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Sep 13 2011
乃木坂46_全員

On Monday, the official website of idol group Nogizaka46 revealed some details about their variety show, which will begin airing next month. The show will be titled “Nogizakatte, Doko?” (“Where’s Nogizaka?”) and will be broadcast on the 6 main stations of the TX Network: TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, TV Hokkaido, and TVQ Kyushu Hoso.
The show is said to focus on showcasing the personalities and strengths of the group’s members, including singing, dancing, acting, and intense effort.
Episodes will air weekly on Mondays at midnight, starting on October 2nd.
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Sep 13 2011
ChocoLe

Watanabe Entertainment recently formed a new 3-member idol group called ChocoLe, and it has already been decided that they will make their CD debut under Avex this December.
ChocoLe consists of Idoling!!! member Hashimoto Kaede (14), gravure idol Takahashi Kurumi (14), and fashion model Tamagawa Ramu (14). Their debut single, “Milk to Chocolate,” will be the new ending theme song for the popular anime series “SKET DANCE” from October onward.

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Sep 13 2011
GReeeeN

A new singer-songwriter is ready to make her debut, under the same management agency as the popular group GReeeeN. Going by the name Oranje. (read in Japanese as “orenji,” the same reading as “orange”), she will maintain the same veil of secrecy as GReeeeN by never publicly showing her face.
Oranje. is said to be a resident of Sendai who had no past music career but sent in a demo tape to Edward Entertainment (GReeeeN’s agency) at the end of last year. A producer instantly fell in love with her voice, …

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Sep 12 2011
Kago-Ai

Former Morning Musume member Kago Ai (23) apparently attempted suicide this morning, it has been learned. She was found in her Roppongi apartment with a slit wrist and was taken to a nearby hospital, but fortunately, it is said that she is in a non-life-threatening condition.
Azabu police received an emergency call at around 11:55am on September 11. Kago was found in her apartment with a slit wrist, and it is said that she was in a stupor at the time. It is suspected that she may have consumed a large …

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Sep 12 2011
JKT48

AKB48 has officially announced the creation of JKT48, a new sister group that will be based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Although plans for a Taiwan-based group were previously revealed, it appears that JKT48 will likely be AKB48′s first overseas sister group to officially launch.
The news of JKT48 was announced at an AKB48 event at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on Sunday. The new group will keep the same “idols you can meet” concept, and Akimoto Yasushi will still be the group’s overall producer.
Open auditions for JKT48′s first generation have also been announced, open …

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Sep 8 2011
Sonarpocket

Idol and talento Tokito Ami is reportedly in a relationship with ko-dai, the vocalist of the group Sonar Pocket. According to the Sports Nippon newspaper, the pair met about two years ago through their group of mutual friends, and they started dating about one year ago.
It is said that Tokito has already revealed the relationship to others in the entertainment industry, and ko-dai has also informed the other members of his group.

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Sep 8 2011
tsumani-child

Remembering Japan’s quake-tsunami disaster, one child writes how the earth rumbled and roared, another recalls that the black wave stank and a third, who lost her friend, calls the tsunami "greedy".
The stories — simply written, touching and often heart-breaking — are among a collection of children’s essays published in a book titled "Tsunami" that has touched a nerve in the traumatised nation.
The language is often innocent and unpolished, but the stories are so direct and powerful that to many readers they convey the horror of the disaster as deeply as …

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Sep 6 2011
mao-asada-fuji-tv-cutout

On September 2nd, Fuji TV put a message responding to the criticism about their biased and fabricated coverage on their website.
Stating that foreign stock holders, who have “voting securities”, are under 20%.
They then mentioned the reasons for cutting Kimigayo (Japan’s National anthem) and awards ceremonies of figure skating broadcasts. They said, “The sport relay has to be broadcast in real time, so they had to edit enormous images and information one after another and we sometimes can’t broadcast them in order to get the correct timing of those images and …

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Sep 6 2011
Perfume-super-sexy-technopop-girls

Electropop group Perfume made several announcements today, including two new releases, an arena tour, and a “dance contest.” First off, they will release a new untitled single on November 2 that will come with the commercial song “GLITTER” as the B-side. Details about the title track are still unknown, but it is said that it will have a big tie-in.
Then on November 30, Perfume will release “JPN,” their first new album since 2009. The tracklist will include their five latest singles since “Fushizen na Girl / Natural ni Koishite” last …

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Sep 4 2011
Kitahara-Rie

AKB48 member Kitahara Rie (20) will make her big screen debut in a live-action movie inspired by the popular manga “Grappler Baki.” Titled “Graffreeter Toki,” the movie is related to a stage play of the same name that was performed by Gekidan FEELD STAGE in March.
Written by Itagaki Keisuke, “Grappler Baki” is a manga about a man named Baki aiming to become the most powerful grappler in the world. The comedic “Graffreeter Toki” story is set in a downtown shopping street, where a land speculator is colluding with an evil …

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