September 15th, 2012


Covers & Performance from Taiwanese Girlgroup Upcoming Debut

7-member girl group from Taiwan, “Weather Girls“, will be making a CD debut in Japan on October 17

The covers&tracklist are below
if you want to see the pv prewiew check it here
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i'm surprised at how much i like this....
the choreography is nice as well!
i like the regular ed. cover. the pose for the limited was the only good thing

Tony Leung to Put 1905 On Hold

With the ongoing disputes between Japan and China over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, the relationship between the two countries have gotten increasingly intense. With anti-Japanese sentiments escalating in recent days, Tony Leung has taken a beating after announcing his participation in the Japanese film 1905. Netizens have condemned him for not having a backbone. Yesterday night, Tony's wife Carina Lau attended a banquet held by the Emperor Group. She expressed that Tony will be putting the film on hold indefinitely. Tony's management company Jet Tone also expressed that he has yet to sign the contract for the film.

When asked whether she's aware of the backlash Tony has received from netizens, Carina responds, "Of course! But it seems like the film was in the works since 2009. The film has been pushed back until now because he hasn't had time in his schedule." With the escalating tension between Japan and China, will he consider stepping down from the project? "I think it will be postponed indefinitely."

Carina believes that reasonable people would not place the blame on the director or the actors. As for netizens calling Tony a 'Han Traitor' and requesting he apologizes? Carina angrily says, "Is that really necessary? I hope people will view the issue more rationally." Tony's management company Jet Tone has issued a statement saying the discussions for the film began back in 2009. However, Tony has not seen the script yet and has not officially signed onto the project.

Source: Mingpao
Translated by: sparkles_n15 @

Anti-Japanese violence in China as Chinese ships violate Japanese territorial waters

The Japanese government’s decision to purchase several of the Senkaku islands from the Japanese citizen that owns them has sparked a new round of violent anti-Japanese riots in China. This TV news report states that there have been protests in about 40 different parts of China:

Photos on blogs show smashed Japanese cars and vandalized Japanese businesses. Japanese citizens have also been attacked.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government is stepping up its aggressive behavior near the Senkakus. Six Chinese patrol ships violated Japanese territorial waters:

China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed Friday that its ships were in the vicinity of the islands, saying in a statement that:

“These law enforcement and patrol activities are aimed to demonstrate China’s jurisdiction over the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islets and ensure the country’s maritime interests.”

A few hours after receiving warnings from Japanese coast guard vessels, the Chinese patrol boats left.

Source: japanprobe

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Disney's Male Seiyuu Cover Album "Koe no Ouji-sama" to get a 2nd volume

Following February's release of "Disney Date ~Koe no Ouji-sama~," a cover album of various Disney songs sung by popular male voice actors, a new album titled "Koe no Ouji-sama Chapter 2 ~Love Stories~" is scheduled to be released on September 19th.

The tracks in this album are produced by Satori Shiraishi, and feature the following voice actors: Akira Ishida, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Ryotaro Okiayu, Hiroshi Kamiya, Takahiro Sakurai, Hiro Shimono, Tomokazu Seki, Hikaru Midorikawa, and Kouichi Yamadera.

Two versions will be available: a Standard Edition that includes a bonus track sung by the entire cast, and a Deluxe Edition that includes a bonus disc featuring duet tracks.

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Shame that Sugita won't be singing this time around. His Aladdin cover was gold. Mistake, sorry! The first track will be voiced by Akira Ishida!

Ueto Aya and HIRO’s official press statements, and the first blessings from their friends

On September 15th, many friends of actress Ueto Aya and EXILE’s HIRO sent their blessings to the newlywed couple.

One day ago, Ueto and HIRO have both announced via open letters addressed to their fans and statements sent to the press that they’ve officially registered their marriage. They both have been in a relationship for around two years now. There have always been rumors that the two were a couple, but the media has never managed to come up with concrete evidence.

Ueto stated in her press statement, “During those two years of our relationship, I’ve been charmed by HIRO’s manliness, great sense of responsibility, the fact that he has always been supporting me the way I am and has always been thinking about my circumstances. He does not only take active and kind interest in my family and friends. but also my agency.”

