January 7th, 2014

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Shigeaki Kato to Release 3rd Novel

It was announced that NEWS‘s Shigeaki Kato will release his third novel titled: “Burn.-バーン-“. The said novel will be release in March 24th.

After “Pink to Gray” (2012) and “Senko Scramble’ (2013), “Burn” will also be set in Shibuya that tells the story of a gifted actor who has lost his heart in acting. Afterwards, he will meet a mysterious man and a drag queen in Miyashita Park where he will learn the other meaning of “family”. “Instead of blood ties, I wanted to present a family form from the heart,” Shigeaki commented. He also added that the lead character is similar to his younger self after he entered Johnny’s and has met different people.

The novel was completed last Jan 2nd with 439 pages in total. Although Shigeaki didn’t plan to write a third novel, his current novel will be a culmination of his past two works.

“Burn.-バーン-” will be released on Mar 24th.


Congratulation Kato Sensei!!
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64th Kohaku Uta Gassen Ratings reported by media + ratings breakdown

The 64th annual NHK “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (Red and White Singing Contest) on New Year’s Eve received a record-breaking television rating of 44.5%, the highest ever in the last 10 years.
According to video researchers, the music variety program’s ratings surpassed the TBS drama “Hanazawa Naoki” which received 42.2% by 2.3 points.
Sports Nippon reported that the show drew in a large viewership with various performances, including members of the hit TV program “Ama-chan,” and veteran singer Saburo Kitajima’s 50th and final appearance.
From 7:15 p.m. during the first half of the program, the show garnered a rating of 36.9%, which was up 3.7 points over the previous year. The second half of the program received the highest rating of the last 10 years at 44.5%.
Source: Japan Today

Since I know some can't wait for Kohaku ratings breakdown, here are some ratings I gathered.

Sponichi article & ranking peaks captured from a morning TV show
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Ratings peaks (specific moments)
1. Kitajima Saburo thanking other performers during his final performance : 50.7%
2. Amachan Shiosai no Memory by Nounen Reina, Kyoko Koizumi & Yakushimaru Hiroko : 50.0%
3. Ninomiya Kazunari asking Oshima Yuko's clarification of her retirement. : 48.5%
(I really love it when Nino asked her if it was her retirement from the industry. Subtly exposing her)

Highest point for first half was during T.M.Revolution X Mizuki Nana performance : 42.6%

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