October 8th, 2011


Oricon ranks the most anticipated fall dramas

The drama fall season is slowly approaching and the first new shows have already started this week, so it’s the perfect time for Oricon to reveal the results of their regular, ‘Which drama do you anticipate the most?‘, ranking which is conducted before every new season.

Oricon surveyed 1,000 men and women from their teens to their forties in order to find out which dramas they are excited for. This season it seems like most people are looking forward to Sakurai Sho (Arashi) playing a butler with a wicked tongue in the drama “Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de” (Fuji TV), while Fuji TV’s Monday drama about loveless women, “Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu“, ranked second, followed by Kimura Takuya freezing yet heartwarming “Nankyoku Tairiku” (TBS).


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Oshima Yuko, Kasai Tomomi and Matsui Rena form a new unit! "Sukeban Girls"

AKB48's Oshima Yuko, Kasai Tomomi and SKE48's Matsui Rena formed a special unit named "Sukeban Girls" to promote a new pachinko game.

The girls recorded two original songs and PVs to be used in the game: "Tsupparu Riyuu" that will be used during normal gameplay and "Tomo yo Yoake ni Machiawaseyou", song that will only be used when the player reaches an special part in the game.

Just like with Team Z earlier this year, there are plans to release various Sukeban Girs goods in the future.

Whether the songs and pvs will be released or not is still unknown.

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Japan-South Korea recent reconciliation efforts

Noda to visit Seoul to deepen ties


SEOUL — Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will make a two-day visit to Seoul from Oct. 18 for talks with South Korean President Lee Myung Bak in an attempt to develop future-oriented ties between the two countries, officials said Thursday.

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Anyone interested in reading the content of the Japan-South Korea treaty in 1965 regarding the compensation, can read here.  It's still a long way to go, but it's nice to know both sides are making efforts.