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  • Recap of a-nation musicweek's 'Asia progress F' concert

    August 13, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    On August 10th, AKB48 performed at a-nation musicweek’s live “Asia Progress F” concert which took place at the Yoyogi National Studium First Gymnasium in Tokyo. AKB48 pushed the tension in the performance space to the max as they successively performed “Heavy Rotation,” “Ponytail to Shushu,” and “Aitakatta.”  Afterwards, the group’s sub-units and soloists performed their songs.  During the latter half, the group came together as one again

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  • Cast of 'Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo' receive a standing ovation

    August 13, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    [caption id="attachment_259922" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Hashimoto Ai overwhelmed by the standing ovation and praise."][/caption] On August 11th, the opening day of the youth drama 'Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo' - starring Kamiki Ryunosuke and Hashimoto Ai - was commemorated with an obligatory stage greeting in Tokyo. The stage greetings took place after the screening and the cast received a standing ovation from the audie

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  • Ono Erena to release her 2nd single + DVD & Blu-ray

    August 13, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    Ono Erena will be releasing her 2nd single, "Erenyan", on October 3rd. Just like her debut single "Erepyon", the lyrics for "Erenyan" will be written by Ono herself. The track list and other details haven't been revealed at this time, but it's known that it will be released in 5 different versions. Additionally, Ono will be releasing a DVD titled "Erepyon the movie" on August 29th. This will trace Ono's path to her debut with footage fr

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  • More details about Narimiya Hiroki's character in 'Aibou season 11' revealed

    August 13, 2012 @ 6:54 am

    In April it was announced that Narimiya Hiroki is going to become the new and third partner of Mizutani Yutaka in the upcoming eleventh season of the popular crime drama series 'Aibou'. Today they finally revealed the name and more details about his character. The new partner for inspector 'Sugishita Ukyo' (Mizutani) is called 'Kai Toru' (Narimiya) and he's an ambitious policeman who gradually climbed up the career ladder until becoming a

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  • Kis-My-Ft2 reveals full PVs for "WANNA BEEEE!!!" and "Shake It Up"

    August 13, 2012 @ 5:44 am

    Johnny's group Kis-My-Ft2 has revealed the full PVs for their double A-side single titled "WANNA BEEEE!!!/Shake It Up", which is set for an August 15th release. As previously reported the first song “WANNA BEEEE!!!” will be the theme song to TBS drama “Beginners!” and the second song is the new opening theme song to drama “Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou“. Check out both PVs below!! Tip: Nee Jyanpu

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  • '24 Hour Television' T-shirt designed by Nara Yoshitomo & Arashi's Ohno Satoshi has almost 600,000 sales in 1.5 months

    August 13, 2012 @ 4:41 am

    As announced previously, the design for the charity T-shirts of this year’s '24 Hour Television' was completed jointly by Arashi’s Ohno Satoshi and modern artist Nara Yoshitomo. In 1.5 months, sales of the T-shirts have reached 596,203 (as of August 9th). This surpasses the 458,306 shirts sold in 2008, and currently holds the record for most number of '24 Hour TV' T-shirts sold. With sales averaging at about 2000 daily, it is expected that sa

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  • SKE48 performs their new single "Kiss Datte Hidarikiki" for the first time

    August 13, 2012 @ 12:33 am

    On August 12, idol group SKE48 held a handshake event for their 9th single, "Aishiteraburu!", at Pacifico Yokohama. During this event, the girls performed their new single, "Kiss Datte Hidarikiki" (September 19th release), for the very first time. Towards the end of the song, members Matsui Jurina and Matsui Rena showed a surprise "kiss performance" which excited the fans. Rena turned bright red as she said, "We were unexpectedly close...

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  • Actress Mizuno Kumi appears at commemorative event for her book

    August 12, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    On August 11, actress Mizuno Kumi (75) and movie critic Higuchi Naofumi (50) appeared at a commemorative sales event at the Ginza Cinepathos in Tokyo for their co-authored book “Joyuu Mizuno Kumi~Kaijuu・Action・Melodrama no Yousei~” (2940 yen at Yosensha.)  The book reveals in its frankness precious photos of Mizuno, details about her upbringing, and problems in her personal life between her and her mother in law.  She stated, “I want readers

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  • Actress Kikuchi Momoko talks about her guest lecturer position on live broadcast

    August 12, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    On August 11, actress Kikuchi Momoko (44) completed a live public broadcast of her culture program “Kikuchi Momoko no Lion Music Saturday” (Saturdays at 10 AM JST) at the Tokyo SkytreeTown Studio in Oshiage, Tokyo. Momoko smiled and waved to listeners as she commented on becoming a guest lecturer at the college she graduated from, stating, “As people from my generation have also gathered, it feels like a class reunion.  I am happy.” On A

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  • Actor Yamada Takayuki and AKB48's Oshima Yuko appear on talk show promoting 'Yamikin Ushijima-kun'

    August 12, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    On August 11, actor Yamada Takayuki (28) and AKB48’s Oshima Yuko (23) appeared on a talk show for the movie “Yamikin Ushijima-kun” (directed by Yamaguchi Masatoshi, opens on August 25th) at the [email protected] Roppongi in Tokyo. At the early screening targeted at high school students, Yamada, who plays the legendary heartless loan shark Ushijima, said to the audience, “I don't want you guys to set money as your ultimate goal .” Oshima, who pl

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