Kanjani Eight (関ジャニ∞（エイト）Kanjani Eito, stylized as Kanjani∞) is a seven-member Japanese boy band from Japan’s Kansai region. They are managed by the multimedia talent agency, Johnny & Associates, and signed to Imperial Records. The group was formed in 2002 and made their CD debut in 2004 as “Johnny’s modern enka group”, though after the year 2006, their sound and style has become a mix of pop and rock. Like the rest of the acts managed under Johnny & Associates, Kanjani Eight also perform in various other areas of the Japanese entertainment industry such as variety show hosting, television, movie, and stage acting, and radio talk show hosting.
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Nico Touches the Walls (stylized as NICO Touches the Walls) is a Japanese rockband formed in 2004. The band members are: Mitsumura Tatsuya as the Vocalist/guitarist, Sakakura Shingo as the bassist, Furumura Daisuke as the lead guitarist & Tsushima Shotaro as the drummer. In the same year, they won the Lotte Prize at the Yamaha Teen Music Festival. Rising quickly, they signed to “Senha & Co.” before signing to Sony Music Japan‘s Ki/oon Records in 2007. Their debut single, in a major label, “Yoru no Hate“, was released in February 2008.
It’s been two years since Younha’s last album in Japan, and now she will be making a comeback!
Younha debuted with her Japanese debut with single “Yubikiri” in 2004, and became known as “Oricon’s Comet” for killing charts in Japan. Now, for the first time in 2 years, she will be making a comeback on September 10th.
This upcoming album will be remakes of her Korean songs. The title song will be, “People”, and the album will also include a bonus OST track from the popular drama, “You Who Came From The Stars”.
During her break from Japan, Younha has been working diligently in Korea and has advanced her work as a singer songwriter, showing her wide range of genres and skills. Especially, as this year will mark her ten year anniversary, netizens have been anticipating her future promotions.
Younha’s company, Wealive Company, stated, “We have organized and planned many promotions for Younha during the second half of the year. During the long break, this album has been prepared carefully to present this to the Japanese fans who have been waiting. Also, in the second half of the year, we ask from the fans for lots of anticipation and encouragement for Younha’s Korean album, which both Younha and all the staff have been carefully preparing this project.”
FNC Entertainment idol bands CNBLUE and FT ISLAND have been added to the line-up of one of Japan’s biggest music festivals.
Summer Sonic is an annual two or three day rock festival which is held at both Osaka and Chiba at the same time. FT ISLAND and CNBLUE will be playing the Rainbow Stage in Tokyo on August 10th, and will be heading to Osaka for a performance on the Flower Stage a day later, on August 11th.
Other bands playing on the same days include Japanese bands such as ONE OK ROCK, coldrain, the HIATUS, and Maximum the Hormone, as well as Western bands Linkin Park, and Metallica, among others.
FT ISLAND is currently preparing for the release of their next Japanese full length album “RATED-FT,” while CNBLUE has recently released its newest Japanese single “Blind Love.”
KAT-TUN (カトゥーン, Katūn?) is a Japanese boy band formed by Johnny & Associates (Johnny’s) in 2001. The group’s name is an acronym based on the first letter of each member’s family name until the departure of Jin Akanishi in 2010.
As of 2010, KAT-TUN stands for Kazuya KAmenashi, Junnosuke Taguchi, Koki Tanaka, Tatsuya Ueda, and Yuichi Nakamaru.Their debut on March 22, 2006 was marked by a tripartite release of a CD single, album and music DVD on their exclusive record label J-One Records.
On April 20-22, KAT-TUN performed at Tokyo Dome as parts of their LIVE TOUR 2012 CHAIN tour. According to news reports, KAT-TUN’s original idea “Flash-Tree” spotlights was introduced for the first time in Johnny and also Tokyo Dome’s 25m moving stage was the longest in Johnny’s history.
On June 27, KAT-TUN released its 18th single, To The Limit, which was used as a tie-up song for Suzuki Solio Bandit CM. On June 29 Music Station reported that KAT-TUN ranked as No.10 best-selling Heisei era’s idol with the total sales of 6,661,293 copies from 17 singles. According to, Wikipedia.
