October 9th, 2011

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'Cool Japan' debuts in Singapore

SINGAPORE — The government Thursday kicked off the Cool Japan cultural promotion by boasting the nation's brands in a Singapore department store on the famed Orchard Road shopping strip.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said products from 15 Japanese fashion brands, including Beams, which is popular with young people, will be sold at the Harajuku Street Style cluster of brand outlets for three months from October as part of the joint public-private campaign, which starts with Cool Japan Month.

The government-backed project seeks to attract consumers and enhance the brands' recognition in Singapore and in the broader Asian market.

Tadahiro Matsushita, senior vice minister for economy, trade and industry, told a reception that the Singapore launch "is aimed at contributing to the growing Asian consumer market."

Similar projects are planned for India, China, France, Italy, the United States, Brazil and South Korea. The Cool Japan festival planned for Mumbai next March will focus on Japanese luxury brands and jewelry.

Matsushita is in Singapore with representatives of several small and medium-size Japanese companies to introduce fashion, apparel and food. Also on tap will be Japan travel, food and "anime" animation promotional fairs.

AWCG Ltd., a Japanese company representing the Harajuku brands, and Singapore fashion house 77th Street Inc. signed a memorandum Thursday to promote Japanese fashion brands in Singapore and Asia starting with a flagship store expected to open in the city-state in May.
Cool Japan aims to help the Japanese economy recover after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and also to reboot the popularity of the nation's pop culture among Asian youth, who have of late turned their attention to Korean pop.

Other upcoming projects include joint development of cartoon characters in India and promotion of Japanese products in China through television programs in cooperation with a Japanese entertainment company.

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Anyone excited after reading the list of countries? *wiggle eyebrows*

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Obaachan knows how to tango. What is life?

With more people living well into their 80s and beyond, the problem of how to stay fit, alert and happy for as long as possible in their golden years has become important for both seniors and their caregivers.

Across the country, some nursing homes have introduced "tango therapy" to their residents and have achieved great success because the Argentine dance has an amazing effect of reinvigorating both body and mind.

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One more thing to add in your retirement plan...which is still a long way to go, I know XD

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Displaced Fukushima choir to perform @ Japan Grand Prix F-1 final

FUKUSHIMA--The nuclear disaster caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami has displaced a teenage choir from Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. However, the crisis has also given the choir an opportunity to sing the national anthem at an upcoming Formula One race in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, on Sunday.

The MJC Ensemble, a group of local middle and high school girls, will sing the "Kimigayo" national anthem at the opening ceremony of the Japan Grand Prix F-1 final. The 17-member group hopes its singing will show people around the world that Fukushima will remain strong.

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I'm sure the teenage choir will give their best. Ganbare! :)

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A good reason to have an FB acc and click "Like" now

KESENNUMA, Miyagi--The city of Kesennuma, hit hard by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, has created a multilingual Facebook account to share locals' stories and pictures of the disaster and their reconstruction efforts with people around the world.

The city is the first disaster-hit municipality to provide such information in foreign languages on the popular U.S. social networking site. The city's account currently has more than 1,000 "friends," meaning people who visit and "like" the page.

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Kamenashi in Arashi ni Shiyagare!!

Air date: October 15


Kame will be a guest (alongside his Yokai Ningen Bemu co-star Kitamura Kazuki).


Brother Guest: Kazuki Kitamura
Corner Guest: Kamenashi Kazuya
Set Guest: Akira Goto Group (Football Hour)

credits: 1, 2, 3

Fandom is totally depressing these days, we need more of this to brighten up the day.
Mark the date! I really want to see Eternal Jeanist Kame vs Best New Jeanist Aiba, Diva Kame vs Diva Jun, and some OhnoXKame moments.

Amuro to release 2nd 2011 single

A new single by Namie Amuro has been announced today by her management, Vision Factory. The currently untitled single does not have an official release date as of yet but it will feature her song for the upcoming Fuji TV drama, "Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu." Fans can catch a preview of the song when the drama debuts on October 17th.

Source: Vision Factory
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Major tie-in for Namie Amuro's new song

The upcoming Fuji Tv primetime drama "Watashi ga renai dekinai riyuu" will have a theme song by Namie Amuro.
The drama series is one of the most anticipated from the autumn season and it's starring model/actress Karina (27), Yoshitaka Yuriko (23) and AKB48’s Oshima Yuko (22). The drama will premiere on October 17th.

This is according to the magazine cut below and has not yet been confirmed by the drama website.

Source: magazine cut; translation by yours truly

Ashida Mana reveals PV for “Suteki na Nichiyobi ~Gyu Gyu good day!~”

On October 7th, Ashida Mana’s PV for her debut single “Suteki na Nichiyobi ~Gyu Gyu good day!~” was unveiled!

As reported before, this upcoming single was featured for a Seven & I’s CM and is an energetic and cheerful song featuring the cute smile and dancing of this 7-years-old child actress. This single is set for release on October 26th.

Check out her PV below!