August 8th, 2010


US military uses manga to reach out to Japan

TOKYO (AFP) – The US military is using manga to teach a new generation in Japan about the importance of their half-century security alliance in a new comic book series.

The story features an American boy called Usa-kun -- a word play on USA and "usagi", Japanese for rabbit -- who wears a hooded jacket with bunny ears and befriends a Japanese girl, Anzu Arai.

In the first issue of "Our Alliance -- A Lasting Partnership", to be published online Wednesday, the boy tells Anzu that he has come to defend her home because they are "important friends".

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MM 9th Gen Audition + Kamei Eri, Junjun, Linlin to Graduate

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Morning Musume will be having a triple graduation, a first for the group. Eri suffers from a skin condition called Atopic Dermatitis that continues to get worse and JunJun + Linlin will be heading back to China. The "good" news is that Morning Musume will be finally having a 9th generation audition.

lol why am i posting this mm fans where are you? i must say back in the day i did think eri was pretty useless but cute. and why is gaki still in the group

[H!P] Ai - Looking Down, [H!P] Ai - America

Tsunku's Statement About Eri, Junjun and Linlin's Graduations

Big announcement from the Morning Musume。

About the graduation of Eri Kamei, 6th generation member

Eri Kamei came to me several times regarding her health condition. One time, she said to me : "I would like to find the time to cure the atopic dermatitis that I'm suffering from".
Since the time she joined the Morning Musume。, it looks like she was dealing with symptoms like itching and slight skin color changes. She took medication to calm the symptoms down and she also used make-up to cover it but during live concerts, there is a lot of sweat and many outfits to put on, which made her recovery very difficult.

Some may say it is "just a skin problem" but according to doctors, an external problem like skin problem may move to an internal level. It may as well have an impact on her spirit, her mental level. Also, for her, it is a serious thing so she decided to focus on her recovery instead of letting it continue.

Eri Kamei will graduate from the Morning Musume。 and the Hello! Project on the last day of the Morning Musume。Autumn 2010 concert tour.

As for her activities after that, I intend to discuss with her after her full recovery.

About the graduation of Jun Jun and Lin Lin, 8th generation members (foreign students)

In May 2005, both of them joined the Morning Musume。as foreign students and today, while being skilled singers and entertainers, they also greatly improved their japanese proficiency and they are now grown-up women. This is why I took the decision to graduate both of them at the same time as Eri Kamei on the last day of the Morning Musume。Autumn 2010 concert tour.

After graduation, they will enter a period of preparation before focusing on their singers and entertainer career in China.

August 8th 2010
Morning Musume。 Producer

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Source: Here
Pictures: Here, here and here.

Apparently he also said on his blog he's only picking 1 girl from the Auditions. The fawk Tsunku, this better mean you're adding Eggs too. Saho Akari and Sengoku Minami please. ♥
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HALCALI control stage at ROCK IN JAPAN FES

The ROCK IN JAPAN music festival has just finished and the excitement still lingers, especially for those who attended the SOUND OF FOREST performance by HALCALI. The 2MC girl unit took control of the stage with their appearance.

HALCALI started off their set with the coupling track from their “Re: Yasashii Kimochi” single, “Orange Sunset.” The duo enthusiastically interacted with the audience as they moved freely over the stage, getting everyone into the groove. The audience soon started clapping their hands to the beat and the whole atmosphere of the SOUND OF FOREST live was happy and energetic.

The witty banter from the girls even got the audience to laugh. During one MC segment YUCALI faced the crowd and announced, “Right now this is the best feeling!” HALCA turned to her partner and retorted, “Really? It’s not too hot?” YUCALI continued with, “isn’t it a pleasant heat though?” After the cute MC segment the girls continued on with a live performance of their new track, “Kaminari Girl,” which smoothly moved into the dance beat of “ZIG ZAG SATURDAY NIGHT.“ By this point the audience was really dancing along to the fun beat.

At this point YUCALI turned to the audience and yelled out, “Alright it is time to get to work! I believe in you SOUND OF FOREST!” She then yelled the introduction, “Summer Time Baby~,” to HALCALI’s song “Giri Giri Surf Rider” into the audience and was met with an overwhelming response of “how high?” from the fans.

Last year they finished up their performance with the collaboration cover “Konya wa Boogie Back” with TOKYO No. 1 SOUL SET. This year they decided to end with their song “Harukari Michi ~19 no yoru~.” After the performance they introduced their crew and let their DJ, DJ KiMJUN, play a set of music. HALCALI had great fighting spirit and energy throughout the whole performance, but it always seems best when they are being their own adorable selves.


Japanese government ministry awards TOKIO

TOKIO’s environmental efforts to clean up Tokyo Bay have been commended by one of Japan’s government ministries, it was announced yesterday, reports Daily Sports and Sports Hochi.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s Kanto Regional Development Bureau had awarded the Marine Day Award to TOKIO on August 7 because the group had “helped to spread awareness of the role the environment plays”.

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Takki new Johnny’s website producer

Johnny’s have a new official website!

Produced by Hideaki Takizawa (28), “滝CHANnel (Taki CHANnel)” opened on August 6, and will include galleries of Johnny’s Jr. photos and behind-the-scenes information.

While Johnny’s & Associates currently have two official websites, Johnny’s Net and Johnny’s web (mobile website), this is the first to feature a large number of Johnny’s talents photos.

Until recently the agency has had strict control over publishing of Johnny’s talents on drama websites and news websites.  However, people have noticed a change since the agency allowed photos of their stars on the 60th NHK 紅白歌合戦 (Kohaku Uta Gassen) website at the beginning of this year.

Photo galleries and quizzes are still under construction but it’s worth visiting!
You can see which Johnny’s Jr. has a birthday, and get a quick profile.