She continued, “I’ve been in the industry since the age of 12 and have always been exposed to a very hectic and perplexing lifestyle, which has made me not only forget what it means to have a normal private life, but also who I really am. After having never experienced a normal life let alone a normal youth, it was HIRO who gave me back a lot of my youth and brought a honest smile to my face.”

Finally she added, “HIRO is someone who invests his whole soul into work in order to reach all of his dreams. I hope I can be a strong wife who can support the family, while he is chasing his dreams.”

HIRO stated, “It has been extremely illuminating to see her always earnest and hardworking self and how she even dedicated her whole youth to her work ever since she was child. I truly respect her way of thinking, her way of life, and all I want from the bottom of my heart is to make her happy.”

Some of their closest friends and colleagues also sent them their blessings.

One of them is Ueto’s close friend Becky, who said, “Congratulations. I truly congratulate the two of you.”She continued, “Ueto and I have been close friends ever since our teens. We share so many memories and tears together. She’s cheerful, lovely, and kind. She knows how to cook, and she’s always straightforward with her work. She always thinks about her friends and her family. In other words, she’s an absolutely fantastic and lovely woman. Her marriage is as much my happiness as it is hers.”

Moreover, she revealed she’s on very good terms with HIRO and said,“He’s a broadminded and fantastic person. I’m only Ueto’s friend, but he still cares a lot about me and my family.” She added, “Please continue to protect Ueto Aya from now on and engulf her with your warm love.”

Ueto’s junior Gouriki Ayame commented, “I’m looking up to her as a woman and as my great senior at work. I’m feeling just as happy as if it was me who has gotten married.” She added, “Please invite me to your new home.”

HIRO’s fellow EXILE members congratulated the couple on their marriage as well.

ATSUSHI commented, “HIRO has always been working hard with almost no break for many years for his fellow members and everyone else except for himself. I’m truly happy and a bit relieved that he’s now going to build a family. All I can do now is to warmly watch over them, but I’m doing it from the bottom of my heart and with all my best wishes. I’m remembering all the obstacles we’ve climbed over and all the incidents we’ve gone through together. In a way, I now feel I have to grow up even more and repay him with everything he’s given me so far in order to be able to give him the highest possible support for his new start. Please build a happy family.”

MAKIDAI expressed, “All of us are very happy for HIRO. I look up to him as EXILE’s leader and as a man with great experience. Him and Aya-san, who I have been close for a long time, are now married. I really wish for them to build a happy family and to always be happy from now on.”

Finally MATSU added, “I’m praying for those two to stay happy and healthy for many years to come. LOVE, DREAM, HAPPINESS. Please raise your family, while always supporting each other the best you can. From the bottom of my heart, congratulations on starting your new life together with your life partner. Hiro-san. Ueto Aya-san. I’m truly congratulating you on your marriage!”

source: tokyohive

aya's edit made by me :3

NINKI ratings for the week of 17/9~23/9/2012

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It's SKE week next week. I just hope that Superfly will do well even though it's her rock-iest album yet. Also rooting for PG, Mika and BUCK-TICK.

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J-pop Sucks in 2012 According to Taku: Is He Right?

Guest Author: Jason Yu (from the Green Tea Graffiti)

“F*** J-pop in 2012. Korean musical group, 2NE1, have great voices. If 2NE1 is considered mainstream in Korea, I wonder what so-called Japanese artists be considered then.”


This opening salvo above came from Taku Takahashi, the producer of the Japanese hip-hop duo, m-flo. The paraphrased Tweeter quote sent both chills down J-pop fans’ backs, as well as a “this man gets it” props from others.

Tweeting his thoughts from March to late June this year, his take about the very music industry he works in were some of the most open, surreal, yet damning comments on J-pop. We would expect this sort of brashness from netizens, music fans, and journalists. But not people in the music industry itself.

With that being said, the question begs: Does Taku have a point in saying that J-pop sucks these days?

While I respect Taku greatly, I’ll have to respectfully disagree with his take. Before I get into why I disagree, let’s go into Taku’s influence, what the fans think, and why you should care about my opinion.

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Jason has worked with BBC World, the Yonhap News, the Busan International Film Festival, and various K-pop companies. Currently working in the Korean media scene, his passion is to spread Asian pop culture to the world. He currently lives in Seoul, Korea. Check out his site, GreenTeaGraffiti, which promotes Asian pop culture.

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