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  • Famed scriptwriter Ichikawa Shinichi passes away

    December 11, 2011 @ 12:43 am

    It was just announced that famed scriptwriter Ichikawa Shinichi unfortunately passed away on Saturday morning due to lung cancer. He was 70 years old. Ichikawa had penned several masterpieces in his career and just received the Order of the Rising Sun for his lifework last month. The seriousness of his condition became evident, when he had to cancel a press interview prior to receiving the honorable order at the end of October due to hi

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  • Goriki Ayame to star in a new drama series

    December 10, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    It's been announced that actress Goriki Ayame (19) will star in a new drama series "Teen Court ~10-dai Saiban~" which will start airing on January 10th through NTV. The drama is set at "teen court" where teenagers judge the juveniles who have committed a delinquent act.  Though there is no actual such system in Japan, it's a real judicial system that has precedent in the United States and are authorized by law in many states in America. Teena

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  • AKB48 celebrates their 6th year at the AKB48 theater

    December 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    On December 8th, AKB48 held a performance at their theater in Akihabara in commemoration of their 6th anniversary. The first generation members (later known as Team A) started off on that same stage as AKB48 on December 8, 2005. With 6 years passing, Team A, Team K, Team B, Team 4, and the research students all stood on stage and performed; totaling around 70 people. This performance was also the debut of the 13th generation research stude

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  • Documentary featuring Yamashita Tomohisa's solitary journey on US Route 66 to air soon

    December 10, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    It's been announced that documentary program "YAMASHITA TOMOHISA・ROUTE 66・Tatta Hitori no America" will start airing on NTV on January 2nd 2012 (every Monday from 1:29 ~ 1:59 am *only the first episode will be aired on 1:59 ~ 2:29 am).  The documentary program will feature Yamashita Tomohisa's solitary journey in America, and approach Yamashita's growth as a man. With his partner, a 1985 Chevrolet C20, Yamashita drives between Chicago to S

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – December 5th~8th

    December 10, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

    [caption id="attachment_209129" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – December 5th~8th"][/caption] This week's first of two Drama Prime Time Reports offers a difficult Wednesday, with the '2011 FNS Music Festival' (Fuji TV) snatching away viewers from all other programs, including the über-popular 'Kaseifu no Mita' (NTV). Monday began with various specials like 'Nep League' (Fuji TV), 'Otameshika! & Qsama!!

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  • KAT-TUN to release a new album "CHAIN" in February

    December 10, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    It's been announced that KAT-TUN's new album titled "CHAIN" is set to be released on February 22nd 2012!  According to the Johnny's website, there will be limited edition and regular edition for the album, and the limited edition will include a DVD that contains a video clip of the lead track. This album will have total 17 tracks, including "CHANGE UR WORLD", ULTIMATE WHEELS", "WHITE", RUN FOR YOU", and "BIRTH." More details on the albu

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  • Becky participates in Jetstar Japan recruiting event

    December 10, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    On December 8th, talento Becky (27) participated in a cabin crew recruiting event for Jetstar Japan airlines, which will begin flights next year. As the spokesperson for Jetstar Japan, she called for all jobseekers and said, “We wish to have a cabin crew who are bright and healthy, and who are great conversationalists even after flying for long periods of time.” The company is recruiting both men and women above the age of 20, and plans

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  • 'Music Station' performances from December 9th

    December 10, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    On December 9th's episode of 'Music Station', six artists came by the studio to perform their latest hits. Soloist BoA sang her new ballad "Milestone", and  idol group AKB48 performed "Ue Kara Mariko". The show also held stages by Kis-My-Ft2, SMAP, Takei Emi and flumpool. Check out their videos below! === < AKB48 - "Ue Kara Mariko" > - < BoA - "Milestone" > - < Kis-My-Ft2 - "We never give up!" >

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  • 'Deka Wanko' to return as special drama in January

    December 10, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    The detective with a 'nose' for crime is back! It's been announced that actress Tabe Mikako has reprised her role as 'Hanamori Ichiko' for the upcoming 'Deka Wanko' special drama. Titled 'Deka Wanko New Year's Special', the special drama will take place in both Paris and the Edo period. Tabe remarked, "Edo, Paris, and love! There are many elements that will be packed in many places, so I think it'll be enjoyable. I also think the dialogue

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  • AKB48's Ota Aika & Hirajima Natsumi to star in their first movie

    December 10, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    It's been announced that AKB48 members Ota Aika and Hirajima Natsumi will be starring in the upcoming film, 'X Game 2'. "X Game 2" is based on a novel by Yamada Yusuke, and is the sequel to horror suspense movie, 'X Game'. The first film was released back in 2010, and starred AKB48's Kikuchi Ayaka and Nakagawa Haruka. The storyline for its sequel will focus on characters who had been bullied at a young age. As they grow older, they seek re

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