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  • Kikkawa Yu to release 1st album in January

    December 13, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    On December 13th, Kikkawa Yu revealed that she'll be releasing her first full-length album in January 2012! Titled "One For You!", the album will be available in two versions: 'Regular' and 'Limited Edition'. The DVD in the limited edition comes with PVs like “Konna Watashi de Yokattara“ and "Hapirapi~Sunrise~", as well as making-of clips. Additionally, the limited edition will include a lottery ticket to an event. Check out the tracklist

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  • Cast of 9 members announced for AKB48's anime, 'AKB0048'

    December 13, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    Last week, we reported that 30 members from the AKB48 family passed the initial round of auditions for the upcoming anime, 'AKB0048'. Out of those 30, nine would go on to become the show's voice actresses through a public final audition. On December 13th, the 30 girls gave their all in front of a judging panel comprised of Akimoto Yasushi, Kawamori Shoji, Otsuki Toshimichi, and sound director Aketagawa Jin. Kawamori Shoji, who's famous for

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  • Nogizaka46 holds handshake event at the Tokyo Motor Show

    December 13, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    AKB48’s rival group Nogizaka46 held a handshake event on December 11th at the Tokyo Motor Show, where they shook hands with approximately 1,000 people. Eldest member Iwase Yumiko (21) commented, “We’re so happy to be able to hold an event at a venue as big as this. We’ll continue working hard in the future!!” Iwase also challenged youngest member, Hoshino Minami (13), to a race in the car game, 'Gran Turismo 5'. Iwase is a self-proclai

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  • Idoling!! to release new single, "MAMORE!!!"

    December 13, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    Idoling!! has announced that they'll be releasing a new single called "MAMORE!!!" on January 18th. Idoling!!'s 17th single will be their first without members Yazawa Erika and Fonchi, who will both graduate from the group at the end of this month. Aside from the title track, the single will contain "Sara Sara ★ Cutie Co", "Bakyun!" and an instrumental version of "MAMORE!!". "MAMORE!!" will come in 4 different versions: Limited Edition A,

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  • Do As Infinity announces new album + nationwide tour

    December 13, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    Do As Infinity has announced that they'll be releasing a new album called "TIME MACHINE" on February 29th. In conjunction with this album's release, the duo will also be embarking on a nationwide tour titled, "Do As Infinity LIVE "Right now, we are in the middle of production, so it's hard to explain the details... " the duo began before continuing, "We are working on many songs that will be perfect for our concerts, so please wait for it

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  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu holds her first live in America

    December 13, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    On December 9th, model-turned-singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu held her first live concert in the States at a Los Angeles cafe and gallery, "ROYAL/T". The concert gathered over 6,000 fans, forcing authorities to hold the event in a shift system. Kyary expressed,  "I never thought so many people overseas would be this happy. I will do my best to give the appeal of Japan!" Kyary's debut song, "PONPONPON", reached over 10 million views on YouTube,

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  • Japan Twitter Trends for November 2011!

    December 13, 2011 @ 5:44 am

    releases the top Twitter trends in Japan.  With November recently coming to an end, they’ve compiled their data and have just released their rankings for November. If you want to go back in time to compare what trended in the past, you can see October’s rankings here. Also, don't forget to check out the top Twitter Trends for 2011 here. == [Word Ranking] – [Previous Month] 1. Earthquakes - #2 2. Trains - #1 3. TPP – NEW

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  • 12012 to release a self-titled album in March

    December 13, 2011 @ 5:13 am

    Last month 12012 had a random countdown on their official page, with piqued fans interest. The countdown has finally finished on “12012 Day”, December 12th, and the group announced that they would be releasing a new album and also posted a new image. The band will be releasing a self-titled album “12012” on March 14, 2012. This will be their first release as a four member band, so people are quite curious what they will be bringing to the

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  • "OKAXILE" makes an appearance at EXILE's Tokyo Dome concert

    December 13, 2011 @ 4:05 am

    On December 11th, Okamura Takashi of comedian duo Ninety Nine made an appearance at EXILE's live concert, "EXILE LIVE TOUR 2011 TOWER OF WISH ~Negai no Tou~", at Tokyo Dome. The last time Okamura appeared on EXILE's live was back in August 2007 at Tokyo Big Sight. It's been 4 years since the return of "OKAXILE", so the crowd of 50,000 fans were at the climax of their excitement. After dancing as a part of E-Girls and EXPG Kids Dancers, Ok

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  • Koda Kumi & KENJI03 share thoughts on upcoming marriage

    December 13, 2011 @ 2:30 am

    As reported earlier today, singer Koda Kumi announced that she will be getting married to KENJI03, the vocalist and guitarist of BACK-ON. A few more details have been revealed regarding the upcoming marriage. According to a representative, Koda is not pregnant, and the couple is planning to register their marriage at the end of this month.  Both Koda and KENJI03 belong to the same agency, and grew closer when Koda and BACK-ON collaborated

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