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Lee Seung Chul {Singer} and Wife “Park Hyun Jung” Denied Entrance To Japan

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Source:Koreaboo – Ilgan Sports

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Posted: Tuesday November 11, 2014 @12:07 a.m PST

 

Lee Seung Chul, famous singer and star judge on one of the longest-running audition shows, Superstar K, has been denied entrance into Japan. Various media outlets have reported that this may have to do with the Dokdo Island controversy.

It is presumed that Lee Seung Chul’s denial of entrance may be Japan’s response to his recent concert in Dokdo Island. The concert consisted of refugees from North Korea who released a new song,”That Day,” which wishes for the unification of Korea.

On November 9th, Lee Seung Chul left for Japan to visit a friend. Following his arrival at Japan’s Haneda Airport, Lee Seung Chul was detained for four hours in the immigration office. When he asked for the reason of his detainment, one of the employee answered, “It’s because of recent media exposure.”However, when he asked why his wife, Park Hyun Jung, was being detained as well, the employee was unable to answer definitively.

Later, when Lee Seung Chul said that he would not let Japan get away with such unfair treatment, the airport’s employees stated that they are denying his entrance based on his past history of marijuana use, years ago. Ironically, Lee Seung Chul has entered Japan on more than 15 separate occasions over a period of 20 years, after his arrest for marijuana use in Korea. He has even held a concert in Japan in the early 2000s. Even Paul McCartney, who was arrested in Japan previously for possessing marijuana, had no problems entering Japan last April.

There were similar cases to Lee Seung Chul’s in the past as well. In 2012, the vice minister of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yamaguchi Tsuyoshi, said “I believe it will be very difficult for Song Il Guk to enter Japan,”after the actor took part in swimming to Dokdo to raise awareness of the controversy between Japan and Korea’s ownership of the island.  To this, Song Il Guk retaliated by updating on his SNS, “I would just like to call out my three sons’ names Daehan, Minguk, Mansae” (The phrase “Daehan Minguk Mansae” translates to “Hooray Republic of Korea”).

Also, in 2011, when Korea and Japan were at a state of dispute regarding the issue, many idol groups, such as BEAST and CNBLUE, were denied entrance to Japan. On the surface, Japan stated there were visa problems, but various entertainment outlets have presumed that it was due to the air of hostility between Japan and Korea.

Currently, Lee Seung Chul has cancelled one week’s worth of schedules in Japan and is taking a break in Korea. In an interview, he stated, “If Japan is going to act in such a way against my rightful actions of voicing my opinion regarding my country and my country’s land, I am going to fight against Japan on this issue even if it means I will never again be able to step foot in Japan.”

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Nogizaka46’s “Matsumura Sayuri” Dating a Married Man Scandal

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Posted: Saturday October 11, 2014 @ 10:21 p.m PST

 

Sayuri Matsumura, a member of the massive idol group Nogizaka46, appeared on the radio showRecomen! on October 8 to apologize for dating a married man.

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Kim Kyungho {Korean Rock Artist} and His Much Younger Japanese Girlfriend

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Source:Koreaboo – Star News

Media: Koreaboo – Star News

Posted: Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m PST

 

Korean rock artist Kim Kyungho (41) may be tying the knot with his girlfriend by the end of this year.

Kim Kyungho is currently dating a Japanese girl who is 13 years younger than him, and  her parents will be visiting Korea to meet Kim Kyungho and his family some time in August.

A representative of Kim Kyungho revealed on the 30th of July that he had visited some wedding planners several times, however due to the fact that he pays a lot of attention to detail and wants everything to be perfect, he has not yet made a definite decision, thus the wedding may have to be delayed until November.

 

Hideto aka “Sakai Hidetoshi” {Former Amber Bullet – Rarirurero” (ラリルレロ) Had Died

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Posted: Saturday June 21, 2014 @ 5:33 p.m PST

 

hideto, former member of Japanese band Amber Bullet, has passed away on June 18th.

Back in January 2011 the bassist already took a break from live performances due to poor physical health. But we don’t know if the cause for his death is related to his poor health back in 2011 because until now the cause for his death hasn’t been revealed.

Three years after Amber Bullet’s disbanding in April 2011 hideto, real name “Sakai Hidetoshi“, joined a new project named “rarirurero” (ラリルレロ) and was active as bassist until his death.

Hideto, Former Member of Amber Bullet, has Passed Away

2NE1 {Kpop} After Parties “All or Nothing” Japan Tours

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Source:Koreaboo – Osen

Media: Koreaboo – Osen

Posted: Saturday June 7, 2014 @ 6:08 p.m PST

 

2NE1 will be holding an after party in Japan after their Japanese tour “All or Nothing” at Yokohama Arena on the 5th and 6th of July, and at Kobe World Memorial Hall on the 12th and 13th of July.

 

After their show at Yokohama Arena, 2NE1 have announced that they will be holding an after party on the 6th of July at Tokyo, Shibuya’s “Sound Museum Vision”, and on the 13th, after their show at Kobe World Memorial Hall, they will be opening an after party at “Owl Osaka”.

 

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Misao Okawa The World’s Oldest Person Celebrates Her 116th Birthday

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Source: Telegraph

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Posted: Monday March 3, 2014 @ 11:10 a.m. PST

 

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Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman born in 1898, has told The Telegraph her recipe for longevity: eating lots of sushi and sleeping eight hours a night

In the year in which Misao Okawa was born in Osaka, Queen Victoria was still on the British throne, the Spanish American War was raging and Horatio Kitchener triumphed in the Battle of Omdurman.

