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  • SOPHIA to go on hiatus after their nationwide tour

    April 9, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

    It's been revealed that rock band SOPHIA will be going on hiatus after wrapping up their current nationwide tour. Regarding their hiatus, the band members explained, "As we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2014, we wanted to have a time where we reconsider our activities until now, as well as our future as artists, the existence of the fans supporting us, and the music each and every member should be expressing as SOPHIA." Their

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  • Check out the details on SOPHIA's new album "Mirai Otona Sengen"

    February 6, 2013 @ 1:29 am

    Rock band SOPHIA will release a new album titled "Mirai Otona Sengen" on March 6th. It will be their first album in 4 years, and will include their previous singles like "Gekkou", "I will", "cod-E~E no Angou~", and "Sayonara Itoshi no Peter Pan syndrome". On the jacket cover for CD+DVD edition, vocalist Matsuoka Mitsuru shows off his stark naked figure. Matsuoka revealed the reason for doing so: "As time goes by, my body will decline and v

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  • SOPHIA wraps up nationwide tour

    May 4, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    On May 4th, popular rock band SOPHIA wrapped up their 2-year nationwide tour with a concert at the Shibuya Public Hall in Tokyo. In March of 2010, member Miyako Keiichi (40) announced that he had lymphoma. In April of the same year, the group stopped all activities and in November 2010, it became apparent that Miyakos lymphoma was headed towards remission. In June of 2011, the group restarted all activities. May 4th was the final

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  • Hey! Say! JUMP member Okamoto Keito gets admitted into Sophia University

    February 19, 2012 @ 6:09 am

    On February 18th, reports revealed that Hey! Say! JUMP member Okamoto Keito (18) has been accepted into the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University, one of the top-rated international universities in Japan. Okamoto took the TOEFL exam, which evaluates the level of an individual's English, and wrote an English essay. According to officials, the exam results were posted at the end of January. His father, actor Okamoto Kenichi (42), and

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  • SOPHIA to collaborate with Okamura Yasuyuki for new single

    November 26, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    Rock band SOPHIA has announced that they will be collaborating with musician Okamura Yasuyuki for their new single, "Sayonara Itoshi no Peter Pan Syndrome / rainbow rain". Okamura will provide the song "Sayonara Itoshi no Peter Pan Syndrome". This was announced on the November 25th episode of SOPHIA vocalistMatsuoka Mitsuru's regular program, "Matsuoka Mitsuru no Yononaka Wotashii Koto Darake!".Kameda Seiji of Tokyo Jihen will also take

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  • SOPHIA holds a comeback live with Miyako Keiichi, his first since recovering from lymphoma

    August 14, 2011 @ 3:31 am

    On August 13th, five member rock band SOPHIA held a comeback live titled 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY SOPHIA' at Nippon Budoukan in Tokyo. The band made this live a fresh start with member Miyako Keiichi (39), who recently conquered lymphoma (cancer involving cells of the immune system). During the live, there was a large cheer when Miyako first appeared on the main stage and said, Im back!. After his performance of Hymne l'amour, vocalist Mats

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  • SOPHIA reveals their PV for "cod-E ~E no Angou~"!

    August 11, 2011 @ 1:25 am

    Back in June, rock band SOPHIA announced that they will be making a comeback as a major label band under avex, and that their debut single will be titled, "cod-E ~E no Angou~". Just yesterday, avex revealed the full PV for this single as well as a short commentary from the band through their official YouTube channel! In the commentary video, vocalist Matsuoka Mitsuru said, "This song will give strength and energy to those who listen to it".

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  • Check out August 8th's performances from 'Coming Soon!!'

    August 10, 2011 @ 6:11 am

    This week's episode of "Coming Soon!!" hosted the ladies of Korean pop group SECRET, who were also the topic of the show's "Coming Review" corner. Other guest performances included Kis-My-Ft2, SOPHIA, DiVA, NAOTO INTI RAYMI, and Ryosan (Katori Shingo). Check out the performances below: == < Secret Madonna > **Performance starts at 0:49 mark** http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttk_JoI7fr0 < Kis-My-Ft2 Every

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  • SOPHIA to make their comeback as a major label band!

    June 29, 2011 @ 5:28 am

    During an event at Tokyo's Nakano Sun Plaza on June 27th, rock band SOPHIA announced that they are now signed under avex as a major label band! The event was held to celebrate the completion of the upcoming film, "Kamen Rider Eternal". The band will make their debut with a single titled, "cod-E ~E no Angou~", which officially drops on July 27th and comes in both CD+DVD and CD-only versions. The title track will be used as the theme song to the

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  • Sophia's keyboardist is back in action

    October 12, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    After a long battle with lymphoma, the keyboardist ofSophia and Rayflower, Keiichi Miyako, is now back. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in February and has undergone treatment since then. He took a hiatus from band activities starting in April, but now his health has improved so much that he can continue his role in the band. He plans to return next spring with trips to the hospital two or three times a month for the next two years to pre

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