March 8th, 2013

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KAT-TUN's Nakamaru Yuichi and Katase Nana dating?

On the latest issue of FRIDAY, Nakamaru Yuichi (29) of KAT-TUN and actress Katase Nana (31) were caught on a 'late night gyutan date'. They are currently working together in Nihon TV's Sunday Countdown Show Shuuichi. The circumstances of their meeting are still unclear; it could just be a matter of colleagues having a meal together, or they could be dating. Some of the comments from his fans so far.

"Yuichi's first Friday. Congratulations."
"Here comes Nakamaru in Friday━━━━(゚∀゚)━━━━!!"
"It's obviously for publicity."
"What the hell's with this topic? Disgusting."
"They're just working together on the Sunday program. I don't think she likes him."
"I was getting worried that there hasn't been rumours although he's already 29. Thank goodness."
"I'm glad that it's Katase-san."
"Katase Nana is taller than him."
"A well-matched couple! (*´艸`*)"
"Why aren't the Johnny's Otaku throwing a fit??? It's okay since it's Nakamaru-kun?"
"It seems just like Nakamaru not to mind that she's taller than him."
"The fans reactions are interesting (*laugh*)"
"Why are his fans so happy he's in Friday?"
"Unexpected reactions from Johnny's fans (*laugh*)"
"It's rare for people to be so happy when an idol is caught in Friday (*laugh*)"
"With everyone in congratulatory mode, wouldn't he himself be shocked? He must be thinking, 'Huh, it's just whatever since it's me??'"
"The fact that his fans are happy reflects on his character."

It's still unclear what happened during the date but it would surely be a topic on the talk and variety shows later. So this might just be a publicity stunt after all.

Source: unleashthegeeks

publicity stunt or not, I'm happy with this rumor! lol xD

Itazura na Kiss Manga Gets New Live-Action TV Drama


Kaoru Tada's classic unfinished shōjo manga Itazura Na Kiss is getting a new television drama adaptation starting on March 29. The Itazura Na Kiss ~Love in Tokyo drama will star 16-year-old model and actress Honoka Miki (Suzuki-sensei, Maria Watches Over Us) as Kotoko and 25-year-old Yūki Furukawa (High School Debut, Rich Man, Poor Woman) as Naoki. Miki herself is a huge fan of Tada's work, and owns all of the manga volumes. Yūki Yamada (2012's GTO, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger) will also star in the series as Naoki's love rival Kinnosuke Ikezawa. The series will have a total of 16 episodes.

In the romantic comedy, a high school girl named Kotoko finally tells a fellow senior named Naoki that she has loved him from afar since she saw him on their first day of high school. However, Naoki, a haughty "super-ikemen" (handsome male) with smarts and sports talent, rejects her offhand. Fate intervenes when a mild earthquake ruins Kotoko's family house. While the house gets rebuilt, Kotoko and her dad stay at the home of her dad's childhood friend...whose son is Naoki.

The story follows Naoki and Kotoko through high school and beyond, but the manga is unfinished because Tada passed away in an accident in 1999. The popular manga has more than 30 million copies in print. The story was previously adapted into a television drama series in Japan in 1996, two drama series in Taiwan under the name It Started with a Kiss in 2005 and 2007, a 2008 stage play, a 2008 television anime series, and a drama series in South Korea in 2010.

Digital Manga Inc. is publishing the series in North America, and the company will release the 10th volume in November.


A Metal Slime Keyboard Draws Near!


Square Enix and Hori have a sweet Dragon Quest X Metal Slime Keyboard globbing to a store (not so near) to you. The 109 key USB keyboard has a smiling enter key and includes 12 metal slimes!

You can place use the metal slimes as toppers for the function keys. The Metal Slime Keyboard also includes a liquid metal slime, two blue slimes, an orange slime, and a green slime. That’s 17 slimes for one keyboard. You can stack the extra slimes into a slime tower.

The Dragon Quest X Metal Slime keyboard will give players a slight edge online too. Item codes for two Metal Tickets and an energy ball are included in the package.

