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  • DIR EN GREY releases new version of "Mitsu to Tsuba" + launches official application for iPhone

    August 22, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    On August 22nd, metal band DIR EN GREY released a new version of "Mitsu to Tsuba" on the iTunes Store. "Mitsu to Tsuba" was originally a track from their 1999 album, "GAUZE". The band has been experimenting with self-remakes, and they released a new version of "Tsumi to Kisei" through their "DIFFERENT SENSE" single earlier this year. Continuing this trend, the band introduced a new version of "Mitsu to Tsuba", leaving fans in a tizzy over

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  • YUI announces new single, "Green a.live" + radio rip

    August 22, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    YUI has revealed that she's releasing a new single titled, "Green a.live". The single is set to be released on October 5th! The title track of the single was made after the Tohoku earthquake and with YUI's thoughts after the earthquake, the track is sure to became a song that will touch the listeners' hearts.  There will be two different editions; limited edition that will include a DVD, and a regular edition. YUI commented, "I put the

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  • Announcer Matsumoto Shinobu announces her pregnancy!

    August 22, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    On August 21st, Nippon TV's "Gyouretsu no Dekiru Houritsu Soudansho"  revealed that announcer Matsumoto Shinobu (42) is pregnant! According to Matsumoto's official blog, she is currently six months pregnant, and is expected to give birth at the end of the year. After her pregnancy was confirmed in May, she was immediately hospitalized due to signs of a possible miscarriage. Fortunately, her condition  stabilized in August and she decided t

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  • Tomato n' Pine finally holds their postponed debut event

    August 22, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    On August 20th, Tomato n’ Pine held a commemoration event for the release of their second single, “Nanairo☆NAMIDA”, at Ikebukuro Sunshine City Funsui Hiroba. Tomato n’ Pine had their major debut in March with “Tabidachi Transfer”, and they were planning on holding debut events in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. However, due to the Great Tohoku Earthquake, their events were canceled. In essence, yesterday’s event was also their debut event. Ar

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  • 6,000 people hold a protest against Fuji TV

    August 22, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    On August 21st, 6,000 people gathered at Oumi-Kita Futou Park in Odaiba for a protest against broadcast network Fuji TV. There was a big round of applause when the organizer shouted through the microphone, "I am thankful that many people gathered together." The media, including reporters from the Korean TV station SBS also visited the scene. Reporters from SBS showed anxiety as they said, "We are concerned about this movement." - A l

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  • Matsuyama Kenichi confesses he feels sad to part with Ashida Mana at "Usagi Drop" premiere

    August 22, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    On August 20th, actor Matsuyama Kenichi (26) and child actress Ashida Mana (7) attended their premiere press conference for their joint movie, “Usagi Drop”. “Usagi Drop” tells a story of an ordinary businessman (Matsuyama) and his grandfather’s illegitimate child (Ashida) who live together and grow as a family. On this day, Matsuyama Kenichi announced that he also played the elderly man in this movie as well, and revealed his special m

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  • SDN48 holds an event at Yomiuri Land, says they won't lose to Nogizaka46!

    August 22, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    On the August 21st, SDN48 held an event at Yomiuri Land for their third single, “MIN MIN MIN”. The members wore sexy outfits and performed seven songs including “Everyday, Kachuusha (SDN48 Ver.)”. The last song was “Kodoku na Runner”, which all 39 members performed enthusiastically. Despite the light rain, 2,500 fans showed up at the event to watch them perform. When asked about AKB48’s official rivals Nogizaka46, Serina (26) answered,

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  • Check out the members of Nogizaka46, the official rivals of AKB48!

    August 22, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    On August 21st, the final audition for AKB48's rival group, Nogizaka46, was held at the SME Nogizaka Building. Out of 38,934 applicants, 56 girls made it to the final audition. After a practical examination and interview, 36 girls were chosen as starting members with an average age of 16.3. Akimoto explained, "I considered the balance of the group." Out of the 36 members, there was a surprise selection of 16 temporary senbatsu members.

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  • SuG's Takeru finally has his date with LeeU from F.CUZ

    August 22, 2011 @ 6:26 am

    Last April, SuG’s vocalist Takeru had a goofy Twitter conversation in English with LeeU (main vocalist of Korean group F.CUZ) about meeting in Japan. The two were hoping to meet in May to possibly go shopping and out to dinner, but it looks like they just had their meetup recently. LeeU posted a picture of the two along with some gifts, “Thanks for coming to see our performance today! Next time I’ll come see you! Ah! Thank you so much for

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  • 'Music Japan' reveals lineup for August 28th

    August 22, 2011 @ 4:40 am

    'Music Japan' has announced their guest lineup for August 28th! This episode will feature a gorgeous lineup from the members from AKB48 and DIVA. Plus, three male K-Pop groups will be making their appearance of this broadcast as well. Check out the full guest list for this episode below! ---- "Flying Get" - AKB48 "Cry" - DIVA "JULIETTE" - SHINee "I'm your man" - 2PM "BAD GIRL" - BEAST ---- Source: Mu

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