Preview of a new under water themed photoshoot featuring alan.
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Newly formed idol group, Nanairo Fantasy, made their debut last weekend at the GIRLs-RockPop event at Harajuku Astro Hall in Tokyo.
The group just opened their website on August 11th, and they are slowly gaining fans.
The group itself consists of seven seiyuu (voice actress) idols and are split into two groups.
Sakurai’s special, titled “嵐・櫻井翔が緊急リポート！ 世界の貧困と格差社会の現実～マンホールで暮らす人々とは～ (Arashi - Sho Sakurai’s Breaking News! The reality of global poverty and social disparity ~people who live in manholes~ )” sent him to Moscow to interview Nobel Peace Prize winning former head of state Mikhail Gorbachev (79).( Collapse )
Japan lost its place to China as the world’s No. 2 economy in the second quarter as receding global growth sapped momentum and stunted a shaky recovery.
Gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of just 0.4%, the government said Monday, far below expectations of 2.3% growth in a Kyodo news agency survey.
The figures underscore China’s emergence as an economic power that is changing everything from the global balance of military and financial power to how cars are designed. It is already the biggest exporter, auto buyer and steel producer, and its worldwide influence is growing.
China has surpassed Japan in quarterly GDP figures before but its passing of Japan in the second quarter is likely to mark the period in which the lead became insurmountable.
China’s economy will almost certainly be bigger than Japan’s at the end of 2010 because of the big difference in each country’s growth rates. China is growing at about 10 percent a year while Japan’s economy is forecast to grow 3 percent this year.
Japan’s nominal GDP, which isn’t adjusted for price and seasonal variations, was worth $1.286 trillion in the April-to-June quarter compared with $1.335 trillion for China. The figures are converted into dollars based on an average exchange rate for the quarter.
Japan has held the No. 2 spot after the U.S. since 1968, when it overtook West Germany. From the ashes of World War II, the country rose to become a global manufacturing and financial powerhouse. But its so-called “economic miracle” turned into a massive real estate bubble in the 1980s before imploding in 1991.
What followed next was a decade of stagnant growth and economic malaise from which the country never really recovered. Prime Minister Naoto Kan now faces a long list of daunting problems: a rapidly aging and shrinking population, persistently weak domestic demand, deflation, a strong yen and slowing growth in key export markets.
In contrast, China’s growth has been spectacular, its voracious appetite fueling demand for resources, machinery and products from the developing world as well as rich economies like Japan and Australia. China is Japan’s top trading partner and has been key in Japan’s recovery from the global recession.
Headworks Organization is the company that represents the estate of Hide, who died under controversial circumstances in 1998. The firm is run by his brother Matsumoto Hiroshi (42), who seemed to be on good terms with the rest of the band during a memorial service for Hide held in May. During last week's two concerts in Yokohama, Hide's image was used on stage as it has been at all the band's shows since their reunion in 2008. But the money problems began some time ago.
When X Japan reunited in 2008, they signed a ¥600 million contract with music production company Nexstar Corporation, who put on the band's concerts. The deal included the use of some recordings, advance royalties and contract money. Nexstar reportedly made some ¥2.5 billion from concert ticket and merchandise sales over the following two years. But JMA never saw the money, and Yoshiki filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against Nexstar back in March seeking ¥375 million in damages. Headworks has reportedly received ¥300 million from Nexstar, and they have now instructed JMA to pay ¥2 billion to Nexstar or no longer be allowed to use Hide's image.
The tangled financial web will hopefully not hinder the band's upcoming assault on North America, with a concert tour due to start in September. As Yoshiki said, "I think the one who is suffering most in this is Hide. But with or without his image, we are still spreading our wings together."
The last single that the duo released was in June of 2008 with “Koiuta/Progress”, that sold over 100K copies. While fans worried that the duo might not be coming back, Tackey mentioned earlier to not worry and that they will be back… together.
Tackey & Tsubasa have announced six concert dates, two per month starting in October in Nagoya and ending in December in Yokohama.
10/10~11 Nagoya Gaishi Hall
11/2~3 Kobe World Memorial Hall
12/18~19 Yokohama Arena
Anime News Network reports that Ai Yazawa's popular "Paradise Kiss" manga series will be turned into a live-action film, starring Keiko Kitagawa and Osamu Mukai. The project will be announced in the next issue of the fashion magazine Zipper.Source: Tokyograph
"Paradise Kiss" tells the story of a high school girl named Yukari (Kitagawa) who meets a group of fashion school students. After they transform her into a model, she gains a passion for fashion and meets a romantic interest.
The supporting cast is said to include Natsuki Kato, Aya Omasa, Kento Kaku, Shunji Igarashi, and Yusuke Yamamoto.
The release date for the film is not yet known.