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Friday, July 17, 2015

Hirosue Ryoko gives birth to her third child

Hirosue Ryoko released a statement through her agency on 17 July that she had given birth to her third child i.e. a baby girl and her first daughter. In the statement, Hirosue expressed her joy at her daughter's birth and was amazed at how beautiful it was to witness the arrival of a new life. She also thanked everyone around her for their support and pledged to work hard in future as an actress. According to her agency, Hirosue will return to work but it will depend on her health condition before the timing can be confirmed.

Hirosue was previously married to a designer from 2003 to March 2008 when she gave birth to her first son. Subsequently, she married candle artist Candle JUNE in October 2010 and gave birth to a baby boy in March the following year. She had announced her third pregnancy in March this year when she was five months' pregnant.

Source: Oricon

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Matsuyama Kenichi accidentally blurts out news of his third child's arrival on live TV show

The above video is a clip of when Matsuyama let loose news of his third child's birth. It's apparent that he didn't plan it beforehand and was just answering it naturally in response to the host's question especially since he didn't want the news to take attention away from his new drama.

Matsuyama Kenichi accidentally revealed the news of his third child's birth on NTV's infotainment program "Zoom In!! Saturday" on 11 July when he appeared with Maeda Atsuko to promote their new drama "Do Konjo Gaeru". When one of the hosts Tsujioka Gido asked Matsuyama how many children he has, he said that he already has two while the third was born recently on 8 July. As the arrival of his third child had not been officially announced yet, those present were shocked by the revelation and asked if it was OK for him to say this on live TV now. In response, Matsuyama said that he had already planned to release the news on that same day so it probably made not much difference. However, he did not want to announce the birth much earlier since it would take away all the attention from his new drama's promotion efforts. Subsequently, Matsuyama was prompted by his agency's staff that he shouldn't have said that before the announcement so he just told the hosts and Maeda to pretend that he had not said anything earlier.

Following her husband's accidental disclosure in the morning, Koyuki released an official statement through her agency that afternoon which confirmed the arrival of their third child i.e. a baby boy. However, details of the child's weight or when Koyuki was discharged from the hospital were not revealed.

Matsuyama and Koyuki got married in April 2011. Their elder son was born in January 2012 while their daughter was born in January the following year.

As a result of her husband's slip of the tongue, Cyzo Woman reported that Koyuki was furious about it as this had spoilt her plans to control the timing of the news announcement and amount of detail to release to the press. News of her husband's accidental announcement dominated the news headlines that day but feedback from the public was generally positive and welcoming because of Matsuyama's frank nature and honesty. However, due to the controversy over Koyuki during the birth of their second child, she tried to keep the news as low-key as possible thus decided with her husband to release as little detail as possible. Despite that, Matsuyama even went to the extent of revealing the exact birthday of their son which was said to be giving a huge favour to the paparazzi to follow them around since they are known to stalk their targets on special days like birthdays or anniversaries of celebrities.

Koyuki was embroiled in a controversy over her stay in a South Korean post-natal hospital where she had reportedly enjoyed VIP treatment due to her celebrity status. However, when she had asked the hospital for special treatment and terms, her request was rejected and she was said to have left the hospital without permission and paying her bills which almost led to an lawsuit at that time.

Source: Daily Sports / Sponichi Annex / Cyzo Woman

Ito Hideaki to become a father in Dec this year

Ito Hideaki is due to become a father this coming December as reported in the 16th July issue of weekly magazine "Josei Seven". According to the article, Ito's wife is said to be pregnant now and photos of them taking a walk in May this year were also published in the magazine. When asked by the media, Ito's agency confirmed the good news and revealed that his wife is already four months' pregnant and due to give birth in December.

Ito met his wife during the wedding ceremony of actress Kato Ai in June last year and got married after dating for four months.

Source: Sanspo

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Top 10 female celebrities with the ideal body ranking as voted by women (Oricon)

1) Rola

2) Yonekura Ryoko

3) Nagasawa Masami

4) Nanao

5) Amuro Namie

6) Ayase Haruka

7) Fujiwara Norika

8) Hasegawa Jun

9) Kojima Haruna (AKB48)

10) Shinohara Ryoko

Source: Oricon

Top 10 actresses who have made a breakthrough in the first half of 2015 (Oricon)