1. Kazuya KAmenashi (亀梨 和也, Kamenashi Kazuya?) (born February 23, 1986)
2. Junnosuke Taguchi (田口 淳之介, Taguchi Junnosuke?) (born November 29, 1985)
3. Koki Tanaka (田中 聖, Tanaka Kōki?) (born November 5, 1985)
4. Tatsuya Ueda (上田 竜也, Ueda Tatsuya?) (born October 4, 1983)
5. Yuichi Nakamaru (中丸 雄一, Nakamaru Yuichi?) (born September 4, 1983)
Jin Akanishi (赤西 仁, Akanishi Jin?) (born July 4, 1984)
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Posted: Tuesday April 10, 2012 @8:23 p.m. PST
Makiyo of Taiwan who allegedly beat up a taxi driver a few months back, burst out laughing in court when the audio of the incident was being played, according to the May Daily website.
In the recording, Makiyo could be heard shouting, “Beat him up! Hit him!” She also said, “What do you want!” in a dirty dialect slang. Though Makiyo has admitted that it was her voice, she said it was very characteristic of her drunk self.
She then further claimed that her Japanese boyfriend Takateru Tomoyori was not involved in the beating of the 55-year-old driver.
The taxi driver’s wife was furious over the matter citing that she would never forgive the two for assaulting her husband and lying in court, she plans to appeal the case to the High Court
She said the two were “disrespectful” when addressing the court.
While Makiyo and her boyfriend managed to buy their way out of jail-time with an outside settlement of NT$ 3 million (S$ 127,000), the plaintiff declined to withdraw the charges.
On 15 Mar, prosecutors had asked for a suspended sentence of two years for Tomoyori and one year and four months for Makiyo.
Actress-singer Meisa Kuroki, 23, who in February announced her sudden marriage to former KAT-TUN singer Jin Akanishi, 27, will appear in a recitation of “Miyazaki Kenji ga tsutaerukoto” (Message from Kenji Miyazaki) at the Setagaya Public Theater in Tokyo on May 12-13.
Since announcing her marriage and pregnancy, Kuroki has dropped out of public view, but decided to take part in the Miyazawa event because it is in support of the victims of the March 11 disaster, she said in a statement.
Kuroki will join Yu Aoi, Shinobu Otake, Yoshino Kimura, Kyoko Koizumi, Kyoka Suzuki, Yosuke Eguchi, Tsurube Shofukutei and Shinichi Tsutsumi, among others.
The performers’ combinations and schedules will be announced later. The recitation goes from May 9 until June 3.
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Posted: Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 10: 00 p.m. PST
*Singer and actress Makiyo’s friend Takateru Tomoyori is accused of beating up a Taiwanese taxi driver named Lin and Makiyo is blamed for not stopping her friend from allegedly beating up the taxi driver; however, the beating was filmed and surfaced on the internet. Although, the footage is at a distant, the authorites seem to know it was Takateru.
HERE’S WHAT XIN REPORTED:Takateru was seen grabbing the taxi driver, whose surname is Lin, by his collar, before throwing him onto the ground and kicking him in the head.
Later, a woman wearing a white coat joined in the beating and stamped on Lin. During the attack, Takateru tried to stop the woman. He also asked two other female friends, who were standing by the roadside to flag for another cab.
However, the two women were too petrified to move.
The woman in the white coat then landed another kick on Lin. Takateru also kicked the man a few more times. Finally, the group left in another taxi.
From the video, it was evident that Lin was kicked at least 15 times.
The recording contradicted the three women’s — Makiyo, Taiwanese celebrities Yaz and Vanessa — statements, which claimed that only Takateru was involved in the beating.
Police confirmed that Makiyo was the woman in white, after careful inspection of the footage. She now faces a possible 12-year jail term. Yaz and Vanessa could spend up to seven years in jail for abetting.
According to the taxi driver, who drove the four of them back to their hotel, “They were talking and laughing when they got into the cab, and were speaking in a mixture of Chinese and Japanese. I didn’t hear them talk about beating anyone. They smelt of alcohol, but they spoke coherently and did not look abnormal. They didn’t look like they had just beaten someone.”
