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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I wonder if we'll get to see this:


NHK to broadcast live concert for anniversary of Tohoku earthquake

January 22, 2012

On March 10, one day before the anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, NHK will air a special live program titled gShinsai Kara 1 Nen eAshita ef Concert.h The theme of the 6-hour show is to use the power of music to deliver a message to the areas that have been affected by the disaster. It will be broadcast from the Makuhari Messe in Chiba and from the Sukagawa City Culture Center in Fukushima, with different music artists appearing at each venue.

SMAP, AKB48, and Perfume will appear at Makuhari Messe, and SMAPfs Nakai Masahiro will serve as the overall MC for the show. More artists will be announced later, but a total of around 10 artists is expected.

The lineup at the Sukagawa City Culture Center so far includes Kitajima Saburo, Sakamoto Fuyumi, Hitoto Yo, and Hirahara Ayaka.

The NHK BS Premium channel will broadcast the show from 4:00pm to 10:00pm on March 10. NHK General will show only a portion of the event, from 7:30pm to 8:45pm.

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Child star Ohashi Nozomi to retire from show business

March 5, 2012

Child actress Ohashi Nozomi (12) plans to withdraw from show business at the end of this month. Her management agency, Central Group, announced the news on its official website.

Ohashi will enter junior high school this April. The agency explained that after discussions with Ohashi and her family, it was decided that she will take this opportunity to focus on her studies from now on.

Ohashi was set to star in a movie titled gDaisuki na Kutsu wo Haitara,h originally scheduled for release on March 31. However, the agency revealed that due to circumstances on the production side, the filmfs release has been canceled.

Ohashi has been appearing in television dramas and movies since 2004, when she was 3 years old. She got her big break in 2007 when she made her singing debut with the theme song for the Studio Ghibli animated film gGake no Ue no Ponyo.h

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If the name doesn't ring a bell, she played the little girl in "Shiroi Haru".
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^ Wow, surprising turn. Shocked
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Really, this will be their last album?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

chrisjay wrote:
Really, this will be their last album?

Ehh? Head Scratch
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Top 10 Japanese variety shows: http://metropolis.co.jp/features/feature/method-to-the-madness/

My favorite, "Nep League" at number 6 w00t!
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DiCpario does the Japanese TV talk show circuit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIZcD_Jk0nc&feature=player_embedded
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gaijinmark wrote:
DiCpario does the Japanese TV talk show circuit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIZcD_Jk0nc&feature=player_embedded

LMAO, nice Jack Nicholson eyebrow imitation. rofl
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

NTT DoCoMo came up with another one of those stupid polls (I'm only saying it's stupid because Manami Konishi didn't make the list, but I can't argue with their number one choice):

Who is the most sexy and cool actress?


19 - 0053 votes - Matsu Takako
18 - 0093 votes - Kanno Miho
17 - 0131 votes - Koyuki
16 - 0156 votes - Nakatani Miki

15 - 0168 votes - Kimura Tae
14 - 0200 votes - Kuroki Hitomi
13 - 0225 votes - Nagasawa Masami
12 - 0295 votes - Koike Eiko
11 - 0345 votes - Suzuki Kyoka

10 - 0348 votes - Terajima Shinobu
09 - 0368 votes - Igawa Haruka
08 - 0724 votes - Fujiwara Norika
07 - 1129 votes - Kuroki Meisa
06 - 1158 votes - Kichise Michiko

05 - 1612 votes - Shinohara Ryoko
04 - 1895 votes - Iijima Naoko
03 - 2867 votes - Sugimoto Aya
02 - 3352 votes - Yonekura Ryoko
01 - 3486 votes - Maki Yoko
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Uchino Masaaki to change his name to Uchino Seiyo

On July 10, actor Uchino Masaaki announced through his official website that he has changed his name to 'Uchino Seiyo'.

Regarding his name change, he explained, "There are still a few people who are called 'Seiyo' withz (kanji for Masaaki). There was also a part of me who called myself 'Uchino Seiyo' with 쐹z (kanji for Uchino Masaaki). I thought that it would be better to go with the simple 'onyomi' (Chinese-derived pronunciation)." While 'Masaaki' was the name he received from his parents, he will continue acting with the name 'Seiyo'.

Uchino said, "I don't know how much longer I will pursue my career as an actor, but I wanted to polish up my performance." He continued, "I'm sure there are people surprised by the sudden name change, but I hope to go by 'Uchino Seiyo' as my actor name."

Uchino is scheduled to appear in the stage play, 'TRUE WEST ~Honmono no Seibu~' (September to October 2013), and will also star in the movie, 'Ieji' (Spring 2014 release).

