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  • SKE48's Ono Haruka to graduate from group

    March 5, 2012 @ 4:54 am

    SKE48 member Ono Haruka has announced that she will be graduating from the group in late-March. This sudden announcement was made on March 4th during the finale of Team S' performance, "Seifuku no Me". The 24 year old Ono shared that she had been thinking about graduating for 1 or 2 years. Although she didn't reveal the reasons for graduating, she explained that this is a very positive decision she made for herself. Ono joined SKE48 in

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  • Kanjani8's "Eight Ranger" to be released as a movie

    March 5, 2012 @ 4:00 am

    On March 4th, it was announced that "Eight Ranger" which is a Sentai parody corner performed at Kanjani8's concerts, will be released as a movie.  This will be the first starring movie for Kanjani8 as a group The 7 members become heroes fighting against evils in apocalyptic 2035 Japan. The title will be simply "Eight Ranger". It will be directed by Tsutsumi Yukihiko ("20th Century Boys" and "Trick"). Kanjani8 member Yokoyama Yu, who original

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  • Check out this week's performances on MUSIC JAPAN

    March 5, 2012 @ 1:32 am

    NHK's music program MUSIC JAPAN aired their episode for March 4th with five groups of artists. Check out the performances from the show below! (We are missing HY's performance, but it will be added when we find it.) ----- DiVA - "Lost the way" SDN48 - "Makeoshimi Congratulation" D☆DATE - "JOKER" JIN AKANISHI - "Sun Burns Down"

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  • "Shiawase no Pan" holds free screening in Tohoku

    March 4, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    On March 3rd, the heartwarming movie "Shiawase no Pan", starring Harada Tomoyo and Oizumi Yo, held a free screening and handshake event in the area struck by the Great Tohoku Earthquake one year ago. The 'Ganbare Tohoku! Tohoku Support Project' with the free screening was organized in order to give back some warmth to the people who are still suffering from the great earthquake. Many people took the opportunity to watch the movie. One o

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  • HKT48 introduces the members of 'Team H'

    March 4, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

    AKB48's Fukuoka-based sister group HKT48 held a press conference at HKT48 Theater on March 4th, where they introduced the members of 'Team H'. The 16 members of 'Team H' are Anai Chihiro (Captain), Ueki Nao, Kumazawa Serina, Kodama Haruka (Center), Komori Yui, Shimono Yuki, Sugamoto Yuko, Tanaka Natsumi, Taniguchi Airi, Nakanishi Chiyori, Matsuoka Natsumi, Miyawaki Sakura, Murashige Anna, Motomura Aoi, Moriyasu Madoka, and Wakatabe Haruka.

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  • Sorimachi Takashi to star in Matsumoto Seicho's short 'Shicho Shisu'

    March 4, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    Fuji TV announced that they are going to air special drama called 'Shicho Shisu', starring actor Sorimachi Takashi. 'Shicho Shisu' is a short story from Matsumoto Seicho's compilation, 'Seishun no Hoko - Matsumoto Seicho Tanpen Zenshu'. Sorimachi plays 'Kasagi Kozo', a popular florist and member of the city council, whose uncle, the mayor of the city, suddenly disappears on duty and several days later is found dead in a hot spring. Know

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  • Upcoming movie 'Thermae Romae' reveals full trailer

    March 4, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    A few days ago, the first full trailer for the upcoming movie 'Thermae Romae' was released on its official website. The movie depicts the story of Lucius (Abe Hiroshi), a bath design engineer who slips through time between Ancient Rome and modern Japan. It's a comical portrayal of Lucius' first experiences with the modern Japan bathing cultures and his struggles to introduce some of those habits in the Ancient Rome. Aside from Abe H

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  • Noto Mamiko, Ueda Kana & Shiraishi Ryoko join "AKB0048" voice cast

    March 4, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    AKB48's upcoming anime, "AKB0048", has announced the names of three more voice actress who will be providing their voices for the 'succession members'! Last month, it was revealed that Tamura Yukari will voice 'Mayuyu', Horie Yui will play 'Yukirin', and Kanda Akemi will take on the role of 'Yuko'. Additionally, nine members of the AKB family will provide their voices for the main characters in the anime. Noto Mamiko will play 'Koji

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  • 27,000 women gather at Yokohama Arena for 'The 14th Tokyo Girls Collection'

    March 4, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    On March 3rd, "The 14th Tokyo Girls Collection (TGC) 2012 SPRING/SUMMER" was held at Yokohama Arena. TGC was first established in August of 2008 to 'bring Japanese real clothes into the world'. Held twice a year, the event features fashion, beauty, music, and entertainment that conveys the current era. An unique feature of this event is that the audience can immediately purchase the outfits that are worn by the models on the runway. Since

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  • Visual-kei band Raphael to make a comeback after 11 years?

    March 4, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    Visual-kei band Raphael is up to something after being on hiatus since 2001. In mid-February, the band launched their official website with a countdown timer. The countdown timer is set to reach '0' on April 7th. Raphael originally formed in 1997 with vocalist YUKI, guitarist Kazuki, bassist YUKITO, and drummer HIRO. They accomplished their first one-man live in April of 1998, and made their major debut in July of 1999 with the single, "

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