January 12th, 2012

TOKIO cancels the release of new single, ‘KIBOU’

TOKIO has announced that they will be canceling the release of their new single, “KIBOU“.

The band posted an update via Johnny Entertainment’s official website, where they revealed that they decided to cancel the release of “KIBOU” for various reasons. “To those who have already pre-ordered the single, as well as to the stores and  staff, we deeply apologize for the inconvenience,” the group wrote.

As we reported earlier, “KIBOU” was scheduled for release on February 1st as TOKIO’s first single of the year. The title song is currently being used as the CM song for Yamato Transport Co., which stars the members of the group.

Source: natalie & RBB Today via tokyohive


UPDATE: Now, it’s been announced that “KIBOU” will be released as a double A-side single with “Haneda Kuukou no Kiseki“.

The release of “KIBOU” was canceled due to various reasons, however, the band has updated their post on Johnny Entertainment’s official website explaining that “KIBOU” will be released at a later date to coincide the postponement of Yamato Transport Co.’s TV spot.

Haneda Kuukou no Kiseki / KIBOU” will be released on February 29th. The single will include “Strobe” as its coupling track.

Source: Oricon via tokyohive

No. of suicides surpasses 30,000 for 14th year in a row in 2011

The National Police Agency said Tuesday that the number of suicides in Japan in 2011 surpassed 30,000 for the 14th year in a row.

Last year, 30,513 people took their own lives, which was 1,177 fewer than in 2010. Of the total, 20,867 were men and 9,646 were women, the NPA said. 

May saw the highest number at 3,367. The NPA said the three disaster-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima actually saw a decline in the number of people who took their own lives, compared to 2010.


AKB48 reveals senbatsu and details for, 'Give Me Five' single

1) GIVE ME FIVE! 【Apanman Shop Apanman48 Campaign CM song】 
2) Sweet & Bitter (Selection 6) 
3) NEW SHIP (Special Girls A)     
4) GIVE ME FIVE! off vocal ver.
5) Sweet & Bitter off vocal ver.
6) NEW SHIP off vocal ver.

1) GIVE ME FIVE! Music Video
2) Sweet & Bitter Music Video
3) NEW SHIP Music Video
4) GIVE ME FIVE! MAKING (part 1)
5) Beautiful MIX Course

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I want management's head on a platter if this becomes a trend.