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  • Sakai Masato & Ueto Aya to co-star in new TBS drama 'Hanzawa Naoki'

    May 15, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    On May 15, TBS announced that for the upcoming season they will be adapting Ikeido Jun's much-discussed novels about the economic bubble into a TV drama titled 'Hanzawa Naoki' (tentative), starring actor Sakai Masato as the protagonist. The drama is based on Ikeido's novels 'Oretachi Bubble Nyuukou-gumi' and 'Oretachi Hana no Bubble-gumi'. Sakai plays an unconventional and charming banker named 'Hanzawa Naoki' who gets employed by a major

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  • Winners of 'the 21st Hashida Awards' attend awards ceremony

    May 11, 2013 @ 5:23 am

    On May 10th, the awardsceremony for 'the 21st Hashida Awards' was held, which the winners attended. The Hashida awards was established by the Hashida Cultural Foundation, for which scriptwriter Hashida Sugako serves as the chief director, and was established to recognize the television programs and people that contribute to the broadcast culture. One of the winners was TBS' special drama "Kaneko Misuzu Monogatari -Minna Chigatte Minna I

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  • Ueto Aya is the CM Queen of 2012 in Kanto and Kansai, Takei Emi wins in Nagoya

    February 28, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    On February 27, Video Research Ltd. once again released various statistics about the usage of commercials in 2012. As usual, they concentrated their analysis on the three main regions of Japan (Kanto, Kansai, and Nagoya) and the five main commercial networks. The results show that the overall amount of commercials slightly increased again in all three regions compared to the previous year. Looking at both types of commercials, they noticed

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  • Survey reveals the most satisfying dramas of the winter season

    February 17, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    On February 16th, Oricon BiZ published the results of their recent survey that asked 500 men and women about their drama viewing experience among the current winter season shows. NHK drama 'Itsuka Hi no Ataru Basho de' came out on top with a very high satisfaction rate of 67.5%, though it only ranked on 11th place in Oricon's survey about the most anticipated dramas prior to the start of the winter season. Those polled asked viewers to

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  • Main cast members for the movie adaptation of "Oshin" revealed

    February 6, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    The legendary NHK morning drama "Oshin" will be getting a movie adaptation which will be directed by Togashi Shin, and the main cast members have been revealed at the public presentation held on February 5th. "Oshin" was written by a scriptwriter Hashida Sugako, and it was aired during 1983 ~ 1984 with a total of 297 episodes. The drama received a peak rating of 62.9%, and average rating of 52.6% (in Kanto region, according to Video Resear

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  • 'Thermae Romae II' announced for Golden Week 2014

    January 29, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    On January 30 (JST), it was announced that one of the most successful movies of 2012 - 'Thermae Romae' will be receiving a sequel in 2014! All the main actors from 'Thermae Romae', lead by Abe Hiroshi as the protagonist will be reprising their roles in 'Thermae Romae II', which is slated for release during the Golden Week of 2014 (early May) and will be directed by Takeuchi Hideki again. The filming will take place in Bulgaria, a first for

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  • Ueto Aya to star in a new movie with Kora Kengo

    January 24, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    On January 24, it was revealed that actress Ueto Aya (27), who married EXILE leader HIRO (43) last September, will star in the film “Bushi no Kondate.” The film will open in theaters this winter.  This is her first film since her marriage to HIRO and she will play the supportive wife named "Oharu" of on-screen husband Kora Kengo.  Ueto spoke with anticipation, “Although this film is a period film, I hear that the film will be both painful lo

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 01/04~01/10

    January 12, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    [caption id="attachment_285526" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 01/04~01/10"][/caption] The short period of the mid-season is finally over and the first of the winter dramas have premiered during the last seven days. On Sunday January 6th, NHK gave the starting signal for their 2013 taiga drama 'Yae no Sakura' starring Ayase Haruka along with the usual star-studded ensemble cast of a taiga. The story bega

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  • Ueto Aya receives 'Japan Fashion Leader Award 2012'

    December 12, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    On December 11th, actress Ueto Aya was presented the “Takarajimasha Nihon Fashion Leader Award 2012” at the company's award ceremony in Tokyo. Ueto, who appeared at the ceremony wearing a sexy back-baring black dress, explained her outfit with, “Today, I decided to be bold.  I decided to wear a classic black dress that bared my back.”  She smiled as she said, “My butt rarely looks round, but thanks to the fur on my dress, it looks quite p

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  • Ueto Aya attends Armani party in gorgeous dress

    November 29, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    On November 28th, actress Ueto Aya attended a 5th anniversary party for Armani at Ginza Tower. Ueto, who appeared at the event wearing a gorgeous black dress, commented, "When I wear Armani, people around me tell me, 'You've become adult-like', so I'm happy." She also revealed, "From now on, I want to go to some kind of party wearing Armani. But at those kind of places where there are many encounters, I'm shy so I become nervous. I want to

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