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  • KARA adds two more concert dates to the Japanese leg of their 1st Asian tour 'KARASIA'

    March 26, 2012 @ 5:06 am

    via allkpop: After completely selling out their first Japanese tour, KARA has gone ahead to fulfill the requests of fans by adding two more tour dates! Starting April 14th, the girls were originally scheduled to tour Japanese cities: Yokohama, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo for a total of 10 performances. Tickets were sold out the minute they went on sale. Due to the influx of fan requests asking for more seats, KARA has decided to add

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  • Oricon reveals the "2012 Sakura Song Ranking"

    March 26, 2012 @ 4:35 am

    With spring starting and graduations taking place throughout Japan, it was only a matter of time before Oricon released their “2012 Sakura Song Ranking”. 500 men and women in their teens and 20s were asked which ‘sakura song’ was their favorite. The survey was taken from March 8th to March 13th. Check out the results below! [2012 Sakura Song Ranking] 1. Sakura (vocal only) / Moriyama Naotaro 2. Sakura / KETSUMEISHI 3. Sakura / Ko

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  • Ito Yuko gives birth to her first child

    March 26, 2012 @ 3:26 am

    It's been reported that actress Ito Yuko (37) has given birth to her first child! According to the announcement, Ito gave birth to a healthy baby girl weighing at 2580 grams (5lbs 11oz) on March 25th. The following day, Ito reported through her official blog, "I will never forget the touch and sensation I felt when I first held our long-awaited child. I'm really full of happiness." The actress also commented on her first experience as a

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  • Ashida Mana to make her modeling debut

    March 26, 2012 @ 2:08 am

    Popular child actress Ashida Mana will be making her model debut in "VOGUE Angels". "VOGUE Angels" is a magazine aimed at kids fashion. It will be enclosed in the May issue of "VOGUE JAPAN". Ashida is Japan's first child actress to be featured on the cover of the magazine. The photos follow a story of "a princess who sets off on a journey with a polar bear".  Ashida was instantly overjoyed when introduced to her 'co-star', a giant polar

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  • AKB48 will conduct next general election in June

    March 26, 2012 @ 12:28 am

    AKB48’s “4th General Election” will be held on June 6th at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. The election was announced on March 25th at AKB48’s concert at Saitama Super Arena. This election will allow fans to vote for the senbatsu members in AKB48’s 27th single. This will be the 4th consecutive election since 2009. This time AKB48 and their sister groups SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48 will be included, making it a total of 243 girls you can vote for

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  • MIYAVI to open for Lenny Kravitz in April

    March 25, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    It has been 14 years since Lenny Kravitz has had a solo performance in Japan. Starting in April Kravitz  will start his Japan tour “LENNY KRAVITZ – BLACK AND WHITE JAPAN TOUR 2012”. Among those performances, MIYAVI was chosen to be the opening act for Kravtiz’s April 6th performance in Tokyo. The Lenny Kravitz and MIYAVI combination is expected to be great. [LENNY KRAVITZ – BLACK AND WHITE JAPAN TOUR 2012] April 4th – Tokyo Dome City H

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  • SMAP to release theme song for "Umechan Sensei"

    March 25, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    It's been revealed that SMAP will be releasing their new single, "Sakasama no Sora", on April 25th! As previously reported, the title track will be used as the theme song for the upcoming NHK morning drama, "Umechan Sensei", starring actress Horikita Maki. "Sakasama no Sora" marks SMAP's first theme song for a morning drama series. It was written by Asou Tetsuro, composed and arranged by Kanno Yoko. The single will contain a new song cal

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  • Check out the preview to AKB48's anime "AKB0048"

    March 25, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    Now that the cast and plot of the new AKB48 anime 'AKB0048' has been revealed, it was only a matter of time before the first preview was released. The preview takes us to a land where idols are banned and the reincarnated idol group AKB0048 rises up as illegal idols as they take on the light and spirit of the legendary AKB48. The girls of AKB0048 are labeled as “terrorists” and attacked, but they fight back in order to protect their stage, f

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  • Akanishi Jin's Japan tour canceled as penalty for recent marriage

    March 25, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    On March 24th, it was revealed that Johnny's Entertainment has canceled Akanishi Jin's upcoming Japan tour. Akanishi, who married actress Kuroki Meisa last month, was scheduled to hold 7 concerts in 5 cities from April to May. During an interview with Sankei Sports, the agency explained that this is a penalty due to the fact that Akanishi has "deviated from the rules of etiquette as an adult member of society." Their marriage announcem

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – March 19th~March 22nd

    March 25, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    [caption id="attachment_228491" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – March 19th~March 22nd"][/caption] The winter season is gradually coming to an end with most prime time dramas airing their final episodes this week. The two Monday dramas 'Stepfather Step' (TBS) and 'Lucky Seven' (Fuji TV) were the first to say goodbye to their viewers. The former wasn't able to end with a strong finale due to the more popula

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