Posts tagged Japan

Posted 2 years ago

AKB48 to Form 3rd Overseas Sister Group Based in China

On the chinese official website of AKB48, it’s announced today that producer Akimoto Yasushi will create an AKB48 sister group based in Shanghai, China titled SNH48.
Note: Shanghai is pronounced as Shanhai in Japanese

This will be the 3rd overseas sister group after JKT48 and TPE48, and the 6th overall sister group. Akimoto Yasushi will again be the chief supervisor of this group. It is currently scheduled to start holding nationwide auditions by early August this year, and is expected to complete its 1st 16 members to form Team S by 8th December, which is the 7th anniversary of AKB48.


Posted 2 years ago

Fuji TV makes “Idoling!!!” and other shows available on YouTube

On Tuesday, Fuji TV announced its plans to begin uploading several of its shows to its official channels on video site YouTube, allowing users to watch for free. According to the announcement, the network aims to spread its contents globally and to attract new viewers, while also increasing its online advertising revenue.


Reports say that Fuji TV plans to upload about 40 videos a day, ranging from news to variety to anime. So far, 6 channels have been announced for distribution: “FNN Fuji News Network,” “Shin Houdou 2001,” “BS Fuji Live Prime News,” “Fuji TV ni Detai Hito TV” (previously announced), “Idoling!!!,” and “Fuji TV Anime.”

The “Fuji TV Anime” channel, which currently includes “Thermae Romae” and “Kuchu Buranko,” is limited to viewers in Japan, but the other channels are available worldwide.

The “Idoling!!!” channel will include original contents in addition to videos from the group’s television show.


Posted 2 years ago

Approval Sought for Manga-Centric University in Osaka, Japan

In an inquiry held on Friday regarding the establishment of new educational institutions for the 2013 school year overseen by Hirofumi Hirano, Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, approval was sought for a private university that would focus on manga education. The university would be named the the “Osaka Sōgō Manga Geijutsu Kōka Dai” (Osaka Technical Institute for Manga Art).

The different departments would initially teach manga, comic art, digital manga, and digital comic art to 90 students, then increase its size to 110 students three years later. The university’s goal would be to cultivate talented manga and comic artists that would be able to create work on an international level. According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), it would be the first university with the word “manga” in its name. A decision regarding the approval of the school is scheduled to be made near the end of October.

Posted 2 years ago

Additional cast members for ‘Himitsu no Akko-chan’ revealed

The additional cast members for Ayase Haruka’s upcoming film, ‘Himitsu no Akko-chan‘, have been revealed!


In the movie, Akko-chan transforms into a 22-year-old college student who works for a cosmetics company. The executive director of the company will be played by Tanihara Shosuke, the security guard by Tsukaji Muga, and Akko-chan’s rival by Fukiishi Kazue.

Also, Kagawa Teruyuki will challenge himself by taking on the role of “the spirit of the mirror”, a character that only appears in the original manga series.

‘Himitsu no Akko-chan’ is based on Akatsuka Fujio’s popular manga of the same title that was first serialized in the manga magazine, ‘Ribbon‘, back in 1962. The original story revolves around an elementary school girl who loves fashion. After receiving a magical compact mirror, she is able to transform into whatever she wishes.

It was also revealed that Yoshida Riko will portray the 10-year-old Akko-chan, and her mother will be played by Horiuchi Keiko. Aside from these characters, the movie will star Osugi Ren as the former company president, Uchida Shungiku as the Prime Minister, Hijii Mika as an office lady, Kakizawa Hayato as a school teacher, and Motai Masako as a key person in the film.

‘Himitsu no Akko-chan’ will be directed by Kawamura Yasuhiro and written by Yamaguchi Masatoshi. It is scheduled to open in theaters on September 1st.


Posted 2 years ago

X Japan Wins Award for Best International Band

Yesterday the results were announced and X Japan, the first asian band nominated at the Golden Gods Awards,won the award for Best International Band! Other bands nominated were Rammstein, Lacuna Coil, Sepultura, Behemoth and Meshuggah.


Yoshiki thanked everyone for being able to win such a price. He talked about X Japan’s upcoming English album that will be released worldwide and about their world tour last year and the next one that is in planning stage.
In the end Yoshiki addressed his fans: “We’re going to keep on rocking! We love you!


Posted 2 years ago

Interactive ‘posters’ from Japan will react to being kissed

If you’ve ever been to Tokyo or any other large Japanese city, you’ll have noticed the huge variety of billboards plastering the urban landscape, often featuring the month’s most popular idol. Now researchers at Keio University are working on a system that will allow passers-by to interact with said posters via an ultrasound sensor setup. The sensor will detect the motion of people in front of it, and display appropriate pictures in response — "appropriate" may not be the right word for everyone, though, as the main use case demonstrated by the researchers so far is the ability to “kiss” the idol on screen. After you’ve expressed your affection for the poster and moved your head away, the girl blushes with embarrassment, for example.

The team plans to implement its recognition technology in an iPad app first of all, and is upbeat about the prospect of attracting attention:

We think we  could get Pop Idols to actually pose for this, ans sell it as an application, or it could be used in Digital Signage. I think people would be really attracted by a face that gives a kiss as they walk past.”


Posted 2 years ago

Teenager Arrested for Selling Fake AKB48 Handshake Event Tickets

Metropolitan Police Juvenile Department arrested a 17 year-old boy for fraud in Taito, Tokyo last Apr 11th, Sanspo reported. The 17 year-old boy, who works as a part-time clerk, was charged with fraud after he admitted to charges of selling fake AKB48 handshake event coupons online.


The said suspect was arrested after he defrauded a 22 year-old company employee with JPY 25,000. A similar case happened November last year wherein 15 people where defrauded with a total of JPY 300,000.

AKB48 Handshake event coupons are a must-have for every AKB48 fan to get close to their Oshimen. Original AKB48 Handshake Event coupons can only be obtained by buying an original AKB48 CD or tickets can sometimes be bought at official AKB48 stores.