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  • Suzuki Fuku to make guest appearance in new "Doraemon" movie

    January 6, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    It's been revealed that popular child actor Suzuki Fuku will be making a guest appearance in the new 'Doraemon' movie, "Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Island of Miracles ~Animal Adventure~". Suzuki, who'll play a young boy named 'Fuuku', commented, "I was surprised to hear I was going to be in a movie, but I was happy." Regarding his character, Suzuki expressed, "I was surprised because he's exactly like me. I can't wait to watch the f

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  • 'Hungry' cast reveals Mukai Osamu possesses amazing cooking skills

    January 6, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    On January 5th, a press conference for upcoming drama "Hungry!" was held, which was attended by cast members Mukai Osamu, Takimoto Miori, Kuninaka Ryoko, Inagaki Goro (SMAP), and more. 'Hungry!' follows the story of 'Yamate Eisuke' (Mukai), a sadistic French chef with a poisonous tongue who used to be a bassist, but began his culinary career in accordance with his late mother's will. 'Yamate' will face trials and tribulations as he chases

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  • Sawajiri Erika becomes Audrey Hepburn for 'sweet' magazine

    January 6, 2012 @ 5:50 am

    Actress Sawajiri Erika has channeled the classic beauty of Audrey Hepburn for the February issue of popular fashion magazine 'sweet'. Sawajiri will soon make her comeback as an actress in the BeeTV mobile drama "L et M: Watashi ga Anata wo Aisuru Riyuu, Sono Hoka no Monogatari", where  she plays the roles of two women who couldn't be any more different. Her two love interests will be played by Murakami Jun and Nakamura Aoi. Moreover, all the

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  • Matsushita Yuya to release new album + nationwide tour

    January 6, 2012 @ 3:54 am

    Matsushita Yuya has announced that he'll be releasing his new album (currently untitled) on February 22nd. The album will include Matsushita's popular songs "Bird", the ending theme for anime "Kuroshitsuji II", "Paradise", and the theme song for drama "Quartet", and "4 Seasons", the theme song for movie 'Hikaru, Sono Saki e'. It will also come with the CM song for NATURAL BEAUTY BASIC, "Naturally". To coincide the release of this album, M

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  • Hemenway reveals short PV for "By My Side"

    January 6, 2012 @ 2:17 am

    Rock band Hemenway has shared the short PV for their new single, "By My Side", via Sony Music's official YouTube channel! "By My Side" will be released on January 25th, and has already been picked up as the ending theme song for the popular anime, 'NARUTO Shippuden'. The PV for this refreshing pop tune has shots of the four members performing enthusiastically on an aircraft runway. Additionally, Hemenway will be holding their first one-

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  • Yamashita Tomohisa to sing the theme song for his upcoming drama

    January 6, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    It's been announced that Yamashita Tomohisa will sing the theme song for his upcoming drama, 'Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata~Ending Planner~', which will start airing on January 12th through TBS.  It's been about six years since Yamashita sang a theme song as a soloist after "Daite Senorita", which was the theme for the 2006 drama, 'Kurosagi'. The new song is titled "Ai, Texas", and it was written by Tica・α (a.k.a Yakushimaru Etsuko, the v

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  • Check out the audio for Dream Morning Musume's "Shining Butterfly"

    January 5, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    Last month, the ladies of Dream Morning Musume revealed the PV Preview for their upcoming single "Shining Butterfly". Although the single is scheduled for release on February 15th, the track recently played on the radio and fans were quick to capture the audio. Check out the audio for Dream Morning Musume's “Shining Butterfly“ below! Tip: Ashley

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  • AKB48 becomes the top-selling girl group in single sales

    January 5, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    With the results of the latest Oricon weekly charts, it was confirmed that popular idol group AKB48 finally managed to become the top-selling girl group in single sales with a total of 11,787,000 sold copies since their debut. AKB48 needed a total of 25 singles along with five years and eleven months since their debut in 2006 in order to overtake fellow idol group Morning Musume. The previous record held by Morning Musume was 11,774,000 so

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  • Oba Mina officially returns as the captain of AKB48's Team 4

    January 5, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    On January 4th, the AKB48 Theater in Tokyo opened its doors again after the holidays. Furthermore, it marked the official return of Oba Mina as a member of AKB48 and the captain of  Team 4. Oba had been suspended from her activities since September 2nd, after her old blog entries revealed that she had a boyfriend and had consumed alcohol. On November 12th, she appeared at a handshake event and once again apologized to the fans. She also as

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  • Japan Box Office Report – December 31st/January 01st

    January 5, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    [caption id="attachment_213745" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Yamamoto Isoroku" / "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" / "friends Mononoke Jima no Naki""][/caption] After several non-working days due to New Year's, the movie industry finally released the box office chart for the New Year's weekend. Naturally there weren't really any new box office openings, resulting in the top 10 from the previous C

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