1) Hirose Suzu

2) Arimura Kasumi

3) Takahata Mitsuki

4) An

5) Tsuchiya Tao

6) Yoshida Yo

7) Kimura Fumino

8) Ayase Haruka / Matsuoka Mayu

10) Oshima Yuko

Source: Oricon

Monday, July 13, 2015

Preview of "Tantei no Tantei" (探偵の探偵) - Summer 2015

Title: Tantei no Tantei 探偵の探偵
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 9 July 2015
Timeslot: Thursdays 10pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Original novel by: Matsuoka Keisuke
Theme Song: "Beautiful Chaser" by Chotokkyu feat. Marty Friedman
Cast: Kitagawa Keiko, Kawaguchi Haruna, Miura Takahiro, Dean Fujioka, Ito Masayuki, Rokkaku Shinji, Takayama Yuko, Shibuya Kento, Sakata Masanobu, Yoshine Kyoko, Aijima Kazuyuki, Nakamura Yuri, Satoi Kenta, Yusuke Santa Maria, Takaoka Saki, Iura Arata

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Preview of "Risk no Kamisama" (リスクの神様) - Summer 2015

Title: Risk no Kamisama (リスクの神様)
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 8 July 2015
Timeslot: Wednesdays 10pm
Broadcast: FujiTV
Cast: Tsutsumi Shinichi, Toda Erika, Morita Go, Furuta Arata, Shiga Kotaro, Yamaguchi Sayaka, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Hira Mikijiro, Tanaka Min, Yoshida Kotaro, Kohinata Fumio

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Preview of "HEAT" (ヒート) - Summer 2015

Title: HEAT ヒート
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 7 July 2015
Timeslot: Tuesdays 10pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV / Kansai TV
Theme Song: "Be Brave" by EXILE ATSUSHI + AI
Cast: AKIRA, Kuriyama Chiaki, Sato Ryuta, Tanaka Kei, Nanao, Kudo Asuka, Suzuki Nobuyuki, Yoshizawa Ryo, Ide Takuya, Koshiba Fuka, Horiuchi Keiko, Masana Bokuzo, Sugawara Daikichi, Inagaki Goro

Friday, July 10, 2015

Preview of "Koinaka" (恋仲) - Summer 2015

Title: Koinaka 恋仲
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 20 July 2015
Timeslot: Mondays 9pm
Broadcast by: FujiTV
Theme Song: Kimi ga kureta natsu by Ieiri Leo
Cast: Fukushi Sota, Honda Tsubasa, Nomura Shuhei, Taiga, Ohara Sakurako, Otomo Karen, Ichikawa Yui, Yamamoto Mizuki, Babazono Azusa, Shinkawa Yua, Maeno Tomoya, Nagai Masaru, Yoshida Yo, Kobayashi Kaoru

Preview of "Konkatsu Deka" (婚活刑事) - Summer 2015

Title: Konkatsu Deka 婚活刑事
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 2 July 2015
Timeslot: Thursdays 11.59pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Original manga by: Ando Yasumichi
Theme Song: Kizuguchi by Saito Kazuyoshi
Insert Song: kotae by No.6
Cast: Ito Ayumi, Koike Teppei, Masu Takeshi, Kuriyama Wataru, Yoshimitsu Hiroto, Suzuki Sawa, Mori Kanna, Kato Ryo, Kawamura Emiko, Kataoka Asuka, Akaboshi Shoichiro, Osugi Ren, Wada Masato

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Artistes with the most CM deals in the first half of 2015 (Nihon Monitor)

Note that the number in brackets indicate the number of CM deals held by the artiste:

Male celebrities with the most number of CM deals
1) Aiba Masaki / Sakurai Sho / Matsuoka Shuzo (10)
2) Ohno Satoshi / Nishijima Hidetoshi / Ninomiya Kazunari (9)
3) Okada Junichi / Matsuzaka Tori /  Matsumoto Jun / Mukai Osamu (8)
4) Abe Hiroshi / Nishikori Kei / Honda Keisuke (7)
5) Ayano Go / Ishikawa Ryo / Oguri Shun / Katori Shingo / Saito Takumi / Shofukutei Tsurube / Tosaka Hiroomi / Nakai Masahiro / Matsushige Yutaka / Murakami Shingo (6)

Female celebrities with the most number of CM deals
1) Ueto Aya (13)
2) An / Kiritani Mirei / Yamamoto Mizuki (10)
3) Ayase Haruka / Arimura Kasumi / Oshima Yuko / Takei Emi / Hirose Suzu / Honda Tsubasa (9)
4) Kimura Fumino / Sashihara Rino / Rola (8)
5) Ishihara Satomi / Ono Machiko / Kanno Miho / Kojima Haruna / Sasaki Nozomi / Horikita Maki / Matsuko Deluxe / Matsushita Nao /  Yonekura Ryoko / Watanabe Mayu (7)

