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  • Nakama Yukie to become MC for NHK's '46th Omoide no Memory'

    July 17, 2014 @ 1:34 am

    NHK Director-General Momii Katsuto (71) announced on July 15 that actress Nakama Yukie has been selected to be the MC for the 46th installment of its annual music program 'Omoide no Melody', hailed as the 'Summer Kohaku' (August 9, 7:30pm onwards). The mediator will be Ayanokoji Kimimaro. Nakama has gained much popularity through her role as 'Hayama Renko', best friend of the protagonist Hanako (Yoshitaka Yuriko) in NHK's ongoing morning dra

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  • Kasai Tomomi postpones the release of her new single

    July 16, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

    It's been revealed that Kasai Tomomi has postponed the release of her 4th single (currently untitled). This was announced on July 15 through her record company Nippon Crown. The single was originally scheduled to be released on July 23; however, it will now be released two months after the original release date, on September 17. Nippon Crown explained that the single's release had to be postponed due to "circumstances with the production process,

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  • Oricon Weekly Charts for 7/7 ~ 7/13

    July 16, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

    Oricon has revealed its weekly charts for July 7 to 13. Check it out below. [Single Weekly Ranking]1. "Manatsu no Free&Easy" - Nogizaka46 : 7/9 (421,622)2. "E.G.Anthem -WE ARE VENUS" - E-girls : 7/9 (49,207)3. "KiRa-KiRa Sensation! / Happy maker!" - μ's : 7/9 (49,099)4. "BLEEZE" - GLAY : 7/9 (45,078) 5. "Gui Gui Gui ↑↑↑" - BEE SHUFFLE : 7/9 (26,843)(Check out the full ranking here.)===[Album Weekly Ranking]1. "Pika Pika Fantajin" - Kyary Pamyu

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  • S/mileage hold their 1st solo live concert at Nippon Budokan

    July 16, 2014 @ 2:33 am

    On July 15, 6-member idol group S/mileage held their first ever solo live concert, "S/mileage LIVE 2014 Natsu FULL CHARGE ~715 Nippon Budokan~", at Nippon Budokan.The leader of the group Wada Ayaka cheerfully greeted the audience, "The one to cause an excitement today here at Nippon Budokan will be us, S/mileage!" Fellow member Fukuda Kanon, who couldn't stop her tears from the start, followed her with, "We will liven up the stage while

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  • French Kiss announce their 1st single in over 2 years

    July 16, 2014 @ 12:42 am

    French Kiss' 6th single "Omoidasenai Hana" is set for release on October 1, according to their announcement made on July 15th, which was a member Kashiwagi Yuki's 23rd birthday. This marks their first single in 2 years and 3 months since they released their previous single "Romance Privacy" back in July 2012.Reportedly, the title track is a song which is reminiscent of folk music from the 1970s. The song was used as the theme song for membe

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 6/30~7/13

    July 16, 2014 @ 12:38 am

    This is Tokyohive's regular Drama Prime Time Report giving you a detailed look at the prime time ratings with a focus on the weekly dramas. You can check out the most recent ratings from June 30th to July 13th and an overview of the episode and average ratings of the current dramas below! === 6/30~7/6 – Short Overview 7/1 – 03.6%(0.1%) – 22:30-23:18 – Hard Nut! (2) > Cast: Hashimoto Ai, Kora Kengo, Yajima Kenichi, Namioka K

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 7/12~7/13

    July 15, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – July 12th/13th 01 (01) Maleficent (Weeks: 02) 02 (00) Sukitte Iinayo (Weeks: 01) 03 (02) Edge of Tomorrow (Weeks: 02) 04 (03) Frozen (Weeks: 18) 05 (04) Mission Impossible: Samurai (Weeks: 04) 06 (06) Ju-on -Owari no Hajimari- (Weeks: 03) 07 (05) Sore Ike! Anpanman (Weeks: 02) 08 (07) The Wor

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  • Rookie actress Komatsu Nana chosen to play the heroine in 'Bakuman' live-action film adaptation

    July 15, 2014 @ 2:10 am

    As reported before, popular manga "Bakuman" will be getting a live-action film adaptation starring Sato Takeru and Kamiki Ryunosuke, and it was recently announced that rookie actress Komatsu Nana has been chosen to play the heroine for the film.The story revolves around 2 high school students, Mashiro Moritaka (Sato) who has a great drawing ability, and Takagi Akito (Kamiki) who has an intellectual ability and wants to be a manga writer. One day,

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu grabs No.1 spot on Oricon's weekly album ranking

    July 15, 2014 @ 1:59 am

    Singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu grabbed No.1 spot on Oricon's latest weekly ranking with her 3rd album "Pikapika Fantajin" (released on July 9) after selling 48,000 copies during the first week.This is her second chart-topping work, including both singles and albums, since her previous album "Nanda Collection" ranked No.1 on the chart.Kyary commented, "I am really happy to be able to grab the No.1 spot on Oricon ranking again with my 3rd album! I realiz

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  • Nogizaka46 tops Oricon's weekly single ranking for 8th consecutive time

    July 14, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

    Idol group Nogizaka46's 9th single "Natsu no Free&Easy" (went on sale on July 9) sold 422,000 copies in the first week, and topped Oricon's latest weekly single ranking. This marks the group's 8th consecutive chart-topping single since their 2nd single "Oide Shampoo" (released in May 2012). With this, they're tied for 6th place in the record of number of consecutive chart-topping single for female groups, following AKB48 (23 consecutive sing

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