October 20th, 2011

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Takako Uehara takes legal actions against Shukan Bunshun's defamatory claims

As some of you may already know, last month she appeared among others in a list of Celebrities that have Connections with Japan's Organized Crime, published by Shukan Bunshun's magazine.
She denied all these accusations of being a Yakuza ho and is ready to sue their asses off~.

Other black listed celebrities: Nakai Masahiro-papa, EXILE, Mizuki Arisa, Hideaki Ito, Downtown, and some enka singers.

ETA: Here's the list http://www.officiallyjd.com/archives/56289/ 

Source: Yahoo Japan , ChoScandalous, 2ch

... Does this mean SPEED's new single is gonna be postponed?!?! D:

Madame Tussauds Tokyo Unveils AKB48 Oshima Yuko Wax Figure

Today, AKB48 member Oshima Yuko unveiled a wax figure of herself at Madame Tussauds, Tokyo. Just like the rest of the other famous celebrities wax figures featured at Madame Tussauds, this was a exact replica of the idol where her measurements were taken back in July. To make it as realistic as possible, more than 150 places of the subject body would usually be measure and then production would take up to four months and cost around 19 million yen.

Madame Tussauds Tokyo exhibition had recently opened in 30 Sep 2011 at the Decks commercial complex in Tokyo’s Odaiba area, and it will continue until 4 Jan 2012. Seventeen wax figure are being displayed at the show, with another two more expected to join later. Another famous musician featured at the exhibition is Yoshiki Hayashi, leader of Japanese heavy metal band “X Japan”.


Masuwaka Tsubasa firmly denies divorce rumors

Previously, we reported on the rumors saying that model Masuwaka Tsubasa would divorce her husband, Umeda Naoki, by the end of the year. On October 19th, both Masuwaka and Umeda firmly denied those rumors through their official blogs.

In the entry, the couple wrote, “Let us make a comment as the Umeda family. There is absolutely no truth in what has been reported. We are utterly shocked with these reports.

The agency made a statement through fax as well, saying “We feel very regretful that the details are different from the truth.


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Toyota, Yonekura, Ishihara & Kutsuna get awarded for their beautiful legs

On the 19th, the four actresses Toyota Maho (44), Yonekura Ryoko (36), Ishihara Satomi (24), and Kutsuna Shiori (18) received the “Clarino Beautiful Legs Award 2011” for their healthy and beautiful legs.

It was the ninth time that ‘Clarino‘, a leather brand of kuraray, honored four female celebrities from different age groups with the said award.

Yonekura revealed the secret to her beautiful legs and said, “Due to work I have a pretty irregular life and can’t always pay attention to the condition of my legs, but I try to get massages, exercise a lot, and use creams very often.” She was wearing a pretty mini-dress and commented, “I’m going to film at a wine bar (for the drama “HUNTER“) after this, so this dress should be just right.

This year it was the first time they gave the award to a teenager and Kutsuna was the first to receive one. She commented, “I moved around a lot during my childhood, so I’ve got some muscles early on. I’d like to pay more attention to the care (of my legs) from now on, since I’ll be turning twenty very soon.

Ishihara commented, “Using this award as a motivation, maybe I can improve on my physical strength and not become tired so quick anymore.

Toyota revealed, “My figure is changing, but I’ve successfully lost 5 kg for this award ceremony.

Source + Pictures: Sanspo, NikkanSPA! & tokyohive

Sasaki Nozomi to play an evil nun in the drama, “Kaito Royale”

t’s been revealed that actress/model Sasaki Nozomi is going to play a boss character in TBS’s upcoming midnight drama, “Kaito Royale“.

“Kaito Royale” is a live-action adaptation of a popular social game on Mobage, where players are able to become different types of phantom thieves and collect treasures. The thief characters were already revealed through the two previous announcements ([1] [2]), but now we actually got to know one of the boss characters who will make it difficult for the protagonists to snatch away the goods.

Sasaki is going to slip into the role of a machine-gun-wielding nun, who goes by the name of ‘Sister Snake‘. It’s the first time for ’sweet’ Sasaki to play a bad woman, but it looks like she had more problems adapting to the outfit, rather than the role.

She commented, “The outfit is actually divided into many small details and parts, which made it quite difficult to put it on.” She added, “I heard that she is a very bothersome boss for the players in the game, but the drama features an original story. Look forward to find out how she’s going to be involved with the protagonists.

The producer of the drama explained why they chose Sasaki for the role. He stated, “It’s a role that’s exactly opposite to Sasaki’s existing image. We believe that this gap is going to have a fresh and interesting effect (on the character).

“Kaito Royale” is said to contain mystery, suspense, action, and (probably) love. The four protagonists are played by Matsuzaka Tori, Omasa Aya, Fukushi Seiji, and Chansung (2PM).

