October 6th, 2012

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TRF to celebrate their 20th anniversary with 4 releases in 4 months

TRF are going to celebrate their 20th anniversary in February 2013. Leading up to this auspicious date, the group has announced that they are going to release something new every month starting from November.

The first release will be a best-of album titled ‘TRF 20th Anniversary COMPLETE SINGLE BEST‘ on November 21. This album will contain all of their 31 singles on a total of 3 CDs as well as a new track produced by Komuro Tetsuya, who hasn’t produced something for TRF in 16 years. In addition to the CD-only version, the release is going to have another version that will include 3 CDs and 1 DVD with 20 of their best live performances picked by the members themselves. More details, such as the track list, will be announced at a later date.

TRF are also going to hold a nationwide tour in order to celebrate their 20th anniversary together with their fans. However, the exact schedule for this concert tour has yet to be released as well.

DJ KOO commented, “The way we are listening to music has changed a lot throughout these 20 years, but the energy and the fun that is dance music hasn’t changed over the years at all. I’d like to enjoy the TRF sound together with people from many different generations.

cute @!

another model is making her cd debut under avex

Following the footsteps of other models turned singer such as mini and Sara Mary, gyaru model Yurika (also goes by yurixy) [18] who models for fashion magazine SOUL SISTER will be making her cd debut with Roppongi Shinjuu, a cover of Ann Lewis's hit song. It will also serve as the theme song for  the new drama Tokumei Tantei and will drop November 28.

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her voice is awesome
already stanning tbh, I am a sucker for model turned singer!

CIA: Japan's Senkaku claim the strongest

WASHINGTON — A report compiled by the CIA on the sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands around the time China started to formally claim them as its own concluded that Japan's sovereignty case was by far the stronger and more convincing.

"The Japanese claim to sovereignty over the Senkakus is strong, and the burden of proof of ownership would seem to fall on the Chinese," said the intelligence report, which was drafted in May 1971 and was included in declassified documents from the National Security Archive of George Washington University.

In related documents, the CIA stated that any dispute between Japan, China and Taiwan over the islands would not have arisen had it not been for the discovery of potential oil reserves on the nearby continental shelf in the late 1960s.

The islets in the East China Sea are known as Diaoyu in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan.

"The Senkaku Islands, uninhabited and unimportant, have emerged from obscurity to give their name to an undersea region that conceivably could cause international conflict: If oil in commercial quantities is not found, they could ultimately lapse again into obscurity," the report noted.

The documents illustrate the skepticism some U.S. officials felt about the validity of China's ownership claim over the isles, although this has never become Washington's official position on the matter.

The report noted that the Red Guard atlas, which was published in 1966 in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution, includes a map of Communist China's international administrative areas.

"This map definitely indicates that the ocean area in which the Senkakus are located is beyond China's border," it pointed out.

The atlas, along with another map, indicate that "the Senkaku Islands belong to the Ryukyus (now Okinawa Prefecture), and therefore to Japan," the report concluded.

In addition, "none of the Chinese Nationalist (Taiwanese) maps that were examined indicate that the Senkaku ocean area is within China's boundaries," it stated.

A random selection of maps published in Europe also fail to show the Senkakus are part of China's sovereign territory, while the 1967 edition of the Soviet Union's official world atlas included a chart specifically designating the Senkakus as Japanese territory, the report said.

An April 1978 memorandum the U.S. National Security Council prepared for Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, said, "Our interest is in doing nothing to undercut the Japanese, but at the same time remaining aloof from this potentially contentious Sino-Japanese territorial issue."

These documents demonstrate that while affirming that the Senkakus fall under Japan's jurisdiction, U.S. administrations dating back to the 1970s have consistently maintained a neutral stance on the issue.


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First teaser for Ikuta Toma’s upcoming movie “Nou Otoko” revealed

First teaser for upcoming movie “Nou Otoko” starring Ikuta Toma has been revealed on its official site.

As we reported previously, this movie is based on an award-winning novel by Shudo Urio, and is directed by Takimoto Tomoyuki (“Ikigami”, “Hoshi Mamoru Inu”). Ikuta will be playing a mysterious man with gifted intelligence and physical ability named Suzuki Ichiro, who commits countless murders in the name of justice. He is a killing machine that is naturally emotionless.

In the teaser, you can catch a glimpse of Ikuta’s action scenes, which he has prepared himself for by practicing martial arts for half a year, as well as his insane facial expression, something Ikuta has never shown before.

“Nou Otoko” is set for release on February 9th of 2013

source: cinematoday via tokyohive

can't wait
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Momoiro Clover Z women’s only concert at Budokan is a success

On October 5th, idol group Momoiro Clover Z held their women’s only concert titled ‘Momoclo Aki no 2-dai Matsuri ~Onna Matsuri 2012~‘ at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.

The concert was a huge success with a an audience of 10,000 women. Last year they already held a similar concert, but the venue only had the capacity for 800 women. When comparing those numbers, it once again expresses the rapidly increasing popularity of this group outside of just their male fans.

Momota Kanako greeted the girls and women in attendance and stated, “It’s show time for girls and for girls only! Let’s keep it a secret from the boys and turn up the heat!” The audience answered with loud and shrill cheers.

The concert was also broadcast live in 19 movie theaters and live music clubs throughout Japan, which made it possible for 4,000 more female fans to watch it live despite having failed to obtain a ticket for being there in person.
Including the encore, Momoiro Clover Z have performed a total of 23 songs such as “Otome Sensou“, “Moretsu Uchu Kokyokyoku. Dai Nana Gakusho ‘Mugen no Ai’“, “Hashire!“, “Mirai Bowl” and so on.

Sasaki Ayaka said during the concert, “I have a great idea! How about dressing as boys if we do another women’s only concert next year?” The audience liked the idea and cheered them on to go with this plan next year.

Of course Momoiro Clover Z will also cater to their male fans and hold an equivalent men’s only concert titled ‘~Otoko Matsuri 2012~‘ on November 5th.

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aw such a cool event

English Niconico.com to Retire, Re-Open Under Main Site on October 17

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The video-streaming service Niconico announced on Monday that it will retire its current English website, Niconico.com, by the end of 2012. The service will replace it with an English version under its Japanese domain name on October 17.

Users on niconico.com will be unable to create new clubs after October 9 due to the transfer. All user translation data added until the October 9 will be moved to nicovideo.jp but comments, tags, and my faves will not.

The website launched the beta for niconico.com last year and later announced plans to stream Funimation titles as part of their joint Funico venture. The site streamed Black★Rock Shooter, Symphogear, Detective Opera Milky Holmes 2, Blood-C, The Mystic Archives of Dantalian, and others.