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  • Ishihara Satomi is amazed by the set of her new drama special

    October 3, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    The cast of NHK's upcoming drama special "Shimei to Tamashii no Limit", with actress Ishihara Satomi as the protagonist, had a short break from filming to hold a little press conference in the full-blown operating room that was built for the drama. Aside from the room itself, the team also prepared real medical equipment, including a 80 million Yen (1 million USD) heart-lung machine. Counting all the equipment, the whole set is worth 200 m

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  • Ito Hideaki to star in NHK's upcoming drama, "Last Money ~Ai no Nedan~"

    July 9, 2011 @ 3:43 am

    It's been announced that actor Ito Hideaki will be starring in the upcoming NHK drama, “Last Money ~Ai no Nedan~” (“Last Money ~Price of Love~”)! Scheduled to start broadcasting on September 13th, the story is based on actual deaths that were related to insurance money. This psychological thriller series will tell the story of avarice and love. Ito will play Mukoujima Sakutarou, an assessor at a life insurance company, who will question th

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  • SMAP becomes a trending topic on Twitter thanks to Justin Bieber's tweet

    May 19, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber met one of Japan's top idol groups, SMAP, on May 18th, during the filming of an episode of "SMAPxSMAP". Afterwards, Bieber tweeted "SMAP SMAP SMAP SMAP SMAP SMAP....SMAP" three times on his Twitter account. The pop singer has over 9 million followers on Twitter and the term "SMAP SMAP" soon became a trending word in the US. Although some of those who re-tweeted SMAP probably have no idea what it stands for,

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  • Cast members of "Tenchijin" donate 20 million yen to disaster relief

    April 12, 2011 @ 1:52 am

    Ten cast members from the 2009 NHK Taiga drama, “Tenchijin”, donated a total of 20 million yen (~237,000 USD) to the Red Cross of Japan in order to aid with disaster relief from the Great Tohoku Earthquake. The ten cast members who participated are as follows: Tsumabuki Satoshi, Oguri Shun, Abe Hiroshi, Kakuda Nobuaki, Kitamura Kazuki, Koizumi Kotaro, Takashima Masanobu, Takashima Reiko, Tokiwa Takako and Papaya Suzuki. Aside from contr

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  • Kuroki Meisa & Yuka awarded with the 8th Kuraray Beautiful legs award

    October 4, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

    On October 4th, "The 8th Kuraray beautiful legs award," an annual event hosted by Kuraray Parcassio Club announced this year's winners.  The winners were Kuroki Meisa for women in their 20's, Yuka for the 30's, and Takashima Reiko for women over 40.  Starting this year, they added a male section for this award, and the first winner was ex-soccer player, Fukunishi Takashi. Yuka said she had a complex about her legs because they're very musc

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  • Meisa Kuroki to be featured on "Music Lovers"

    October 1, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    On October 3rd, pop singer Meisa Kuroki will appear on the television program, "Music Lovers", as the featured guest. She will be the only guest featured on the show, so fans will get to see plenty of Meisa during the program.  In the past, she has appeared as a talk segment guest, but this will be her first time doing the performance live segment as well.  She will be appearing with sexy dancers, and is sure to show off her charm on stage.

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