September 9th, 2012


“Ryori no Tetsujin” (Iron Chef) to return to Japanese TV screens in October

Fuji TV recently held a press conference to present their October TV program lineup and announced that popular cooking battle variety program “Ryori no Tetsujin” will be making a comeback on Japanese TV screens as “Iron Chef”. The program will be aired every Friday from 7:57pm to 8:54pm.

The program’s first incarnation ran for 6 years, starting in 1993, and achieved great viewership ratings despite its nighttime 11pm slot. Ratings averaged 14.8% and reached 23.2% at its peak. The program’s regular chefs, called “Iron Chefs” faced off against challenger chefs in an intense battle held in the kitchen studio. The winner was decided by a panel of judges. In 2004, the show format was bought by an American company and “Iron Chef” was broadcast in 80 countries.

At the press conference, Fuji TV expressed that “Iron Chef” is making a triumphant return. Director of production, Arai Akihiro remarked, “The show traveled the world, and has been polished up and weeded out. The new ‘Iron chef’ will be the world version that we can show now in the year 2012.”

More details about the participants appearing in “Iron Chef” will be announced at a later date.

What other Japanese programs would you like to see on TV again?

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Jin Akanishi might get in trouble for photo his brother uploaded to Twitter

Rumour has it Johnny’s is not happy about Leo Akanishi uploading a photo of him hanging out with Kanjani8′s Ryo Nishikido and ex-Johnny’s talent Hironori Kusano, reports Johnny’s Watcher.

Gekiura! Geino Japan reports the Twitter photo uploaded on September 4 shows Leo with his friends, two of who look very much like Nishikido and Kusano.

“I’ve heard that the executives at Johnny’s are really mad, and that they’ve asked Akanishi to tell his brother to delete the photo. But Nishikido’s photo is still on the internet because Leo thinks he doesn’t have to delete it if it’s on his own personal account. With his movie in trouble, a shotgun wedding, and this, Jin Akanishi’s Johnny’s career might be over now,” one popstar magazine editor said.

Johnny’s have a strict rule against publishing any unofficial photos of their talents. But it has been reported the photo might have been uploaded deliberately to help ex-NEWS member and former Johnny’s talent Kusano. A few days ago, Kusano had launched his website, and he also belongs to an agency set up by people with connections to Akanishi. It could be possible the photo was a publicity stunt.

But either way, it is very possible Jin Akanishi will get punished in some way. Even if the agency does not fire him, is it too much to say Akanishi might start thinking about leaving the agency himself?


I checked his twitter, and the twitpic has been deleted apparently.
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Yuka, Kusakari, Eikura, Kiritani winners of The Best of Beauty 2012


The entertainment world is coming into the awards season when various celebrities receive all sorts of “Best” awards.

This week, The Best Beauty 2012 award winners were honored. These go to celebrities who remain talented and beautiful.

TV personality and model Yuka, 32, celebrating her 15th year in showbiz, picked up the award in the 30s age category. Yuka said she was please to receive the award that has the word “beauty” in it, Sankei Shimbun reported.

“In any case, you should love yourself. Your body will naturally respond to your affection. And laugh a lot,” she said. As for her trim figure, she said, “When it comes to maintaining my shape, I have to put a lot of effort into it,” she said.

Kenta Kiritani, 32, who won the men’s category, said, “I am a beauty? I appreciate the courage of whoever nominated me. From now on, I am going to excel as the ‘Beauty Man!’”

Other winners were Mayu Kusakari, 19, and Nana Eikura, 24.


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Koki's Nazi uniform causes controversy

Tanaka Koki, member of the popular Johnny's idol group, KAT-TUN, has been stirring up some controvery recently as his new PV "Black or White" was leaked on to the internet. So what's the big deal? Some netizens are upset that Koki is dressed in full, Nazi uniform. The full PV can be viewed here.

To be specific, Koki sports the notorious SS black uniform, which was used from 1932 to 1934 in Nazi Germany. The SS uniform was worn specifically by people who worked in concentration camps and closest to the Third Reich. The PV features him dancing in the Nazi garb, while switching between scenes of him being experimented on. The SS was also notorious for conducting horrendous "medical experiments" on many Jews in concentration camps.

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Utaite Rib to release album, 'Rib on' on September 19th

Recently, it was revealed that Nico Nico Douga utaite, Rib, will be releasing an album, 'Rib on' on September 19th. He is considered a recent utaite as he became active in 2010. His most popular cover, 'Envy Catwalk' has over a 1 million views on NND as of July 18, 2012 according to the Utaite Wiki. He has a powerful and slightly nasal yet smooth voice and can hit fairly high notes. He does upload mostly ballads but can also do upbeat songs. As many Utaite releases, this comes with many goodies, they list of them can be seen here.

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Tony Leung, Matsuda Shota, and Maeda Atsuko to star in Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s new movie ‘1905′

On September 10th, it was announced that worldwide renowned Chinese actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai is going to star in his first Japanese movie. The movie is titled ‘1905‘ and will be directed by Kurosawa Kiyoshi, who also already made a name for himself around the world, especially as a master of the J-Horror genre.

This movie, however, will be a large-scale action production set in Yokohama in the year 1905, and the filming will occur both in Japan and Taiwan. It will also feature the Japanese actors Matsuda Shota and former AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko. Although it’s an ambitious Japanese production, around 90% of all lines will be in Chinese.

Concrete plans for this project were already made back in 2009, when Kurosawa and Tony Leung met and talked to each other for the first time at the Asian Film Awards. Soon after that the actor came to Japan and they were able to discuss their plans in detail. Distributor Prénom H revealed that they’ve actually been trying to get the Chinese actor on board of a Japanese production ever since they began distributing his movies in Japan with ‘Days of Being Wild‘ in 1990.

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Source: and tokyohive