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63rd Kouhaku Uta Gassen artists revealed

Posted  November 26, 2012  by  tokyograph

NHK has announced the artist lineup for the 63rd Kouhaku Uta Gassen. This year will have a total of 50 artists performing, 25 for each of the Red and White Teams. 12 artists are making their first appearances – 6 from the Red Team and 6 from the White Team. The artists, in Japanese alphabetical […]

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Film and Video

Goriki Ayame to star in Getsu 9 drama “Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou”

Posted  November 21, 2012  by  tokyograph

Goriki Ayame (20) will star in Fuji TV‘s Monday night drama series this winter, titled “Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou.” This will be her first lead role during golden time, not to mention a “Getsu 9” series, though it will also mark her 7th consecutive season appearing in a drama series on a commercial network. […]

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Film and Video

Mizukawa Asami lands starring role in prime time drama series

Posted  November 20, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actress Mizukawa Asami (29) has been chosen to star in an NTV drama series next season, tentatively titled “Share House no Koibito.” Since the series will air on Wednesday nights at 10:00pm, this marks her first lead role during the prime time hours (7:00pm-11:00pm). As the title suggests, the series is a romance story is […]

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Film and Video

Nagasawa Masami, Okada Masaki to co-star in “Kiyoku Yawaku” movie adaptation

Posted  November 20, 2012  by  tokyograph

Ikeumi Ryo‘s award-winning shojo manga “Kiyoku Yawaku” is getting a live-action movie adaptation, starring Nagasawa Masami (25) and Okada Masaki (23). This will be their first time acting together. Shinjo Takehiko, who previously handled the “Paradise Kiss” and “Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu” adaptations, will serve as director. “Kiyoku Yawaku” was originally serialized […]

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Artists & Celebrities

YUI announces another temporary hiatus

Posted  November 19, 2012  by  tokyograph

Singer-songwriter YUI (25) announced through her official website on Monday that she will be putting her activities on hold at the end of this year. This is the second time in her 8-year career that she has decided to go on hiatus, as she also took a break at the end of 2008 until mid-2009. […]

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Kis-My-Ft2’s Tamamori Yuta to star in “Nobunaga no Chef” drama series

Posted  November 13, 2012  by  tokyograph

Nishimura Mitsuru and Kajikawa Takuro‘s manga “Nobunaga no Chef” is getting a live-action drama series next season, starring Kis-My-Ft2‘s Tamamori Yuta (22). Although he co-starred in the TBS drama “Ikemen Desu ne” last year, this will be his first time as the sole lead of a drama series. Tamamori will play the role of Ken, […]

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Ishida Yuriko, Kanjani8’s Yasuda Shota join “Yakou Kanransha” cast

Posted  November 12, 2012  by  tokyograph

Earlier this month, actress Suzuki Kyoka (44) was named as the lead for the TBS drama series “Yakou Kanransha” (based on the Minato Kanae novel of the same name). TBS has now revealed the show’s main supporting cast, including actress Ishida Yuriko and Kanjani8 member Yasuda Shota . The story’s synopsis, as previously reported: Suzuki […]

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Kitamura Kazuki divorces after 19 years of marriage

Posted  November 12, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actor Kitamura Kazuki (43) and his wife have divorced, it has been learned. The news was revealed in this week’s issue of Shukan Josei. Kitamura and his wife have been married since 1993. According to the magazine, Kitamura left his family’s home around the start of this year and began living on his own somewhere […]

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Anne to star in NHK morning drama “Gochisou-san”

Posted  November 12, 2012  by  tokyograph

NHK has announced that Anne will star as the heroine of the 89th Asadora, which will be titled “Gochisou-san.” Morishita Yoshiko (“JIN“) is writing the screenplay. This will be Anne’s first time appearing in an Asadora, but she was reportedly offered the part without an audition. She has already appeared in many television dramas since […]

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D-DATE’s Horii Arata stars with Shimizu Kurumi in mobile drama

Posted  November 10, 2012  by  tokyograph

D☆DATE member Horii Arata (20) and actress Shimizu Kurumi (18) will both star in a drama series for the first time, leading a BeeTV mobile drama called “High School Drive ~Megasametara Koukousei Datta~” (High School Drive ~When I Woke Up, I Was a High School Student~). Horii will play the role of Sota, the ace […]

