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  • SuG's Takeru to release his 2nd novel

    July 28, 2012 @ 1:51 am

    Visual kei band SuG member Takeru will be releasing his new novel, 'Lollipop Kingdom', on July 28th. 'Lollipop Kingdom' is the sequel to Takeru's first novel, 'TRiP', and it's based on the band's 3rd album that was released back in April. The album's tracks were created with the story in mind, linking the lyrics and characters in various ways. He commented, "A perfect love story that is understood by all people is impossible. What I ult

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  • Komuro Tetsuya and Akimoto Yasushi to collaborate on a song for AKB

    July 27, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    It was reported on July 26th that musician Komuro Tetsuya (53) will write a song for AKB48 while AKB48 producer Akimoto Yasushi (56) will provide the lyrics for it. The collaboration was a result of a July 25th posting on Komuro's Google+ account that read, "Mr. Akimoto, would you like to use a song by me? Could someone please pass him the message, something along those lines?" Akimoto replied the next day on his Google+, "Mr. Tetsuya Komu

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  • Berryz Kobo and °C-ute members to star in stageplay adaptation of "Cat's Eye" manga series

    July 27, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    Popular manga series "Cat’s Eye" by Hojo Tsukasa will be adapted into a stage play.   Sudo Maasa (20) from Berryz Kobo along with Yajima Maimi (20) and Hagiwara Mai (16) from °C-ute will be taking the lead roles as a sister trio of mysterious thieves. When asked if they feel pressured from having to play characters in a famous manga series, Yajima responded, "I didn’t know of the original series. I have only heard the theme song and its ch

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  • MUSIC STATION artist line-up for August 10th

    July 27, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    The artist line-up for the upcoming episode of TV Asahi's music program, 'MUSIC STATION', has been revealed! MUSIC STATION's next episode will air on August 10th, and we will see performances by Kato Miliyah, Sonar Pocket, SMAP, and Yuzu. The full set list hasn't been released just yet, so stay tuned to tokyohive for updates! === "HEART BEAT" - Kato Miliyah Undecided - SMAP "Kimi to Miru Mirai." - Sonar Pocket "Mata Ashita" -

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  • Full trailer for Sakai Masato & Yamada Takayuki's 'Sono Yoru no Samurai' revealed

    July 27, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    On July 27th, the full trailer for the upcoming revenge drama 'Sono Yoru no Samurai' starring Sakai Masato and Yamada Takayuki was revealed on its official website. 'Sono Yoru no Samurai' is the movie adaptation of the stage play of the same name by the mega popular theater troupe 'THE SHAMPOO HAT'. The troupe member Akahori Masaaki wrote, directed, and played the starring role in this play. Akahori is also wrote the screenplay for the mov

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  • Check out the performances from July 27th's MUSIC STATION

    July 27, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    On the July 27th broadcast of Music Station, NEWS, AKB48’s Watanabe Mayu, Superfly & Tortoise Matsumoto, Nishino Kana, Hoshino Gen, Kobukuro, and Watanbe Mayu took to the stage to put on exciting performances. Check out their respective performances below! “Chankapana” – NEWS "Otona Jelly Beans" - AKB48's Watanabe Mayu “Yume no Soto e” – Hoshino Gen "YELL" - Kobukuro “STARS” – Superfly & Tortoise Matsumoto “GO F

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  • Ayaka performs in her hometown of Osaka

    July 27, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    On July 25th, singer-songwriter Ayaka held a performance from her nationwide tour, 'The beginning ~Hajimari to Toki~', at Osaka-jo Hall. Due to Grave's disease, Ayaka went on hiatus in 2009 after her stage on NHK's 'Kohaku Uta Gassen'. About 2 years later, the singer came back with a brand new album and tour. Returning to her hometown, Ayaka called out to the crowd of 12,000 people, "I'm home! I'm finally back to this place. I'm extreme

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  • SanMyu~(β), Sun Music Group's first idol group performs at charity event

    July 27, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    About 14 artists from agency Sun Music Group held a charity event in support of reconstructing regions affected by the Tohoku Earthquake. Among them was group SanMyu~(β), a newly-formed idol group with an average age of 15 years. Back in the day, Sun Music Group managed idol talents such as Sakurada Junko, Matsuda Seiko, Hayami Yuu, Nakajima Michiyo and Okada Yukiko. It’s been 21 years since Sun Music last groomed an idol, and the first t

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  • CHEMISTRY's Dochin Yoshikuni to transfer agency & label

    July 27, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    It's been announced that CHEMISTRY's Dochin Yoshikuni will be transferring agencies and record labels in preparation for his solo debut. After celebrating their 10th year anniversary back in March, the duo went on hiatus to focus on their solo careers. Just last week, it was announced that Kawabata Kaname's solo debut single, "TOKYO GIRL", will be released on October 3rd. Dochin will now belong to 'Kinoshita Management', and his record

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  • SKE48's Matsui Rena holds campaign event for DVD/Blu-ray, 'Kingyobachi'

    July 27, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    To commemorate the release of her latest DVD/Blu-ray, 'Kingyobachi', SKE48 member Matsui Rena held a campaign event on July 27th at a CD shop in Nagoya. Matsui is one of the main members of SKE48, and she also ranked 10th in AKB48's 'General Election' last month. This DVD/Blu-ray was derived from Matsui's first photo book, 'Kingyo', and it features making-of footage from the photo shoots. Matsui visited the CD shop wearing a yukata with

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