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  • Hashimoto Kanna cast in Fuji TV Drama 'Suikyuu Yankees'

    July 11, 2014 @ 2:59 am

    Hashimoto Kanna (15) from Fukuoka-based idol group Rev.from DVL has been cast as herself in Fuji TV's upcoming drama "Suikyuu Yankees", which is set to begin on July 12. Although Hashimoto has made an appearance in Koreeda Hirokazu's movie "Kiseki" in 2011, this is her first time on a nationally broadcast drama. She commented, "I will do my best to play my part. I also want to learn a lot from being on set." The drama is a youth co

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  • '2014 J-Pop Summit Festival' returns to San Francisco next weekend to showcase the latest edgy sides of Japanese pop culture

    July 11, 2014 @ 2:55 am

    The '2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival', San Francisco's premiere celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion, and film, commences next weekend – Saturday & Sunday, July 19th and 20th – and will be open from 11:00am - 6:00pm on both days across the city's entire Japantown District.A special FREE live concert – J-POP LIVE at UNION SQUARE – also will take place in the S.F.'s notable downto

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  • Kanjani8's latest single tops Oricon's Weekly Singles Chart for the 15th consecutive time!

    July 11, 2014 @ 2:43 am

    Idol group Kanjani8 sold 169,000 copies of their 28th single "Omoidama" (released on July 2) in the first week, topping the July 14th Oricon Weekly Singles Ranking. This is their 15th consecutive single and 23rd single in total (including single released under Eight Ranger) to have topped the chart. The single is the "2014 ABC summer high school baseball league cheering song" for ABC/TV Asahi's summer high school baseball digest program "Netto Ko

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  • JKT48's Melody appointed as Okayama Prefecture's 'Fruits Ambassador'

    July 10, 2014 @ 11:56 pm

    Melody (22) from AKB48's Indonesian sister group JKT48 was appointed "Okayama Fruits Ambassador" on July 7th. Okayama Prefecture Governor Ibaragi Ryuta personally presented Melody with the appointment letter. The idol commented, "I will do my best to let the people of Indonesia know how delicious fruits from Okayama are."As part of its goal to globalize the Okayama brand, the prefecture has begun a campaign to advertise and sell fruits

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  • Kis-My-Ft2's 4th album refreshes Oricon chart records

    July 10, 2014 @ 11:53 pm

    Popular group Kis-My-Ft2 sold 246,000 copies of their 3rd original album "Kis-My-Journey" (released on July 2) in the first week, topping the Oricon Weekly Album Ranking Chart.This is the fourth album including their singles collection "HIT! HIT! HIT!" (released in March 2014) to have reached the top spot. Kis-My-Ft2 is the 4th male artist in history to have sold more than 200,000 copies of their work in the first week for four consecutive a

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  • Akanishi Jin announces his new single 'Good Time'

    July 10, 2014 @ 11:41 pm

    Akanishi Jin will be releasing a new single "Good Time" on August 6.This will be the first release from Akanishi's own label Go Good Records.Regarding the new song, Akanishi who wrote/composed/produced it, explained, "I wrote this song with the image of summer, so I was conscious of exhilarating feelings and boldness. I expressed my hope for those who listen to this song to enjoy every day of their lives.""Good Times" will have 2 types

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  • Oricon Comic Chart for 6/30 ~ 7/6

    July 10, 2014 @ 11:39 pm

    Oricon's weekly comic chart for June 30 to July 6 has been revealed. Check out the top 5 below. 1. "Kuroko no Basket", Volume 28 - Fujimaki Tadatoshi : (320,990)2. "Ansatsu Kyoushitsu", Volume 10 - Matsui Yusei : (303,405)3. "Ao no Exorcist", Volume 13 - Kato Kazue : (219,781)4. ""Kuroshitsuji", Volume 19 - Toboso Yana : (190,968)5. "Shokugeki no Soma", Volume 8 - written by Tsukada Yuto / illustrated by Saeki Shun : (135,817)(Check out the full

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  • Sakanaction to provide the theme song for Yamashita Tomohisa's upcoming starring film

    July 10, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

    Rock band Sakanaction's new song "Hasu no Hana" has been chosen as the theme song to Yamashita Tomohisa's upcoming starring film "Kinkyori Renai" which will open in theaters on October 11. This marks the second time for the band to sing for a movie since they last provided the theme song for Tsumabuki Satoshi's film "Judge!" (released in January).According to a representative, the new song is quite an addicting song.Prior to the release of the m

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  • AKB48's Minegishi Minami resumes her activities

    July 10, 2014 @ 1:31 am

    AKB48 member Minegishi Minami, who has been on hiatus since the middle of June due to kidney cyst, announced via her Google+ that she has resumed her activities. According to her, she joined the rehearsal for Team 4's nation-wide tour on July 8. Minegishi also appeared on live-broadcasting radio show "AKB48 no All Night Nippon" that aired during the late night of 9th, and greeted fans, "Many people worried about me, and I received encouraging me

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  • Japan Box Office Report – 7/5~7/6

    July 10, 2014 @ 1:29 am

    Check out the box office charts and trailers of all the new Japanese films of the past weekend below! Japan Box Office Chart – July 5th/6th 01 (00) Maleficent (Weeks: 01) 02 (00) Edge of Tomorrow (Weeks: 01) 03 (01) Frozen (Weeks: 17) 04 (02) Mission Impossible: Samurai (Weeks: 03) 05 (00) Sore Ike! Anpanman (Weeks: 01) 06 (06) Ju-on -Owari no Hajimari- (Weeks: 02) 07 (04) The World of Kanako (Weeks: 02) 08 (03) Tran

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