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  • Rinka gives birth to her first child

    November 21, 2011 @ 12:00 am

    It was revealed that talento and model Rinka (38) gave a birth to her first child on the afternoon of November 18th. According to a participant, both Rinka and her son are in good condition and Rinka is showing a great joy for meeting her lovely son.  She will decide when she could return to work after considering her physical condition and what's best for the baby's care. In her November 17th blog entry, she reported that she was alrea

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  • Digital Masters, RIAJ reveals digital certifications for October

    November 20, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

    The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ' for short), has just released the digital recording sales certifications artists achieved during the month of October. To announce the certifications, the RIAJ works together with almost all of the digital and mobile download portals in Japan, including recochoku, music.jp, mu-mo (Avex), oricon ME, dwango and many more. After compiling the data from all the major download portals, the

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  • Akanishi Jin announces new single + fan event at Yokohama Arena

    November 20, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    Earlier it was announced that Akanishi Jin will be releasing a new single "Seasons" on December 28th, and holding a fan event at Yokohama Arena on January 7th, 2012. The upcoming single "Seasons" will be released in two different versions; the regular edition, which includes a special 16-page photo booklet, and a limited edition, which includes a DVD featuring the title track's PV as well as its making-of video.  There will also be four di

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  • LAST ALLIANCE to release single collection

    November 20, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    Rock band LAST ALLIANCE will be releasing their single collection album on January 25th. Titled "Complete Single Collection 'c.s.c20022011'", the album will come with two discs featuring a total of 26 songs. The band's hard-to-get songs will be among the track list, making it a great opportunity for those who recently became fans of the band. Additionally, the album will come with a bonus disc containing two brand new songs and acoustic v

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  • GKIDS to screen 15 works of Studio Ghibli in North America

    November 20, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    It's been announced that Studio Ghibli's famous works will be presented in North America! This event will be held by GKIDS, a distributor of animation in North America, at the IFC Center in New York. At this special screening, fifteen works of Studio Ghibli from 1984 to 2008 are scheduled to be shown. Among the fifteen are "Nausicaa Valley of the Wind", "Castle in the Sky", and "Spirited Away". This special screening will be held from Dec

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  • PASSPO☆ holds release event for their official book & calendar

    November 20, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    On November 20th, idol group PASSPO☆ held a release event for their first official book & calendar. Wearing a cabin attendant-style swim suit, the members appeared at the event shouting, "Attention please!". Captain Negishi Ai enthusiastically commented, "In 2011, we made our debut and had many people come to know us. So next year, we want people to know our names one-by-one, and hold a concert on a big stage with a full house. Our goal

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  • Sexy Zone releases PV for debut single, "Sexy Zone"

    November 20, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    A few days ago,  Johnny's newest unit, Sexy Zone, held a debut press conference to commemorate the release of their self-titled debut single.  Even before their album official dropped, the boys were kicking promotions into high gear with a performance on MUSIC STATION and various radio appearances. The group recently unvieled the full version of the PV for "Sexy Zone".  For a large portion of the PV, the group dances on a castle-looking foye

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  • Okada Masaki sheds tears during emotional stage greeting for "Antoki no Inochi"

    November 20, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Recently, actor Okada Masaki (22) attended a stage greeting for the release of his new movie "Antoki no Inochi" at Tokyo's Marunouchi Piccadilly 1. During the event, director Seze Takahisa read a letter to Okada which said, "During the hard situation caused by the Tohoku earthquake, you have no idea how much your smile and easy-going conversation softened the atmosphere. You are the one who led this shoot. Thank you." The director, who was

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  • Sakanaction reveals details on their new music video collection

    November 20, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Sakanaction has revealed details on their upcoming music video collection, "SAKANARCHIVE 2007-2011~Sakanaction Music Video Collection~", which is scheduled to be released on December 14th. This DVD will contain music videos for 14 Sakanaction songs, as well as the new PV to "Document". The band compiled 15 songs in total after re-mastering them, and listed the tracks in chronological order so that fans could look back on Sakanaction's histor

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  • Rie fu to release best-of album, "I Can Do Better"

    November 20, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    Singer-songwriter Rie fu has announced that she will be releasing a best-of album entitled "I Can Do Better" on November 23rd! The album will include a wide range of tracks from her career, including "decay" from her debut album to her latest single, "For You". It will also include a brand new song called "For Your Wedding". Additionally, the limited edition will come with a DVD containing 13 music videos. Rie fu has also announced that

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