The first episode is scheduled to air on October 28th.

Source + Pictures: Oricon & tokyohive

Why some mothers 'sell' their children for dirty deals

Japan is a “lolicon superpower” in which the rampant “Lolita complex,” the adult male fixation on preteen girls, fuels a persistent demand for, to quote from Shukan Asahi’s headline, “children sold by their mothers.”

The magazine (Oct 28) tells the following stories and several others like it, but doesn’t say how many cases they represent. Are they aberrations, or more typical than anyone likes to think? 

“My parents divorced when I was in second grade,” says Chisato, now 17. “Mama was in the ‘fashion health’ business. From the time I was little I wanted to be an ‘idol’, a big star. I thought mama was helping me.”

She was about 10 when mama started having her pose for photographs – in a wet gym uniform, or in panties cutting into her flesh. “You’ll be a star,” said mama, “just like [girl pop group] Morning Musume. The photos were apparently sold to a production company mama was in touch with.

“I hated it,” says Chisato, “but after the photo sessions, I’d get taken to a steak restaurant for a hamburger, which I liked, so I stuck it out.”

Time passed, Chisato matured. “Listen,” said mama, “why don’t you do enjo kosai” – a sex-for-cash transaction usually involving high school girls and much older men. “Your breasts are growing, you can’t appeal to lolicon types anymore.”

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Ace Attorney Live-Action Film's Cast Photo Published

Ace Attorney Live-Action Film's Cast Photo Published

Film to hit theaters in Japan on February 11

Enterbrain's Otona Fami magazine published a picture on Thursday of Hiroki Narimiya (Gokusen's Noda, NANA's Nobu, Akihabara @ DEEP's Page) in his role as Phoenix Wright (Ryuichi Naruhodo) in Takashi Miike's live-action film adaptation of CAPCOM's Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban) videogame franchise. The magazine also revealed that the film will open on February 11 in Japan.

"Agatsuma," a publicity representative for the film distributor TOHO, posted a photograph of the film's courtroom set in July.

Other cast members for the film include Takumi Saitō (RoboGeisha, Princess Princess D) as prosecutor Miles Edgeworth (Reiji Mitsurugi) and Mirei Kiritani (Arakawa under the Bridge's Nino) as Maya Fey (Mayoi Ayasato).

The film will take place in a parallel Japan, where a large increase in harsh crimes has led to a new court system. Under this new system, the defense attorney and public prosecutor have three days to battle cases out in open court to determine guilt or innocence of the accused, placing priority on speed instead of thorough investigation. The film studio Toei has said it plans to use a lot of computer graphics and visual effects in the courtroom scenes in order to make them more interesting, but it will still retain the games' signature lines such as "Igi Ari!" ("Objection!") and "Kurae!" ("Take That!")


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Hamasaki Ayumi wraps up "Power of Music" tour

On October 19th, Hamasaki Ayumi wrapped up her nationwide tour at Saitama Super Arena.

In light of March’s Tohoku Earthquake, the title of the tour was changed to “POWER of MUSIC“. Hamasaki called out, “Let’s send the love we created to every corner of Japan!“, before singing a total of 21 songs in front of 25,000 people. She charmed the crowd with her collaboration performance with AAA’s Urata Naoya and Korean singer JUNO. During the encore, Hamasaki became overwhelmed with emotion and cried aloud.

Hamasaki also announced that she’s raised over 123 million yen (approximately $1.6 million USD) with her charity T-shirts. The proceeds were donated to the Japanese Red Cross.

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Sources: tokyohive, sanspo

Miyazaki Aoi & Takaoka Sosuke are no longer living together?!

After much speculation and silent denials, weekly tabloid magazine ‘FRIDAY‘ eventually reported that actress Miyazaki Aoi and actor Takaoka Sosuke have stopped living together since last month.

Miyazaki and Takaoka married back in June of 2007, and it seems like the married couple is facing their biggest crisis with ‘FRIDAY’ providing proof in forms of photos, that they have stopped living together. The said photos indicate that Miyazaki is currently living in an apartment somewhere around the Tokyo Metropolitan area, while Takaoka has rented himself an apartment in Setagaya, Tokyo.

Is this the sign of an impending divorce? Sanspo contacted Takaoka’s new agency, the one he started after his Twitter scandal, and they decided to refuse to make any comments about his private life instead of flatly denying the rumor. According to other officials within the industry, it sounds like Miyazaki eventually reached the end of her patience and left their apartment first.

Due to those circumstances, it seems unlikely that they are going to reconcile. Most people expect that Miyazaki is finally going to push for a divorce sooner or later. Obviously her agency also refused to make any comments, but recently the actress was seen more often without her wedding ring.

