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  • AKB48 4th General Election preliminary results

    May 23, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    On May 23rd, AKB48 revealed their reports of the first day of votes for the 4th General Election at AKB48 theaters in Akihabara. This is the annual election for the girls, and fan votes will decide the 16 members for the 27th single planned for release in August. According to reports, Oshima Yuko gained 15,093 votes. As much of the media and many fans expected, she got a lead of 2,439 votes on second place. Kashiwagi Yuki, who was at third

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  • Arashi announce 'Arashi no Wakuwaku Gakkou 2012' + dates

    May 23, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    On May 23rd, Arashi unveiled dates for ‘Arashi no Wakuwaku Gakkou 2012 ~Mainichi ga Motto Kagayaku 5-tsu no Jyugyou~’, an event in which the members will turn into "teachers" and teach their fans (or “students”) on various subjects. The event was also held last year in Tokyo Dome from June 24 to 26. This year, Arashi will be holding the event at both Tokyo Dome (four days, June 14-17) and Kyocera Dome Osaka (three days, July 14-16). Check ou

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  • AKB48 ships over 2 million copies of "Manatsu no Sounds good!"

    May 23, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    On May 23rd, it was revealed that AKB48’s latest single, “Manatsu no Sounds good!”, released on the same day, shipped over two million copies! “Kaze ga Fuiteiru” is the last single that had the most copies on the date of release with 1.6 million copies shipped. However, AKB48’s latest single broke that record. In addition, “Manatsu no Sounds good!” included voting tickets for ‘the 4th Senbatsu Election' that will be held at Nippon Budouk

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  • 2PM releases "Beautiful" PV!

    May 23, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    2PM has released the PV for their upcoming Japanese single, "Beautiful"! The single will be released this June 6 along with a B-side track composed by member Junho called “If You Are Here“. "Beautiful" has already received love as the CM song for a popular Japanese brand, and previously topped the Recochoku chart on April 17. A “Hi-5 event” for fans who buy the single will be held at Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall on June 16

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  • Yaguchi Mari and Nakamura Masaya hold a wedding ceremony

    May 23, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    On May 22nd, former Morning Musume member Yaguchi Mari and actor Nakamura Masaya held a wedding ceremony at St. Grace Cathedral in Aoyama. After holding their ceremony, the two held a press conference at their reception, where Nakamura expressed, "I was moved. Both our fathers cried from beginning to end, which made me cry. But as the groom, I think I was able to hold a successful wedding ceremony." Meanwhile, Yaguchi revealed, "I've alway

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  • More cast members revealed for upcoming drama 'GTO'

    May 23, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    As reported previously, Fuji TV will be making a remake of popular drama "GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka)" starring EXILE's performer AKIRA. Recently, more cast members for the upcoming drama have been revealed. Revealed cast members include Takimoto Miori as the heroine "Fuyutsuki Azusa", Shirota Yu as "Danma Ryuji" (Onizuka's friend and manager of a cafe), Yamamoto Yusuke as "Saejima Toshiyuki" (Onizuka's friend and police officer), Tayama R

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu celebrates album release with live + handshake event

    May 23, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    To celebrate the release of her first album "Pamyu Pamyu Revolution", Kyary Pamyu Pamyu held her "Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Way Way Live & Handshake Event 2012" at Lazona Kawasaki on May 22nd. Despite the fact that it had been rainy and windy since morning and that the passing showers grew stronger when the event began, Kyary proved her solid popularity when approximately 6,000 fans of the pop sensation packed onto the fifth floor of the ven

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  • Kitano Kii sings new song "Smile Again" with her fans

    May 23, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    On May 19th, singer and actress Kitano Kii held a fan meeting and recorded a choral-style number with some lucky fans. Twenty five fan were chosen to participate in the event out of a raffle of about 500 applicants. Kitano herself announced in front of her fans, "I'd like to record a song called 'Smile Again' with all of you as a chorus!", a happy surprise for them as they knew nothing about it until Kitano told them. "Smile Again" is a

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  • Okada Junichi to play a Kamikaze pilot in a movie 'Eien no Zero'

    May 23, 2012 @ 6:57 am

    On May 21, it was announced V6's member Okada Junichi will star in 'Eien no Zero', which is a movie adaptation of a popular novel by Hyakuta Naoki. He will play the role of Miyabe Kyuzo who was a Kamikaze pilot (special attack corps). Film director Yamazaki Takashi, who is famous for the movie series 'ALWAYS San-chome no Yuhi' will direct this war film. It will be Okada's first time to star in a war film, and he is planning to wear a close

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  • Japan Twitter Trends for April 2012!

    May 23, 2012 @ 6:08 am

    Every month, BIGLOBE releases a list of the top Twitter trends in Japan. Now that April has come to an end, they’ve compiled their data and revealed their rankings for the month. Many trends have to do with the anniversary of the great Tohoku earthquake for the month of April 2012. (If you want to go back in time and compare what trended in the past, you can check out March’s ranking here.) == [Word Ranking] – [Previous Month] 1.

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