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  • Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari to star in latest Higashino Keigo adaption, "Platina Data"

    January 26, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    On January 26th, it was announced that Ninomiya Kazunari from Arashi will be starring in an upcoming movie titled,"Platina Data". "Platina Data" is based on a novel by famed writer Higashino Keigo. Set in 2017, it tells the story of a young brilliant scientist named Kagura Ryuhei (Ninomiya), who works as a DNA specialist for the National Police Agency in the newly created underwater DNA data center. One day, he suddenly becomes the prime s

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  • Hamasaki Ayumi reveals 2012 tour dates

    January 26, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    Hamasaki Ayumi has revealed the dates to her upcoming nationwide tour, "ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2012 A ~HOTEL Love songs~"! Hamasaki had planned to hold her tour under the same title last year, however, in light of the Tohoku Earthquake, the title was changed to "ayumi hamasaki ~POWER of MUSIC~ 2011 A". This year, Hamasaki will kick off her tour on April 7th at Saitama Super Arena, and will wrap up on August 12th at Marine Messe Fukuo

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  • MPAJ releases yearly box office ranking for 2011

    January 26, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    [caption id="attachment_217382" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The top 3 Japanese & Western movies in 2011!"][/caption] The Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (or 'MPAJ' for short) have released their annual official box office rankings for 2011. Unlike 2010, the film industry experienced a sharp decline in terms of sold movie tickets and revenue for 2011. The number of sold tickets dropped by 17% (from 174,358,000

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  • SKE48's "Kataomoi Finally" places first in 'Recochoku Video Clip Daily Ranking Chart'

    January 26, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    SKE48’s new song, “Kataomoi Finally”, has grabbed first place on Recochoku’s 'Video Clip Daily Ranking Chart' for January 26th. This marks SKE48’s third consecutive first place ranking - their previous songs “Pareo wa Emerald” and “Okie-dokie” also grabbed first place upon their release. “Kataomoi Finally” differs greatly from their previous fresh and cheerful tunes; the theme of the video clip this time is “homosexual love.” The shocking

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  • NMB48 introduces their Team M members!

    January 26, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

    On January 26th, AKB48's sister unit NMB48 based in Namba, Osaka, held a press conference for the formation of their new team, "Team M."  This will be the second team of NMB48 after "Team N" that was formed back in March 2011. "Team M" consists of 16 members who have been chosen among the research students, and 14 members attended the press conference (Kinoshita Momoka and Yogi Keira were absent due to being sick).   At the press conferenc

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  • Jin Akanishi reveals track lists & cover jackets for "JAPONICANA"

    January 26, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    Jin Akanishi has revealed the track list and cover jackets for his upcoming album, "JAPONICANA"! The album will come in three different types: a CD+DVD limited edition, a CD-only regular edition, and a U.S. version. It will contain "Test Drive (feat. Jason Derulo)" and "Sun Burns Down", which both placed #1 on the U.S. iTunes dance charts. "JAPONICANA" will be released on March 6th in the States, and March 7th in Japan. Without furth

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  • Satoda Mai announces her engagement with Tanaka Masahiro

    January 26, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    On January 26th, talento Satoda Mai announced her engagement to professional baseball player Tanaka Masahiro (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles).  Though the schedule for the wedding ceremony is undecided at this moment, they're planning to officially register their marriage near the end of March. Satoda and Tanaka met each other through a TV program, and they have been dating for about 2 years.  On the announcement, Satoda stated, "He has a st

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  • Princess Princess, Kome Kome Club, & TM NETWORK to hold charity live in Makuhari Messe

    January 26, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    Pop groups from the '80s and '90s will be gathering for a special charity event called ‘ALL THAT LOVE –give & give-‘! The event will hold its stage at Makuhari Messe hall in Chiba on March 20th. 'ALL THAT LOVE - give & give -' will headline three old-school groups: Kome Kome Club, TM NETWORK, and Princess Princess. For Princess Princess, this will be their first reunion in 16 years, and the event will mark their first step towards t

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  • Maeda Atsuko becomes "Jaiko" for Toyota's 'Doraemon' CM

    January 26, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    AKB48's Maeda Atsuko has been chosen to portray the ''Doraemon' character "Jaiko" for Toyota's upcoming CM! As previously reported, this CM series leaps 20 years into the future, with the Doraemon characters being played by a crew of talented actors. Frenchman Jean Reno will play as "Doraemon"; other cast members include Tsumabuki Satoshi (as "Nobita"), Mizukawa Asami (as "Shizuka-chan"), Yamashita Tomohisa (as "Suneo"), and Ogawa Naoya (a

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  • Jin Akanishi's "Sun Burns Down" tops U.S. iTunes dance chart

    January 26, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    It's been reported that Jin Akanishi's new single, "Sun Burns Down", has topped the U.S. iTunes dance charts! This marks Jin's second time being #1 on the iTunes dance charts; he's previously topped the charts with his debut American mini-album, "TEST DRIVE feat. JASON DERULO". "Sun Burns Down" was produced by The Stereotypes, who are known for creating hit songs for Ne-Yo and Justin Bieber. They congratulated Jin by saying, "Jin, congrat

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