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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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“Strawberry Night” drama series gets a theatrical movie

Posted  March 21, 2012  by  tokyograph

The Fuji TV drama series “Strawberry Night” ended on Tuesday, getting 15.9% ratings for its final episode. The series finished with a strong average of 15.4% ratings, so it was not surprising that the finale came with an announcement that there will be a movie adaptation. Based on a bestselling mystery novel by Honda Tetsuya, […]

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L’Arc~en~Ciel to rock the National Olympic Stadium

Posted  March 18, 2012  by  tokyograph

L’Arc~en~Ciel will perform for the first time at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, it has been announced. The band has scheduled two concerts there on May 26 and 27, aiming to perform in front of approximately 100,000 fans over the two days. They will be only the 4th artist to hold a concert on […]

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Emoto Tasuku, Ando Sakura marry

Posted  March 17, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actor Emoto Tasuku (25) and actress Ando Sakura (26) got married on March 14 (White Day), it has been learned. Their respective management agencies announced the news on Friday. Both Emoto and Ando are children of well-known celebrities. Emoto is the son of actor Emoto Akira (63) and actress Tsunogae Kazue (57), while Ando is […]

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Film and Video

Eita, Matsuda Ryuhei return in “Mahoro Ekimae Tada Benriken” drama series

Posted  March 17, 2012  by  tokyograph

The movie “Mahoro Ekimae Tada Benriken” is getting a sequel, this time in the form of a television drama series. Eita (29) and Matsuda Ryuhei (28) will return in their starring roles. The movie, which opened in Japan in April 2011, was based on a Naoki Prize-winning novel by Miura Shion. The story revolves around […]

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Suzuki Fuku to star as detective in drama series “Kodomo Keisatsu”

Posted  March 17, 2012  by  tokyograph

Child actor Suzuki Fuku (7) has been given his first starring role in a drama series. He will take on the challenging role of a middle-aged detective who looks like a child in “Kodomo Keisatsu” on TBS this spring. Suzuki plays a veteran detective who is the head of a special investigation unit with the […]

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Dream member Sayaka to leave the group

Posted  March 17, 2012  by  tokyograph

Yamamoto Sayaka, a member of the pop group Dream, will leave the group on March 31, it was announced this past week. She explained that she is leaving because she wants to pursue a new dream. Although she did not give any specific details about her future plans, it appears that she is aiming to […]

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Omori Nao marries actress 18 years younger than him

Posted  March 14, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actor Omori Nao (40) announced through his management agency on Wednesday that he has married 22-year-old actress Ono Yuriko. According to the statement, Omori has no plans to hold a press conference. No further information was given regarding Omori and Ono’s relationship. It is not known how long the two have been dating, but there […]

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D-BOYS members to star in drama series “D×TOWN”

Posted  March 13, 2012  by  tokyograph

6 members of acting troupe D-BOYS (and its affiliated unit D2) will star in a new TV Tokyo drama series called “D×TOWN,” it has been announced. The series will consist of 6 stories, each starring a different member and each directed by a veteran or up-and-coming movie director. Each of the stories is scheduled to […]

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Hongo Kanata joins “Mirai Nikki” drama cast

Posted  March 13, 2012  by  tokyograph

Young actor Hongo Kanata (21) is the latest cast member to be revealed for the upcoming drama series “Mirai Nikki -ANOTHER:WORLD-.” He will join starring actor Okada Masaki and actress Goriki Ayame as a key character in the story. The drama series is a live-action adaptation of Esuno Sakae‘s manga “Mirai Nikki.” The story revolves […]

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Wakui Emi to play Takenouchi Yutaka’s wife in “Mou Ichido Kimi ni, Propose”

Posted  March 13, 2012  by  tokyograph

More cast details have been revealed for Takenouchi Yutaka‘s upcoming drama series “Mou Ichido Kimi ni, Propose.” Actress Wakui Emi has been chosen as the female lead, playing the part of Takenouchi’s wife. Announced last month, the series has Takenouchi playing Haru, a mechanic at an auto repair shop who has been married to a […]

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Oguri Shun, Yamada Yu to marry on March 14

Posted  March 12, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actor Oguri Shun (29) and actress Yamada Yu (27) announced in a fax to the media that they will get married on Wednesday, March 14, which happens to be White Day in Japan. The two have been dating since March 14 in 2008, so their wedding date will mark their 4th anniversary as a couple. […]

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SDN48’s Urano Kazumi named as potential new member of Watarirouka Hashiritai 7

Posted  March 12, 2012  by  tokyograph

SDN48 member Urano Kazumi (26) may become the newest member of AKB48 sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai 7. Producer Akimoto Yasushi announced the possibility of the move through Google+ on Saturday. Urano, also known by the nickname CinDy, was part of AKB48 from 2005 to 2010. Along with several other members, she was transitioned into SDN48 in […]

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Saeko returns to variety shows with NTV’s “Chou Saigen! Mystery”

Posted  March 11, 2012  by  tokyograph

Talento Saeko (25) is making her way back into television. Starting this spring, she will be a regular on a variety show for the first time in roughly 7 years, serving as an assistant host on NTV‘s new series “Chou Saigen! Mystery.” Saeko married baseball pitcher Darvish Yu in November 2007 and gave birth to […]

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Tabe Mikako to star as teacher in new “Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan” drama series

Posted  March 8, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actress Tabe Mikako (23) will star in a TBS drama series this summer, “Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan.” The series will have her playing the part of a teacher for the first time. “Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan” is based on a novel of the same name by mystery writer Higashino Keigo. The story was adapted as a television […]

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SPEED’s Uehara Takako to marry ET-KING member

Posted  March 8, 2012  by  tokyograph

SPEED member Uehara Takako (29) is getting married. Newspapers report that she will tie the knot with a member of hip-hop group ET-KING, though further details will be announced later today. SPEED and ET-KING both performed together during the charity concert “Sing for East” in Kobe last June. Uehara will be the second member of […]

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