June 27th, 2011

New CMs in 2011 starring EXILE members!

Some weeks old but not posted here yet...


Official poster for "Otona no Kirin Lemon" 2011

EXILE members (from left) AKIRA (29), TAKAHIRO (26), and MAKIDAI (35) recently appear in the new versions of "Otona no Kirin Lemon" CM. Previously, only MAKIDAI and TAKAHIRO have appeared in the CM, but for the new version, AKIRA is added to the cast.

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bjyx

Latest underage Johnny to be caught in a scandal

Shuukan Josei will publish a story tomorrow about Hey!Say!Jump's youngest member Morimoto Ryutaro (16) who was caught for underage smoking in two pictures from when he was 14 and 15 respectively.

The following excerpts are from the article:

Hey!Say!Jump is a Johnny's group with 10 male members and debuted in September 07. They have been the Harukou volleyball special support group. They also hold the youngest record for a group to perform in Tokyo Dome.

For such a popular group, why is there underage smoking problems?

It seems that since a while ago, Morimoto has been smoking in toilets and outside openly. Even when people have raised concerns about it being bad if discovered, he had replied "It's fine, don't worry" (daijyoubu daijyoubu).

Hey!Say!Jump will release their new single 'Over' on June 29. Hope they will rethink their actions next time as to not hurt the fans, as well as cause damage to their young bodies.



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soooo....about hsj following in the foot steps of news.....

AKB48 dating simulation game gets a sequel set in Guam



On Monday, Bandai Namco Games announced that it is releasing a sequel to the PlayStation Portable game “AKB 1/48 Idol to Koi Shitara…” that came out last December. The sequel will again be an “ultimate dating fantasy game” involving all 48 regular members of idol group AKB48, but this time it will be set on the island of Guam.

Like the first game, the sequel “AKB 1/48 Idol to Guam de Koi Shitara…” allows players to pursue a romance with their favorite member, turning down the other 47 members in the process. The whole story has been rewritten for the setting in Guam, and the game will include scenes with the members in bikinis on the beach. For another scene, member Oshima Yuko said she was granted her dream of riding on a Harley Davidson motorcycle in Guam.

The game is being released on October 6, 2011. The standard edition will retail for 5,229 yen and come with a photograph of a member. There will also be a limited-time edition for 7,329 yen that comes with three photographs and a UMD with video clips that were not used in the game, as well as a first-press limited edition for 13,629 yen that comes with several extras, including a making-of DVD and a Blu-ray Disc with the confession scenes from the first game.

For the photographs, there are 4 versions for each member, for a total of 192 different pictures.

Standard Version



Limited-time version



First-press limited version



Sources: Mantan Web, Natalie, Sankei Sports, Eiga
Translated by: Tokyograph
bjyx

Update on HSJ and making headlines everywhere

Hey!Say! underage member smoking, entertainment activities stopped indefinitely


Official statement:
Today, there are some news articles, which we validated with Morimoto Ryutaro himself. He admits that he has smoked out of curiosity on several occassions before. Although he is very sorry for his behaviour and in self-scrutiny, however underage smoking as a violation of the law is common knowledge and an unacceptable behaviour. Our company has always placed emphasis on educating them in this regard. To face the facts, from now on, Morimoto will cease all of his activities in the entertainment field indefinitely.
We sincerely apologize for the trouble caused to all fans and related persons.
-Johnnys Jimusho


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shuukan josei post on arama

wow.... their response is fast! And harsh
Magic Seohyun

4Minute to come back with Japanese version of 'Heart to Heart'

 


Girl group 4minute will be focusing on their Japanese promotions after member HyunA wraps up her solo promotions in Korea.

Cube Entertainment announced on June 27th, “On August 24th, 4minute will release a Japanese version of “Heart 2 Heart” and jump straight into Japanese promotions.”

They continued, “In the beginning of July, HyunA will start promoting her solo album. She will be working on both things at once.”

They will look to spread their hits in Japan this summer.


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Omona
AllKPop
Money Today

Ok it's my first post and I'm really, really new, I hope I did everything's right.
I'm pretty upset about this. 'First' and 'Why ?' where new Japanese song, why are they coming back with a Japanese version of a Korean song, now ? Especially 'Heart to Heart'. It's boring and even the girls were saying they liked 'Mirror Mirror' better...
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RUMOR: Akimoto Yasushi to produce AKB48's Rival group



According Shunkan Playboy, aki-p will produce a new 48 group. In difference with the other sister groups, this group is said to be created to be "AKB's rival".

The pronunciation of the name is still unknown (it could be "Nogazaka forty six" or "Nogasaka yonjuuroku", among others). This group will be under Sony.

Sony was AKB's label before they switched to King Records and made their break. Sony says "Indeed, the "Lost fishes" (Nogashita Sakanatachi) was big. We really feel frustrated for letting them go. With this protect, we will seriously aim to beat AKB48"

When asked why "Nogazaka46" as name, they replied "Probably something Akimoto-san came up with.. perhaps because our Office is located in Nogazaka?"

1st Gen auditions will start this summer. why the creation of a rival group, the significance in the number being 46 and further information will be revealed in the future.

