World star Tohoshinki's new single album, OCEAN, is in the spotlight even before its release on June 12th.
According to Japanese media, the group's new song "Ocean" haa been chosen as the theme song for four popular variety programs such as Nihon TV's PON! and Music Dragon. The source added that it is extremely rare for a single song to be tied to more than one program at the same time.
Tohoshinki member Yoon-ho said about Ocean, "It is a song for everyone to enjoy in time for the festival known as summer". According to the group's official Japanese website (toho-jp.net), Wedding Dress, the new ballad which is also included in the single album, has also been chosen as the theme song for the mobile TV station BeeTV's new drama "The Greatest Proposal".
The Greatest Proposal is an obnibus drama about four guys with a magical flower shop that makes your wish come true as the backdrop. Japan's hottest teen stars like Mukai Osamu are leading the drama which will begin airing on May 20th.
Meanwhile, Tohoshinki began their Japanese tour starting at the Saitama Super Arena on April 27th. The group will go on to tour Japan's five largest domes; Tokyo Dome, Osaka Kyocera Dome, Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome, Sapporo Dome and Nagoya Dome, becoming the first Asian stars to do so.
Shock is currently waving through the industry due to an article published in the recent issue of the magazine, "FLASH" (Kobunsha). A woman revealed that she was sexually abused by singer GACKT (39). GACKT already has a history of gossip surrounding him. There are rumours of tax evasion, to having a secret child and even that he has suspicious acquaintances. However, this sex scandal could be the rumour to hurt him the very most.
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GACKT has also recently been removed from the artist lineup of FNS' "Uta no Natsu Matsuri" (Summer Song Festival).
ETA: GACKT's staff statement:
We wish to deliver an explanation concerning the article about GACKT that has been published in the May 13th issue of the weekly magazine "FLASH", among others.
The various acts of violence that were presented in the contents of this report are not facts,
and in regards to "FLASH"'s sales agency, Kobunsha, we are going through with our arrangements to sue them for defamation.
Moreover, given that we have confirmed that the statements from the female victim are not facts,
we are discussing whether or not to take legal actions in relation to this.
We are aware of the worry we caused all of the fans and to our business partners as well,
we plan to work together with our law consultants as to not cause more worry to everyone so,
we ask for your understanding, thank you very much.
ETA2: After the event, Ms. A went to discuss with the police. Through a lawyer, she requested for an apology from GACKT. After the apology request was not granted, Ms. A submitted the sexual abuse report to the police. They accepted this report at the end of April, and there seems to be no update from police after that time.
Sources: Original article @ Infoseek / GACKT's staff statement @ OHP / Additional article @ rbbtoday
Translation by tsunemi
Now in its fifth year, the Next Music From Tokyo project brings select groups of Japanese indie bands on a short Canadian tour in the name of cross cultural interaction and awesome music. Run by a single guy who arranges and pays for the tour out of his own pocket, it offers an exciting look at the unique spectrum of independent music being made in Japan right now.
May 17: Toronto @ the Rivoli
May 18: Toronto @ the Rivoli
May 20: Montreal @ Divan Orange
May 22: Vancouver @ Rickshaw Theatre
If you live in Canada and have any interest at all in Japanese music, please try to check this out!
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OP is a bitterly jealous Kinoko Teikoku fan who will be consoling herself with whatever scraps of info she can get from Twitter.
China and South Korea on Tuesday criticized Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s comments on comfort women.
China’s Foreign Ministry said it saw the comments as further evidence of a rightward drift in Japanese politics under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“We are appalled and indignant about the Japanese politician’s comments boldly challenging humanity and historical justice,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily media briefing. “The way they treat the past will determine the way Japan walks toward the future. On what choice Japan will make, the Asian neighbors and the international community will wait and see.”
Asked about a photo of Abe posing in a fighter jet with the number 731 — the number of a notorious, secret Japanese unit that performed chemical and biological experiments on Chinese in World War II — Hong again urged Japan not to whitewash history so as to improve relations with countries that suffered under Japanese occupation.
