January 10th, 2012

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  • rikayla

Fujiwara Tatsuya & Matsuda Ryuhei cast in new movie about a religious cult group

September 2012 Release

Rui (Tatsuya Fujiwara) is the charismatic leader of a new religious group. Consequently, he starts to gain attention from the mass media. After becoming involved in a car accident, Rui goes to a remote island with ex-gangster now bodyguard (Ryuhei Matsuda). On the island, Rui reveals more about his religious group, while a set of ominous events are about to occur ...

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Source: AsianMediaWiki (translation), Google News (general news)

BeKiMaSu's Makeruna Wasshoi

Official Mobekimasu channel have uploaded the performance of Makeruna Wasshoi by BeKiMaSu (Berryz Kobo, C-ute, Mano Erina, S/mileage). And since the performance is from Hello Project Summer 2011 concert, both of the graduated S/mileage members, Ogawa Saki and Maeda Yuuka, are in the performance.

The song has been available on iTunes since mid-2011.

Izumi - Hehe
  • htmsd

30+ Musicians in "JAPAN united with MUSIC" cover BEATLES' song!

Sorry for the raw translations, I'm in hurry :p

Yellow Magic Orchestra, Kazutoshi Sakurai (Mr. Children), EXILE ATSUSHI, EXILE TAKAHIRO is the persons who find all the 30+ persons.
Produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Takeshi Kobayashi

cover the song by the Beatles, "All You Need is Love (Ai Koso wa Subete)"

The project's profit is going to be delivered to children in affected area of Tohoku Earthquake. Recorded in separate studios last September.

Chaku uta released in 25th January (420 yen for mobile, 200 yen for PC downloads), and the CD single is going to be released in March, 7th.

Preview can be heard here.

Price 1,575 yen | XNAP-00001/B
1. All You Need Is Love
1. All You Need Is Love

Publisher : AYNIL Seisaku Inkai
Sold by : Avex Marketing

Artists Participate : AI, Miki Imai, EXILE ATSUSHI, EXILE TAKAHIRO, Crystal Kay, Kj (Dragon ASh), Kyoko Koizumi, Takeshi Kobayashi, Kazutoshi Sakurai, Salyu, JUJU, SUGIZO (LUNA SEA、X JAPAN、Juno Reactor), Superfly, TOOTASU Matsumoto, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (GAMO, Masahiko Kitahara, NARGO, Atsushi Yanaka), NAOTO INTIRAIMI, Nanba Akihiri (Hi-STANDARD), VERBAL (m-flo,TERIYAKI BOYZ®), Hitoto Yo, Fujimaki Ryota (REMIOROMEN), Hotei Tomoyasu, BONNIE PINK, miwa, Yashiki Gota, YMO (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takahashi Yukihiro, Haruomi Hosono)

Source : OFFICIAL WEBSITE | YOMIURI | miwaddicts LJ

US troops in Japan to be mobilized for NK provocations

By Lee Tae-hoon

Seoul and Washington will sign a strategic planning directive (SPD) this month that maps out joint operational tactics of the two allies in the case of North Korean military attacks, defense officials said Tuesday. They said the directive will include plans to send U.S. troops and military assets from Japan to the Korean Peninsula under the command of the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) in Hawaii.

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Source: Koreatimes

cute @!

NHK taiga drama “Taira no Kiyomori” gets 3rd worst ratings start in history

NHK’s 2012 taiga drama “Taira no Kiyomori” began airing on January 8th. Viewership ratings for the first episode were 17.3% in the Kanto region, and 18.8% in the Kansai region. In the Kanto region, this is the first time since “Komyo ga Tsuji” in 2006 that a taiga drama has premiered with lower than 20% ratings.

“Taira no Kiyomori” is tied with “Shin Heike Monogatari” (1972) for the 3rd worst start in history for an NHK taiga drama. The only ones that have had worse starts are the 1989 series “Kasuga no Tsubone” (14.3%) and the 1977 series “Kashin” (16.5%).

The drama features a star-studded cast led by Matsuyama Kenichi (26), portraying the life of the 12th century general Taira no Kiyomori. The series is planned to run for 50 episodes, ending in December 2012.

