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  • Five promising actors receive the '2012 Elan d'or Award'

    February 10, 2012 @ 3:02 am

    On February 9th, five Japanese actors with a promising future were honored at the '2012 Elan d'or Awards'. The five recipients were Hasegawa Hiroki, Anne, Inoue Mao, Kora Kengo, and Yoshitaka Yuriko. Hasegawa Hiroki experienced a sudden popularity boost thanks to his performance in the 2011 hit drama, 'Kaseifu no Mita'. The starring actress of that drama, Matsushima Nanako, also made a surprise appearance at the awards ceremony to congratu

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  • Takeda Tetsuya gets hospitalized for a heart condition

    October 29, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    It's been revealed that actor/singer Takeda Tetsuya (62) underwent an operation for aortic stenosis on October 21st, and is currently recuperating from the procedure. The announcement was made by Universal Music and his agency via fax. Reportedly, Takeda was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, meaning that instead of three valves in the heart (which allow blood to pass through), Takeda was born with two. Doctors discovered that he was showing s

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  • "101 Kaime no Propose" gets a stage play adaptation starring Takeda Tetsuya and Asano Atsuko

    August 18, 2011 @ 2:46 am

    It's been reported that the popular drama, "101 Kaime no Propose", will be getting a 'Jidaigeki' stage play adaptation! It will star the drama's original actorsTakeda Tetsuya and Asano Atsuko in a historical setting. "101 Kaime no Propose" aired in 1991 as a "Getsu9" drama, leaving a record high rating of 36.7% in its final episode. Takeda played the role of a sub-manager of a construction company, and Asano played the role of a cellist

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  • Takeuchi Yuko's "Strawberry Night" will become a drama series next year

    June 9, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Neat and clean actressTakeuchi Yuko tried out the role of a detective for the first time in the 2010 drama special, "Strawberry Night", and today it was revealed that she will reprise this role for a full-fledged drama adaption next year. Takeuchi plays the role of Himekawa Reiko, a non-career female detective who still managed to climb up the ranks in very short time. Her biggest weapon is her incredibly sharp intuition that enables her

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  • 151 former students to return for "Kinpachi Sensei" finale

    March 7, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    We told you back in January that Takeda Tetsuya's iconic drama "Kinpachi Sensei" will end its 32-year, 8-season run with a special drama. It has now been revealed that a total of 151 "graduates" will be making an appearance in the finale. Since the 1st season in 1979, 239 students have graduated from Kinpachi-sensei's class. In the special drama, 151 actors who played students in the 8 seasons will return to portray their characters again, i

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  • Takeda Tetsuya reflects on the end of "Kinpachi Sensei" & his role

    February 18, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    Actor Takeda Tetsuya, who is well known in Japan for his titular role as Sakamoto Kinpachi in "Kinpachi Sensei", will be ending his portrayal of the character this March. Takeda has played the part of Sakamoto since the series began in 1979, and as a result, the drama has enjoyed immense popularity for 32 years. The finale of "Kinpachi Sensei" is titled,"Kinpachi-Sensei of Class 3-B Finale: Delivering the Final Words - 4 Hour Special", and

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  • Hey!Say! JUMP's Okamoto Keito to appear in "Kinpachi Sensei Final"

    February 5, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    Previously, we reported that the TBS drama "Kinpachi Sensei", starring Takeda Tetsuya, would end its 32 years of history, and that the special drama, temporarytitled "Kinpachi Sensei Final", would be broadcasted in March. Today, on February 4th, it was announced that Hey!Say! JUMP member, Okamoto Keito, has been chosen as one of the main students for the final. Okamoto's role will be as the delinquent student who has transferredto Kinpachi

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  • Takeda Tetsuya's "Kinpachi Sensei" to retire in March

    January 22, 2011 @ 5:50 am

    The special drama for "Kinpachi Sensei", starring Takeda Tetsuya as a teacher, will be broadcasted on TBS by the end of March. With that special epiode, the series will come to an end after a miraculous 32 year run. The first season of the school drama was broadcasted back in 1979, and there are have been 12 special episodes for the series since then. The drama featured many social issues from the respective time periods, such as pregnancy,

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  • Fukada Kyoko to voice act in anime film, "Tofu Kozo"

    November 17, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    Popular actressFukada Kyoko will use her voice for the upcoming anime film, "Tofu Kozo" (Warner Brothers), which will be released in May 2011. "Tofu Kozo" is based on Kyogoku Natsuhiko's novel, "Tofu Kozo Sugoroku Douchu Furidashi", and it's a story of Yokai, the "Tofu Kozu", who can't even scare humans because of his vacant appearance and sissy personality. Fukada will be voicing the "Tofu Kozo", and his partner, "Daruma", will be playe

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  • Takeda Tetsuya & Asano Atsuko at Bistro SMAP

    July 12, 2010 @ 1:36 am

    Takeda Tetsuya and Asano Atsuko visited "Bistro SMAP" (broadcast on 12th). They co-stared in legendary drama "101st proposal" in 1991, and it has been 19 years for them to show up on TV together. "Bistro SMAP" is a corner of "SMAPSMAP", in which SMAP members cook and serve the guests. Nakai Masahiro welcomed them, "We have offered them to be guests for a long time and it finally came true." Not only is this the first time for the tw

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