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  • Perfume releases new augmented reality app

    December 21, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    Perfume has announced through their official website that a new Perfume app -- titled "PerfumeAR" -- is now available for both iPhone and Android devices! According to the update, the app will help promote the trio's upcoming tour, "Kirin Chu-Hi Hyouketsu Presents Perfume 3rd Tour 'JPN'", as well as give exclusive access to tour goods and the tour website, which will open on December 23rd. By focusing your camera on AR markers published on

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  • Stereopony to release their first music video collections

    December 21, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    Girl band Stereopony has revealed through their official website that they'll be releasing two music video collections in 2012! The first of these DVDs is titled "STEREOPONY to Moushimasu ~Miseinen Hen~", and will be released on January 25th. This DVD will feature music videos from their earlier days, such as "Hitohira no Hanabira", "Namida no Mukou", "I do it", "Seishun ni Sono Namida ga Hitsuyou da!", "Smilife", and "OVER THE BORDER", as w

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  • Ashida Mana brings out her 'grown-up charm' in Sogou Seibu CM

    December 21, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    Popular child actress Ashida Mana will be appearing in Sogou Seibu's new CMs for its latest winter wear. In the CM, the adorable child star will show off her "adult fashion" in a trench coat, leather boots, and leather gloves, all while driving through a forest far removed from a busy metropolis. Using the phrase, "Days off are happiness", Ashida aims to capture viewers' hearts with the 'grown-up version' of her signature smile. Using mon

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  • Preview of Ishihara Satomi's first mobile drama revealed!

    December 21, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    On December 19th, BeeTV released a preview of Ishihara Satomi's first mobile drama "Kare wa, Imouto no Koibito". In this drama, Ishihara plays the role of 'Miyuki', a clumsy young woman who has difficulty in being honest with herself. She's also extremely timid, especially when it comes to love. Her younger sister, played by Morning Musume's Michishige Sayumi, is far more proactive than her older counterpart and often takes advantage of he

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  • Nogizaka46 holds a special event in Ginza to promote their CD debut

    December 21, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    On December 21st, AKB48’s official rival group Nogizaka46 attended the ‘Nogizaka46 Christmas Special Walk’  at the Sony Building in Ginza, Tokyo, where they officially announced the date of their CD debut. One of the 16 Senbatsu members, Sakurai Reika (17), expressed her enthusiasm with, “We are all giving our all for our debut in our lessons, so everyone please look forward to it!” On this day, the members of the idol group held a han

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  • Hamasaki Ayumi to sing the theme song for "Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi"

    December 21, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    It's been revealed that Hamasaki Ayumi will be singing the theme song for the upcoming drama, "Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi". Set in Kamakura, the drama follows actors Koizumi Kyoko and Nakai Kiichi, who play out an adult love story. Hamasaki, who agreed to take part in the OST after reading the script, commented, "I wrote a song that will bring warm feelings to anyone who listens to it." Her song, "how beautiful you are", is a medium-temp

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  • Lady Gaga arrives in Japan to prepare for 'Music Station SUPER LIVE 2011'

    December 21, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    On December 20th, world star Lady Gaga (25) strode through the arrival gates at Narita Airport in her fifth visit to Japan. She made quite the dramatic entrance dressed in all black from head to toe. As 500 fans rushed to get her autograph, she gave a short fan service by blowing kisses at the crowd and said, “Everyone, thank you! I came back to Japan just as promised.” Lady Gaga will be performing in the ‘Music Station SUPER LIVE 2011

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  • ZONE announces they'll continue band activities next year

    December 21, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    Girl band ZONE performed at the charity live, "Ganbare!! Tohoku Charity LIVE ~SUPER GIRLS BAND 'MESSAGE'~" on December 20th, where they announced that they'll continue as a group next year. Member MIYU explained, "We visited the disaster-stricken areas a number of times, and realized that it would take more time for recovery. Thus, we decided to continue our activities next year." ZONE disbanded on April 1st, 2005 after their final perf

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  • Japan Box Office Report – December 17th/18th

    December 21, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    [caption id="attachment_211494" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider" / "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" / "Kaibutsu-kun""][/caption] This weekend, "Mission: Impossible" enjoyed a very nice start, while the Japanese 3D CG anime "friends Mononoke Jima no Naki" secured a place in the top four. As expected, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" took over the Japanese weekend b

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  • AKB48 holds their own 'Kohaku' competition

    December 21, 2011 @ 6:15 am

    On December 20th, popular idol group AKB48 and their sister groups held their own "AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen" competition at the Tokyo Dome City Hall. With Team A captain Takahashi Minami serving as the leader of the red team and Team K member Oshima Yuko as the leader of the white team, 139 members of the AKB48 family participated in their own 'Kohaku' just 11 days before the official event, giving the girls an opportunity to spark the

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