September 29th, 2011


AKB48 Sings Its Way Into China’s Heart

One of the hottest things in Japan right now is the idol group AKB48. This army of teenage singers, besides experimenting with creepy, Frankenstein vocaloids, has taken the world by storm, topping Japanese pop charts for close to three years.

But are they more than just your run-of-the-mill idol group? Majirox reports that recently the group has pledged “idol diplomacy” to help with relations between Japan and China. Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty.

AKB48′s idol diplomacy raises a question: do Japan and China really need this extra attention to their foreign relations? Can’t they just get along?

Japan and China

Japan and China, while sharing very similar cultural roots and lots of language, haven’t always been on the best terms.

Discounting the hundreds and hundreds of years of battles between the two countries (because let’s face it: who wasn’t invaded by the Mongols?), the last hundred years of history between Japan and China have been especially tumultuous.

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It's official: Arashi is gay

Or NEWS is breaking up or something.

Anyway, a few days back songwriter/lyricist Shimoji Yu dropped a cryptic message in his twitter.

"I heard something shocking about a certain group today. I had guessed at it before, though. It's a shame, but reality is harsh, isn't it? When I think that this was happening behind closed doors, I feel sorry for the fans. They didn't get a say... I'm going to bed."

The tweet was swiftly deleted but that hasn't stopped 2ch and the rest of Japan from having a field day with this, as should we.

So what have you, Arama?

Arashi being outed from the Jimusho closet?

NEWS finally getting a humane euthanasia?

AKB48 not really an army of schoolgirl-skirted droids?

Possibilities abound. What's your interpretation?


Benefactor leaves 10 million yen donation in toilet

SAITAMA (majirox news) — A benefactor left a wad of 10 million yen(around $135,000) in cash in a toilet at Sakado City Hall in Saitama prefecture together with a note saying “let the people of Tohoku use this,” Sakado officials said.

Sakado officials announced the find on Sept. 28, saying that if the benefactor did not have a change of heart and came forward to reclaim the money, they would donate the cash to the Japanese Red Cross.

“We’re moved at this very valuable request from a citizen,” Sakado Mayor Hitoshi Iri said.

City officials said a government employee found the cash and note in a multi-purpose toilet on the first floor of City Hall on Sept. 22. It was wrapped in a plastic shopping bag. The note read: “I’m all alone.Please let the people of Tohoku (the victims of the tsunami) use this.”

City officials believe the money was left in the toilet by an elderly man.

Police said that if the person who left the money in the toilet can be identified it cannot be recognized as lost property. The city will,however, in accordance with the law, hold the cash for three months after which time the city will be entitled to claim the cash if the rightful owner does not do so.


Arashi’s Jun Matsumoto to star in beauty website commercials

Fans will be able to see Arashi’s Jun Matsumoto make several different comments about women’s hair and nails in his upcoming commercials, reports Sankei Sports and Sponichi Annex.

Matsumoto will star in two commercials for Japan’s beauty website Hot Pepper Beauty, which go on air from today. It has been reported in the commercials, Matsumoto looks at the camera, where a girl is supposedly sitting, and comments about herhairstyle or nails.  The Arashi star was asked to say up to 20 different comments, and different comments will be aired depending on the region it’s shown in.

But with comments like, “my heart starts beating faster when I look at you”, it has been reported Matsumoto found it hard to say his lines with a straight face.

“I was embarrassed throughout filming, sometimes I’d just start laughing, but it was fun,” he said.


Ashida Mana, Nakama Yukie, Sato Ryuta added to the stellar cast of Nankyoku Tairiku

Old news, but not posted here yet!

TBS is not holding anything back for their 60th anniversary fall drama, "Nankyoku Tairiku", already helming a star-studded cast of drama king himself, Kimura Takuya, Ayase Haruka, Sakai Masato, Yamamoto Yusuke, Shibata Kyohei, Terajima Susumu, Ogata Naoto, Kagawa Teruyuki, and Kimura Tae. Touted as the biggest drama production in the network's history, it has recently added even more stars, with Nakama Yukie, Sato Ryuta and popular child actress-cum-ratings puller, Ashida Mana to its stellar cast. Veteran heavyweight, Watase Tsunehiko has also joined this gigantic cast of charismatic actors.

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I see heavyweights everywhere in this drama. Good luck to Kimura, the whole cast and the production team. Hoping only success for this big-budgeted drama! :)

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Which Arashi pair is your favorite?

A recent 3-Day Goo Ranking I found that I thought was cute. Over 2,000 people voted who their favorite Arashi pair was (also known as OTP). Of course the Japanese fandom names are different, so I put the English names in parenthesis (and explanations for those some where warranted).  Enjoy.