On Feb 8, Lin’s lawyer handed over a beige cap worn by the taxi driver.
“Takateru and his friends had not told the truth. The footprints on this cap will tell us if they had kicked Lin’s head,” he said.
Furthermore, as Makiyo and Takateru spoke in Japanese that night, the victim’s family strongly believed that the celebrity had instigated her friend to beat Lin up.
Reporters tried to contact Makiyo, but her phone was switched off. The celebrity’s mother refused to respond to the matter, saying, “I’m tired.”
On the other hand, Vanessa’s manager explained, “It’s inconvenient for us to comment, because the case is ongoing.”
Yaz’s manager could not be reached for comments either.
VIDEO OF BEATING:
SHOWS ANIMATION OF BEATING:
According to uploader:Taiwanese TV stars Makiyo, A-tzu and Hsiang-ying took a cab home with Japanese friend Takateru Tomoyori last Thursday. The four were drunk and beat up 55-year-old taxi driver Lin Yu-chun. The driver was seriously injured and is still in the ICU.
SHOWS THE TAXI DRIVER LIN YU CHUN IN THE HOSPITAL BED & FOOTAGE OF BEATING:
According to Japan Today, actress Erica Sawajiri, 25, has designed a line of clothes and handbags as part of a promotion for a new cell phone drama she is appearing in. The new line is a collaborative effort between BeeTV and popular brands Samantha Thavasa and MERCURYDUO for the drama titled “Let M the reason why I love you other story.”
The story is about two women who are opposite in fashion, hairstyle, make-up and personality. Sawajiri plays both characters and designed clothes and bags to match each character in the drama.
JPop singer Meisa Kuroki and singer-songwriter Jin Akanishi have been in the news that they are dating but Kuroki denied the rumour and said in a statement released by her talent agency, “We’re friends but he is not my boyfriend”. Also, Akanishi’s agency released a statement denying the boyfriend -girlfriend rumour that said “We are not going out.”
The rumour started when Kuroki and Akanishi were seen at Tokyo DisneySea on January 22, 2012; however, they were not by themselves, they were with a group of friends.
Although, Kuroki and Akanishi would look gorgeous together; however, if they did become a couple, their busy careers would break the two apart. So, it’s probably good that they are calling themselves “just friends”.
Kuroki is 23 will release her new album entitled “Unlocked” on February 15, 2012 and Akanishi is 27, a former singer for the Japanese group KAT-TUN and he will be releasing his debut solo album in March 2012 plus tour the United States.
According to the Japan Today article, SMAP and AKB48 will be among 20 groups and singers who will take part in a special music program by NHK to be broadcast on March 10 to mark the 1st anniversary of the March 11 disaster in the Tohoku area.
The program, titled “Toward Tomorrow,” will air from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on NHK General TV and for six hours from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. on BS Premium TV. The program will be broadcast live from two locations—Makuhari Messe in Chiba and Sugakawa City Cultural Center in Fukushima Prefecture. SMAP singer Masahiro Nakai, 39, will be the MC.
SMAP, AKB48, Perfume and seven other groups will perform at Makuhari Messe, while singers Saburo Kitajima, 75, Fuyumi Sakamoto, 44, Yo Hitoto, 35, and Ayaka Hirahara, 27, will perform at Fukushima
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Posted: Thursday January 19, 2012 @ 3:45 pm PST
Topic: Ayumi Hamasaki – Manuel Schwarz
Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki filed for divorce from her husband, Austrian actor Manuel Schwarz.
The couple was married on January 1, 2010 after dating for five months. Hamasaki made the announcement on her official website.
According to Tokyograph, Hamasaki said that she and Schwarz tried to discuss how to continue their marriage, and she felt that if they were only physically separated they would be able to overcome that by travelling back and forth to see each other. However, the distance between them has also become mental, and Hamasaki explained that she can no longer return to the time when she felt she could live outside Japan.
Five months of dating is not long enough to get married. Marriage is a major step. Especially, for two people in entertainment industry.