April 9th, 2012

Moshoro

~King of Jpop returns to his throne~



Ken Hirai's new drama tie-in single “告白” and PV collection 「KEN HIRAI Films Vol.12」 are set to be released 23/5. The single will be released in 2 editions, regular and special, with the b-side "Woman “Wの悲劇”より" on both and an instrumental + remixes of いとしき日々よ and お願いジュリー★ on special. The PV collection features all his PVs from kimi.wa.suteki to いとしき日々よ.
“告白” is produced by Seiji Kameda and will be used as the intro to テレビ朝日系's drama『Wの悲劇』 which begins airing 26/4.

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will ur faves look that naturally good at 40? oop no.
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Japanese R&B Duo Chemistry Put on Hold for Solo Careers



The Japanese R&B duo Chemistry announced on Sunday that they are putting their collaboration on hiatus so the two members can pursue solo careers. Kaname Kawabata and Yoshikuni Dochin posted separate messages on their website to make the announcement.

The two thanked their fans for supporting them for the past 11 years. Kawabata noted that with their recently concluded Trinity tour, they were able to fulfill a promise to perform at Sendai. (Last year's concert in Sendai was cancelled due to the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster.) Dochin added that he embarking on a solo career, in order to open the door to new music that can best be pursued by himself.

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Poll: Child-rearing and doting fathers



It’s a while since I’ve had an iShare survey, so I’m not just pleased to see an update, but also to see a rather interesting topic being surveyed, that of child-rearing and doting fathers, with both the husbands rating themselves and wives rating their husbands.

Demographics

Over the 15th and 16th of March 2012 726 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.3% of the sample were female, 33.7% in their twenties, 33.2% in their thirties, and 33.1% in their forties, furthermore, all were married with a pre-school child. The survey was conducted in conjunction with Benesse’s Women’s Mall.

If you want to find out how doting a parent you are, Benesse’s Women’s Mall offer a self-test.

In the survey below, I use the Japanese term イクメン, ikumen, which describes men who proactively take part in child-rearing, and who grow up themselves while enjoying child-rearing.

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Rumor: Utada "working on a few projects" coming "soon"



A fan apparently met Utada in London the other day!


"I told her that I went to the show in Islington (if you never went you missed a great show!) and she thanked me for that and I asked her if she’s ever going to do another one. She said it’s all up in the air and that she was on a break (I told her how pressed everyone got when she did that and she laughed!). But she said that she’s currently working on a few projects that she couldn’t really talk about but new stuff is coming soon!"

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Glad to know she's alive and enjoying her hiatus.
If it's true, OMFG "new stuff is coming soon"! (hopefully not another Beautiful World remix for Eva3.0 lol)
*sobbing uncontrollably"

blonde massu

Hello Kitty Crosses Over With Sadako from 'The Ring'




With a new film in The Ring franchise to be released, Sanrio will be launching a crossover product line with both Hello Kitty and the franchise's Sadako. The new line will be released next month.

Three different designs will be available with 10 different items to be developed. The new items will be sold at theaters but chara-ani.com will be taking pre-orders.

The new film, titled Sadako 3D, will be opened in Japanese theaters May 12th.



more pics:







and here is the trailer of Sadako 3D:


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Jpopasia and Youtube

Kis-My-Ft2 give an 'out of this world' space-themed concert at Tokyo Dome!


7-member idol group, Kis-My-Ft2 held a live event on April 8 at Tokyo Dome in support of their new album, "Kis-My-1st" as part of their nation-wide tour. The boys returned to Tokyo Dome after performing there 18 days after their August debut, a record for fastest journey to the prestigious arena. This time, approximately 55,000 fans attended, shouting and cheering for Kisumai.

The concept was "Space Travel" and the boys entered the stage in their spacecraft, "Kis-My-Ship," which was raised 25 meters above the stage and they descended on wires. They showed off their rollerskating skills with 7 pairs of color LED-light equipped skates, called "Kis-My-Rollers" and performed on a steep slope called "Kis-My-Bank." Eldest member Kitayama Hiromitsu (26) said, "Don't try this at home!"

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Kis-My-Legends tbqh!!!!!!!!
saku ps
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Girls' Generation Becomes 2nd Korean Artist To Sell 1 Million Albums In Japan

Girls' Generation Becomes 2nd Korean Artist To Sell 1 Million Albums In Japan

Girls' Generation's debut Japanese album has sold over one million copies in Japan.

Girls' Generation's debut Japanese album was released on June 1st, 2011. After a year of being released, the album has been certified Million, meaning it has sold over one million copies, by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. This is determined by the total number of CDs sold by retailers.

Girls' Generation is the 2nd Korean artist to be certified Million by the RIAJ. The first Korean artist to accomplish this was BoA with her 2005 compilation album "Best of Soul".

Credit : Jpopasia ,RIAJ

It's not actual sales

Golfer Ryo Ishikawa to marry high school sweetheart



Japanese golf star and heartthrob Ryo Ishikawa has disappointed his legions of female admirers by announcing his engagement to his childhood sweetheart.

