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  • Matsuyama Kenichi and more to star in special NHK Kohaku drama

    January 8, 2015 @ 2:20 am

    As part of the celebration for the 90th anniversary of NHK this year, the broadcast company has announced a special drama titled "Kohaku ga Umareta Hi" to be aired on March 21 starring actor Matsuyama Kenichi (29) as the lead. Other cast members include Honda Tsubasa (22), Hoshino Gen (33), and Takahashi Katsumi (53). The drama focus on the story of how NHK's famous New Year's Eve program "Kohaku Uta Gassen" came about in 1945, when the

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 04/15~04/18

    April 20, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    [caption id="attachment_294825" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'Galileo' (Fuji TV)"][/caption] A total of 8 new dramas premiered from Monday to Thursday this week. Fuji TV's Monday drama 'Galileo' (season 2) - starring heartthrob Fukuyama Masaharu and a new heroine played by Yoshitaka Yuriko - attracted the most viewers with a great rating of 22.6%. Many viewers also swooned over the male duo Ito Hideaki and Sakaguchi Kenj

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  • Ieiri Leo's new song chosen as the theme song for TBS' upcoming detective drama

    March 17, 2013 @ 2:18 am

    Singer-songwriter Ieiri Leo's new song "Message" has been chosen as the theme song for TBS' upcoming detective drama 'Kakusho~Keishicho Sousa 3 Ka' which will start airing on April 15th. As reported earlier,  this drama is based on the police novel ‘Kakusho‘ written by Konno Bin. Takahashi Katsumi and Eikura Nana will team up for the drama adaptation. Regarding the theme song, Takahashi commented, "When I first listened to it, I thought it

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  • Takahashi Katsumi & Eikura Nana to co-star in new detective drama

    February 23, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    On February 23rd, it was announced that actor Takahashi Katsumi and actress Eikura Nana are going to co-star in an upcoming TBS detective drama titled 'Kakusho ~ Keishicho Sousa 3 Ka'. 'Kakusho ~ Keishicho Sousa 3 Ka' is based on the police novel 'Kakusho' written by Konno Bin. The story focuses on the Third Investigation Division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, which specializes on theft cases that make up 70% of all recorded

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  • Takahashi Katsumi becomes a father at the age of 51

    September 27, 2012 @ 4:31 am

    On September 26th, actor Takahashi Katsumi (51) announced on his agency's official site that his first child was born on the 25th. According to the announcement, "It was 10 days earlier than the due date, but he was a fine baby weighting at 3,570 grams, and fortunately, both the mother and baby are in healthy condition.  By the way, he does have hair."  He also says that he could not stay with his wife in the delivery room due to work, so he w

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  • Takahashi Katsumi announces his wife's pregnancy

    April 10, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Actor Takahashi Katsumi (51) has announced that his wife (37) is currently 4 months pregnant! On April 9th, Takahashi sent a fax to several media outlets stating, "I have been blessed with my long-awaited child. We are expecting in October." He continued by expressing his happiness, "Becoming a father at age 51, I am of course happy, but I feel I must devote myself as someone's parent and as a person." Takahashi and his wife started dat

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  • Horikita Maki attends preview screening of her morning drama 'Umechan Sensei'

    March 15, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    On March 14th, the first week worth of episodes of the upcoming NHK morning drama 'Umechan Sensei', starring Horikita Maki, was screened in advance for the press. 'Umechan Sensei' features an original story about a clumsy woman who strives to become a town doctor in an era of postwar reconstruction and rapid economic growth. In the beginning of the drama the heroine is still 16 years old, but by the end of the story she is already supposed

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  • Who are the best newly-weds for the first half of the year?

    July 18, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    This month, 165 marriage advisors were asked which celebrities were the best newly-weds for the first half of 2011. The results won’t be surprising to some as they feature a lot of adorable couples. It is said that due to the earthquake, many single people felt the strong bonds of family. One person claimed they would forever be a bachelor, but after seeing the families working together and supporting one another, they have realized the i

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – July 08th~10th

    July 11, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    [caption id="attachment_171701" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Way to make a first impression, Kawashima Umika! ("Hanawake no Yon Shimai")"][/caption] A couple more summer dramas found their way on Japanese television since last Friday, but Ueto Aya was the first one who tried to deliver entertainment with her drama special of "Zettai Reido". The special achieved a decent viewer rating of 13.9% that nicely fits into the ave

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  • "Hagane no Onna" to air second season in April

    January 31, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    [caption id="attachment_123243" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Kichise Michiko as Haga "Hagane" Ineko"][/caption] Actress Kichise Michiko landed her first starring role in the drama, "Hagane no Onna", which began broadcasting in May of 2010, and it looks like Kichise will get to reprise her role for a second season! It was revealed on January 30th that the producers have decided to answer the fans' overwhelming response for

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