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  • AKB48 collaborates with JKT48 for 'Japan Pop Culture Festival'

    February 26, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    On February 25th idol group AKB48 collaborated with their first overseas sister group, JKT48, for the 'Japan Pop Culture Festival'. The festival is a two-day event that exchanges both countries cultures. The event is said to help those rehabilitate from the earthquake that occurred almost one year ago. Indonesia follows Japanese manga and anime very closely and it has a strong influence in their culture. When JKT48 was created last year

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  • Matsuda Shota chosen as new image character for 'GATSBY'

    February 26, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    It's been revealed that actor Matsuda Shota has been chosen as the new image character for men's cosmetics brand, 'GATSBY'. "GATSBY" is widely known for their CMs featuring SMAP's Kimura Takuya, who has been the brand's image character since 2006. Previous image characters include Hagiwara Kenichi, Yoshida Eisaku, Motoki Masahiro, and Matsuda's father Matsuda Yusaku. In the new CM, Matsuda conveys strong emotions with his eyes as he sta

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu announces second single + nationwide tour

    February 26, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has announced that she will be releasing her second single, "CANDY CANDY", on April 4th! She will also be holding her first nationwide tour in June. "CANDY CANDY" was first performed on February 25th during Kyary's first one-man live, "Moshi Moshi Quattro", at Shibuya CLUB QUATTRO. It's already been picked up as the CM song for "BREO", an oral care mint brand that Kyary serves as the image character. The single will also

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  • Angelo to hold live tour this summer

    February 26, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    Visual kei band Angelo has announced that they will be holding a live tour called "The outer wall of brilliant colors" this summer! To kick off the tour, Angelo will hold a concert in Hong Kong on May 18th and in Taiwan on the 20th. After the two shows, the band will fly back to Japan to hold 10 performances in 8 locations. Tickets to the shows in Japan will be available for purchase starting April 7th. Meanwhile, ticket information on the o

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  • First teaser of "Brave Hearts: Umizaru" lands in the sea

    February 26, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    The first teaser for the upcoming Summer blockbuster "Brave Hearts: Umizaru" was released on its official website after it already aired once on Fuji TV in January. It's the fourth movie in the "Umizaru" series about 'Senzaki Daisuke', a rescue diver of the Japanese Coast Guard and his comrades. This time they are going to adapt the greatest maritime accident from the original manga - a jumbo-jet forced to do an emergency landing in the se

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  • Full PV for Crystal Kay's "Delicious na Kinyoubi" released

    February 26, 2012 @ 5:45 am

    A few days ago, R&B songstress Crystal Kay released a PV teaser for her upcoming single, "Delicious na Kinyoubi". Crystal Kay's new song is described to be a happy number that reminds us to enjoy the weekend with our loved ones. The PV certainly seems to reflect that, as Crystal is seen dancing the night away at a bowling alley with a few of her friends. "Delicious na Kinyoubi" will be released on March 14th. In the meantime, check ou

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  • Check out the full PV for Nishino Kana's "SAKURA, I love you?"

    February 26, 2012 @ 4:08 am

    As reported previously, Nishino Kana's new single "SAKURA, I love you?" will be released on March 7th.  Earlier, the full PV to her upcoming single was revealed! The new song is described as a sakura song produced by Jeff Miyahara, with lyrics written by Nishino herself. Check out the full PV below! Thanks to Monkae for the tip!

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  • Check out this week's MUSIC STATION performances!

    February 26, 2012 @ 3:13 am

    Below are the performances from MUSIC STATION's February 24th broadcast.  Also, don't forget to check the artists line-up for next week's episode here! ----- "SUPER DELICATE" - Hey!Say! JUMP "KISS KISS BANG BANG" - Ikimonogakari "Tsumetai Ame" - BONNIE PINK "LOVE Machine/Renai Revolution 21/Shinning Butterfly" - Dream Morning Musume "Hitotsu" - Nagabuchi Tsuyoshi "Go my way" - 3daime J Soul Brothers

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  • Cast of 'Ouran High School Host Club' to make a special appearance in the drama 'Shirato Osamu no Jikenbo'

    February 26, 2012 @ 1:32 am

    Today it was made public that the main cast of the upcoming movie ‘Ouran High School Host Club‘ is going to make a special appearance in the currently airing drama ‘Shirato Osamu no Jikenbo‘ (TBS), starring Chiba Yudai. In July of 2011, before the upcoming live-action movie adaptation of 'Ouran High School Host Club', TBS broadcast a live-action drama with the same cast. It aired in the same time slot as 'Shirato Osamu no Jikenbo' is airin

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  • Gravure idol & actress Otsuka Mae is getting married

    February 25, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    One of Japan's most popular gravure idols, Otsuka Mae (31), who topped Amazon's 2011 ranking for gravure/image DVDs, announced on her blog that she is going to get married. The wedding ceremony is planned for the end of March. Otsuka is marrying a Japanese man (31) who works as an advisor for a Non-Governmental Organization that supports street children in Bangladesh. She first met him three years ago when she went to Bangladesh for work a

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