July 7th, 2012

Japan's pursuit of cute spawns $30 bil industry


Police forces use them; shops can’t do without them; power companies have them—and sack them when they become unpopular. No marketing or public information campaign is complete without them. Cute, cuddly—or startling—characters are everywhere in Japan.

While marketers the world over have long understood the value of an oversized cartoon animal who can persuade children to part with their pocket money, those in Japan know it is also an effective way to reach their parents.

And despite the tepid economy, there is money to be made.

The licenced character industry, including copyrights and merchandising, is worth a whopping $30 billion a year—more than Japanese people spend on books annually.

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Hey! Say! JUMP's Taipei Concert is Pushing Through!

Special Guest Hiromi Goto and Daisuke Ishigaki (Question?)

Show Schedule:
Venue: Nan Kang 101, Taipei, Taiwan
August 3(Fri), 2012 Show starts at 14:00 / 19:00
August 4(Sat), 2012 Show starts at 14:00 / 19:00
August 5(Sun), 2012 Show starts at 12:00

Local ticket sale
July 14(Sat), 2012

On another info, Hey!Say!Jump is starting their SUMMER TOUR in Japan from July to September.

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JE is such a troll, they never gave an explanation why they cancelled the previous schedules. I wonder if Korea will be revived as well


KAT-TUN to provide the theme song for Kanjani8's Yasuda Drama

KAT-TUN, who released their newest single “TO THE LIMIT” last month to favorable reviews, will provide the theme song for MBS/TBS’s drama “Dragon Seinendan”, which will start this month.

“Dragon Seinendan” stars Yasuda Shota, who is a member of Kanjani 8, and is Yasuda’s first solo serial drama. The drama tells the story of the opening of a door that takes one away from daily life into a fantasy. Ueda Makoto, the chairman of Europe Kikaku troupe, wrote the script and directed the drama together with Miki Takahiro, who is known for the hit movies “Solanin” and “Bokura ga Ita”; and Matsui Daigo, who became a hot topic from the movie version of “Afro Tanaka”. Aside from Yasuda, the cast includes Renbutsu Misako, Endo Kaname, Honda Chikara, Araki Yuko, and Yusuke Santamaria.

KAT-TUN’s new song “Fumetsu no Scrum” will be used as the theme song for the drama, but an announcement regarding the release for the song has not been made at this moment. The drama will begin airing on July 14th at 12:55 AM on TBS and on July 19th at 12:55 AM on MBS, so those interested in their new song should check out the drama!

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lolzwut is happening.
Overlapping Fandom is overlapping. 

Namie Amuro's Successful 4 Day Promotion In Taiwan

It has been almost 3 years since Namie promoted in Taiwan. She arrived in Taiwan on June 29th to promote her album Uncontrolled that was released on June 27th in Japan. Taiwan gets the album released on June 29th. This year was Namie's 20th anniversary as a singer and many fans, magazine and television reporters were there to greet her at the airport. She also announced her upcoming concert but when asked if Taiwan will be a stop at her concert, no reply was given. Yet fans were still very happy and made Namie felt touched as they said, "Welcome to Taiwan! Taiwan loves you!"

On September 16, the day she debuted, she will hold a 20th anniversary concert in her hometown in Okinawa. Then on November 24 she will have a concert at Fukuoka Yahoo! JAPAN Dome. With more concerts planned in the future in Japan.

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Namie Amuro will continue her promotion in Hong Kong and also Singapore.

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OMG OMG! Jolin and Namie!! Queens..should do a collab together really!


Kyary Pamyu Pamyu takes a picture with Momoiro Clover Z in Paris

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu recently updated her Twitter with a picture of herself and idol group Momoiro Clover Z, cutely dressed up in Sailor Moon cosplay at the French convention “Japan Expo” in Paris.

“Even in France I run into Momoclo! It’s too bad the leader (Momota Kanako) isn’t here!” she tweeted, along with her group shot. “Thanks for working so hard during your live performance!” The Harajuku sensation has been occasionally tweeting in French since arriving in France, and has been busy sightseeing in Paris before her live performance at J.E. Live House.

What do you think of Momoclo’s Sailor Moon cosplays?


I actually need a Sailor Moon icon