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  • 'Otona AKB48' Tsukamoto Mariko's graduation to be held on September 1

    August 26, 2014 @ 6:41 pm

    On August 26, it was announced on AKB48's official blog that 'Otona AKB48' Tsukamoto Mariko's (38) graduation will be held on September 1 at AKB48 Theater.  Tsukamoto was chosen out of 5,066 applicants for AKB48 and Ezaki Glico's collaboration campaign 'Otona AKB48 Audition'. She was first introduced to the public on April 17 at a studio in Kanagawa, then made her handshake event debut in May. After appearing in various song programs and informa

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  • Ayase Haruka takes over the Glico signboard in Osaka for a limited time

    August 26, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

    The 'Glico signboard', located in Dotonbori, Osaka, is currently undergoing a renewal. A special signboard recently went up featuring actress Ayase Haruka raising her arms as she finishes a race instead of the iconic Glico running man.Since the signboard was first installed in 1935, it has featured a runner finishing a race. The current one represents the 5th generation signboard and it has been used for 16 years. It was taken down on August

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  • Kanjani8 start an independent label + announce new releases

    August 26, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

    Kanjani8 has started up an independent label called 'INFINITY RECORDS'. From this label, they will consecutively release two singles and an album.This announcement was made through Johnny's Entertainment's official website. August 25 marked 10 years since Kanjani8 released their debut single "Naniwa Iroha Bushi" from Teichiku Entertainment. They have parted ways with their old label and have started up a brand new one named after them (∞ = infin

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  • NICO Touches the Walls to hold 'NICO Day' live at CLUB CITTA'

    August 26, 2014 @ 2:49 am

    NICO Touches the Walls will hold their live event 'Ii NICO no Hi Live' on November 25 at CLUB CITTA'.'Ii NICO no Hi Live' is a live event that the band holds every year. More details regarding the live will be revealed on September 25.  In related news, NICO Touches the Walls' monthly regular program 'NICO-JAN!~NICO Touches the Walls meets JAMBORiii~' will broadcast via JAMBORiii STATION on August 28 at 9:00 pm. The prog

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  • Kawaguchi Haruna wears a black bikini for her new calendar

    August 26, 2014 @ 2:47 am

    Actress Kawaguchi Haruna will release her 'Year 2015 Calendar' on September 27.Kawaguchi is quickly rising to popularity, appearing in movies and dramas such as 'Sukitte Iinayo' (currently playing in theaters) and 'Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo N (neo)' (airs every Saturday at 9:00 pm). As this will be the last calendar of her teens, Kawaguchi challenged herself to various shots, one of which she can be seen wearing a black bikini.After the photo

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  • Sakanaction to guest in Fatboy Slim's Japan concert

    August 26, 2014 @ 2:39 am

    It's been revealed that Sakanaction will guest in Fatboy Slim's Japan concert, which will be held on October 19 at Makuhari Messe.  The concert will be held to coincide the release of Fatboy Slim's latest remix album "Fatboy Slim Presents Bem Brasil!". Besides Sakanaction, Fatboy Slim will be joined on stage by Steve Aoki. Tickets are currently on sale via PlayGuide.Source: natalie

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  • Ichihara Hayato & Mukouyama Shiho are expecting their first child

    August 26, 2014 @ 2:38 am

    It's been reported that actor Ichihara Hayato (27) and model Mukouyama Shiho (28) are expecting their first child. According to sources, Mukouyama is currently 6 months pregnant and is expected to give birth before the year's end.Rumors of the couple's romantic relationship surfaced just this year. In response, Ichihara wrote on his blog, "I'm sure some people have heard about this through the media, but I am in a relationship with a certain woma

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  • the pillows to kick off their nationwide tour in November

    August 26, 2014 @ 12:30 am

    the pillows will kick off their nationwide tour 'moondust tour' in November.The tour will be held to coincide the release of the pillows' new album "moondust" on October 22. In a 3-month period, they are scheduled to hold a total of 27 shows in 26 locations.Tickets for concerts within this year will go on sale on October 12, while tickets for concerts after the new year will go on sale on November 29. [moondust tour] Sunday, November 30 - mito

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  • Kobukuro to release a new single for 3 consecutive months

    August 26, 2014 @ 12:29 am

    Kobukuro has announced that they will release a new single for 3 consecutive months. Some information on the first single, titled "Shinkokyu", has been revealed through their official website.  "Shinkokyu" is a medium-tempo number that is being used as the CM song for convenience store chain 'Seico Mart'. The CM can be seen on the song's special website. Stay tuned for more details on Kobukuro's new releases!Source: natalie

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  • Kanjani8 to sing the theme song for movie 'Clover'

    August 26, 2014 @ 12:28 am

    It's been revealed that Kanjani8's new song "CloveR" will be used as the theme song for the movie 'Clover' which will open in theaters on November 1. 'Clover' is a love story based on Chiya Toriko's manga. It stars Takei Emi as a newbie office worker named 'Saya' and Kanjani8 member Okura Tadayoshi as her supervisor 'Tsuge Susumu'. It also stars Nagayama Kento, Natsuna, and Kamiji Yusuke.  In the trailer for 'Clover' seen on the movie's official

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