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  • Tony Leung, Matsuda Shota, and Maeda Atsuko to star in Kurosawa Kiyoshi's new movie '1905'

    September 10, 2012 @ 12:15 am

    On September 10th, it was announced that worldwide renowned Chinese actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai is going to star in his first Japanese movie. The movie is titled '1905' and will be directed by Kurosawa Kiyoshi, who also already made a name for himself around the world, especially as a master of the J-Horror genre. This movie, however, will be a large-scale action production set in Yokohama in the year 1905, and the filming will occur both in

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  • Former AKB48 member Hirajima Natsumi returns to the entertainment industry

    September 9, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    Former AKB48 member Hirajima Natsumi (20) has announced her return to the entertainment industry. On October 24th, Hirajima will begin performing in the stage play “GO, JET! GO! GO! ~ I LOVE YOU ga Ienakute~” at Shinjuku SPACE107 in Tokyo. Hirajima commented, “I’m looking forward to starting practice”. In January of this year, Hirajima left AKB48 after shots of her and a man were leaked to the public. The contract with her company was

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  • Takajo Aki and Nakagawa Haruka make surprise guest appearance at JKT48 Theater

    September 9, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    On September 8th, Takajo Aki and Nakagawa Haruka made a surprise guest appearance at JKT48's first performance at the JKT48 Theater in Jakarta, Indonesia. During the 1st day of AKB48's 3-day concert at Tokyo Dome, it was announced that Takajo and Nakagawa would be transferring to JKT48. In Indonesian, Takajo greeted the fans, "Everyone, I'm pleased to meet you. I'm Takajo Aki of JKT48. I'm very happy to meet you all today. I'm looking forw

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  • Suzuki Ami remains silent about rumored relationship with Takaoka Sousuke

    September 9, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    On September 8th, singer Suzuki Ami appeared at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya for a public rehearsal for the musical, 'Hashire Melos'. Earlier in June, weekly tabloid magazine 'FRIDAY' reported Suzuki's relationship with actor Takaoka Sousuke. After taking a few photos, reporters asked Suzuki, "Is the relationship going well?", along with many other questions regarding the relationship. The singer remained silent and responded with a s

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  • Actress Ono Ito appears at sales event for her photo book 'ITO'

    September 9, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    On September 8, actress Ono Ito (17) appeared at a commemorative sales event at the Shibuya branch of Bunkyodo in Tokyo for her photo book “ITO.” The photos were taken in Bali, Indonesia.  Her favorite photos are the side shots of her face and she smiled sweetly as she stated, “My side profile is pretty~.  I always have a cool expression, but for this book, I smiled a lot.” She spoke happily about her swimsuit shots, “It was embarrassi

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  • NYC's Nakayama Yuma to star in the upcoming late-night drama 'Piece'

    September 9, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    On September 9th, NTV announced that NYC's Nakayama Yuma is going to star in their upcoming late-night drama 'Piece'. The drama is based on a manga of the same name by Ashihara Hinako, which has been serialized in the shojo manga magazine 'Betsucomi' since 2008. Nakayama will be playing a cool college student who has to face his shadowy past after meeting a classmate from his high school days, with whom he has been going out at the time. A

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  • Plastic Tree to release new album in November

    September 9, 2012 @ 5:36 am

    It's been revealed that rock band Plastic Tree will be releasing a new album (currently untitled) on November 21st! Since this year commemorates 15 years since Plastic Tree's major debut, the band has been actively releasing new material and holding live tours. Their upcoming album will be their 1st since transferring to Victor Entertainment. Additionally, Plastic Tree will be holding their 1st hall tour starting January of 2013. Mor

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  • SKE48's Matsui Rena cancels her handshake event for health reasons

    September 9, 2012 @ 3:58 am

    SKE48’s Matsui Rena cancelled her handshake event on September 8 due to her poor physical condition. Matsui apologized to fans on Google+ with, “It is unfortunate, but I needed to cancel my handshake event due to my poor physical condition. To my fans that waited for me at the event venue, I am deeply sorry that in the end, you had to hear the words “cancel” and that I was unable to greet you.” Matsui Rena is known as a part of SKE48’s “D

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 09/03~09/06

    September 9, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    [caption id="attachment_265282" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 09/03~09/06"][/caption] The summer season is gradually coming to an end and the first three dramas have already aired their last episodes earlier this week. On Monday, 'Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan' (TBS) is still doing doing pretty bad and reached a new personal low of 5.4% (minus 0.3%). You can't say the same about 'Rich Man, Poor Woman' (Fuji T

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  • Kumada Yoko walks the runway while 8 months pregnant

    September 9, 2012 @ 12:14 am

    On September 8, talent Kumada Yoko (30), who married in April and is currently pregnant, appeared at the “Kobe Collection 2012 AUTUMN/WINTER” show at the World Kinen Hall in Kobe. This is her first fashion show since her marriage to a businessman (29) and her pregnancy announcement in July.  She wore a white mini wedding dress that showed off her bust that has gone 3 sizes up from an F to an I and leisurely walked the runway; she spoke abo

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