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AKB48’s Kasai Tomomi to make solo debut in December

Posted  November 10, 2012  by  tokyograph

Kasai Tomomi will be the next AKB48 member to make a solo debut, it has been learned. The news was announced on Saturday during an event for the Japan Racing Association. Kasai will release her first single on December 26 under the Nippon Crown label, but before that she will hold her debut performance on […]

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Kuriyama Chiaki, Fukushi Sota join “Toshokan Sensou” cast

Posted  November 9, 2012  by  tokyograph

A few more cast members have been announced for the live-action “Toshokan Sensou” (Library Wars) movie, which was first revealed in August with V6 member Okada Junichi and actress Eikura Nana as the leads. Joining them are Kuriyama Chiaki, “Kamen Rider Fourze” star Fukushi Sota, Tanaka Kei, Ishizaka Koji, Hashimoto Jun, and Nishida Naomi. “Toshokan Sensou” is […]

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Kase Ryo to portray director Kinoshita Keisuke in “Hajimari no Michi”

Posted  November 7, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actor Kase Ryo has been chosen to star in the movie “Hajimari no Michi,” a biopic of the late film director Kinoshita Keisuke. The movie will be the first live-action film directed by Hara Keiichi, better known for his work on animated movies such as the “Crayon Shin-chan” series, “Summer Days with Coo,” and “Colorful.” […]

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Uchino Masaaki, Tokiwa Takako, Sato Takeru to lead drama series “Tonbi”

Posted  November 7, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actor Uchino Masaaki will star in a TBS drama series next year, titled “Tonbi.” This will be his first lead role in a TV series since the second season of the “JIN” in 2011, and it will reunite him with several key staff members from that popular show: producer Ishimaru Akihiko, director Hirakawa Yuichiro, and […]

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Ninomiya Kazunari’s “Platina Data” supporting cast announced

Posted  November 7, 2012  by  tokyograph

Back in January, it was learned that Arashi‘s Ninomiya Kazunari will be starring in a movie adaptation of Higashino Keigo‘s mystery novel “Platina Data,” along with supporting actor Toyokawa Etsushi. Four more main cast members have now been revealed: Suzuki Honami, Namase Katsuhisa, Anne, and Mizuhara Kiko. As previously described, the story is set in […]

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu announces 2013 world tour

Posted  November 6, 2012  by  tokyograph

On Tuesday, model and singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu announced during her concert at Nippon Budokan that she will be embarking on a world tour in 2013. The tour will take her to 11 shows in 9 countries in Europe, North America, and Asia, plus 9 shows in 5 cities in Japan. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s “World […]

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20 artists announced for 2012 Best Hits Kayousai

Posted  November 6, 2012  by  tokyograph

Yomiuri TV has announced its lineup for the 2012 “Best Hits Kayousai.” 20 artists have been named, including first-timer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The announced artists, in Japanese alphabetical order, are: aiko Ieiri Leo Usuzawa Misaki AKB48 EXILE EXILE ATSUSHI SKE48 NMB48 Kato Miliyah Kis-My-Ft2 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu GLAY Kobukuro Sandaime J Soul Brothers Shimizu Shota […]

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SMAP’s “Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana” tops JASRAC royalty ranking for past 30 years

Posted  November 6, 2012  by  tokyograph

On Monday, the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) celebrated the 30th anniversary of its JASRAC Awards, presented annually “to the copyright holders whose musical works represent a large share of the royalty distribution,” generally through sales and use in television, radio, karaoke, games, ringtones, and other media. In honor of the […]

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Ishida, Higashio give birth to first child

Posted  November 6, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actor Ishida Junichi (58) and professional golfer Higashio Riko (36) have just celebrated the birth of their first child. On November 6, Higashio updated her blog to announced that the baby boy was born on Monday night. Ishida and Higashio have been married since December 2009. This past March, the couple announced that they had […]

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Idol group Sunmyu to make major label debut in January

Posted  November 6, 2012  by  tokyograph

Sun Music Group‘s 9-member idol group Sunmyu – written as さんみゅ~(β) – will make their major label debut next year. During a live event on Saturday, they announced that their indies debut single “Kuchibiru Network” (a cover of Okada Yukiko‘s 1986 hit) will be re-released under Pony Canyon as their first major label single on […]

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