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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 04/19~04/21

    April 23, 2013 @ 3:50 am

    [caption id="attachment_295063" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'Sora Tobu Kouhoushitsu' (TBS)"][/caption] The first episode of the Friday drama 'TAKE FIVE' (TBS) was the only spring premiere over the weekend. The thief drama starring Karasawa Toshiaki recorded an unspectacular rating of 12.3%, although it's not exactly a bad rating for this drama time slot at 10:00 pm. The rest of the weekend dramas experienced a disillusi

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  • Karasawa Toshiaki to star as a legendary thief in new TBS drama 'TAKE FIVE'

    February 7, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

    On February 8th, it was announced that actor Karasawa Toshiaki will be starring in the upcoming TBS spring drama 'TAKE FIVE', which the Japanese media has already dubbed as the Japanese version of 'Ocean's Eleven'. 'TAKE FIVE' follows a group of five individuals from different backgrounds, age groups, and occupation who work together as thieves in order to steal money from all types of rich scoundrels. The drama is said to feature an enter

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 01/25~01/27

    January 30, 2013 @ 4:56 am

    [caption id="attachment_287680" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 01/25~01/27"][/caption] The ratings for Friday and the weekend have been released. 'Yakou Kanransha' (TBS) and 'Karamazov no Kyodai' (Fuji TV) were among the winners of the last three days. They haven't only gained viewers compared to last week, but also improved their average ratings. 'dinner' (Fuji TV) was able to improve its season a

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – June 29th~July 5th

    July 6, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    [caption id="attachment_251402" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – June 29th~July 5th"][/caption] The summer season is here and eight new dramas already tried to brighten up the rainy season over the last six days. Last week on Friday and Saturday, the new season didn't yet arrive, but a couple of night dramas from the spring season had yet to air their final episodes. On Friday they were 'Clover' (TV Tokyo)

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  • 11 short stories by Higashino Keigo to be adapted into a drama

    May 17, 2012 @ 12:48 am

    On May 14th, Fuji TV announced that they will be adapting 11 of Higashino Keigo's best short stories into one omnibus drama called 'Mokuyo Gekijo - Higashino Keigo Mysteries'. The drama will be comprised of 11 episodes, featuring 11 different stories and starring 11 different actors. Of course the name Higashino stands for amazing mystery novels, but it's his varied use of different atmospheres from serious to comedic to eerie that make ea

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  • Ueto is the real CM Queen of 2011

    February 18, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    On February 17th, Video Research Ltd. released various statistics about the usage of commercials in 2011. As usual, they concentrated their analysis on the three main regions of Japan (Kanto, Kansai, and Nagoya) and the five main commercial networks. The results show that the amount of commercials slightly decreased in Kanto and Kansai, while in Nagoya the amount slightly increased. Moreover they recorded a sharp increase of commercials c

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  • WOWOW releases trailer for joint Asian drama, 'Strangers 6'

    January 22, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    WOWOW recently updated the official site of the upcoming action-suspense drama, 'Strangers 6', with a new teaser! 'Strangers 6' is a joint production between Japan, South Korea, and China. It aims to reach new heights in terms of pace and sheer scale for a TV drama, by utilizing production skills and acting prowess from all three countries. WOWOW will broadcast the drama in Japan, and aside from South Korea and China, 'Strangers 6' will also

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  • Fukatsu Eri & Nishida Toshiyuki to sing the theme song for their upcoming movie, "Suteki na Kanashibari"

    July 15, 2011 @ 2:54 am

    A rather unique duo was formed in the music industry today, as actress Fukatsu Eri and actor Nishida Toshiyuki announced that they would be singing the theme song for their upcoming movie, "Suteki na Kanashibari". Directed by Mitani Koki, the movie has been in the works for over 10 years; it's said to have an impressive ensemble of well-known actors and actresses, not counting the various cameo appearances by even more established actors.

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  • Which male celebrities would look best in a casual business suit?

    July 9, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    On July 9th, Labor Administration Research group, jin-jour, asked a group of business men and women from the ages of 20 to 50 years old on which male celebrities would look best in casual business attire, also known as ‘cool biz’. ‘Cool biz’ is the modern style of wearing a business suit without the tie. The Japanese proverb of, “Even in the summer, it is natural to wear a suit and a necktie”, is now less prominent within Japanese business

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  • First promo pictures of Karasawa Toshiaki in action-packed drama "Strangers 6"

    July 3, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    After a three-month long delay due to the Tohoku earthquake, the filming for the international drama "Strangers 6" finally started at the end of June. "Strangers 6" is set in the fictional Chinese city of 'Haiwan' where companies from South Korea, Japan, and China are able to work together without any national boundaries. However, a huge earthquake is predicted to hit the city within the next three months, which would cause a big regional

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