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  • Downtown's Hamada Masatoshi diagnosed with the flu

    January 15, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    On January 15th, Yoshimoto Creative Agency announced that Hamada Masatoshi from comedian duo Downtown has been diagnosed with influenza A after undergoing a medical examination at the hospital in Tokyo. According to the agency, Hamada started having a high fever since the early morning of the 15th, and the doctor gave a diagnosis that he needs to receive medical treatment at home for 5 days. Reportedly, Downtown's appearances will be handle

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 01/02~01/08

    January 10, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    Recochoku has just updated their weekly charts for the week of January 2nd to January 8th. Check out the top ranking digital singles, chaku-uta, music videos, and theme songs for this week below! - < Digital Single - Weekly Ranking > 01 - "Memeshikute" - Golden Bomber 02 - "Hanabi" - Sandaime J Soul Brothers 03 - "Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo" - Momoiro Clover Z 04 - "Koishikute" - Koda Kumi 05 - "Call Me

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  • Recochoku's weekly download charts for 12/26~01/01

    January 3, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    Recochoku has just updated their weekly charts for the week of December 26th to January 1st. Check out the top ranking digital singles, chaku-uta, music videos, and theme songs for this week below! - < Chaku-Uta Full - Weekly Ranking > 01/(05) "Memeshikute" - Golden Bomber 02/(02) "Koishikute" - Koda Kumi 03/(07) "Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo" - Momoiro Clover Z 04/(20) "Hanabi" - Sandaime J Soul Brothers

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  • "HEY! HEY! HEY!" ends its 18 years of history

    December 18, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    On December 17th, Fuji TV's music program "HEY! HEY! HEY!" on which the comedian duo Downtown served as the host, live broadcast their final episode with the title "Konna ni Waraeta Ongaku Bangumi wa Nakatta ze! Saigo no HEY! HEY! HEY! MUSIC CHAMP", and it was revealed the average audience rating reached 14.3% (in Kanto region according to Video Research). The music program started back in 1994, and aired a total of 745 episodes. For th

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  • 'Gaki no Tsukai' cast members hold press conference for their year-end "no-laughing" program

    November 29, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    On November 28th, comedian duos Downtown and Cocorico, and comedian Yamasaki Hosei held a press conference for their year-end "no-laughing" program, 'Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahen de!! Oomisoka Toshikoshi Special!! Zettai ni Waratte wa Ikenai Nekketsu Kyoushi 24 Jikan!". The year-end 'Gaki no Tsukai' series will be entering their 7th year. In the program, Downtown and other celebrities must go through a series of ridiculous situations without l

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  • 'HEY! HEY! HEY!' to end after 18 years

    September 18, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    Fuji TV announced that popular music program “HEY! HEY! HEY!”, which is hosted by comedic duo Downtown, will be having its final show by the end of this year. The program first aired in October 1994 and has had an average rating of 13.9% since then. During those 18 years, the show has gained popularity and has accomplished its goal as a long-running program. Fuji TV will be reorganizing their programs in October and plans to finish the sho

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  • 514 entertainers celebrate the 100th anniversary of Yoshimoto Kogyo

    April 9, 2012 @ 4:56 am

    On April 8th, the Japanese entertainment conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo, which employs and produces almost all of Japan's comedians, celebrated its 100th anniversary with a special comedy performance titled "Densetsu no Ichinichi" at the prestigious Namba Grand Kagetsu theatre in Osaka and all other Yoshimoto theaters across the nations simultaneously. The Namba Grand Kagetsu (NGK) just went through a major overhaul for this special annivers

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  • Downtown holds press conference for year-end "No Laughing" show

    December 1, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    On November 30th, comedians Downtown held a press conference for their year-end "no-laughing" show, "Downtown no Gaki no Tsukaiya Arahende!! No Laughing Airport 24 Hours!". This will be the 6th time that the "No-laughing series" will air as a New Year's Eve special. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show, Downtown and other celebrities must survive a series of ridiculous situations designated to make them laugh. If they laugh, t

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  • Downtown to act out a skit together for the first time in 10 years

    October 3, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Downtown's Matsumoto Hitoshi will be reuniting with his comedy partner, Hamada Masatoshi, for his new regular skit show on NHK called "Matsumoto Hitoshi no Conte MHK". The two of them haven't been together on a skit show for more than 10 years, and they've never performed any skits on NHK before. Producer Matsui Shuhei assured fans that they'll be rolling on the floor with laughter over Downtown's hilarious act. "There is no way you are

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  • Columbia Pictures to remake Downtown's Matsumoto Hitoshi's "Dai Nipponjin"

    June 6, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    It's recently been announced that "Dai Nipponjin (Big Man Japan)", Downtown's Matsumoto Hitoshi's debut movie as a director, will get a remake by Columbia Pictures. The producer of the remake version will be Neal H. Moritz who is the founder of Original Film, and has produced many Hollywood movies, while the screenplay will be written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. "Dai Nipponjin" was released in Japan in 2007, and brought in about abou

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