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  • Kojima Haruna absent from live tv program due to the flu

    March 8, 2014 @ 1:46 am

    AKB48's Kojima Haruna was absent from the live broadcast of NTV's television program 'PON!' due to influenza. To fill in Kojima's spot, fellow member Watanabe Mayu made a substitute appearance.  At the beginning of the show, Watanabe appeared wearing a short-sleeved top even though the set was outside the studio. She explained, "As a matter of fact, Kojima-san has caught the flu and was ordered from the doctor to not appear on the show." Sh

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  • Domoto Tsuyoshi to release new album in February

    January 12, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

    Domoto Tsuyoshi will release his new album "shamanippon -Roinochinoi-" on February 12th. The album will be released in 3 different types: Limited Edition A (Doumo Tokubetsu Yoshi-chan Version), Limited Edition B (Tokubetsu Yoshi-chan Version), and Regular Edition (Futsuu Yoshi). The track list is provided below.  [Limited Edition A "Doumo Tokubetsu Yoshi-chan Version"]01. Welcome to shamanippon - INISHIE groove02. I gotta take you sham

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  • Yuzu reveal details on new album & single + tour dates

    January 8, 2014 @ 3:41 am

    Yuzu have revealed that the title of their new album, scheduled for release on February 19, will be "Shinsekai". They have also revealed the jacket covers and track list for the album.The new album was created with the theme "nostalgic and new." It will feature a total of 15 songs, including their singles "Hikare", "Tomo ~Tabidachi no Toki~", "Ame Nochi Hallelujah", "Mamotte Agetai", and "Hyori Ittai" as well as "Yorokobi no Uta" and "Sugao no Ma

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  • Itano Tomomi attends lighting ceremony at Roppongi Hills

    November 6, 2013 @ 4:21 am

    On October 5, former AKB48 member Itano Tomomi attended 'Roppongi Hills Illumination Lighting Ceremony 2013' at Roppongi Hills. Itano, who graduated from AKB48 in August, reflected, "It feels like a year has already passed since graduation." She continued, "When I was in AKB48, one day was really long, half a year felt like a year or two years. Recently I feel relaxed."  During the event, Itano commented on Christmas, "To go with the s

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  • Nakagawa Shoko to release a double A-side single in December

    September 22, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    [NOTE: Please add Nakagawa Shoko to artist tags.]It's been revealed that Nakagawa Shoko's new single "Sakasama Sekai / Once Upon a Time -Kibou no Uta-" will be released on December 11th. "Sakasama Sekai" will be used as the theme song for the Nintendo 3DS game 'Pazudora Z' which will go on sale in mid-December. The single announcement was made on September 22nd during the 'Pazudora Z Special Stage' of 'TOKYO GAME SHOW 2013' at Makuhari Messe.  I

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  • Japan Box Office Report – August 31/September 1

    September 4, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

    It was the 7th victory for 'Kaze Tachinu', while 'Man of Steel' and 'Anohana' enter the top 3. The news of Miyazaki Hayao retiring was only released on Monday, but last weekend his final masterpiece 'Kaze Tachinu' already managed to increase its viewers and weekend revenue compared to the previous week. That was caused by cheaper tickets on Sunday that marked the end of the summer holidays. However, the sudden retirement news might ensure this

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  • Kiki Kirin saves Hashimoto Ai from reporter questions at the 4th Nippon Theater Staff Film Festival

    May 11, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    On May 10, young actress Hashimoto Ai was among the attendees of the '4th Nippon Theater Staff Film Festival in Seijo' and was showered with questions related to the recent reports of her alleged relationship with actor Ochiai Motoki. Hashimoto attended the festival to receive the "Best Supporting Actress" award for her performance in the movie 'Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo' (International title: 'The Kirishima Thing'). Ochiai also appea

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  • HKT48 to sing the ending theme for anime "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic"

    March 20, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    HKT48's song "Kataomoi no Karaage (Amakuchi Hime)" has been chosen as the ending theme song for the upcoming TV anime "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic". The song is one of the coupling tracks that will be included in Type-A for their debut single "Suki! Suki! Skip!" (to be released on March 20th). The group appeared at the anime's premiere as secret guests and performed the song. The members also watched the anime at the premiere, and

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  • Ono Machiko, Matsuzaka Tori and more receive the "Elan d'or Awards"

    February 7, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    On February 7th, an awarding ceremony for the '2013 Elan d'or Awards' was held at a hotel in Tokyo. "The Elan d'or Awards" are presented by the All Nippon Producers Association (ANPA) to recognize the producers and promising actors/actresses who achieved outstanding works in domestic movies and TV dramas through the year. The subjects works for this year were the domestic movies shown in Tokyo, as well as one-shot dramas and drama serie

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  • Naoto Inti Raymi to release his first live DVD + nationwide tour

    January 4, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

    It's been revealed that Naoto Inti Raymi will be releasing his first live DVD, 'Naoto Inti Raymi LIVE in Nippon Budokan ~Mubou? Kandou! Budokan!!!~", on February 13th. Naoto's first live DVD will feature his first concert at Nippon Budokan back in December of 2010. It will be released in both regular edition and limited edition with a bonus towel. Additionally, Naoto will be holding a nationwide tour called 'Naoto Inti Raymi LIVE Carava

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