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  • DIR EN GREY to halt their activities

    February 8, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    DIR EN GREY has announced that they will be putting a halt to their activities due to the health of vocalist Kyo. tokyohive previously reported that Kyo was diagnosed with vocal cord nodule and voice disorder. As a result, the band canceled their North American tour which was scheduled for this spring. At the moment, Kyo's disorder does not pose a major obstacle to his day-to-day life. However, he must refrain from using his voice, and

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 02/01~02/07

    February 8, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    Recochoku has just updated their weekly charts for the week of February 1st to February 7th. Check out the top ranking digital singles, chaku-uta, and music videos for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta Full (Digital Single) Weekly Ranking > 01/(00) "Kimi ni Aitakatta" - Naoto Inti Raymi 02/(02) "Hajimari no Toki" - ayaka 03/(01) "sign" - JUJU 04/(03) "Sekai de Ichiban Suteki na Kimi e." - Sonar Pocket 05/(05) "Kata

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  • Sponichi reports Akanishi Jin & Kuroki Meisa getting married + 2 month pregnancy

    February 8, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    Sports Nippon is reporting that popular actress Kuroki Meisa and singer Akanishi Jin are getting married! According to the Sponichi report published on February 9th, Kuroki is in the second month of pregnancy, and they already reported this announcement to their agencies.  Currently, the internet users are all surprised at this news, however, there are no official announcements at this moment. Previously, Sponichi also reported Akanishi

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  • AKB48 reveals preview for "Sweet & Bitter"

    February 8, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    AKB48 has revealed a video digest for their new song, "Sweet & Bitter"! "Sweet & Bitter" is sung by AKB48's 'Selection 6', which is comprised of Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko, Takahashi Minami, Itano Tomomi, Shinoda Mariko, and Sashihara Rino. It can be found in the group's upcoming single, "GIVE ME FIVE!", which will be released on February 15th. Currently, this song is being used in the CM for the Valentine Fair by 'Seven & I'. Che

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  • Matsuda Shota chosen as the new CM character for 'Nacchan'

    February 8, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    It's been revealed that actor Matsuda Shota has been chosen as the new CM character for the soft drink, 'Nacchan'. Since the product was launched back in 1998, popular actresses including Tanaka Rena, Horikita Maki, and Sakuraba Minami have served as its CM characters. Matsuda, who has been watching the CM since his junior high school days, commented, "Never in my dreams did I think that I would be starring in it as an adult." He added,

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  • Tokyo Jihen to live-broadcast last concert for theatres in Japan and abroad

    February 8, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Eclectic rock band Tokyo Jihen will be disbanding after the final night of their last tour, which will take place at the Nippon Budokan on February 29th. Desiring to reach out to as many of their fans as possible, the group will broadcast their concert live through 107 movie screens all over Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Tickets can be reserved through Ticket Pia from February 11th at 11:00 a.m. until the 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Gene

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  • Maeda Atsuko makes a guest appearance in Nogizaka46's music video

    February 8, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    It's been revealed that AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko has made an appearance in the music video for Nogizaka46's "Aitakatta Kamo Shirenai". Though Maeda's cameo lasts only a few seconds, it's an encouraging acknowledgment of Nogizaka46's status as the "official rival" group of AKB48. "Aitakatta Kamo Shirenai" is one of the follow-up songs in Nogizaka46's debut single, "Guru Guru Curtain". Though the song has a different melody, it recycles the

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  • Oikawa Mitsuhiro to graduate from "Aibou" after Season 10

    February 8, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    [caption id="attachment_219600" align="aligncenter" width="317" caption="Left: Mizutani Yutaka, Right: Oikawa Mitsuhiro"][/caption] It's been announced that actor Oikawa Mitsuhiro will graduate from TV asahi's popular drama series, 'Aibou', after season 10 concludes in March. 'Aibou' is a detective series that began in 2000, centering around a genius inspector named "Sugishita Ukyo' (played by Mizutani Yutaka), who belongs to the "special m

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  • Oricon reveals weekly charts for February 13th

    February 8, 2012 @ 6:24 am

    Below are the Oricon's latest weekly charts for the week of February 13th. ----- <Single Weekly Ranking> 1. "Where you are" - CNBLUE : 2/1 (60,398) 2. "Naisho no Hanashi" - ClariS : 2/1 (34,706) 3. "Kataomoi Finally" - SKE48 : 1/25 (32,671) 4. "Hitotsu" - Nagabuchi Tsuyoshi : 2/1 (26,126) 5. "Mujin Eki" - Iwasa Misaki : 2/1 (23,773) (Check the full ranking here.) - <Album Weekly Ranking> 1. "Th

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  • Japan Box Office Report – February 4th/5th

    February 8, 2012 @ 3:58 am

    [caption id="attachment_219589" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Kirin no Tsubasa" / "Always: Sunset on Third Street 3" / "Nihon Rettou""][/caption] In this week's Japan Box Office Report, "ALWAYS 3" comes out on top for the third consecutive weekend, while the documentary "Nihon Rettou" and the American film "Tower Heist" fight for the third place. The top remains unchallenged thanks to the very slowl

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