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  • Nishiuchi Mariya's 4th single to be released in October

    August 27, 2015 @ 10:33 am

    It's been revealed that Nishiuchi Mariya's fourth single (currently untitled) will be released on October 28.Nishiuchi has recently been active in many different areas. Her last single "Arigato Forever...", which was released in May, was the first song she wrote and composed herself. She's currently playing the lead role in the TBS drama 'Hotel Concierge'. Her upcoming single will be released in three different versions: Limited Edition (CD+DVD+M

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  • NMB48's Yamamoto Sayaka receives vocal cord surgery

    August 27, 2015 @ 2:37 am

    It's been reported that NMB48's Yamamoto Sayaka had surgery done on her vocal cords.Yamamoto made a live telephone appearance on the August 26 broadcast of Nippon Broadcast's "AKB48 no All Night Nippon". She revealed, "I didn't say anything because I thought that it would cause people to worry, but I received vocal cord surgery the other day." She also shared her current condition, "I am currently receiving treatment in order to recover completel

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  • Shimazaki Haruka to resume her activities

    August 27, 2015 @ 2:32 am

    On August 26, AKB48's Shimazaki Haruka, who was taking a break due to asthma attacks, updated her Twitter account to let her fans know that she would be resuming her activities. Shimazaki wrote, "From the last examination, my wheezing has gotten better. However, I have not completely recovered. I still have to take medicine and use an asthma pump." She added, "I will do whatever work I can with the consultation of a doctor." While she has not rev

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  • Kanjani8 announce new album + nationwide dome tour

    August 26, 2015 @ 10:41 am

    Kanjani8 have announced that they will release their new album "Kanjani8 no Genki ga Deru CD!!" this fall. They will also hold a nationwide dome tour starting in December. This is the group's first album since "Kanjanism", which was released last November. It will contain their singles "Itta Janai ka", "CloveR", "Gamushara Koushinkyoku", "Tsuyoku Tsuyoku Tsuyoku", and "Maemuki Scream!". More details, including the release date, will be revealed a

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  • SMAP unveil PVs for new single

    August 26, 2015 @ 10:40 am

    SMAP have unveiled the short PVs for their new single "Otherside / Ai ga Tomaru Made wa" on Victor Entertainment's official website.In the PV for "Otherside", written by LEO Imai and composed by MIYAVI, the members perform the song with their band members and dancers on a stage that represents a parallel universe. Meanwhile, the PV for "Ai ga Tomaru Made wa", a song written and composed by Kawatani Enon (Gesu no Kiwami Otome., indigo la End), foc

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  • Shimizu Shota to release his new love song in October

    August 26, 2015 @ 10:38 am

    Shimizu Shota will release a new single titled "Hanataba no Kawari ni Melody wo" on October 28.The title track was previously picked up as the theme song for NHK's upcoming drama 'Designer Baby' premiering on September 22. Regarding this song, the singer commented, "It's a fantastic love song that I wrote with the thoughts, 'a love song that I can only write now after striving towards music all this time.' I want many people to listen to it.

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  • Oricon Weekly Ranking for 8/17 ~ 8/23

    August 26, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for August 17 to 23. Take a look at the results below![Single Weekly Ranking]1. "I am a HERO" - Fukuyama Masaharu : 8/19 (158,393)2. "Oh my wish! / Sukatto My Heart / Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki" - Morning Musume.'15 : 8/19 (141,038)3. "24karats GOLD SOUL" - EXILE : 8/19 (90,733)4. "Natsuiro MY GIRL" - BTOB : 8/19 (76,634)5. "Icchatte♪Yacchatte♪" - Super☆Girls : 8/19 (74,283)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[

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  • Shibasaki Kou to star in 2017 Taiga drama

    August 26, 2015 @ 2:53 am

    On August 25, NHK announced that actress Shibasaki Kou will star in the 2017 Taiga drama 'Onna Joushu Naotora'. This will be her first lead role in a NHK drama. Shibasaki commented, "This is the first time I've heard about Naotora. From now on, I want to search for her appeal, and grasp it. I am delighted to be offered the role of a person who is both elegant and strong. I believe that it will be a wonderful work filled with spirit, as

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 8/22~8/23

    August 26, 2015 @ 2:50 am

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – August 22nd/August 23rd 01 (01) Jurassic World (Weeks: 03) 02 (02) Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (Weeks: 03) 03 (03) Minions (Weeks: 04) 04 (04) The Boy and the Beast (Weeks: 07) 05 (05) Boruto: Naruto the Movie (Weeks: 03) 06 (06) Attack on Titan (Weeks: 04) 07 (09) Inside Out (Weeks: 06)

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  • HKT48's Matsuoka Natsumi and Moriyasu Madoka to release solo photo books

    August 25, 2015 @ 10:39 am

    HKT48 members Matsuoka Natsumi and Moriyasu Madoka will each release their first solo photo books.   Matsuoka's photos were shot on a remote island in Setouchi, while Moriyasu's photos were taken in Tokyo and Okinawa. On their first photo books, Matsuoka commented, "I'm very very happy!" and Moriyasu said, "I never imagined myself getting a solo photo book." Titled "Tsuishin", Matsuoka's photo book includes pictures of the idol in

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