September 7th, 2012


Model Girls to release their debut single “ROCK STAR”

As reported previously, Model Girls is a new female unit from agency Oscar Promotion and is made up of eight ladies averaging a height of 175cm (5 ft 9). It’s been announced that the group will debut on October 24th with single “ROCK STAR”. The ladies held an open recording event in Tokyo on the 6th and performed for the press in their colorful and sexy outfits.

Along with its release in Japan, the single will also be available in the US and 20 other countries. In response to this, member Obana Kie remarked, “I’m very happy that we are fulfilling one of our dreams of expanding our activities internationally”.

Model Girls members were bathed in camera flashes from the press as they finished their performance. The members commented, “Despite the nerves, we are happy to have had fun singing and performing,” “With all these cameras flashing, I get the realization that we are really going to have our CD debut.

Member Tomabechi Reina expressed confidence in the single, saying, “The content of the lyrics fits us to a T.” Leader Nakamura Sakura loudly proclaimed the unit’s goal is to “get to Tokyo Dome and Kohaku.” In reference to AKB48’s recently concluded 3-day concert at Tokyo Dome, she added, “Because of our height, we might seem intimidating compared to a lovely group like AKB48. But gentlemen please give us your support!

Model girls will also be holding a live event at the Diver City Tokyo Plaza on September 22nd.


Clamp's xxxHOLiC Gets Live-Action TV Adaptation

It was revealed on Friday that Clamp's xxxHOLiC manga series will be adapted as a live-action television program to be broadcast on Japan's WOWOW premium television station in 2013. The actress and model Anne will play the role of Yuuko, while Sometani Shota will play the character Watanuki. The series will be directed by Toyoshima Keisuke.

xxxHOLiC was originally published in Kodansha's Young Magazine and Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine from 2003 to 2011, and tells the story of Yuuko, a witch who grants people's wishes, but in return the person has to give up something precious, and Watanuki Kimihiro, a man who has visions. One day, Watanuki encounters Yuuko and she promises to get rid of the spirits that torment him. In return Watanuki must work in Yuuko's shop and help her grant other people's wishes.

xxxHOLiC was published in North America by Del Rey Manga, and Funimation released the North American edition of the title's anime adaptation produced by Production I.G.

It will premiere on premium WOWOW channel in 2013.

Source: ANN | MantanWeb | Clamp-Net 
I'm trusting WOWOW on this one. 

‘Strawberry Night’ releases an intense first teaser

On September 5th, the official website of the upcoming ‘Strawberry Night movie – starring Takeuchi Yuko – was updated with a first short teaser, which features a surprising kiss scene between Takeuchi and Osawa Takao.

‘Strawberry Night’ is a movie sequel to the popular Fuji TV drama series of the same name that aired from January until March this year. The series is based on Honda Tetsuya’s ‘Himekawa Reiko novel series, and the movie is going to follow the story of ‘Invisible Rain published in November 2009.

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Koide Keisuke, Maruyama Ryuhei, and Takeda Tetsuya are going to reprise their roles from the TV drama. New characters will be played by Miura Tomokazu, Sometani Shota, Kaneko Ken, Kaneko Nobuaki, Ishibashi Renji, and Tanaka Tetsushi.

‘Strawberry Night’ is slated for a release on January 26th, 2013.

Source: tokyohive | cinematoday | yt | official movie website
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Antibullying guidelines released / Designated special advisers to provide expert advice on handling

The education ministry has published guidelines for a more comprehensive approach to dealing with school bullying by using experts.

In a bid to step up efforts to tackle the problem, the ministry plans to increase its budget request for related programs for the next fiscal year by about 2.7 billion yen from fiscal 2012 to about 7.3 billion yen.

Education minister Hirofumi Hirano said at a press conference Wednesday, "After serious cases in which students' lives were at risk, we will face the issue directly and sincerely."

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Shinagawa to suspend bullies

The education board in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward plans to step up the use of suspension orders to combat students who persist in bullying, it was learned Thursday.

The aim is to deter school bullying and provide some sense of security to victims, education board officials said.

All primary and middle schools in Shinagawa Ward will also carry out anonymous surveys on school bullying every month.

Under Japan's School Education Law, local education boards can issue suspension orders to the guardians of students who repeatedly use violence at school.

However, no such suspensions were given in Tokyo in the five years through March 2011, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education.

(Sep. 7, 2012)

Source: Yomiuri

Koda Kumi opens social networking service ‘peeproom’

Koda Kumi has opened up her own social networking service, ‘peeproom‘!

‘peeproom’ is a service that was created through the social networking platform ‘Revolver‘. Like Pinterest, users may share images and texts, and pin posts that have been created by other users. Users may also link this service to their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

It’s said that ‘peeproom’ will feature rare images uploaded by Koda and her staff. You can access ‘peeproom’ here.


Environment Ministry declares Japanese river otter extinct

While previously labeled as a critically endangered species, the Japanese river otter was officially declared extinct today(August 28) by the Ministry of the Environment, adding that one hasn’t been seen for more than 30 years. The species of otter was designated as special natural monument, as it was the first Japanese mammal to have survived until the Showa Era (1926-1989). Four other Japanese mammals, two species of bat and two species of wolf, were declared extinct during the Meiji Era (1868-1912).

Belonging to the Mustelidae family, the Japanese river otter was known to be roughly 110 centimeters (43 inches) in length, and was often found in rivers throughout the country. Sadly the species’ numbers quickly dropped due to over-hunting for its fur, and the destruction of its environment by city development. The last official recognized sighting was at a river in Susaki, Kochi Prefecture, in 1979. The last Japanese river otter in captivity was kept at a zoo in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, from 1956 to 1969.

The Environment Ministry’s records of past surveys indicate that the Japanese species vanished from the northern island of Hokkaido in the 1950s, and from the main island of Honshu and other southern areas sometime in the 1990s. A professor emeritus from Kochi University, Yoshihiko Machida, still believes the otter may exist, and that the ministry made its announcement of extinction too early. Machida says that there were confirmed otter droppings found in 1999, and wants to continue his investigations to see if they might still exist.



SMAP Adds Consecutive Tokyo Dome Concert to their “Gift of SMAP” Tour 2012

Popular Johnny’s group, SMAP, who is currently in the middle of their “GIFT of SMAP-TOUR 2012-“, have added new tour dates and venues.

SMAP is planning to mobilized 900,000 audience in total with the Tokyo Dome leg of their tour that will lasts for five consecutive days from Sept. 26th to 30th.

The group have managed to mobilize around 300,000 audience from their tour that started in Fukuoka last Aug 23rd. The group have recently concluded the Osaka leg of their tour last Sept 2nd and will continue on Sept 12th at Nagoya.

SMAP Tour 2012 will end on Christmas Eve at Sapporo Dome in Hokkaido.

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