Here we go!
Here we go!
As mentioned in the previous article, two networks announced new dramas starring a member from Arashi. The other network is NTV, who announced a new drama called ‘Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri‘, starring Aiba Masaki as the protagonist.
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It is confirmed now. Now, we only have Nino who hasn't become a tv detective...oh wait, he have that movie coming, doesn't he?
And Aiba + cat...all those years in TSD finally become handy, eh? XDDD
Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry’s program, Cool Japan, is under fire by netizens because AKB48 allegedly used tax money to promote themselves overseas.
The problem started when a picture of an AKB48 decorated bus in Singapore surfaced on the internet. A netizen on a message board said, “This can’t be anything else but promotion for AKB48. Instead of calling this program Cool Japan, they should just say that AKB48 is using tax money to promote themselves overseas.” Many heated complaints followed.
Last year, a financial magazine wrote that Cool Japan is a program designed to promote Japanese merchandise and contents overseas and that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is forecasting a 700 million yen budget for the program.
Netizens are mad because AKB is using tax money to pay for promotion overseas in the guise of a government sponsored program.
“They keep telling us they’re not getting enough in taxes and then they go and spend it on this.”
“Are they kidding me? They’re raising the sales tax because of this?”
“However, whether AKB is using tax money to promote themselves is still unconfirmed. If they are, this will surely become a scandal.”
“The government often used famous people in overseas campaigns anyway.”
As long as the Ministry doesn’t explain itself, people will continue to feel they’ve been jibbed.
Ashida Mana is probably the biggest child star in Japan right now (with 16 CMs on air) but, allegedly, her fee has increased so much that it has become hard to use her. Perhaps this is the beginning of her downfall?
“Ever since the end of last year, she seems to be miffed when she gets called Mana-chan. So the staff has been calling her Ashida-san. She even said herself that she’s an actress, and probably prides herself in that. When someone from a tv station called her for a phone conference, they accidentally called her Mana-chan and she spat back, ‘Please call me Ashida-san!’”
Koike Masaharu, a tv journalist, said that “Mana is a huge star in the TV world right now, especially in CMs. She is loved by people in the F2 consumer tier (females ranging from age 35-49) because they are the same generation as her mom. So sponsors love using Mana-chan to hawk various products. But she is in too many CMs, and that makes it almost impossible for her to go on location for variety shows. Sponsors pay a lot of attention on location shoots, if she is seen with another company’s products, that’s probably bad for their image. Since Mana is the spokesperson for the 7Eleven group in Japan, and that company has many different products, she can’t be seen on TV in another company’s convenience store or supermarket.”
Even when Mana does go on location, she can’t really be seen holding anything because of her contracts, and that has created problems for the television staff.
Before she got insanely popular because of Marumo no Okite, her fee for one hour of appearance ranged from 30,000yen to 50,000yen. Right now, it has increased to 700,000yen to 800,000yen. There are even stations who are willing to pay more than that depending on the circumstances. But her ratings peaked at Nov-Dec of last year, and recently, she has not been drawing in the high numbers she used to. Some people are even blaming the fact that it’s because her appearance fee is too high.”
In contrast, child star, Honda Miyu (from Kaseifu no Mita) is getting popular and can pull in the ratings. “So now people have been asking Miyu-chan to go on their shows instead of Mana. Her schedule is filled all the way up until the end of March!”
Child stars usually have short careers, and with Mana being so busy, people have been voicing concerns about whether she can have a normal childhood because of her schedule. Many people are wondering if Mana will still be relevant come next year.
AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko will be releasing a new photo book called “Bukiyou” on March 16th.
“Bukiyou” is Maeda’s fifth photo book, and it was shot in Paris. It features photos of Maeda riding the Metro, talking a walk beside the Seine, relaxing at a cafe, and enjoying a night at the Champs-Élysées.
Since this is her first photo book since turning 20 years old, Maeda will show off her adult charm with sexy photos.
Maeda expressed, “It’s filled with my 20-year-old self. The concept is ‘if I went to Paris with Maeda Atsuko’ and there are photos where I take walks on the streets of Paris. So I will be happy if it makes people feel they’re in the same room as me. I think both men and women will be able to enjoy it.”source
In this new film, ‘Edogawa Conan’ tackles a case that takes place within the J-League (Japan Professional Football League).
