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  • NHK is accepting design ideas for Inoue Mao's 'Kohaku' costume

    November 15, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    NHK has announced that they will be collecting designs from the public for Inoue Mao's 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' costume! It's the first time in the history of the annual New Year's Eve show that NHK has opened submissions for the host's costume. Candidates may apply by mail or through the program's official website. The design must be an original that has never been published, submitted, or posted in the past. The winning design will be present

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  • mihimaru GT reveals PV preview for "One Time"

    November 15, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    mihimaru GT will soon be releasing their latest single, but December 14th is a long way off for most fans. To help with the wait, they've released  a short, 30-second preview of their PV for "One Time". "One Time" is the theme song for the upcoming movie, 'Quartet', and the PV appears to utilize some clips from the film. Check out the preview below, and stay tuned for more updates!

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  • Tokyo Jihen announces new mini-album, "color bar"

    November 15, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    Eclectic rock band Tokyo Jihen has announced that they will be releasing a new mini-album early in the new year! It's only been about six months since Tokyo Jihen released their last album, "Daihakken". In promotion of the album, the band is currently in the middle of their nationwide tour. The new mini-album will be titled "color bar", and will feature five brand new songs written by the members themselves. It is slated for release on

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  • Hirose Kohmi to release single collection album + cover album on the same day

    November 15, 2011 @ 5:37 am

    It's been announced that Hirose Kohmi will be releasing a new album "SINGLE COLLECTION" and a cover album "Love X'mas" to celebrate the 20th anniversary since her debut next year. (meaning 2012 will be the 20th anniversary)  Both albums will be released on the same day on November 23rd. The "SINGLE COLLECTION" will be consisted with 2 CDs, and it will have total 29 songs including new song that was made just for this album.  On the other h

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  • Are V6's Sakamoto Masayuki & Otsuka Chihiro dating?

    November 15, 2011 @ 4:40 am

    On November 14th, it was reported that V6 leader Sakamoto Masayuki (40) and actress Otsuka Chihiro (25) are in a relationship. According to unconfirmed sources, Sakamoto and Otsuka's relationship bloomed while they co-starred in "Zorro: The Musical" last spring. In the musical, the two played the role of lovers, and generated a buzz over their kissing scenes. Before the summer season, they were seen dining together outside of work. In res

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  • First trailer for Nishijima Hidetoshi & Moriyama Mirai's "Seiji -Riku no Sakana-" revealed

    November 15, 2011 @ 3:33 am

    It was a tough and long process for actor Iseya Yusuke to adapt Tsujiuchi Tomoki's award-winning best-seller, "Seiji", but five years after he started to write the script, the movie is finally nearing its release. "Seiji -Riku no Sakana-" ("FISH on LAND") is Iseya second work as a director and aside from writing the script, it also took him a very long time to find the perfect actors for this movie. Eventually he casted the actors Nishijim

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  • SID reveals details on their new single

    November 15, 2011 @ 2:12 am

    Previously, tokyohive reported that rock band SID would be releasing a new single in December, and now, the details have finally been revealed! The new single will be titled "Fuyu no Bench" and is scheduled to be released on December 28th. As its coupling tracks, the single will include a brand new song composed by Shinji (G) titled "Otori", and a live version of "Alibi". The single will be available in three different versions: Limited E

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  • Arashi's Ohno Satoshi to star in Fuji TV's new spring drama special

    November 15, 2011 @ 12:44 am

    On November 14th, it was announced that Arashi's Ohno Satoshi (30) would be starring in Fuji TV's new spring drama special, "Mou Yuukai nante Shinai", which will air in January 2012. Ohno will play the main character -- a freeter named "Tarui Shotaro" who can't forget his childhood dream of being a hero. He finds himself planning a fake kidnapping after he receives a request from the daughter of a boss of racketeers (played by Kitaoji Kinya).

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  • Horikita Maki kicks off filming for her morning drama

    November 14, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

    On November 14th, actress Horikita Maki kicked off filming for her NHK morning drama "Umechan Sensei" in Takahagi, Ibaraki. "Umechan Sensei" is set in Kamata, Tokyo during the time of reconstruction after the Second World War. Horikita plays the protagonist, Shimomura 'Umechan' Umeko, a cheerful and bright young doctor. They've created a large-scale open set that perfectly resembles the burned up area of Kamata after the war. Horikit

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  • BEGIN holds their 1st live concert in Brazil

    November 14, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    On November 12th, pop group BEGIN held a live concert at Anhembi Pavilion in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Approximately 6,500 people gathered to watch the band perform their first live in Brazil. They sang a total of 19 songs including "Shimanchu nu Takara" and "Nada Soso". When the members of BEGIN landed at Guarulhos International Airport, they were welcomed by 300 local people of Japanese descent singing "Shimanchu nu Takara". At the concert, the

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