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  • DIR EN GREY's Kyo encounters vocal cord problems, cancelling North America tour plans

    February 7, 2012 @ 4:15 am

    DIR EN GREY's vocalist Kyo has been diagnosed with vocal cord nodule and voice disorder. Consequently, it has been announced that the group's North American tour, which was supposed to start in March, has been canceled. According to his agency, Kyo needs to have an early surgery due to the deterioration of his pharyngeal polyp, and he will consult with his doctor for more examination, including about the surgery. DIR EN GREY was plannin

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  • Arimura Kasumi to star in a new movie "Little Maestra"

    February 7, 2012 @ 2:57 am

    Actress Arimura Kasumi (18) will be starring in a new movie titled 'Little Maestra'.  This is Arimura's third time appearing in a movie, and her second time taking lead role after her previous movie, 'Gal Basara ~Sengoku Jidai wa Kengai Desu~'. 'Little Maestra' follows the story of a high school girl who is a genius conductor, who tries to rally an orchestra at a fishing village that is suffering from underpopulation. The filming fo

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  • Tanaka Kei & Sakura welcome their first baby girl

    February 7, 2012 @ 1:45 am

    On February 7th, it was reported that actor Tanaka Kei and actress Sakura who announced their marriage and fifth month pregnancy back in August 2011, welcomed their first baby girl. Sakura shared, "On February 6th at 3:24 AM, I, Sakura, gave birth to a girl safely.  Right now, I'm full of gratitude that she was born.  I also want to thank everybody who watched over us warmly.  Thank you very much." Tanaka also left a message, saying, "W

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  • Aragaki Yui attends CM presentation event for 'Asahi Juuroku Cha'

    February 7, 2012 @ 12:38 am

    On February 6th, actress Aragaki Yui attended a CM presentation event for 'Asahi Juuroku Cha'. This is Aragaki's fourth year as the CM character for the brand. In the new CM, she dances energetically under the blue skies with 'Juuroku Sozai Kids Dancer'. Aragaki reflected on the CM shoot in Hawaii, saying, "The children danced with a smile the entire time. Their bodies are small, but they had a strong dance which also made me smile. I was sa

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  • Momoiro Clover Z announces live tour + jacket covers for new single

    February 6, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    Momoiro Clover Z has announced that they will be holding a live tour to commemorate the release of their new single, "Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dainana Gakushou ‘Mugen no Ai’"! The tour will be titled "Momoiro Clover Z Mouretsu☆Daikoukai Tour 2012", and is scheduled to kick off on February 25th at Shinkiba STUDIO COAST. Tickets will come with the regular edition of the single. It will go on sale through PlayGuide starting February 18

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  • Saotome Taichi admits to relationship with Nishiyama Maki

    February 6, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

    On February 5th, stage actor Saotome Taichi (20) and model Nishiyama Maki (26) returned to Japan together from their trip to Hawaii. The couple was very open about their relationship, holding hands until they left the airport. Saotome wore a hood over his head to hide himself from reporters, while Nishiyama covered her face with a mask. Nishiyama was also seen wearing a ring on her left ring finger. As reporters approached the couple, t

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  • Koizumi Kyoko to release a best album to celebrate 30th anniversary

    February 6, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    It was announced that Koizumi Kyoko will be releasing a best album titled "Kyon30 ~Nantettatte 30nen!~" on March 21st, which will coincide with the 30th anniversary since her debut. The tracks for the album were chosen by 30 celebrities who have close ties with Koizumi.  The celebrities are Aoi Yu, Urasawa Naoki, One Hitoshi, Omori Nao, Kawakatsu Masayuki, Kawakami Mieko, Kudo Kankuro, Keralino Sandorovich, Kobayashi Takeshi, Saito Kazuyos

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  • SKE48's Matsui Jurina reveals she's passed her high school entrance exam

    February 6, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    On February 4th, SKE48 member Matsui Jurina updated the group's official blog with news that she's passed the high school entrance exam. Matsui wrote: "I have news for everyone! I, Matsui Jurina took the high school exams the other day... And... I received the letter of success. Because I had everyone's support, I was able to pass. Thank you. I know there were many people worried about me, So I wanted to report this as soon as p

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  • Akita Eri graduates from SUPER☆GiRLS

    February 6, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    On February 5th, idol group SUPER☆GiRLS held a live concert at the Nippon Seinenkan. This concert also marked the graduation of member Akita Eri, who'll be leaving the group to pursue a university education. During the encore, Akita greeted her fans and said, "This spring, I will start a new path. I will continue to smile at all times." She continued, "Through our activities, I was able to create strong bonds with the members -- it was a

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  • Kiritani Mirei reveals her make-up process on Fasio's special site

    February 6, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    Actress/model Kiritani Mirei (22) has shared a video detailing her full make-up process through cosmetic brand Fasio's (KOSE) special site, "Saikyou Fasio Girls." In order to film Kiritani's natural make-up process, the filming was held without any specific lines or actions. Kiritani, who's been the image character of the brand for quite some time, commented, "I hardly had opportunities to reveal my complete make-up process starting from m

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