June 5th, 2013


Yaguchi Mari's outside man (Kenzo Umeda) goes wild on Twitter and drags down Yu Shirota?

"Has Mari Yaguchi's lover Umeda accused her of having an affair with a certain popular actor?"

On June 3rd, actor Masaya Nakamura, who recently divorced former Morning Musume. member Mari Yaguchi, made a live appearance on NTV's live news program "PON!" and spoke about their divorce for the first time. At the beginning of the show he spoke about the reason of their divorce, but did not mention Yaguchi's affair with model Kenzou Umeda. He explained that "(the divorce) was the result we decided on together after many discussions. We have ended up walking on our own separate paths but, please continue to give us your support from now on as well". He also showed his concern for Yaguchi, who is caught in a storm of bashing, by representing the both of them with "us".

However, there are no signs of Yaguchi's illicit affairs coming to an end. Surprising news gushed out one after the other, such as "Umeda was made to kneel on the ground while naked" and "the bed sheets would be brand new particularly on the days Nakamura would return from elsewhere". Furthermore, there are rising suspicions of a new affair even at this moment. The source of this appears to be from none other than the Twitter posts of lover Umeda.

Since the end of February, right around when Umeda was "brought home" by Yaguchi, he stopped updating his Twitter, however, for some reason he returned on May 21st, right after the release of the weekly magazine. He spilled out complaints such as "Ah~ There's kinda no point of becoming famous in this kind of way huh" and "I'm really gonna die if I'm asked for a large amount of compensation money", but since the timing of his return was deemed as too perfect, there were suspicions of it being a vicious "fraud". Still, when the Tweets became a big topic, his account was changed to private and only approved Followers could read his Tweets. If it was a "fraud" that only wanted to attract attention, there would be no need to make the account private, which brings many to guess that it is Umeda himself posting these.

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source: 1 translated by tsunemi, majide

Feels like Yaguchi Mari is the Akanishi Jin of 2013. If it really is Umeda, I hope he and Mari writes a tell all, since their careers have been ruined, they might as well not go down alone.

Kitagawa Keiko & Fukada Kyoko to work together in the movie "Roommate"

Kitagawa Keiko and Fukada Kyoko will be working together in the movie "Roommate" which is expected to be shown in cinemas this autumn. The movie which is based on the psycho-mystery of late writer Imamura Aya, features Kitagawa in the role of Hagiwara Harumi and Fukada as Nishimura Reiko. The two characters are roommates who get along well with each other but when Reiko starts to behave strangely, it causes cracks to appear in their relationship which soon crumbles into a web of terror. Filming is already in progress.

Source: Yomiuri Hochi, doramaworld

Matsuyuki Yasuko to play a police commissioner in the movie version of "ATARU"

Matsuyuki Yasuko will play the role of a police commissioner who wears a prosthetic leg and has to move around in a wheelchair in the upcoming movie "Gekijouban ATARU" starring Nakai Masahiro. This is the first time in 9 years since the two last worked together. Matsuyuki's character is the person-in-charge for the investigation of a serial bombing case and seriously doubts Ataru's (Nakai) ability.

As her character lost her left leg due to an accident during an investigation operation, Matsuyuki had to learn more about prosthetic legs and train herself to move around in a wheelchair and while wearing the prosthetic leg. Filming for her part began last month.

Nakai and Matsuyuki are of the same age and coincidentally made their debut in the same year i.e. 1991. They had last worked together in the 1996 FujiTV drama "Shouri no Megami" as colleagues of a cram school and 2004's TBS drama "Suna no Utsuwa" as a murderer and stage actress who become lovers. With regard to this, Matsuyuki commented that it seems like there is always a gap of 8 years before she and Nakai gets to work together again so she feels as if she's meeting an old friend when they reunite and looks forward to having an acting battle with him onscreen.

Co-stars in the film also include Kuriyama Chiaki, Kitamura Kazuki and Horikita Maki.

Source: Sanspo / Sanspo, doramaworld

Hasegawa Kyoko to play Oda Yuji's ex-girlfriend in summer 2013 drama "Oh My Dad!!"

Hasegawa Kyoko will be playing a capable working woman who is single and the ex-girlfriend of Oda Yuji in the upcoming FujiTV summer 2013 drama "Oh My Dad!!" which will begin its run from July in the Thursdays 10pm timeslot. Oda plays a single father whose wife walks out on him and he has to raise his son on his own after losing his job and apartment. This is the first time Oda and Hasegawa are working together. Other co-stars include Yashima Norito and Suzuki Anju.

Source: Sponichi, doramaworld

Top 10 box office hits in Japan for the first half of 2013

Figures in brackets indicate the amount of box office takings.

