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  • Oshima Yuko to release stamps in commemoration of her graduation

    March 29, 2014 @ 6:11 am

    In commemoration of her graduation from AKB48 on June 2, Oshima Yuko will be releasing a postage stamp set called 'AKB48 Oshima Yuko Sotsugyou Kinen Frame Kitte Set'.Since her theater debut in April of 2006, Oshima has been an active member of AKB48 for about 8 years. For the stamps, she has handpicked one picture to represent each year. Including pictures from her graduation ceremony, which will be held on March 29 and 30th a

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  • Former AKB48 & SDN48 member Tojima Hana serves as fire station chief for a day + talks about Oshima Yuko

    March 10, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

    On March 10, former AKB48 and SDN48 member Tojima Hana (25) participated in a fire department exercise in Tokyo as the Takanawa Fire Station chief for the day.  Aboard the fireboat "Kachidoki," she directed the simultaneous hosing practice near the Rainbow Bridge in the Tokyo Bay.  As she was sprayed by ocean water due to the wind, she was shy as she said, "It was salty," and smiled as she said, "I am happy that I was able to come aboar

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  • Sashihara Rino holds a handshake event for her photo book

    January 9, 2014 @ 3:04 am

    On January 7, HKT48's Sashihara Rino held a handshake event for her photo book 'Neko ni Maketa' at Fukuya Bookstore in Shinjuku Subnade. During this event, she commented on AKB48's Oshima Yuko, who announced her graduation from the group during NHK's Kohaku Uta Gassen on New Year's Eve.  Sashihara revealed that she spoke with Oshima after the announcement, "Yuko-chan's graduation is a big event to us. I'm sad because I was brought up watchi

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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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  • Ando Yuko to release a new album + hold a tour in October

    May 6, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    Ando Yuko, who will be celebrating her 10th year anniversary in July, will be releasing a new album (currently untitled) on October 2nd. The album is still in the making with the theme "the coexistence of going back to roots & evolution". It will include colorful pop numbers arranged by Yamamoto Ryuji and Miyagawa Dan, a cheerful surf music composed by Shirane Kenichi, and the ballad "Ai no Kisetsu" which has already been performed dur

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  • Mitani Koki to film another single-cut drama starring Takeuchi Yuko

    April 19, 2013 @ 4:39 am

    On April 14th, WOWOW announced that famed director Mitani Koki is working on another drama that will be filmed in one scene without a single cut titled 'Daikuko 2013 (tentative)' (lit. 'Major Airport'). 'Daikuko 2013' is written by Mitani himself and is going to be a comedy about a family that gets stuck at an airport due to bad weather and the multiple problems they face there. WOWOW already aired a similar drama project of Mitani titled

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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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  • Ninety-nine's Yabe Hiroyuki and freelance announcer Aoki Yuko register their marriage

    March 27, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

    On March 27, Ninety-nine's Yabe Hiroyuki and freelance announcer Aoki Yuko announced through their agencies that they have registered their marriage. Yabe commented, "As embarrassing as it is, I stayed single until this age with an unsteady mind, but I was very attracted to her who is straight and honest. Thanks to her, I feel as if my heart is being purified every day. From here on, I will continue making my best effort, so please support

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 03/01~03/03

    March 5, 2013 @ 4:24 am

    [caption id="attachment_290954" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'Cheap Flight' (NTV Drama Special)"][/caption] No weekend drama was able to improve its season-average this week, which was also due to the 2013 World Baseball Classics that shifted many viewers towards a single network. The biggest and almost only improvement compared to the previous week was recorded by 'Yakou Kanransha' (TBS) with a plus of 1.6%. It was also

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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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