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Already recognised as the oldest person in the world, Mrs Okawa will on March 5 reach the remarkable milestone of 116 – and attributes her longevity to eating well and sleeping at least eight hours every night, with the occasional nap thrown in for good measure.

“Eat and sleep and you will live a long time,” she said in a message to The Telegraph. “You have to learn to relax.”

Misao Okawa pictured with her older sister, circa 1900

The daughter of a kimono-maker from Japan’s second city, Mrs Okawa assumed the title of the oldest person in the world after the death of 116-year-old Jireomon Kimura in June 2013.

Experts say it is no coincidence that both record-holders are from Japan, which was home to 54,397 centenarians on the last Respect for the Aged national holiday in September – including 282 super-centenarians, who have achieved the ripe old age of 110.

“Mrs Okawa eats three large meals a day and makes sure that she sleeps eight hours a night,” said Tomohito Okada, the head of the Kurenai retirement home where she has lived for the last 18 years.

1919: she marries Yukio Okawa. The Treaty of Versailles is signed

“She insists that her favourite meal is sushi, particularly mackerel on vinegar-steamed rice, and she has it at least once every month,” he said.

Asked about the happiest moments of a life that has now spanned three centuries, Mrs. Okawa unhesitatingly recalls her marriage in 1919 to Yukio Okawa and the birth of their three children. Her surviving son and daughter have clearly inherited her genes and are now aged 94 and 92.

She also has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Equally, she says the saddest time of her life was the death of her husband in June 1931 – an almost unthinkable 83 years ago.

The average lifespan for a Japanese woman is now 85.9 years, with women also accounting for 87 percent of the nation’s centenarians. A Japanese man can expect to reach 79.6 years old.

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Experts put Japanese longevity down to the nation’s comprehensive healthcare system, the support of the community, encouragement to remain physically active until they are quite elderly, a sense of being part of a family and a healthy diet that has traditionally been heavy in fish, rice, vegetables and fruit.

Additional research has suggested that people who were in middle-age during the years of food shortages during the Second World War have subsequently enjoyed better long-term health than people who never had to go without.

But Yasuyuki Gondo, an associate professor at Osaka University who specialises in geriatric psychology, says there is much more to longevity than merely a good diet and advanced medical care.

“When we surveyed centenarians, we found that the majority have enjoyed good mental health throughout their lives and have developed psychological adaptations to their situations as they have got older,” he told The Telegraph.

Professor Gondo is one of a number of scholars who have studied Mrs Okawa and other centenarians as they try to pin down more traits that identify those of us who will live the longest.

Those studies suggest that people with a strong will, are outgoing and a sense of curiosity live longer than average.

Mrs Okawa underlined the determined side of her character after suffering a fall at the age of 102 in which she broke her leg. After she returned to the nursing home from a stay in hospital, the staff found her doing leg squats as she held on to a hand rail in the hall.

When asked what she was doing, Mrs Okawa replied that she was making sure her body did not get out of shape.

On her birthday, TV crews and national media have been invited to the nursing home to record the birthday festivities.

“We will be having a cake, of course,” said Mr Okada. “But we will only be having three candles, one for each figure of her 116 years, because that many candles could be dangerous.”

Takako Uehara Mystery Child With Fiancé ET-King Member Tenn?

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Source & Story Credit: Yahoo Malaysia – Casey Lee

Photo Credit: jpopthailand.com

Posted: Saturday June , 2012 @10:10 p.m. PST

 

 

It was all a case of misunderstanding when Speed memberUehara Takako was spotted holding the hands of a child at the Naha Airport while she was visiting her hometown in Okinawa.

According to Tokyo Hive, a rumour started spreading that Ueharahad a child out of wedlock with fiancé ET-King member Tenn, when an airport staff had mistakenly identified the child to be hers. When Uehara first heard about the rumours from her mother, she clarified on her official blog that the child was not hers, but was her nephew.

However, Uehara was flattered that she was mistaken as the mother of the child, saying:

“If it looked like I was at ease holding my nephew, I am happy. I guess I looked like a mother.”

Uehara added that she would let everyone know ‘when that time comes’.

Tenn and Speed Member Uehara Takako. Photo Credit: jpopthailand.com

 

Meisa Kuroki Confirms She’s Pregnant By Jin Akanishi “I’m Happy And Grateful To Have Been Blessed With A Child”

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Source & Story Credit: Japan Today

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Posted: Thurday April 19, 2012 @12:42 p.m. PST

 

 

Actress Meisa Kuroki, 23, has officially announced that she is pregnant. The announcement was made on her blog on Sunday, several weeks after it was widely reported by media.

 

 

Kuroki, who was rumored to be pregnant when she married singer Akanishi Jin, 27, back in February, told fans, “I’m finally able to officially announce that I am four months pregnant.” She went on to apologize for the delay in the announcement.

 

 

Both Kuroki and Akanishi publicly denied their relationship and failed to confirm widespread reports that Kuroki was pregnant at the time of their marriage.

 

 

“Right now, I feel mentally and physically well. I’m happy and grateful to have been blessed with a child,” she wrote.

 

 

Kuroki’s agency has announced that she is to appear in the play, “Miyazawa Kenji ga Tsutaeru Koto,” on May 12-13 at Setagaya Public Theater, before going on maternity leave. She reportedly plans to return to work sometime after giving birth.

Meisa Kuroki Confirms She's Pregnant.