Source: Cinema Today

In other words, same kanji, just different pronounciation. Boy, actors! It's always something! Shake Head
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

shin2 wrote:

I think there can be a legitimate argument made that Misora Hibari was the most popular entertainer ever in Japan. During her professional career, which began when she was a child, she sold millions of records, put on thousands of stage shows and concerts, made over 150 films, and performed on television innumerable times. Furthermore, in the first few years following the war as Japan struggled, Misora, who was still not yet an adult, was singled out as the person who brought comfort and hope to a beaten weary people through her best-selling songs. In her prime she was a truly versatile performer whose singing, dancing, and acting ran the gamut from the traditional to the modern which made her popular with audiences of all ages.


While looking for something else, I ran across the official Misora Hibari website: http://www.misorahibari.com/

Everything you ever wanted or needed to know right there. It looks like they have a sample of every song she ever recorded. You could spend a couple weeks and still not have heard everything!
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Fuji TV's 'Warratte Iitomo!' to end in March


Fuji TV's popular variety show "Waratte Iitomo!" which is hosted by Tamori (a.k.a Morita Kazuyoshi), will be ending its over 30 years run next March. The announcement was made by Tamori himself during the show on October 22nd.

"Waratte Iitomo!" is a long-running live broadcasting program that begun airing on October 4th 1982.

Back in 2002, the show celebrated its 5000th broadcast, and it was certified by Guinness World Records for "the highest number aired for a live variety TV show hosted by the same emcee."

According to the public relations department of Fuji TV, they would release further details for the reasons why the show is ending along with their future program scheduling.

During the announcement on the show, Tamori expressed his gratitude.

"Waratte Iitomo!" airs on Fuji TV from Monday to Friday at noon to 1:00 pm.

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Actor Ken Takakura among recipients of Cultural Order of Merit

Actor Ken Takakura is among this year's five recipients of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture, the government said Friday.

The other recipients are Susumu Nakanishi, 84, a scholar of Japanese and comparative literature; Tasuku Honjo, 71, a medical chemist and molecular immunologist; Shunichi Iwasaki, 87, an electronics engineer and Seikaku Takagi, 90, a chirographer.

The awards will be presented on the Culture Day national holiday Nov. 3 at the Imperial Palace in the presence of Emperor Akihito.

Takakura, 82, has starred in a number of movies including the 1977 film "The Yellow Handkerchief" (Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi) and the 1999 movie "Poppoya."
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Makiko Esumi leaves Ken-On sets up personal agency

Esumi Makiko will be leaving her current agency Ken-On as of 20 March and set up her own agency Inc. Wire, as announced on Ken-On's website on 1 March. As such, her official website on Ken-On will be closed from 20 March.

Esumi was a professional volleyball player until she became a model and later made her acting debut in 1995 through the movie "Maboroshi no Hikari". She became well-known after acting in the "Shomuni" series and is currently active in variety programmes as well. Esumi got married in 2003 and has a son and daughter.

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Another one of those polls they come up with from time to time. This one is "Which celebrity would you like as your boss".

Top 10 male celebrities
1) Tadokoro George

2) Tamori

3) Akashiya Sanma

4) Kitano Takeshi

5) Sakai Masato

6) Ikegami Akira

7) Fukuyama Masaharu

8) Ichiro

9) Hoshino Senichi

10) Sato Koichi

Top 10 female celebrities
1) Amami Yuki

2) Esumi Makiko

3) Maya Miki

4) Shinohara Ryoko

5) Yonekura Ryoko

6) Wada Akiko

7) Matsushima Nanako

8) Agawa Sawako

9) Hisamoto Masami

10) Koizumi Kyoko / Matsuko Deluxe

Source: Oricon

Don't think I would want Beat Takeshi as my boss. Yes he can be hilarious, but I get the feeling if I wasn't doing a good job he wouldn't hesitate to cut my throat with a rusty razor.
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ASKA arrested for possession of stimulants, denies charges

ASKA of the popular singing duo CHAGE and ASKA was arrested on suspicion of possessing stimulants on 6 April but had denied the accusation, according to reports on 17 May. ASKA was first named in some weekly magazines during July last year for being suspected of using drugs but had denied those reports. In response to the scandal, his agency also announced in October last year that ASKA was taking a break from his musical activities out of his own will.

Meanwhile, CHAGE also released his statement on their official website on 17 May where he commented that he had been waiting for ASKA to return to work but feels regretful that things have come to this stage. As ASKA's arrest had come as a surprise, CHAGE said that he is confused and not sure how he should respond for now but he will be taking on the scheduled fan club events on his own for the time being and promises to do his best. He also apologised for the worry and inconveniences caused to fans and related parties.