Nicknamed “The Bashful Prince,” he stayed true to form with the announcement, giving scant details about his forthcoming nuptials, including the name of his intended.

“I’m now 20 years old, so I decided the time was right,” he said Sunday at Narita airport on his return from the U.S. Masters where he failed to make the cut, the Mainichi Shimbun and other media reported Monday.

“I got engaged last month, to a junior high school classmate,” he said.

Ishikawa and his management are fiercely protective of his privacy, and despite his status as one of the biggest celebrities in Japan, the media generally plays along.

Japanese sports newspapers have described Ishikawa’s fiancee as “a tall, slender beauty with long black hair,” a catch-all description that gives little away.

Ishikawa first introduced her to “people related to him” during the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida last month and she also accompanied him to the Masters, the Sports Hochi said.

Asked about the timing of the engagement, Ishikawa said with an embarrassed smile that “there is no special meaning or emotion. It just happens to be this timing,” the Nikkan Sports daily said.

Last October, his management announced Ishikawa was dating a girl he met in junior high school and called on the media to respect his privacy.

Ishikawa has been a hot marketing property since May 2007 when he became the youngest men’s winner on a major tour by lifting the domestic Munsingwear Open KSB Cup aged 15 years and eight months. He turned professional in 2008.

With his squeaky clean image, he attracts huge galleries, many of them women, wherever he plays in Japan.

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REJOICE: One Ok Rock 2012 “Start Walking The World Tour”



One Ok Rock presents their first world tour! With 5 locations set for now, Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, Korea and Singapore.

One Ok Rock is a 4 man rock band formed in 2005 with their latest album, Zankyo Reference, selling 100,000 copies to rank 2nd in the Weekly oricon charts.

They are seen as one of the most promising Japanese JRock band.

Other then the world tour, One Ok Rock also announces their newly created official Youtube Channel.

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They're coming to Singapore!!! Crying rn
shawn corey

Adult Swim: We're Listening


The possible revivial of Toonami continues with Adult Swim addressing the issue on their Sunday block.



Continuing from their Twitter response a few days ago, Adult Swim reaffirmed their quote, via broadcast during their Sunday block tonight. Besides the response, they also showed some replies to their earlier tweet of the possibility of bringing the Toonami block back, and how well it trended on Twitter itself.


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PLEASE BE TRUE!!!
saku ps
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Mr.Children to provide a theme song for Inoue Mao’s drama ‘Tokkan’

On June 7th, it was announced that Mr.Children’s new single (title and release date undecided) will be providing a theme song for Inoue Mao’s new drama ‘Tokkan Tokubetsu Kokuzei Choushukan‘. This new NTV drama is scheduled to air starting on July 4th, and every Wednesday at 10:00 pm.

For the band, this will be the first time in two years to provide their songs for drama after “HANABI” for Fuji T drama ‘Code Blue 2nd season‘ (2010).

The drama tells a story of Suzumiya Miki(Inoue) who starts to work at Tokyo Tax Administration Bureau as a new tax collector, and is living positively while struggling with her work and future. Suzumiya belongs to a division called ‘Special tax collecter (Tokkan)’ which takes charge of wicked cases. Her cold-blooded supervisor Kagami Masachika (played by Kitamura Yukiya) is referred to as ‘God of Death’, while Suzumiya is called ‘Guuko’, since she often freezes up in front of Kagami. Suzuki Sawa will be appear in the drama as Suzumiya’s senior, Nabeshima Yuko.



The drama will be directed by Mizuta Nobuo, who’s known for his work with ‘Maiko haaaan!!!‘ and ‘Naku Monka‘.

Ionue stated, “It was one of my dreams that my drama’s theme song would be provided by Mr.Children, so I am so happy.” She added, “I am already looking forward it, and it seems their theme song will add the profoundness, pain, and hope to this story of mental conflict and growth of the protagonist. We, the drama team, will do our best all together, so that we produce a synergistic effect with their song.”


Credit : Tokyohive ,Oricon

Wow ,Mao chan x Misuchiru XD  can't wait for this drama & Misuchiru 's new song !..
First drama theme song in 2 years !

Sign (2004) >>Shirushi (2006) >>HANABI (2008)>>HANABI (2010)..
Misuchiru 's drama theme songs are very popular !! >0< .Hope their new song are very hit too ^ ^

Oscar Winner Atticus Ross to Score for Samurai Epic "47 Ronin"


Samurai epic currently in post-production for November release





Atticus Ross, producer/programmer for four Nine Inch Nails albums, and partner with the band's Trent Reznor on the soundtracks of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Oscar-winning The Social Network, has signed on to score the new Hollywood adaptation of the classic samurai revenge story 47 Ronin.


Other Ross credits include the Hughes Brothers' Touching Evil, (alongside his wife and brother, Claudia Sarne and Leopold Ross) as well as The Book of Eli.

The 3D 47 Ronin is currently in post-production for a November, 2012 release. The epic, directed by Carl Erik Rinsch (short The Gift), based on a script by Hossein Amini (Drive) and Chris Morgan (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Wanted) stars Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Jin Akanishi, and Tadanobu Asano.


