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  • Itano Tomomi to suspend singing activities due to inflamed vocal cords

    September 5, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    AKB48's Itano Tomomi has announced that she'll be suspending her singing activities for a while. According to her agency HoriPro, Itano developed a vocal cord nodule and a minor case of Chorditis (or inflammation of the vocal cords). It will take approximately three to four weeks for a full recovery. On September 4th, Itano made an appearance at AKB48's handshake event in the Nagoya Dome. Though she didn't perform with her group mates,

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  • Horipro's "Talent Scout Caravan" is coming to L.A. this year

    July 28, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    Major talent agency 'Horipro' announced that the "36th Horipro Talent Scout Caravan" will make a stop in Los Angeles this year. The agency's scout caravan was the first step in the career for many great stars such as Fukada Kyoko, Ayase Haruka, and Ishihara Satomi. This year they're focusing on discovering many new voice-actresses and due to the basic requirements of being good enough in Japanese to have a normal conversation, regardless o

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  • Horipro holds their charity live, "Song for you"!

    July 20, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    On July 18th and 19th, talent agency Horipro held a charity live titled “Song for you” at The Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo. In front of 1,400 fans, veteran singer Wada Akiko said, “Energetic people like us will do our best to do whatever we can! The reconstruction aid will start after this. Please think of this as one big step and continue your support.” Itano Tomomi of AKB48 also chipped in, “I'll do my best to become a veteran artist like Ak

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  • Horipro to hold charity concerts in July + full line-up

    June 11, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    [caption id="attachment_159781" align="aligncenter" width="505" caption="Itano Tomomi (left) and Wada Akiko (right) are among the 10 Horipro artists that will perform at the charity live"][/caption] It's been announced that Horipro will hold charity concerts on July 18th and 19th to raise money for earthquake relief in Japan. Artists who will perform at the event include AKB48's Itano Tomomi, former AKB48 member Oshima Mai, and May'n, as we

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  • HoriPro's Kojima Ruriko is smiling for all of us in "Young Gangan"

    March 24, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

    Young talent Kojima Ruriko came out as the winner at the "34th HoriPro Talent Scout Caravan" in 2009 and has been training hard ever since. So far she has appeared in several popular variety shows and already got herself one or two commercial deals. Additionally, she played some futsal for HoriPro's women's team and even made her debut as a singer, by singing the theme song for the third season of the anime adaption of "Stitch!" last summer.

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  • HoriPro continues to use streaming sites to ask for donations

    March 21, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    One week ago, talent agency HoriPro started to use Youtube and NicoNicoDouga as a way to mentally and financially support the victims of the Great Tohoku Earthquake. At first, they started to upload short animated clips featuring well-known folktales recited by some of their talents. Shortly after that more clips of talents reciting a folktale have been uploaded to the streaming sites, even though they weren't able to produce more animated

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  • Horipro donates 57.5 million yen to disaster relief

    March 18, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    Horipro is an entertainment agency with around 270 talents under its wing. On the 17th, the agency donated 57.5 million yen (~709,205 USD) to disaster relief for Great Tohoku Earthquake. Representative Director, Yoshitaka Hori (44), stated to everyone in their agency, “After thinking about it, we’ve thought of something we can do, so let’s do it”. The agency formed a foundation titled “Ano Kane wo Narasu no wa Anata Foundation”, named

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  • HoriPro talents provide mental support for young disaster victims via YouTube

    March 16, 2011 @ 1:39 am

    HoriPro, a popular agency which hosts talents like Ishihara Satomi, Fujiwara Tatsuya and Funakoshi Eiichiro, came up with the idea of creating cute animated clips as a form of entertainment and distraction for the youngest victims of the tsunami and earthquake disasters. Each clip features one well-known Japanese folktale, as recited by one of HoriPro's many talents. They uploaded the clips onto their official YouTube channel with the hope

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  • Narimiya Hiroki to star in stage performance after four years away

    January 11, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    [caption id="attachment_118161" align="aligncenter" width="353" caption="Narimiya Hiroki Returns"][/caption] Actor Narimiya Hiroki will be making his theatrical stage appearance in July, performing for "Taiyou ni Yakarete" (Burnt By the Sun) (directed by Kuriyama Tamiya), which will be the first stage adaption in Japan. "I've been acting for eleven years, but being on stage is a necessary step for me at this point (in my career)", said Nari

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  • 23 girls from Hori Production start Twitter, including some AKB48 members

    November 13, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

    Hori Production has opened a social media portal site named, "HoriproGirls," where you can see a list of tweets by the 23 girls who belong to Hori Production. Below is the list of girls, so if you find your favorite idol, don't forget to follow them! Adachi Rika Ishida Haruka (AKB48) Itano Tomomi (AKB48) Iriki Mari Ohshima Mai Ohori Megumi (SDN48) Kasai Tomomi (AKB48) Kojima Ruriko Sato Sumire (AKB48) Sawayama Rina

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