(Shukan playboy was the one behind the "Eguchi Aimi" as well. let's hope they are not joking again.)

Source: Weekly Playboy
Translated by: Everyday 48 Forums

Shota talks about his creative process + new seductive pictures

 
Shimizu Shota, after his third album, COLORS, in March, will be releasing a collaboration with longtime friend Kato Miliyah as well as a new single. The singer/songwriter sat down with Excite last week to discuss his new single, "love" and the creative process that he goes through when writing and producing his music. 

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Source: Excite
Hard work & translation: dookmi 

jfc this took me like 3 hrs to translate! anyway, I always forget this perfect bb is so involved with his music. writing, producing, composing, etc. such a legend and better than anyone you listen to.
sexy honey

your daily dose of spiritual goodness! okada junichi megapost.

Okada Junichi's newly released summer themed CM for Kirin's Fire canned coffee beverages.



Also to promote the upcoming Studio Ghibli film "Kokurikozaka kara" the actor and V6 member graced the pages of two magazines this week and the last.

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pictures from na7 @ weibo

can he get any more gorgeous? good god

Waltz

Nakai Masahiro & Azumi Shinichiro to host 8 hour long music program



On July 16, TBS will broadcast a live music show called "Ongaku no Hi" ("Music Day"). It will last a total of 7 hours and 40 minutes, setting the all-time record for longest single music show ever televised. SMAP's Nakai Masahiro (38) and TBS announcer Azumi Shinichiro (37) will serve as hosts.

At a length of 7 hours and 40 minutes, "Ongaku no Hi" will surpass even the big year-end music events like NHK's Kouhaku Uta Gassen and Fuji TV's FNS Kayousai. Currently, the longest such show is TBS's "Countdown TV Special" at the end of every year, which was 5 hours and 15 minutes last year. Nakai also hosted that show, and he has previously hosted Kouhaku Uta Gassen on 6 separate occasions.

Approximately 50 artists will perform on the show. According to the TBS website, the roster currently includes:

* Ishikawa Sayuri
* AKB48
* Every Little Thing
* Ogura Kei
* Kayama Yuzo
* KARA
* Kuraki Mai
* Sato Muneyuki
* SID
* JUJU
* Sukima Switch
* Tokunaga Hideaki
* Dream Morning Musume
* Nakagawa Shoko
* Hikawa Kiyoshi
* FUNKY MONKEY BABYS
* flumpool
* Becky
* Makihara Noriyuki
* Minami Kosetsu
* Moriyama Ryoko
* Rake

"Ongaku no Hi" will be aired from 7:00pm to 2:40am.

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KAT-TUN Announces New Single "Run For You"!

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KAT-TUN's new single RUN FOR YOU will be released 2011.08.03. Included in the single will be tie-in songs Cosmic Child and Diamond.

'Run For You' Longer Preview from CM Making 
'Run For You' Preview from CM 
Diamond Preview

why does Run For You sound like 2 different songs in those previews?

Release Date: August 3, 2011

Run For You - Suzuki Solio CM Song
Cosmic Child - Wing 'Zurui Bra' & 'Zurui Panties' CM Song
Diamond - NTV Baseball Relay Image Song/Going!Sports&News Theme Song


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credits: http://kt-newsinfo.livejournal.com/76899.html

so this is where all the new songs are gonna be included. will we still get the yearly album though?
Run For You is a different sound, but it's definitely KAT-TUN style. :)
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Live-action “Rurouni Kenshin” movie confirmed, starring Sato Takeru



There have been rumors of a live-action “Rurouni Kenshin” movie since last summer, but now the project is officially confirmed. Actor Sato Takeru (22) will star under director Otomo Keishi (“Ryomaden”), with Warner Bros. producing.

The film is scheduled for release in 2012, though the staff is aiming to make it successful enough to continue as a series. Given the international popularity of “Rurouni Kenshin,” there is also hope that the movie gets released overseas as well.

The original manga, written by Watsuki Nobuhiro, originally ran in Weekly Shonen Jump (Shueisha) from 1994 to 1999. The story has been collected into 28 tankoubon volumes, and there are more than 50 million copies of the books in print. It has been translated and released in 23 countries, and a successful television anime adaptation came out in 1996.

Sato acknowledged that there is a “very high hurdle” in living up to everyone’s image of the iconic character. However, Watsuki commented that when the project was just starting, he discussed with his wife whom they thought should play Kenshin, and Sato was #1 on their list.

Preparations for the project started about 3 years ago, and Sato was offered the role after his appearance in “Ryomaden.”

Filming for “Rurouni Kenshin” is scheduled to begin in July.

Tokyograph

Never read this manga but I hope he does well,big fan.
model jun

Arashi's Ninomiya kazunari talks about Sasaki Nozomi rumors for the first time



Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari (28), who on the 26th started doing Arashi's Waku Waku School in Tokyo Dome, recently spoke for the first time about his [rumored] relationship with model Sasaki Nozomi (23), saying, "We get along normally." It was back in May that publications first began to allude to Ninomiya and Sasaki's more than neutral relationship.

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...riiiight.

rough translation done by me from
Daily Sports Online
other reports (Japanese) can be found @
Asahi, Sponichi Annex, News24, Sanspo and TV Asahi News