Five well-known J-League players, Endo Yasuhito (Gamba Osaka), Konno Yasuyuki (Gamba Osaka), Nakamura Kengo (Kawasaki Frontale), Narazaki Seigo (Nagoya Grampus), and Miura Kazuyoshi (Yokohama FC), will be making special appearances, and will also lend their voices for the film.
The theme song, entitled “Haru Uta“, was written by the group’s guitarist Yamashita Hotaka. Vocalist Yoshioka Kiyoe showed confidence in the song by saying, “I think it turned out to be a strong song with transience.”
Meanwhile, producer Suwa Michihiko commented, “The 16th film of ‘Meitantei Conan’ had many first challenges. This made me want to use Yoshioka-san straightforward vocals.”
Source: natalie & tokyohive
Are they or aren’t they? Actually, it’s pretty much confirmed that Ninomiya Kazunari and Sasaki Nozomi have broken up (good luck trying to get an official statement out of their agencies since they’re just “good friends.”)
Can their breakup be blamed on anyone? Well, how about Hannya’s Kawashima Akiyoshi (umm… he’s the fatter one.) Nino’s been prioritizing his time with Kawashima instead of Nozomi. But the root of their breakup can probably be blamed on his management.
Ever since their relationship was brought to light last May, fans and management have been incensed by such rumors. (Remember the crazies that sent that petition to his management demanding he break up with her?) Well, Nino is pretty compliant when it comes to his agency’s demands, unlike a certain Akanishi. So after they’ve warned him not to meet up with her, he’s been putting distance between the two.
Nozomi felt very insecure because Nino wasn’t doing much to maintain their relationship. Everytime she texted or called him about meeting up, he’d tell her that he’s too busy hanging out with Kawashima. Apparently Kawashima makes friends easily, unlike his partner, Kanada Satoshi (the one with the mole.)
Nino and Kawashima became good friends through the Fuji television show, VS Arashi. They’re so closed that Kawashima even talked about hanging out with Nino on his internet show. Nozomi is set to cohost a new show with Hannya’s seniors, Ame-agari Kesshitai, starting April. If Kawashima goes on the show, how will she react?
Rumors of the couple’s breakup has been floating around since the end of last year. Nino loves hanging around comedians, and he is often seen at their shows and gatherings. Nozomi, on the other hand, loathes comedians. So it seems his fans can rest assured knowing that Nozomi is no longer part of his life.
Source: azashi.seesaa.net via uso-ippai
--Congratulations on the completion of your album. How are you feeling?
Meisa: I’m happy that I’ve gotten two albums done; 2011 was really busy. (bitter laugh) “MAGAZINE” was released at the beginning of the year, and right after that I went to Spain for filming [of “Andalucia Megami no Houfuku”], but before filming was completed I did photos for a drama [“Shiawase ni Narou Yo”], and I also went into another drama [“Jiu: Keishichou Tokushuhan Soukakei”]. Because of all that activity, I put everything I had into my shoots during first half of the year. But in the second half of the year, starting with my solo live preparation in about September, I focused solely on music and didn’t do anything with movies or dramas; I really concentrated on creating music.
--The world “unlock” means to release or open a lock. What were your thoughts when you chose this title?
M: I’m always thinking that I want to do something new. I think that I have to continually change and evolve. And I think that, rather than opening a door to myself or breaking out of my shell, it should be an explosion. I say explosion, but it has nothing to do with anger.
--More like bursting out?
M: Yes, like bursting out. Like, BAM! (spreads fingers to motion explosion) The color of the CD jacket is like that, like it’s bursting open.
--As you were creating this album, did you have any personal rules about what you would and would not do?
M: There’s nothing that I specifically decided on, but looking back on it now, I consciously wanted to try singing even the songs that I wouldn’t have chosen for myself. There are songs I liked that I was hesitant about, so I chose songs that I got caught up in or that tugged at my heart strings.
M: For example, “Flash Light” shows a new aspect of me, and “S.O.S.-Watashi Sagasanai de Kudasai-” shows a new state of mind for me too, but in a different way. I feel like this is the first time that I’ve done that kind of beat.
--”Flash Light” is a very poppy melody, even considering your history. The lyrics express a new state of mind, but the sarcasm of the lyrics also suit the song.
M: Look, I gave it a try and... I dont’ know. (laugh)
Full Interview Translation: JpopJrock