“There is a mountain of definitive iron-hard evidence for the crimes they committed in the Second World War. We hope Japan will face and contemplate their history of aggression and treat it correctly,” Hong said.
Abe posed, thumbs up, in the aircraft during a weekend visit to Miyagi Prefecture.
Meanwhile, in Seoul, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry expressed disappointment over what it called a senior Japanese official’s serious lack of historical understanding and respect for women’s rights. It asked Japan’s leaders to reflect on their country’s imperial past, including grave human rights violations, and correct anachronistic historical views.
Toru Hashimoto, co-leader of the Japan Restoration Party, said on May 13 that "comfort women" were necessary for Japanese soldiers during World War II, but then softened his tone, saying that they served soldiers "against their will."
Comfort women are an euphemism for those who provided sex for Japanese soldiers during the war.
“In the circumstances in which bullets are flying like rain and wind, the soldiers are running around at the risk of losing their lives. If you want them to have a rest in such a situation, a comfort women system is necessary. Anyone can understand that,” Hashimoto, also the Osaka mayor, told reporters in a building of the Osaka city government.
He also said, “When I checked the history of those years, I found that not only the Japanese army but also those of various countries were utilizing (comfort women).”
Then, he said, “It is a result of the tragedy of the war that they became comfort women against their will. The responsibility for the war also lies with Japan. We have to politely offer kind words to (former) comfort women.”
As for the statement released in 1995 by then Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, which expressed remorse and apology to Asian countries on Japan’s colonial rule and aggression, Hashimoto said he supported it.
“Japan is a defeated country," he said. "As a result of the defeat in the war, we must accept (the view) that what Japan did was aggression. There are no doubts (about the accusation) that Japan caused tremendous suffering and damage to neighboring countries. Japan must reflect on it and make an apology.”
On the other hand, he showed understanding of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent controversial assertion that the definition of aggression has yet to be decided. The remark triggered strong outrage in South Korea, which Japan colonized from 1910 to 1945.
“What Prime Minister Abe is saying is correct in that, academically, there are no definitions on aggression,” Hashimoto said.
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Hashimoto really is an ignorant fraud... just like how there are Americans who acknowledge the terrors First Nation people went through, I know plenty of people who get why certain war acts committed by Japan were wrong (Japanese-Canadians at least). They can't keep doing this, Japan wasn't only a victim in the war -- it had its fair share of terrorism. How are these asses put into power (Hashimoto and PM Abe for instance)
Ishihara Satomi, Iura Arata and Tanaka Rena will be starring in the TBS drama SP "Koi" which will be shown during this autumn and is based on the 1996 Naoki Award novel by Koike Mariko which has sold 900,000 copies to date. Straight after the novel won the award, there were many offers to make it into a drama or movie which Koike did not accept as it was felt that nobody could portray the lead character Fumiko. Scriptwriter Minamoto Takashi then started to prepare the script 5 years ago which finally made Koike decide to give the go-ahead.
The story is set in the 70s where Ishihara plays Fumiko, an university student, who gets involved romantically with her assistant professor Katase Shintaro (Iura) and his wife Hinako (Tanaka). However, on 28 February 1972, the police finds Shintaro seriously injured and a young man working in a electronics store (Saito Takumi) dead in a bungalow at Karuizawa while Fumiko and Hinako are also present at the scene. The truth behind the case is not known and the case is quickly classified as a crime of passion which leads to Fumiko being sent to prison. 40 years later, a report writer Torigai Mitsuhiko (Watabe Atsuro) comes to know about this case and goes to interview the elderly Fumiko (Harada Mieko) in prison which leads him to find out what really happened at the bungalow.
Filming has begun in the beginning of April primarily in Karuizawa and will also be shot at various places in Nagano, Tochigi and Chiba in order to show the passing of the seasons.
Source: Nikkansports, doramaworld