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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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Go Hiromi marries for the third time

Posted  March 31, 2012  by  tokyograph

Singer Go Hiromi (56) is married for the third time, it was revealed yesterday. On March 31, he registered his marriage with Tokutake Rina (32), a former talento who is the daughter of former pro baseball player Tokutake Sadayuki (73). Go and Tokutake met through a friend in the summer of 2010. A weekly tabloid […]

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Dream Morning Musume’s Nakazawa Yuko to tie the knot on April 1

Posted  March 31, 2012  by  tokyograph

The Sankei Sports newspaper reports that Dream Morning Musume member Nakazawa Yuko (38) is getting married. According to the newspaper, she will register her marriage today (April 1) and then hold her wedding ceremony this June. Last December, the newspaper reported a rumor that Nakazawa would be getting married this spring, but nothing was officially […]

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Film and Video

Shibasaki Kou, Maki Yoko, Terajima Shinobu in “Su-chan” movie adaptation

Posted  March 31, 2012  by  tokyograph

Masuda Miri‘s popular four-panel manga series “Su-chan” is being adapted as a theatrical film, starring Shibasaki Kou (30), Maki Yoko (29), and Terajima Shinobu (39). The movie will be titled “Su-chan Mai-chan Sawako-chan” and will focus on three of the main characters from the manga. Published by Gentosha since 2006, the “Su-chan” series has so […]

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Matsuzaka Tori to star in movie “Tsunagu”

Posted  March 31, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actor Matsuzaka Tori (23) will be the sole star of a movie for the first time. He will lead the stellar cast of “Tsunagu,” directed by Hirakawa Yuichiro (“ROOKIES“). The film is an adaptation of Tsujimura Mizuki‘s 2010 novel of the same name, which won the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers. “Tsunagu” (which means […]

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Nakayama Miho, Mukai Osamu star in love story in Paris

Posted  March 27, 2012  by  tokyograph

Popular screenwriter Kitagawa Eriko (“Long Vacation“) is writing and directing a new film, starring actress Nakayama Miho (42) and Mukai Osamu (30). Titled “Atarashii Kutsu wo Kawanakucha,” the movie will be a love story about a couple with a large age gap, set in Paris. Iwai Shunji (“All About Lily Chou-Chou“) will serve as producer. […]

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Fujimoto Miki, Shoji Tomoharu celebrate first child

Posted  March 27, 2012  by  tokyograph

Fujimoto Miki (27) and comedian Shoji Tomoharu (36) are now parents. Their agencies announced that Fujimoto gave birth to a baby boy at 7:03am on March 27 at a hospital in Tokyo. The child weighed 3,065 grams at birth and is said to be healthy. Shoji was in Okinawa for the 4th Okinawa International Movie […]

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Tamamori Yuta, Mitsumune Kaoru, Rola join Nakai Masahiro in “ATARU”

Posted  March 26, 2012  by  tokyograph

A few more cast members have been revealed for the TBS mystery drama series “ATARU,” which stars SMAP member Nakai Masahiro. The newly announced additions are Kis-My-Ft2 member Tamamori Yuta, AKB48 research student Mitsumune Kaoru, and model/talento Rola. “ATARU” was first announced in January, when it was learned that Nakai will be playing an autistic […]

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Fukuyama Masaharu to star in next Koreeda Hirokazu film

Posted  March 25, 2012  by  tokyograph

Acclaimed director Koreeda Hirokazu (“Nobody Knows,” “Air Doll“) is working on a new film that will star singer and actor Fukuyama Masaharu, it has been learned. This will be Fukuyama’s first lead role in a movie since “Yougisha X no Kenshin” in 2008. The film’s title and story are still a secret, but it is […]

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AKB48’s Maeda Atsuko to graduate from the group

Posted  March 25, 2012  by  tokyograph

On Sunday, the final day of AKB48‘s series of three concerts at Saitama Super Arena, member Maeda Atsuko (20) unexpectedly announced that she plans to graduate from the group. Although the date of her graduation has not been announced, it is expected that she will leave after AKB48’s first concert at Tokyo Dome (the date […]

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Summers to host YouTube audition TV show

Posted  March 25, 2012  by  tokyograph

Comedy duo Summers will host a fresh new variety show on Fuji TV, titled “Fuji TV ni Detai Hito TV.” The show will revolve around clips of people showing off their various talents, selected through an “audition” on video sharing website YouTube. The show will be the first of its kind for Fuji TV. The […]

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Girl group Fairies get their first TV show

Posted  March 25, 2012  by  tokyograph

Girl group Fairies will have their own regular show for the first time, starting this April. The show, titled “Harajuku Kirakira Gakuin,” will feature the group’s 7 members and comedian Okada Keisuke (of the duo Masuda Okada). The show’s format will have Okada playing a homeroom teacher. The members of Fairies, who range in age […]

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AKB48 announces first Tokyo Dome concert, new Team 4 members, temporary additions of Matsui Jurina, Watanabe Miyuki

Posted  March 25, 2012  by  tokyograph

During AKB48‘s concerts at Saitama Super Arena on Friday and Saturday, multiple major announcements were made. The first came on Friday, when it was revealed that the group will finally realize their dream of performing a concert at Tokyo Dome, more than 6 years after their debut. Since the beginning, AKB48’s main goal has been […]

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Nakashima Mika dating volleyball player Shimizu Kunihiro?

Posted  March 22, 2012  by  tokyograph

Singer and actress Nakashima Mika (29) is reportedly dating volleyball player Shimizu Kunihiro (25), a member of the men’s national team who plays for the Panasonic Panthers (based in Osaka). According to the Sports Nippon newspaper, the two started dating about half a year ago. Nakashima is said to be a volleyball fan, and she […]

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Charts: Tohoshinki, SDN48, EXILE

Posted  March 21, 2012  by  tokyograph

Tohoshinki claimed the #1 spot this week with their new single “STILL,” with nearly 139,000 copies sold. With this, they are the first foreign artist in Oricon history to achieve 10 number-one singles. This is also their 26th single to enter the Top 10, setting a new record for a foreign artist (they were previously […]

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Natsuna lands starring role in NHK morning drama “Jun to Ai”

Posted  March 21, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actress Natsuna (22) has been chosen to star in NHK‘s next morning drama series, scheduled to start this October. Natsuna was selected out of the 2,258 people who auditioned for the role, though she revealed that this was her third time auditioning for an NHK morning drama. Natsuna made her debut with a minor role […]

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