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  • Fans approve the return of NMB48's Shimada Rena and Matsuda Shiori

    December 8, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    On December 7th, NMB48 announced at the NMB48 Theater in Osaka that suspended members Shimada Rena and Matsuda Shiori would be allowed to return to the group. As reported earlier, the two members expressed that they wanted to come back to NMB48, but were hesitant on making a decision as they thought it would upset fans. Consequently, the agency said that they would be allowed to return if fans voted in their favor. The fan voting took pla

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  • hitomi files for divorce from husband Haneda Masayoshi

    December 8, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    It's been reported that singer-songwriter hitomi has filed for divorce from her husband, actor Haneda Masayoshi. According to her management agency, hitomi submitted the divorce papers at the ward office on December 8th. hitomi and Haneda decided to get a divorce after carefully discussing each other's futures. In 2002, hitomi married a businessman who was a former member of GASBOYS, and later divorced in 2007. Shortly after, she married

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  • No sequels for 'Kaiseifu no Mita', says scriptwriter

    December 8, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    NTV's Wednesday drama, 'Kaseifu no Mita', is one the most successful dramas of recent years and consequently, many  were expecting to see the much-beloved housekeeper in action beyond this season. However, scriptwriter Yukawa Kazuhiko announced that there will not be a continuation in any kind of form. Rather, he wants to bring the story to a perfect and satisfying finish within its course of ten episodes. Yukawa commented, "I wanted to

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  • Nagasawa Masami to play two roles in new Higashino Keigo movie, "Bunshin"

    December 8, 2011 @ 6:17 am

    It's been revealed that actress Nagasawa Masami will star in an upcoming WOWOW drama called 'Bunshin' (or 'Doppelgänger'). 'Bunshin' is based on a novel written by best-selling mystery author Higashino Keigo. Nagasawa will play a double role as 'Mariko', a female college student from Sapporo who doesn't know much about her past, and 'Futaba', a woman living in Tokyo who possesses the same features and body as Mariko. The story will most

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  • Fairies reveals full PVs for "Hero" & "Sweet Jewel"

    December 8, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    Rookie idol group Fairies has released the full PVs for their double-A side single, "Hero/Sweet Jewel". The music video for "Heroes" has the group busting out some slick dance moves in a school setting, while "Sweet Jewel" lightens it up with an ultra-sweet, girly tea party. Check out both PVs below! - < 'Hero' > - < 'Sweet Jewel' >

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  • Kuraki Mai to release new album, "OVER THE RAINBOW"

    December 8, 2011 @ 4:40 am

    Kuraki Mai is gearing up to take 2012 by storm through the release of her 10th album, 'OVER THE RAINBOW'! Scheduled to hit shelves on January 11th, the album will come in two versions: a limited edition (which will include a DVD), and a  regular edition. Check out tracklist details as well as jacket covers for the album below! ----- <Limited Edition> [CD] 1. Strong Heart 2. another day*another world 3. Sayonara w

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  • D☆DATE releases PV preview for "Love Heaven"

    December 8, 2011 @ 3:40 am

    Back in November, we reported that D☆DATE would be releasing their 4th and 5th singles in January and February of next year. On December 7th, Universal Music Japan kicked off official promotions for D☆DATE's 4th single, "Love Heaven", by releasing a 30-second PV preview through their YouTube page. The music video seems to play on a boxing concept, but adds certain aesthetic touches like paint splatter and crisp suits to make it more platable

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  • Ryo announces her pregnancy + to appear in Nakama Yukie's new drama

    December 8, 2011 @ 2:51 am

    On December 6th, actress Ryo announced that she's pregnant with her second baby! According to her agency, she is currently 5 months pregnant, and will be giving birth next spring. It was also announced that Ryo will make an appearance in the upcoming drama, 'Renai NEET ~Wasureta Koi no Hajimekata', as a character who is pregnant. The actress commented, "I will appear in the drama with my real pregnant figure, which could only be done now.

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's new song "Tsukema Tsukeru" starts distributing in 73 countries

    December 8, 2011 @ 12:41 am

    It's been revealed that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's new song, "Tsukema Tsukeru", has started its distributions in 73 countries. Produced by Nakata Yasutaka (capsule), "Tsukema Tsukeru" is the title song off of Kyary's new single, which will be released on January 11th. Regarding the worldwide distributions, Kyary commented, "I want to deliver the greatness of Japanese culture to many people in the world!!" The song is currently available for downloa

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 11/30~12/06

    December 7, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

    Recochoku has just updated their weekly charts for the week of November 30th to December 6th. Check out the top ranking digital singles, chaku-uta, and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta Full (Digital Single) Weekly Ranking > 01/(00) "Sit! Stay! Wait! Down!" - Amuro Namie 02/(00) "Ue kara Mariko" - AKB48 03/(06) "Yasashiku Naritai" - Saito Kazuyoshi 04/(01) "Aruite Ikou" - Ikimonogakari 05/(02) "Ana

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