Miyazaki is going to attend a screening of her latest movie “Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite.“, which ironically portrays the deep bonds between a married couple, on October 21st. Reporters will be pretty eager to entice her to make a comment regarding her own married life at this event.

Tokyohive will continue to keep you updated about the relationship status of this couple.

Source: FRIDAY via Sanspo & tokyohive

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ayaka finds independent label for her future releases

Today it was announced that singer ayaka, who went on an indefinite hiatus at the end of 2009, has created her own independent label and is in preparations for her comeback in early 2012.

ayaka, who is married to actor Mizushima Hiro, had her last performance at the ‘NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen‘ on December 31st, 2009. The singer is suffering from Graves’ disease and wanted to completely focus on its treatment in order to improve her condition.

After her last concert in November 2009 and her said performance at the music show, all of her fans have been highly anticipating to hear some good news from the singer. Today the wait is finally over.

According to ‘A stAtion‘, the private agency of ayaka and Mizushima, her condition has stabilized and she is currently devoting herself to finally release a new song within the first couple of days of 2012. ayaka herself also announced her comeback, and her own label, with a handwritten message on her official website and told her fans, that she wants to continue to sing as soon as possible.

Source: TokyoHive

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Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 to sing the opening theme song of “Crayon Shin-chan”

Watarirouka Hashiritai 7’s new single, “Kibou Sanmyaku“, has been picked up to be the opening theme song for anime series “Crayon Shin-chan“! Their song will start playing on November 4th’s episode.

“Crayon Shin-Chan” has been airing since April of 1992, and it’s garnered a substantial fanbase since then. Member Watanabe Mayu is a fan herself, and felt delighted about this collaboration. “I was very happy when I heard we could sing for ‘Crayon Shin-chan’, which I have been watching since I was little,” she said.

As for the song, “Kibou Sanmyaku”, it’s been described to have the “Showa taste”. Fans can expect to hear a positive track with the theme, “A rooters’ song for the Japanese“; it also carries elements that remind one of the 1970s ~ 1980s.

Additionally, the choreography involves a comical dance said to be very “Watarirouka Hashiritai 7-like”. Member Kikuchi Ayaka revealed, “Since both the song and the dance are really easy, I will be happy to see all of you dance to it together hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder.”

“Kibou Sanmyaku” is scheduled to be released on November 30th.

Source & Image: Oricon & tokyohive

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Ichimura Masachika, Shishido Kai, Kitamura Kazuki play Romans in "Thermae Romae" live-action movie

A few more cast members of the “Thermae Romae” live-action movie have been revealed. Lead actor Abe Hiroshi is being joined by Ichimura Masachika, Shishido Kai, and Kitamura Kazuki, and the movie’s studio has released visuals of the four men as ancient Romans, taken during filming on the movie’s open set in Cinecitta in Rome.

It was previously revealed this past spring that Abe is starring with Ueto Aya in the movie, which is based on a critically acclaimed manga by Yamazaki Mari. Abe stars as Lucius, a bath house architect in ancient Rome who slips through time to modern Japan, where he finds inspiration for bath house designs. Ueto plays Mami, a young woman aiming to become a manga artist.

Ichimura has been cast as Hadrian, the 14th Emperor of the Roman Empire. Kitamura plays Ceionius, a potential successor to the throne. Shishido has been given the role of Antoninus, a close associate of Hadrian who later succeeded him as Emperor.

“Thermae Romae” opens in theaters in 2012.

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source: Tokyograph

Peach John Fall 2011, Vol. 78 Catalog

Peach John Co., Ltd. is a leading mail-order company in women's apparel and lingerie targeting fashionable young women throughout Japan.The company markets and sells lingerie, clothes, shoes, bags, accessories,cosmetics and beauty care products. In February, May, August, and October, the company releases the catalogs,"PJ" which introduces the latest products. The catalog "PJ",with circulation of 2 million copies with each release, reaches 25% of theJapanese women in their 20's. "PJ" is available at major bookstores and convenience stores.

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another KAT-TUN song, another genre?

"Birth" is the theme song for the hot monster drama, starring Kamenashi, Yokai Ningen Bem.

Some Previews:


For the theme song "Birth", Kamenashi indicated that Birth is a kind of song they have not done before.
Considering that KAT-TUN had practically delved into a lot of genres, what else is left?

The musicians for the single are listed as follows.
And they have one thing in common: Jazz

Drums: Dave Weckl (ex-Paul Simon/Chick Corea)
Bass: Nathan East (ex-Eric Clapton/Phil Collins) 
Percussion: Giovanni Hidalgo (ex-Tito Puente/Dizzy Gillespie)

credits: 1, NTV

Well, I honestly did not the expect the drama to be this kind of epic.
And Birth might just be Rock/Jazz especially if they bring more of the drums & guitar strings out.