As for the duo's agency, they also released an apology statement for the worry caused to everyone and indicated that they will decide on the appropriate action after finding out more about ASKA's case.

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To bad qilver doesn't come around anymore, this would be right up his alley:

Inaugural issue of Idol magazine "LIVE Idol Collection" to feature 28 groups

Japan's entertainment industry has entered what is called the "Idol Warrior Era" with idol groups saturating the market.

On top of idol groups that have made their major debut, there are also many groups known as "underground idols" who focus on live performances instead of making media appearances. The magazine "LIVE Idol Collection" by Gum Publishing will exclusively cover these underground idols. The inaugural issue, to be released on July 19, will feature a "Swimsuit Collection" where 28 popular groups from a pool of over 1000 groups will be featured in swimsuit. CANDY GO! GO!, one of the most popular groups, will also appear in the magazine.

On top of that, there will also be a popularity voting, and the winner of the voting will be featured on the cover of the next issue as well as be given the opportunity to hold a special live. The magazine also plans to hold a commemorative event from July 26 to August 2 at Tokyo Toyosu's Magic Beach.

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This should pretty much kill any chance of a "Shomuni 5".

Makiko Esumi allegedly instigated former manager to commit vandalsim


According to the 28th August issue of "Shukan Bunshun", Esumi Makiko's former manager was reported to have exposed her for instigating him to commit vandalism at former pro-baseball player Nagashima Kazushige's new house back in 2012 due to a feud with the latter's wife. The manager who was working with Esumi at that time before she left her agency Ken-On in March this year and is still currently being employed by Ken-On, admitted to using spray paint to write abusive words such as "fool", "idiot" and "stupid son" on the outside walls of Nagashima's newly-built house in late 2012 which were published in the magazine. The manager also admitted to receiving JPY 100,000 for buying the spray paint. Industry insiders speculated that this manager could have been misled into thinking that Esumi's daughter had been bullied in school and that he was merely helping Esumi and had no personal grudge against the Nagashima family.

Apparently, the reason why this case came to light arose from the bullying controversy which Esumi had revealed recently on her blog. In her post one month ago, she had said that she was bullied by another group of mothers whose children are attending the same private school as her eldest daughter and that she had no idea why she was treated in this manner. However, soon after her post came to light, there was a report in Shukan Bunshun which had accused Esumi of being the bullying party rather than the victim and was said to have stirred up trouble among some of the mothers by telling untrue stories after receiving complaints from some of the members in the group said to be at odds with Esumi. At that time, the Nagashima family was not mentioned in such reports although it was hinted that one of the mothers in the rival group had celebrity connections. According to Shukan Bunshun's report, it was believed that Nagashima's wife is the leader of the group of mothers at odds with Esumi thus the vandalism act was said to be directed at her.

Ever since the report came to light, neither Esumi nor Nagashima have released any comments confirming or denying the story.

This is the second big crisis in Esumi's career ever since she was exposed for not paying the national pension insurance premium for 17 years despite being the image character of the campaign to promote prompt payment of the premiums. As a result, she had her CM deals withdrawn and had to take a break from acting until she bounced back into the limelight due to Ken-On's strong industry influence. However, it is believed that since she had already left Ken-On and that the agency would not want anything to do with this scandal, Esumi will find it more difficult to overcome this crisis especially if it is proven that the report is true.

Before this scandal, Esumi had declared widely that she is planning to retire from showbiz when she hits 50 years old i.e. in three years. However, due to this issue, she might have to retire sooner than expected if things get out of hand.

Source: Tokyo Sports Web / Real Live
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Follow up:

Makiko Esumi responds to vandalism scandal

Esumi Makiko finally updated her blog on 9 September in response to the recent vandalism scandal plaguing her. According to the 28 August issue of "Shukan Bunshun", Esumi was reportedly exposed by her former manager for instigating him to write graffitti on the walls and garage shutter of Nagashima Kazushige's house back in December 2012 due to a bullying dispute involving their children.

Esumi began by apologising to the public for the controversy surrounding this scandal and the worry and inconvenience caused to all parties involved. However, she denied knowledge of her former manager's actions until the article was published and even revealed that he had contacted her to apologise for the matter being blown out of proportion. Nonetheless, she would still offer her apologies to Nagashima for what happened due to her position (as an artiste whose former manager had done wrong). Esumi then ended her statement that in consideration for Nagashima, her former manager who is undergoing psychiatric treatment and her children, she would refrain from giving too many details on the situation and also apologised for the 12-day delay in releasing her statement.

Source: Sponichi
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