This is..........terrible

....hopefully gets better as the series goes on come on, Tamaki Hiroshi + Kenichi + Matsuda Seiko and more, this needs to be a hit

Tokyo Jihen disbanding; millions of people with taste weep


本日1月11日付けで更新されたオフィシャルサイトには、椎名林檎(Vo)、亀田誠治(B)、刄田綴色(Dr)、浮雲(G)、伊澤一葉(Key)からのコメントが掲載された。バンドは2月に神奈川、大阪、東京でラストツアー「東京事変live tour 2012 Domestique Bon Voyage」を開催し、約7年9カ月にわたる活動に終止符を打つ。

東京事変は椎名林檎を中心に2004年5月に結成。現在まで7枚のシングルと5枚のアルバムを発表しており、1月18日にはミニアルバム「color bars」、2月15日にはライブベストアルバム「東京コレクション」とライブDVD / Blu-ray「Discovery」をリリース予定。「東京コレクション」には新曲「三十二歳の別れ」が収録される。

なお、椎名林檎オフィシャルサイト「SR猫柳本線」ではアルバム「color bars」のオフィシャルインタビューとライナーノーツが掲載されている。
//Important bits~
Disbanding on the 29th Feb, 2012 after almost 8 years together - one final tour this year "domestique bon voyage". Mini-album out next Wednesday, live best-of album out next month and the Discovery tour DVD/Blu-ray out on the same day. The live best of will include a new track they began playing a few months ago - "goodbye my 32 years".

tbh if you didn't see this coming from a mile off with CS Channel, color bars, best of, live album and all the new Shiina...

Natalie.mu source
my one and only goddess

Erika's "Helter Skelter" co-star is Kiko Mizuhara?

Re-cap of the facts: Movie adaptation of Okazaki Kyoko's manga, "Helter Skelter". The leading role has been filled in by Erika Sawajiri. The director is Mika Nikagawa. Apparently Kiko Mizuhara will be co-starring in this project. And there will be a movie adaptation of Okazaki's "River's Edge" in the future too.

Took this info from Akio Nakamori's twitter, who is a Japanese columnist and editor.

Helter Skelter summary: "Through round after round of extensive plastic surgery and vigorous maintenance, Ririko has become the absolute manifestation of beauty, and becomes a wildly successful model, actress, and singer. However, soon, her body, unable to withstand the burdens of surgery, begins to crumble, and along with it so does her mind, as she plummets towards a frightening and inevitable end."

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cr: @a_i_jp

if kiko's in it she'll probably play as erika's junior who is in the same agency.

Sasaki, Sawa awarded at Ballon d'Or 2011

Homare Sawa wins player of the year

Homare Sawa of Japan ended Brazilian forward Marta's five-year reign as FIFA player of the year on Monday in Zurich. American Abby Wambach was also a finalist.

Sawa, who led Japan to the title in the 2011 Women's World Cup, earned 28.5 percent of votes by national team coaches and captains, as well as journalists from around the world.

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Norio Sasaki: I feel so honoured

The award for the FIFA Women's Football Coach of the Year was presented for only the second time at the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala on Monday as Norio Sasaki became Silvia Neid's proud successor. The Japanese national team manager prevailed from a three-strong shortlist which also included USA coach Pia Sundhage and Bruno Bini of France.

Sasaki could hardly have wished for a better 2011. The 53-year-old steered Japan to a historic success at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™ in Germany, encouraging attractive flowing football and eventually defeating USA on penalties in the final to claim the Nadeshiko's first world crown.

After the ceremony, Sasaki spoke exclusively to FIFA.com about the highlights of his career to date and his pride at winning the award.

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Source: 1, 2, 3


Possible Piano Album for AKB48's Matsui Sakiko?

Recently, Matsui Sakiko participated in a piano competition on the television show TEPPEN, which she won with her piano cover of Every Little Thing's Time Goes By (120107 airing).

After the show was aired, Akimoto Yasushi posted on his Google+ that he was "seriously considering making a piano album" for her. He has also spoke about a possible Majisuka Gakuen 2 soundtrack, in which Sakiko will play the piano. Label Pony Canyon have expressed their interest in the album.

We don't know if Aki-P's plan will come to fruition, but I really hope it does. Sakiccho is a very talented girl and it would be sad to see her talent go to waste. A solo piano album would also help secure a future for her after AKB. But album or not, I wish that Sakiccho will have a successful career in piano in the future.

Sakiccho, who is currently attending the Tokyo College of Music, has shown off her piano skills a few times in the past. Most famously, she performed Chopin's Revolutionary Étude as the opening of the 3rd day of AKB48's Surprise wa Arimasen concert at Yoyogi National Gymnasium in 2010.

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