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  • AKB48 visits Thomson Elementary School in Washington DC

    March 27, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    [caption id="attachment_229088" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="L to R: Hirata Rina, Miyazawa Sae, Takajo Aki"][/caption] On March 26th, various members of AKB48 arrived in Washington DC and paid a visit to Thomson Elementary School participating in a cultural exchange with the school children. The group is visiting to show their gratitude for all the support received after the Tohoku Earthquake. AKB48 displayed various “energetic” p

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – March 23rd~March 25th

    March 27, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    [caption id="attachment_229219" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – March 23rd~March 25th"][/caption] Not many dramas are left to report on and the few that are left aren't exactly collecting positive numbers. The last prime time drama of the winter season ended with 'Renai Neet' (TBS) on Friday. It's one of the many mediocre dramas in terms of ratings this season, which fell below the 10% mark right after it

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  • AKB48's Maeda Atsuko speaks out about her upcoming graduation

    March 27, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    After the sudden announcement of her graduation from AKB48, Maeda Atsuko took to her blog while in Hong Kong on March 27th. The blog entry was titled “Feelings” and she expressed her feelings regarding her upcoming graduation. Check out the translation of her entry below. Good morning everyone I’m in Hong Kong right now These days sure are going by fast I’ve been thinking about a lot of things and my report to all of you is comin

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  • Fujimoto Miki gives birth to a baby boy

    March 27, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    Former Morning Musume member Fujimoto Miki and comedian Shoji Tomoharu became proud parents on March 27th. Fujimoto has given birth to a healthy baby boy (3,065g or around 7 pounds) at 7:03 a.m. on March 27th and husband Shoji was there to witness the birth. Shoji was in attendance at the "Okinawa International Film Festival" in Okinawa on March 26th, and he immediately went back to Tokyo to witness the birth of his baby. He stated, "In th

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  • Oguri Shun promises to be a "devoted husband"

    March 27, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    On March 26th, actor Oguri Shun flew into Haneda Airport after filming for his movie 'Yang Guifei' in China. As it was his first appearance since getting married to Yamada Yu on March 14th, reporters were anxious to get a few words from the actor himself. Oguri appeared in a white v-neck shirt, sunglasses, and a jacket. Reporters approached him saying "Congratulations", and he simply replied, "Yes, thank you very much." Although Ogur

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  • flumpool to provide theme song for 'Mezamashi Doyoubi'

    March 27, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    flumpool's new song, "Kimi wo Tsurete", has been chosen as the theme song for Fuji Television's Saturday news program, 'Mezamashi Doyoubi'! Yuzu, BIG BANG, and Nishino Kana are among the many artists who have provided the theme songs for 'Mezamashi Doyoubi'. "Kimi wo Tsurete" will be used on the show starting in April for a period of 6 months. Vocalist Yamamura Ryuta commented, "I hope this will be a song that will help everyone spend a

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  • Nakagawa Shoko wants to lick Jackie Chan's nose?

    March 27, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    On March 26th, talent Nakagawa Shoko (26) was given the position of special supporter for the 25th anniversary of “MonPetit” cat food. She was in attendance for the brand’s press conference that day. Nakagawa is famous for being a cat lover, having a total of eight pet cats in her home. When asked who she would want to take care of her if she were a cat, Nakagawa responded, “Jackie Chan. I want to lick Jackie’s nose every morning when he

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  • Kitano Kii has no interest in dating a baseball player

    March 27, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    On March 26th, actress Kitano Kii (21) attended a PR event for the Pro-Baseball Mobile Card Game MobPro, which she is the CM character for. Kitano was asked which team she thinks is the best in Japan this season. She responded, “The Giants.” Kitano was also asked who her favorite baseball player is, to which she answered former Giants pitcher and  baseball commentator  Makihara Hiromi (48), whom she played catch with on a TV program. La

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  • Tower Records to hold their second "POP'n Idol"

    March 27, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Tower Records will be holding their second idol live event “POP’n Idol” on June 23rd at Zepp Tokyo. This event is a special campaign put on by Tower Records to have popular idols and girl groups perform. The first “POP’n Idol” took place on February 28th and featured groups like S/mileage, TOKYO GIRLS STYLE, SUPER☆GiRLS, Vanilla Beans, and LinQ. This time, Berryz Koubou, Negicco, Vanilla Beans, and Passpo☆ are expected to attend, with m

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  • Gouriki Ayame presenter for the '3rd Magazine Awards'

    March 27, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    Actress Gouriki Ayame (19) was a presenter for the '3rd Magazine Awards' on March 26th. The awards were chosen based on votes from Magazine editor-in-chiefs and bookstore employees. Gouriki commented, “I really love magazines. I want to continue appearing in fashion magazines, and I would like to produce a furisode (long-sleeved kimono) sometime in the future.” Gouriki was also asked what she thought about fellow generation member, Maeda A

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