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  • Shinoda Mariko wants to grow her hair out

    April 24, 2014 @ 9:54 am

    Former AKB48 member Shinoda Mariko tweeted on April 23 that she wants to grow her hair out, resulting in a heavy debate among her followers as to whether they support her wish. Shinoda has more than 1.85 million followers on Twitter. On April 23, a follower asked, "Mari-chan, are you going to always keep your hair short," to which the former idol responded, "For now I will keep it as it is...but once I am done with my role I want to grow it out."

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  • AKB48's starring "WONDA" coffee CM series to become a short drama

    June 21, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    On June 20, it was announced that popular idol group AKB48's CM series for coffee brand "WONDA" (from Asahi Beverages) will be made into a one-night only short drama series that will air on July 7.  The members star and appear in the CM in relay-style format as office ladies.The drama, entitled "AKB48 Short Stories" (temporary name) will be broadcast from 12:25 AM to 1:25 AM on Fuji TV.  The drama is comprised of a o

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  • Shinoda Mariko tweets 3-shot photos with Maeda Atsuko & Oshima Yuko

    April 11, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    On April 10, AKB48’s Shinoda Mariko tweeted 3-shot photos that she took together with Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko. As it has been a long time since the “Top 3” were together, fans responded with much enthusiasm. Shinoda tweeted that she bumped into the two at a photoshoot with, “While shooting for a commercial, I found out that Atsuko was also shooting a commercial at the same studio and Yuko was on another level shooting a commercial!!!,”

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  • Shinoda Mariko attends press release for wedding dress brand 'Love Mary'

    April 9, 2013 @ 3:53 am

    On April 8th, AKB48's Shinoda Mariko attended a press release for her wedding dress brand, 'Love Mary'. During the event, Shinoda was asked about her own marriage. She responded, "I don't really have a desire for marriage, but maybe I will when I'm in my 30s?" and continued, "I don't have any new encounters in AKB48, so I will go to a place where I can meet new people in my 30s."  Then, she was questioned about the group's love ban to whic

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  • Shinoda Mariko opens the first store for her original brand 'ricori'

    February 28, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    On February 27th, AKB48's Shinoda Mariko attended an opening event for her original brand's first store opening at Lumine Est Shinjuku. Regarding the brand name, ricori, Shinoda explained, "I named it 'ricori' using Mariko's 'riko' and the word for 'cute' in Spanish, 'rico'." She also commented on the launching of her brand, saying, "It was a dream of mine since before entering AKB48. I also went to a fashion school for that reason." She t

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  • Shinoda Mariko resigns as mayor of Fukuoka Kawaii Ward

    February 20, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    On February 19th, it was announced that AKB48's Shinoda Mariko has resigned as mayor of Fukuoka City's virtual administrative ward, 'Kawaii Ward'. Since last year, the city received four complaints, citing reasons such as "Encouraging cute women hinders women's self-independence," and "It encourages gender discrimination." As such, Shinoda was asked to step down as ward mayor. The city explained, "We can't cause trouble to Shinoda-san, who

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  • Check out goo's 'Most Searched Female Celebrity Ranking Top 40' for 2012

    December 21, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

    NTT Resonant's Internet portal goo has released their 'Most Searched Female Celebrity Ranking Top 40' for 2012. This ranking is based on the number of search hits for the given celebrity on goo's search bar. Which female celebrity was searched most in 2012? Check out the full results below! === 1. Maeda Atsuko 2. Sashihara Rino 3. Oshima Yuko 4. Kojima Haruna 5. Rola 6. Inoue Mao 7. Ishikawa Kasumi 8. Itano Tomomi 9. Shinoda

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  • 7 AKB48 members create new menu for the AKB48 Cafe

    December 17, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    On December 16, an event for the new menu at the “AKB48 Café & Shop” which was collaboratively created by 7 of AKB48 members including Oshima Yuko (24) and Watanabe Mayu (18), was held in Akihabara, Tokyo. 100 fans taste-tested two items - Mayu’s “Kinoko tappuri Tonjiru Udon,” which combined her favorite foods mushroom and pork miso soup along with Shinoda Mariko’s (26) “Curry Panda Plate,” which combined her favorite food curry and he

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  • 2012 CM King & Queen revealed

    December 12, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    On December 11th, Nihon Montor revealed the yearly ranking for the number of CM contracts for 2012. For the female category, popular idol group AKB48's Itano Tomomi and Shinoda Mariko were tied for the title of 'CM queen' with 20 CMs. On the other hand, pro-golfer Ishikawa Ryo has been able to keep the title of 'CM king' once again. This is the 4th consecutive year for Ishikawa to top the ranking since 2008. Check out the rest of the ra

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  • Akimoto Yasushi and 8 AKB48 members discuss '10 years later' on live radio broadcast

    November 24, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    On November 23rd, AKB48 appeared on a special live broadcast program on the Mihama, Chiba bayfm station. 8 members of the group including Oshima Yuko (24), Shinoda Mariko (26), Takahashi Minami (21), and Kojima Haruna (24) appeared on the special program that is produced and broadcast once every fall.  The program opened with a talk on "10 years later" between the group’s executive producer Akimoto Yasushi (54)  and the members. Akimoto

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