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  • Hayama Hélène announces her marriage during live broadcast

    April 4, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    On April 3, Nippon TV’s announcer Hayama Hélène (29) announced her April 1st marriage.  Hayama, the host of NTV’s 'Sukkiri' program (Monday – Friday from 8AM), made the announcement during the live broadcast of the April 3 show. The beautiful half-Japanese Hayama’s sudden announcement of her marriage during the morning tea portion was both refreshing and surprising. She announced with a face full of joy that, “For April Fools, I complete

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  • Check out Oricon's weekly charts for April 9th!

    April 4, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    Oricon has just revealed the results of their weekly charts for the week of April 9th! Check it out below! === <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. “Ikiteru Ikiteku” – Fukuyama Masaharu : 3/28 (119,833) 2. “7th Trigger” – UVERworld : 3/28 (52,407) 3. “SHE! HER! HER!” – Kis – My -Ft2 : 3/21 (23,048) 4. “Speed up / Girls Power” – KARA : 3/21 (17,326) 5. “Jumping” - Daikoku-Danji: 3/28 (16,975) (Check out the full ran

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  • Video of Maeda Atsuko's speech regarding her graduation released

    April 4, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    On April 4th at 3 P.M. JST, AKB48’s Maeda Atsuko (20) made a formal announcement regarding her graduation and her participation in the ‘AKB48 27th Single General Election’ (to be held on June 6th at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo) through AKB48’s official YouTube channel and her Google+ page. In the wake of her graduation announcement, Maeda initially rejected all questions regarding the full details of her graduation as she hoped to convey her fee

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  • Mr.Children's "Youthful Days" chosen for new 'KIRIN Lemon' CM

    April 4, 2012 @ 5:39 am

    Mr. Children's song, "Youthful Days", has been chosen as the CM song for KIRIN Beverage's "Kirin Otona no Kirin Lemon"! "Youthful Days" is the band's 21st single that was released back in November of 2001. It was chosen as the CM song because it's the new image character Hasebe Makoto's favorite song. The new CM starts with Hasebe thinking about the manga, "Captain Tsubasa", on his day off. Suddenly, the protagonist 'Oozora Tsubasa' app

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  • Sonar Pocket reveals teaser for "Getsu Ka Sui Moku Kin Do Nichi. ~Kimi ni Okuru Uta~"

    April 4, 2012 @ 3:51 am

    Pop group Sonar Pocket has revealed a teaser for their upcoming single, "Getsu Ka Sui Moku Kin Do Nichi. ~Kimi ni Okuru Uta~", through Tokuma Japan's official YouTube channel! "Getsu Ka Sui Moku Kin Do Nichi. ~Kimi ni Okuru Uta~" is an upbeat love song that will surely bring a smile on your face. It is scheduled for release on April 25th. To commemorate this single's release, Sonar Pocket will be holding a special event starting later t

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  • AKB48's Itano Tomomi releases PV for "Clone"

    April 4, 2012 @ 1:58 am

    Earlier we reported that the coupling tracks and the jacket covers of AKB48's Itano Tomomi's 3rd solo single "10nen Go no Kimi e" had been revealed. To follow up, the PV of B-side track, "Clone", was recently released on April 3rd. "Clone" has also been chosen as the CM song for EMOBILE, a mobile phone company. Check out "Clone" below, and stay tuned for more information about her single! Tip:joe.oppa

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – March 26th~April 1st

    April 4, 2012 @ 12:04 am

    [caption id="attachment_230763" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – March 26th~April 1st"][/caption] A few late-night dramas, a few drama specials, and one suffering taiga drama. One more week and the first prime time dramas of the spring season will finally premiere on Japanese TV, but until then we will have to kill the time with the few leftovers, some drama specials, and of course many variety specials th

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  • Motokariya Yuika to be the new MC for 'Ousama no Brunch'

    April 3, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

    Actress Motokariya Yuika has been appointed as the new MC for the TBS variety program, 'Ousama no Brunch'! Motokariya will fill in former MC Yuka's spot starting on April 7th. She will work alongside actor Tanihara Shosuke, who has been a part of the show since 2007. 'Ousama no Brunch' started back in April of 1996, making this the program's 17th year on air. Previous female MCs include Tanaka Ritsuko, Sato Tamao, and Yuka. Producer

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  • Japan Box Office Report – March 31st/April 1st

    April 3, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    [caption id="attachment_229267" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Bokura ga Ita" / "Doraemon" / "Sherlock Holmes""][/caption] The lack of competition resulted in another easy win for "Doraemon" and an almost identical weekend box office chart to last week. It was the last weekend of the spring holidays and it seems like there were still a lot of families left that didn't watch the latest adventure of "D

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  • MiChi to hold one-man live in Shibuya

    April 3, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    Singer MiChi has announced that she will be holding a one-man live to commemorate the release of her latest album, 'THERAPY'! The concert, titled "MiChi LIVE 'THERAPY'", will be held on July 29th at WWW in Shibuya. Ticket reservations are now available through MiChi's official website. In related news, MiChi's song, "Take It Easy!", is currently being used as the weather theme song for NTV's 'NNN Straight News' and as the CM song for AB

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