1) One Piece Film Z (JPY 6.85bn)

2) Les Miserables (JPY 5.8bn)

3) Ted (JPY 4.3bn)

4) Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Himitsu Dougu Museum (JPY 4bn)

5) Meitantei Conan Zekkai no Private Eye (JPY 3.3bn ~ JPY 3.5bn)

6) Dragon Ball Z Kami to Kami (JPY 3bn)

7) 007 Skyfall (JPY 2.73bn)

8) Platina Data (JPY 2.6bn)

9) Ironman 3 (JPY 2.5bn)

10) Strawberry Night (JPY 2.1bn)

Source: Oricon, doramaworld

48 Sister Groups’ Tops From NMB And SKE Discuss - Changing AKB48 From The Provinces

Recently, from the AKB48 General Elections 2013 Official Guide Book, an interview was conducted with two prominent sister group members, NMB48's Yamamoto Sayaka and SKE48's Matsui Rena.

The two girls poured out their heart and passion for both their groups, as well as talked about a range of issues from the similarities and contrasts in their personalities , interests, and their goals for the future individually, and for their respective groups.

However, the main topic of discussion focused on their goal in establishing a name for their groups, NMB48 and SKE48, as being more than just another sister group.

The full translation of the interview can be read below.

Both fighting their own nervousness, the “shy”  conversation starts!

Source: http://sakaeandfrog.tumblr.com/post/52010423872/nmb48-yamamoto-sayaka-x-ske48-matsui-rena-sister

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Japan's sex slave legacy remains open wound

More than 70 years ago, at age 14, Kim Bok-dong was ordered to work by Korea’s Japanese occupiers. She was told she was going to a military uniform factory, but ended up at a Japanese military-linked brothel in southern China.

She had to take an average of 15 soldiers per day during the week, and dozens over the weekend. At the end of the day she would be bleeding and could not even stand because of the pain. She and other girls were closely watched by guards and could not escape. It was a secret she carried for decades; the man she later married died without ever knowing.

Tens of thousands of women had similar stories to tell, or to hide, from Japan’s occupation of much of Asia before and during World War II. Many are no longer living, and those who remain are still waiting for Japan to offer reparations and a more complete apology than it has so far delivered.

“I’m here today, not because I wanted to but because I had to,” Kim, now 87, told a packed audience of mostly Japanese at a community center in Osaka last week. “I came here to ask Japan to settle its past wrongdoing. I hope the Japanese government resolves the problem as soon as possible while we elderly women are still alive.”

The issue of Japan’s use of Korean, Chinese and Southeast Asian women and girls as sex slaves — euphemistically called “comfort women” — continues to alienate Tokyo from its neighbors nearly 70 years after the war’s end. It is a wound that was made fresh this month when the co-head of an emerging nationalistic party, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, said “comfort women” had been necessary to maintain military discipline and give respite to battle-weary troops.

His comments drew outrage from South Korea and China, as well as from the U.S. State Department, which called them “outrageous and offensive.”

Hashimoto provided no evidence but insisted that Tokyo has been unfairly singled out for its World War II behavior regarding women, saying some other armies at the time had military brothels. None of them, however, has been accused of the kind of widespread, organized sexual slavery that has been linked to Japan’s military.

Historians say up to 200,000 women from across Asia, including China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as the Netherlands, were forced to provide sex for Japanese soldiers.

To many people, even within Japan, Hashimoto’s comments suggest that even after all these years, Japanese leaders don’t want to fully acknowledge wartime wrongs and are out of touch with the sentiments not only of their neighbors and the international community, but also many of their own citizens.

“It’s not a problem of the past. It’s a continuing problem that involves people who are still alive,” said Koichi Nakano, a Sophia University political science professor. “Japan is perceived as merely waiting for them to die while looking the other way and dragging its feet. That looks bad from a humanity point of view.”

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Japan qualifies for World Cup 2014!!

Keisuke Honda was elevated to national hero Wednesday with banner front pages hailing his last gasp equaliser against Australia that secured Japan's berth to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

The CSKA Moscow midfielder banged home a stoppage time penalty at Saitama Stadium near Tokyo to give the Asian champions the draw they needed to propel them to Brazil as the first team to qualify.

"Japan qualifies for World Cup," screamed the mass-selling Yomiuri Shimbun, in a headline echoed by most newspapers.

"Honda World Cup. Grandpa, I did it," said the Sports Nippon on a wraparound front page that showed the goal-scorer on his knees looking up to the sky. The player's grandfather died last month.

Wednesday morning television devoted a large chunk of broadcast time to the dramatic equaliser off a penalty won after an apparently unwitting handball in the area by Australia's Matt McKay.

The 1-1 result left the Asian champions seven points clear and uncatchable in Group B, putting them through to their fifth straight FIFA World Cup. It was the first time they have sealed qualification on home soil.

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Source: fifa
I have always like to watch the Samurai Blue play soccer, just like how I like to watch Germany play, their matches are so focused on attacking, its fun to watch. Well Japan probably won't win the World Cup, however I hope they perform some magic this time round, semi-finals is good?