attachment_167216" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="It's the end for Horikita Maki and "Umareru."!"][/caption] Three more dramas ended last week. The first one was Horikita Maki's "Umareru." on Friday, which ended with an acceptable final rating of 10.8%. A few percentage points more and it would have become its best episode this season. The ratings always rotated around 10%, so the overall average came ou

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  • Koike Rina is the new face of BANDAI's "Taiko no Tatsujin"

    June 28, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    Young actress Koike Rina has been chosen as the new face of BANDAI's popular rhythm game, 'Taiko no Tatsujin'! Koike and 'Taiko no Tatsujin' share one thing in common: both are celebrating their 10th anniversary since their debuts. "It's been my favorite game so I'm happy to be chosen. Also, its 10th anniversary is close to mine," she commented, sharing her connection with the game. 'Taiko no Tatsujin' is a simple yet fun game where playe

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  • JUNO reveals teaser for his debut song, "FATE"!

    June 28, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    JUNO has just unveiled a teaser for his upcoming Japanese debut song, "FATE", through avex's official YouTube channel! The song is a rock-tinged tune with a powerful choreography, and will be released as the A-side of his Japanese debut single of the same name on August 3rd. Check out the teaser below!

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  • SKE48 talks about their first national tour

    June 28, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    During their promotional event for a cheese brand on June 26th, SKE48 revealed their anxieties and excitement regarding their upcoming six concert tour. The tour - titled, ‘SKE48: Manatsu no Jyouhoushusei’ - will officially commence on June 27th with a performance at Zepp Nagoya. Although SKE48 is made up of three teams, there will be only two teams performing at every live. “Starting tomorrow, SKE48’s national tour will officially begin.

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  • Yaguchi Mari cheers on Goto Maki at AEON Topvalu event

    June 28, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    During an event for AEON Topvalu on June 27th, Dream Morning Musume member Yaguchi Mari shared her thoughts about Goto Maki's recent decision to go on hiatus. The event was held to celebrate the release of the company's new beer brand, "BARREAL", which became available in stores last June. To celebrate, AEON Topvalu plans to launch a new line of reduced sugar "BARREAL" beer on June 28th. Since Yaguchi recently married, comedian Aida Shouko

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  • Kuroki Meisa talks about her love of the 'hip line' in the latest issue of "GISELe"

    June 28, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    The latest issue of “GISELe” features model, singer, and actress Kuroki Meisa on their front cover. She displayed her stylish side with a leopard print hat paired with a white chiffon camisole, and she wore a summer-like orange lipstick to make her eyes pop. In the featured report of this magazine, titled “Ashita Kitai Fuku 100 Sen” (“100 Ways to Wear Your Clothes Tomorrow”), she wore simple outfits, including black and white jackets and

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  • Which actor had his big break in the first half of 2011?

    June 28, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    With the first half of 2011 coming to an end, ORICON STYLE has released the results of the poll that asked, "Which actor had their big break in the first half of 2011?". --- First place went to Mukai Osamu after starring in the NHK morning drama 'Gege no Nyoubo', along with his recent movie release, 'Paradise Kiss'. On top of that, he also had his first stage play, so Mukai is currently on a roll. In response to this result, Mukai comment

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  • Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari comments about his relationship with Sasaki Nozomi

    June 28, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    On June 26th, Arashi held a charity event, “Arashi no Waku Waku Gakkou”, in the Tokyo Dome, and at this event, Ninomiya Kazunari (28) was asked about the rumors regarding him and Sasaki Nozomi (23). He commented, “We are just normal friends.” This rumor began back in May when the public started questioning the relationship between them. One of the reporters asked Ninomiya, “So does this mean that your relationship with her is going well?

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