 

Keanu Reeves plays half-Japanese/half-British outcast Kai, a character created specifically for the film. Hiroyuki Sanada, the guy who smashed Tom Cruise's skull with a bokken in The Last Samurai, is Oishi, the leader of the 47 disgraced ronin, with Thor and Gohatto/Taboo star Tadanobu Asano as the villainous Lord Kira.

While the 47 Ronin or Chushingura informed notions of samurai ethic in Japanese culture, Atticus Ross' involvement invites some speculation about how liberal an interpretation this adaptation will be.


Via Indie Wire and crunchyroll

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Kimura Kaela to release new single, “Mamireru”



Kimura Kaela has announced that she will be releasing her new single “Mamireru” on May 16th!

As we reported earlier, the title track has already been picked up as the theme song to TV Asahi’s upcoming drama, “Toshi Densetsu no Onna“. Regarding her new single, Kimura commented, “It’s mysterious and I thought it was interesting, so I decided to make it into a single without hesitation.”

“Mamireru” will be composed by AxSxE (NATSUMEN), who has worked with Kimura 4 times in the past. Meanwhile, the coupling song, “BMX“, will be composed by Aida Shigekazu, and will feature drums by Fujita Isamu (MO’SOME TONEBENDER).

The limited edition will come with a DVD containing Kimura’s live event, “Onnaku Matsuri“, which was held at the end of last year.

Check out the track list below!

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can't wait!!!
blonde massu

Higashiyama will be Matt Damon’s voice in Japanese version of “We Bought A Zoo”



Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama’s first go at dubbing an actor’s voice for a live action film will begin with Hollywood actor Matt Damon, it was revealed on April 4, reports Daily Sports Online.

The movie “We Bought A Zoo” will be released in Japan on June 8. It is a comedy about a family who buy a ruined zoo, and follows their efforts to bring the zoo back to life and open for the public.

“I hope audiences (in Japan) can watch this family adventure miracle, and let it remind them of that special person in their own lives,” Higashiyama said.

Higashiyama has been recognised as having a good voice, and has already narrated several documentaries in Japan and has done voice acting for Disney’s animated feature film “Brother Bear”. It is, however, the first time the Johnny’s talent has done the voice of a character in a live action film. It is also unusual for Johnny’s to let one of their talents become the voice of a Hollywood actor, but it has been reported they were impressed with the film’s story.

It has been reported recording had finished around late March. Higashiyama’s concentration surprised production staff as the talent pushed his way through eight-hour recording sessions for two days without stopping.

“The voice is my own interpretation of Matt Damon’s acting,” Higashiyama said.


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his voice is good indeed
Kitty kitty

Se7en’s Short PV for upcoming Japanese single, “Love Again” revealed

Singer Se7en has released the short PV (music video) for his upcoming Japanese single album “Love Again“.

The PV features Se7en in a Casino playing roulette. The singer will be releasing “Love Again” on April 25th, and the album also includes a ticket to Se7en’s upcoming showcase.

In case you missed it, check out our Se7en autographed CD giveaway here and check out the short PV below!



Source: Allkpop
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BREAKERZ | I love my daughter FC Sleeve

BREAKERZ Promise Special DVD for Budokan Guests as Present !



Each year, BREAKERZ are holding a performance at Nippon Budokan and this year will be no different. They will be holding their 4th consecutive performances consecutive annual performance in July this year under the title "WISH 4U" and they are going to have a special for all guests.

It has been announced that BREAKERZ will be offering their fans a DVD with their very first performance, held at Shibuya BOXX in 2007 as a present. The first performance had until now only be shown partially during live performances, yet the contents of the DVD will be consisting of completely unreleased material.

Moreover, right after the live at Nippon Budokan, BREAKERZ will be holding a special fan event at Tokyo Big Sight, which is definitely a must to be attended if possible.

"BREAKERZ Debut 5th Anniversary Live 'WISH 4U'"
Date: 2012/07/27 (Fri)
Venue: Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
OPEN: 17:30 / START 18:30
Tickets: 6,300 Yen (tax in)
General Sales: 2012/07/07 (Sat)

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An interview with one of the first gay elected politicians in Japan, Taiga Ishikawa



The way that societies treat LGBT people varies as cultures vary across nationalities. In Japan, a very polite and reserved culture, name-calling and playground punches are not such a problem for LGBT youth, but the silent treatment and behind-your-back bad-mouthing is.

Taiga Ishikawa didn’t meet another gay person until he was 26, an experience that inspired him to write a book, Where is My Boyfriend?, and to start a LGBT youth group, Peer Friends. ‘I wanted everyone to know about the situation, how lonely and isolated young LGBT people are in Japan,’ he said.

A job as secretary for the leader of Japan’s Social Democratic Party, Mizuho Fukushima, who campaigns for LGBT rights, gave Ishikawa a taste for politics. In April 2011 he and Wataru Ishizaka in nearby Nakano ward became the joint first two openly gay politicians to be elected in Japan.

Gay Star News met Ishikawa in a wood-lined meeting room in his local council office in Toshima ward, north west central Tokyo.


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