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  • Hirose Suzu chosen to be the protagonist in 'Chihayafuru' live-action film adaptation

    June 26, 2015 @ 2:42 am

    Suetsugu Yuki's popular manga "Chihayafuru" is getting a live-action film adaptation, and it was recently announced that Hirose Suzu has been chosen to play the protagonist 'Ayase Chihaya'.The film adaptation is directed by Koizumi Norihiro ("Taiyou no Uta", "Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru"), and it will be released as two films; "Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku" and "Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku". The subject of the manga is Competitive Karuta (Japanese ca

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  • Def Tech hangs out with Jake Shimabukuro in new PV

    June 25, 2015 @ 5:29 pm

    The PV for Def Tech's new song "One Day with Jake Shimabukuro" has been uploaded onto their official YouTube channel. "One Day with Jake Shimabukuro" is a song off of the duo's latest album "Howzit!?" released on June 3. For this song, Def Tech collaborated with ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. The PV was shot entirely in Hawaii; thus featuring scenes of the beach and blue skies. Source & Image: natalie

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  • ANGERME is looking for 4th generation members

    June 25, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

    ANGERME has announced that they are recruiting 4th generation members.This announcement was made on June 24 during their YouTube program "Hello! Project Station". Leader Wada Ayaka explained that the reason for this new member audition is "to aim for a group that will evolve even more." She called out, "It would make me happy if girls who love ANGERME would join."  Prior to their name change last October, ANGERME welcomed 3 new members. Since th

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  • Ieiri Leo to sing the theme song for Fukushi Sota's starring drama

    June 24, 2015 @ 9:56 am

    Ieiri Leo will be in charge of the theme song for Fuji TV's upcoming 'Getsu 9' drama "Koinaka" starring actor Fukushi Sota.The title of the theme song is "Kimi ga Kureta Natsu" and will be released as Ieiri's 10th single on August 19. Regarding the song, she commented, "It's new, but nostalgic. It's a medium-tempo number filled with that kind of atmosphere, so please look forward to it along with the drama." Fukushi, who has been friends with the

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 6/15 ~ 6/21

    June 24, 2015 @ 2:41 am

    Oricon has released its weekly charts for June 15 to 21. Take a look at the results below! [Single Weekly Ranking] 1. "FOR YOU" - Boudan Shounendan : 6/17 (72,148)2. "Natsu Daze Johnny" - Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku : 6/17 (54,912)3. "Otsukare Summer!" - Dempagumi.inc : 6/17 (53,664)4. "Youkai Taisou Daini" - Dream5 : 6/17 (32,975)5. "Girlfriend" - SOLIDEMO : 6/17 (19,727)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "No Music No We

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 6/20~6/21

    June 24, 2015 @ 2:40 am

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – June 20th/June 21st 01 (01) Love Live! The School Idol Movie (Weeks: 02) 02 (00) Mad Max: Fury Road (Weeks: 01) 03 (02) Our Little Sister (Weeks: 02) 04 (03) Tomorrowland (Weeks: 03) 05 (04) Prophecy (Weeks: 03) 06 (00) Ai wo Tsumu Hito (Weeks: 01) 07 (00) Ju-on: The Final (Weeks: 01) 08 (05)

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  • AKB48's Hashimoto Hikari announces graduation

    June 23, 2015 @ 9:59 am

    On June 22, during AKB48's performance at AKB48 Theater, member Hashimoto Hikari announced her graduation from the group.This concert was held to celebrate Hashimoto's birthday, which was on June 17. The idol made the graduation announcement herself during the encore. While she didn't reveal the specific reason for graduating, she mentioned that she has found a new dream thus making it difficult for her to manage both her career and stu

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  • Additional artists for TBS' 'Ongaku no Hi' revealed

    June 23, 2015 @ 9:58 am

    Additional artists who will be performing in TBS' music program "Ongaku no Hi" have been revealed. At this time, Kahala Tomomi, Kozai Kaori, Sakamoto Fuyumi, Sexy Zone, Hata Motohiro, Fairies, Fuji Ayako, Flower, Busaiku, Moritaka Chisato, Little Glee Monster, and Watanabe Misato have been added. With this, a total of 50 artists are scheduled to perform on the program. "Ongaku no Hi" will broadcast on June 27 from 2:

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  • THE BAWDIES to hold a live house tour this fall

    June 23, 2015 @ 9:57 am

    THE BAWDIES will hold a live house tour titled "ROCK THE HOUSE TOUR 2015 ~We're going to soul city~" this fall. For the upcoming tour, THE BAWDIES will hold concerts in places they couldn't visit during their last tour "Boys! TOUR 2014-2015". It will kick off on October 10 at BLUE RESISTANCE (Miyagi) and will wrap up on November 29 at SAGA GEILS (Saga) for a total of 11 shows. Take a look at the tour schedule below!  [ROCK THE HOU

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  • Morisanchu's Oshima Miyuki gives birth to her 1st child

    June 23, 2015 @ 9:56 am

    On June 22, it was reported that comedian trio Morisanchu's Oshima Miyuki (35) gave birth to a 3,885 gram (8 lbs 9 oz) baby boy at a hospital in Tokyo. According to the announcement, both mother and baby are in healthy condition. Her husband, broadcast writer Suzuki Osamu (43), and Morisanchu's Murakami Tomoko (35) and Kurosawa Kazuko (36) were present during the delivery.Through her agency, Oshima introduced her son, saying, "Today, I was a

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