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Now they should do a poll on who would be the seme and uke in these relationships.

Enjoy this Sakumoto gif.

its okaaay to be gaaaay.
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Meet the four 10th generation members of Morning Musume!

Left to right: Kudo Haruka, Sato Masaki, Ishida Ayumi, Iikubo Haruna

On September 29th, the 10th generation members of idol group Morning Musume were revealed during the concert, “Concert Tour 2011 Aki Ai BELIEVE~Takahashi Ai Sotugyou Kinen Special~“, which was held at the Nippon Budokan. These four members were chosen from an astounding 6,000 applicants.

Fans at the concert were introduced to 10th generation members Iikubo Haruna (16), Ishida Ayumi (14), Sato Masaki (12), and Kudo Haruka (11).

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Sexy Zone has goal of performing overseas

Appearing on stage holding a single rose, the CD debut of a new, five-member group from Johnny’s was announced at an event in Tokyo on September 29, reports Daily Sports Online, Sports Hochi, and Asahi Shimbun.

The members are Kento Nakajima (17), Fuma Kikuchi (16), Shori Sato (14), So Matsushima (13), and Marius Yo (11).  With an average age of 14, Sexy Zone is the youngest group to debut from Johnny’s to date.

They will make their CD debut in November with the single “Sexy Zone”.  It has been reported the group’s vision is, “夢は国と国とのかけはし (dreams are what bring countries together)”.

The group’s first responsibility will be to support the 2011 Volleyball World Cup starting on November 4 as special supporters.  Other Johnny’s groups such as V6, Arashi, NEWS, and Hey! Say! JUMP made their debut in a similar way to this as well.

It has been reported the five members were selected a few days ago from the 200 or so Johnny’s Jr. members based on their looks, vocals, dancing, acting, and career potential.  It has been reported Johnny’s & Associates president Johnny Kitagawa was looking for a group who were not just イケメン (handsome/cool men), but could also pull off sexy.

On top of this, Marius is the first half-Japanese, half-German Johnny’s talent to make a professional debut, perhaps hinting there is a possibility the group will work overseas as well.  Marius had only come back to Japan three months ago after living in Germany for a number of years.

“I hope we can perform concerts not only in Germany, but all over Europe,” he said.

Sexy Zone had been told about their debut by Mr Kitagawa less than an hour before their press event, which gave the five boys quite a shock.

“It was a huge surprise!  I guess it’s fate that the five of us have come together.  I hope we can work together and help each other to create a new age and new zone,” Nakajima said.

“I feel the pressure, but I want to work hard enough to be able to go further than our seniors,” Kikuchi said.

“I want to be able to release a lot of singles and albums and spread our name across Japan,” Sato said.

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Johnny's new unit "Sexy Zone" gets CD debut this fall

The rumour has just become real!!!

Johnny will debut their second set unit this year after Kis-My-Ft2 last August. Members are Nakajima Kento (17), Fuma Kikuchi (16), Sato Shori (14), Matsushima Sou (13), and Yu Marius (11). The 5 members group have an average age of 14.2 years old.

This group will become the special supporter for the "FIVB World Cup Volleyball Tournament 2011".

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Sorry about the pictures mixed-up. edit with the real pic of shori

Secret Attacked by Japanese Netizens for their Fraudulent Album Jacket Photos

Th Korean girl group Secret expanded the Hallyu fever by making their Japanese debut in July 2011 with “Madonna”. However, they have been much criticized by Japanese netizens recently. Apparently, Secret’s album jacket photos and their actual appearances differ too much. Japanese netizens made harsh comments like, “Koreans do not only get plastic surgery for their actual appearances, but their pictures are also fake.”

On September 28, a netizen started the topic on a popular online community board by saying, “K-pop star ‘Secret’, photos and actual appearances do not match
and gathered many viewers. The comparison was made between Secret’s
Korean jacket photo of “Starlight Moonlight” and a photo of their stage
performance in Japan. Netizens commented that the arms and legs of the jacket photo are far more slim and long compared to their stage photo.

Japanese netizens continued their harsh criticizing by leaving the following comments, “I knew that Korean girl groups undergo plastic surgery, but is it normal that even their photos undergo the same?” “Are they really the same persons?” and “When I first saw the album jacket photo, I was like ‘wow’, but now I am like ‘naah’.”

loyal Japanese fans defended Secret by saying, “The members of Secret
had to bend their legs slightly to perform the dances, that is why their
legs look less slim” and “netizens always scrutinize every little

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