You can pick up the Dragon Quest X Metal Slime keyboard on March 30. It’s Wii, Wii U, and PC compatible.


Japan women near bottom of barrel

Japan has one of the lowest scores in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of socioeconomic opportunities for women, according to MasterCard’s latest Index of Women’s Advancement released Wednesday March 6th.

Japan was second-lowest on the index, which measures the socioeconomic standing of women in 14 Asia-Pacific economies. New Zealand topped the index with an overall score of 77.8, followed by Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, South Korea, Japan and India.

Japan scored 48.1 and China 61.5.

Japan had relatively high scores of 83.1 in terms of employment and 94.5 in terms of education for women, but had the worst score in terms of leadership positions for women in the public and private sectors, at just 14.2.

The scores show the ratio of women to every 100 men. A score under 100 indicates gender inequality in favor of men.

In contrast, China scored 83.8 for employment, 100 for education and 27.8 for leadership positions.

Overall, the annual survey launched in 2005 showed women still face barriers to leadership positions in the government and private sector across the Asia-Pacific.

While more women have access to job opportunities and tertiary education in the region, there are still barriers preventing them from taking top government and private-sector positions.

SOURCE: Japan Times

Jane Doe Covers + Cover of Maeda Atsuko's solo 'Migikata'

The covers for Takahashi Minami solo debut single Jane Doe has been released! Takahashi Minami,  the General Captain of AKB48 will also cover on graduated AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko's song Migikata, which is used as Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou drama ending song. Jane Doe is a rock-ballad style song and used for the theme song of drama series 'Saki'

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Jane Doe will be release on April 3rd, 2013.

Source; oricon


Maco Yoshioka Interview: Helping women battle the postpartum blues

Maco Yoshioka is the founder of Madre Bonita, a nonprofit group that offers postpartum fitness programs for women using elastic exercise balls. Yoshioka, 40, who studied sports physiology at the University of Tokyo, says she became aware of physical and mental difficulties for new mothers when, in the late 1990s, she herself became a single mom at age 25, experiencing many discomforts, such as exhaustion, lack of stamina and sore joints. She stresses the importance of care for women in this period, to help them ward off postpartum depression and stop them from becoming abusive toward their children. Madre Bonita classes are now being taught at 50 locations across the country by 24 accredited instructors, including Yoshioka.

I understand that you studied sports physiology in graduate school. Were you always interested in the human body?

I was most influenced by a workshop I attended in my undergraduate years, held by butoh dancer Akaji Maro of the group Dairakudakan. The way they used their bodies was so different from the way we learned to use our bodies in school, like in physical education classes. When you really use your body to the maximum, you feel mentally refreshed as well. Through my undergraduate studies in literature, I was also exposed to the human potential movement in the United States, which explored the connection between the body and the mind. But back then in Japan, if you talked about yoga or bodywork, people would consider you suspicious, associating you with Aum Shinrikyo (the now-disbanded doomsday cult). I dropped out of university a year into my graduate studies, but what I’ve found most useful is the knowledge of sports physiology and anatomy I acquired from books when I was studying to get into graduate school. It helped me to create my postpartum fitness program.

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Peenzilla Worship! Japan’s Kanamara Festival

This year on 7 April, the lusty cries of  ”Kanamara, dekkai mara!” (“steel rod, giant dong!”) will once again ring through town.

Japan, traditionally a country where well-endowed foreigners are very welcome, embraces big penis worship in this very special festival. For the largest erections you’ve ever seen (anyone know Jonah Falcon personally?), save the date: Sunday 7 April 2013 at Kanayama Shrine in Kanagawa. All hail the huge pink peen! It just gets bigger and better every year.

If bigger doesn’t bang your gong, there are a multitude of phalluses of all shapes and sizes. If you’re non-Japanese and you’re interested in this, you’re not alone. An army of Western tourists descends upon the shrine every year, demanding cock.

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Source: (Japanese), rocketnews24
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