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  • Kumada Yoko makes her first public appearance after marriage & pregnancy announcment

    July 29, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    On July 29th, actress Kumada Yoko attended an event for Finland's energy drink, 'MAD CROC'. This marked Kumada's first public appearance after announcing her marriage and pregnancy earlier this month. The actress wore a light pink dress that loosely tightened around her waist. "My condition is excellent," she stated while giving out an aura of happiness. Kumada commented, "I'm going to become a mother, so that's going to be a big challe

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  • Hoover's ooover announces disbandment

    July 29, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    Rock band Hoover's ooover has announced that they will be disbanding at the end of the year. The reason for the disbandment hasn't been revealed, but they left a message on their official website saying, "We are very grateful for our fans who have supported us until now. We will do all we can to enjoy ourselves with our last album and remaining lives." Hoover's ooover will release their last album, "Yoake no Ban", on September 5th. To c

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  • Performance and making-of clip from Perfume's "Hyoketsu SUMMER NIGHT" released

    July 29, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Perfume held a live event called “Hyoketsu SUMMER NIGHT” on July 23rd, and footage from the event, as well as a making-of clip were released on the promotion website for the “Kirin Chu-Hi Hyoketsu” alcoholic beverage. At the live event, Perfume incorporated holographic images into their performance and entertained the audiences with 3D projected images of themselves. The concert video consists of about 15 minutes of footage from the event, a

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  • Additional acts revealed for 2012's "a-nation stadium fes."

    July 29, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    As previously reported, avex will be holding their annual summer event “a-nation” as two stadium festival events, “stadium fes” and “music week”. “a-nation stadium fes.” will be held on August 18th and 19th at Nagai Stadium in Osaka, and August 25th and26th at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo. Additional acts were recently announced on the a-nation website. There are 11 additional acts announced for the Osaka event, including Suzuki Ami, girl n

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  • Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 cheer on high school students for a quiz tournament

    July 29, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    On July 29th, AKB48 sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 attended the Kanto area tournament for the annual summer event, 'The 32nd National High School Quiz Championship'. Watarirouka Hashitai 7 is in charge of the tournament's support song. On this day, members Watanabe Mayu, Urano Kazumi, Kikuchi Ayaka, and Komori Mika attended the event to cheer on the students. In front of 1,404 students, Watanabe called out, "To all the high school stud

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  • SKE48's Furukawa Airi attends pre-opening event for cosplay shop

    July 29, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    On July 27th, SKE48's Furukawa Airi made a guest appearance at a pre-opening event for the cosplay theme shop, 'CospRex'. This new store can be found on the 5th floor of SUNSHINE SAKAE in Aichi. It's opening coincides with the event, 'World Cosplay Summit 2012', which gathers cosplay maniacs from around the world. 'CospRex' offers costumes that can only be found at this store. It also features a cafe space that allows for interaction an

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  • SID announces first tour performance in Taiwan

    July 29, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    As part of their concert tour, SID held a performance titled, "TOUR 2012 ‘M&W’ preview" at Tokyo International Forum Hall A on July 27th. During the final encore of the performance, they announced that they will be holding their first concert in Taiwan titled, "TOUR 2012 ‘M&W’ extra" on November 17th. It will be held at ATT Show Box in Taiwan after the end of their nationwide tour, "TOUR2012 ‘M&W’" in Japan, which will be starting s

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  • 'Uchuu Kyoudai' receives two awards at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

    July 29, 2012 @ 4:33 am

    Actors Oguri Shun and Okada Masaki's starring film, 'Uchuu Kyoudai', has received two awards at the '16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival'! The film won the "Best of Puchon" and "Citizen's Choice" awards respectively. This is the first Japanese film to win the "Best of Puchon" award in this festival. In Korea, since a great portion of films are based on original stories, comic-based films are considered to be weak. However,

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  • AKB48's Shinoda Mariko is sexy and alluring for 'IQUEEN'

    July 29, 2012 @ 3:00 am

    AKB48's Shinoda Mariko was chosen for the 10th volume of Plup's popular photo book series 'IQUEEN', which is being released as a normal photo book and a high resolution digital photo set. 'IQUEEN' is known for exploring the mature and alluring charms of its celebrity photo models and Shinoda's pictorial is no exception. The theme for her pictorial is "SECRET" and she's sporting various outfits from patterned stockings, over a white tank top

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – July 23rd~July 26th

    July 29, 2012 @ 12:36 am

    [caption id="attachment_256894" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – July 23rd~July 26th"][/caption] Finally a rather pleasant week for most of the dramas again and the London 2012 Olympics are starting strong with two football (soccer) matches. On Monday, 'Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan' (TBS) was able to recover by 1.5% up to an acceptable level again with 7.1%, while 'Rich Man, Poor Woman' (Fuji TV) surprised with

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