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  • Ayase Haruka & Arashi chosen as hosts for this year's Kohaku

    October 18, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    It was announced that Ayase Haruka and Arashi have been chosen as the hosts for NHK's annual New Year's eve music show, Kohaku Uta Gassen. Although it will be the first time for Ayase, who will be supporting the red team, to participate in Kohaku as the host, for Arashi, this will be the 4th consecutive year to serve as the host on behalf of the white team. It was also announced that NHK announcer Udo Yumiko will be the general host. At the pres

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  • Igawa Haruka to star in a new drama about forbidden love written by Oishi Shizuka

    July 7, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    On July 7th, it was announced that actress Igawa Haruka will be starring in a new NHK drama written by Oishi Shizuka, who is best known for her intense romantic drama 'Second Virgin'. This will be Igawa's first starring role in a NHK drama and her first drama engagement since giving birth to her second child in July last year.The new drama is titled 'Glass no Kazoku' (lit. 'Glass Family') and depicts the forbidden love between a woman and her ste

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  • AKB48 to form 'Team BS' for NHK BS campaign

    March 14, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    It's been revealed that the members of AKB48 will be forming a 'Team BS' on March 20th as a part of NHK BS' upcoming campaign. The campaign will have the catch phrase, "Anata wa Dare Oshi? Watashi wa BS Oshi!" ("Who do you support? I support BS!"). As the face of this campaign, 10 popular members from AKB48 and their sister groups were chosen to become 'Team BS'. The members include AKB48's Oshima Yuko, Watanabe Mayu, Takahashi Minami, and

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  • More cast members for NHK's upcoming morning drama "Gochisousan" announced

    February 19, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

    On February 18, a press conference to announce the main cast members for NHK's upcoming fall morning drama "Gochisousan" starring Anne, was held at the NHK Osaka Broadcasting Station. As reported earlier, the theme of the drama will be "food", and it will follow a life of the heroine "Uno Meiko" (played by Anne), a gluttonous girl who was born as the daughter of a family that runs a Western-style restaurant in Tokyo. Meiko later marries a

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  • White team is victorious for this year's Kohaku Uta Gassen

    December 31, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    On December 31st, NHK held their annual "The 63rd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen" at NHK Hall. This year, the white team grabbed the victory for the first time in 2 years. Below are the performances from this year's NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen. ===== Horikita Maki, the host of the red team, and Arashi, the host of the white team, made appearances in Kimonos, and declared the theme of this year, "Uta de Aitai." Horikita stated, "We will aim for a vi

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  • NHK addresses website controversy regarding Koda Kumi's Kohaku performance outfit

    December 31, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    On December 29, Harada Hideki, the Chief Producer of the “63rd Annual NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen”spoke to the press about the first day of rehearsals and addressed the topic of the NG that appeared on the NHK site for Koda Kumi’s performance outfit with, “[Reports] mentioned that I spoke to her agency about regulations, but I have not spoken to them at all.” Koda spoke after rehearsals with, “I thought [the costume] was very Koda-like and cool,

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  • Arashi and Horikita Maki appear at the rehearsal for Kohaku

    December 29, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    On December 29th, a public rehearsal for the upcoming "The 63rd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen" was held at NHK Hall. The host for the white team, Arashi and the host for the red team, Horikita Maki attended the press conference. Horikita spoke her mind by stating, "After attending the rehearsal, I began to see the full picture of this year's Kohaku, and it heightens the tension. Though my tense feeling is bigger at this moment, I would like to put

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  • NHK releases three new previews for 'Yae no Sakura' starring Ayase Haruka

    December 28, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    On December 28th, NHK has released three new previews for their upcoming 2013 taiga drama 'Yae no Sakura' starring actress Ayase Haruka. The previews are available in three different versions with a runtime of two, five, and ten minutes. They serve as a mini guide for the first half of the drama. They introduce us to the protagonist Niijima Yae (Ayase), a female warrior born and raised in Aizu who bravely fought at the Battle of Aizu with

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  • NHK reveals official performance order for 'Kohaku Uta Gassen'

    December 25, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    The official performance order for the '63rd Kohaku Uta Gassen' has been revealed! As reported earlier, this year's Kohaku will feature performances from a total of 50 artists such as AKB48, Momoiro Clover Z, Hamasaki Ayumi, EXILE, SMAP, and more. It will air on New Year’s Eve from 7:15 pm JST. Check out the set list below! === <First Half> 1. Hamasaki Ayumi - "2012 A SPECIAL Medley" 2. NYC - "NYC Kohaku Medley" 3. SKE

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  • Matsuyama Kenichi passes the Taiga drama baton to Ayase Haruka

    December 21, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    On December 20th, a "baton touch" ceremony between the current NHK Taiga drama star and upcoming Taiga drama star, was held at NHK Broadcasting Center. Matsuyama Kenichi who is starring in ongoing Taiga drama "Taira no Kiyomori", and Ayase Haruka who will star in next Taiga drama "Yae no Sakura" attended the ceremony. At the "passing the baton" ceremony, the stars usually exchange presents, so Matsuyama gave Kobe beef while Ayase gave "Oki

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