Source: Nihon Monitor

Preview of "Do Konjo Gaeru" (ど根性ガエル) - Summer 2015

Title: Do Konjo Gaeru ど根性ガエル
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 11 July 2015
Timeslot: Saturdays 9pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Original manga by: Yoshizawa Yasumi
Opening theme: Do Konjo Gaeru no Theme
Ending Theme: "Erubisu" by The Cro-Magnons
Cast: Matsuyama Kenichi, Mitsushima Hikari, Maeda Atsuko Katsuji Ryo, Mitsuishi Ken, Denden, Shirahane Yuri, Arai Hirofumi, Shiraishi Kayoko, Yakushimaru Hiroko


Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Top 10 actors who have made a breakthrough in the first half of 2015 (Oricon)

1) Kubota Masataka

2) Fukushi Sota

3) Saito Takumi

4) Ayano Go

5) Yamazaki Kento

6) Sometani Shota

7) Nishijima Hidetoshi

8) Higashide Masahiro

9) Sakai Masato / Suzuki Ryohei

Source: Oricon

Preview of "Hanasaki Mai ga damattenai 2" (花咲舞が黙ってない 2) - Summer 2015

Title: Hanasaki Mai ga damattenai 2 花咲舞が黙ってない 2
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 8 July 2015
Timeslot: Wednesdays 10pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Original novel by: Ikeido Jun
Theme Song: I am a HERO by Fukuyama Masaharu
Cast: An, Kamikawa Takaya, Tsukaji Muga, Narimiya Hiroki, Enoki Takaaki, Ishibashi Ryo, Komoto Masahiro, Osugi Ren, Namase Katsuhisa

Preview of "Death Note" (デスノート) - Summer 2015

Title: Death Note デスノート
Official website: here
O.A. Start Date: 5 July 2015
Timeslot: Sundays 10.30pm
Broadcast by: NTV
Original manga by: Oba Tsugumi & Obata Takeshi
Cast: Kubota Masataka, Yamazaki Kento, Yuki Mio, Sano Hinako, Fujiwara Reiko, Matsushige Yutaka, Sato Jiro, Seki Megumi, Maeda Goki, Yuge Tomohisa, Shogen, Hankai Kazuaki, Oshinari Shugo

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Utada Hikaru announces the arrival of her first son

Utada Hikaru announced through her official website on 3 July that she has given birth to her first son. In the entry titled "announcement to all fans", she revealed that she had given birth to her first baby son who sleeps peacefully after drinking his milk. She also expressed her gratitude to everyone who had supported her so far especially her parents.

Utada mentioned that while she was pregnant, she was also producing her new album but still needs more time before it is ready to be released. She commented that she is eager for the album to be completed soon so that fans can listen to it.

Utada got married to an Italian in May last year.

Source: Sponichi

Production press conference of FujiTV Summer 2015 drama "Risk no Kamisama"

The production press conference of FujiTV Summer 2015 drama "Risk no Kamisama" was held on 25 June which was attended by cast members Tsutsumi Shinichi, Toda Erika, Morita Go, Kohinata Fumio, Shiga Kotaro and Hira Mikijiro. The drama which begins its run from 8 July in the Wednesdays 10pm timeslot, features Tsutsumi as a risk management specialist who works with his team to solve the problems faced by various companies. Tsutsumi commented that the theme of this drama is especially timely with the string of corporate problems happening of late. He did wonder if it was appropriate to highlight these issues in a drama but he was highly encouraged by the strong cast line-up and the fantastic atmosphere on the set that he thinks that this will be a high quality production. However, the huge amount of lines he has to memorise this time is rather overwhelming so he feels as if he has almost used up all of his memory capacity in his brain. As for Toda, she plays a capable woman who knows 5 languages but as she can only speak Japanese and has to conduct a conversation in English in episode 5, she will try her best to deal with the situation when they get to that scene.

Source: Sponichi

Hirose Suzu to star in the real-life movie adaptation of "Chihayafuru"

Hirose Suzu will be taking on her first leading in a movie when she appears in the real-life movie adaptation of popular manga "Chihayafuru". The manga by Suetsugu Yuki which has sold more than 12 million copies to date, depicts the learning journey of a group of senior high students involved in competitive karuta playing and the love stories surrounding them. Hirose plays the lead character Ayase Chihaya, a senior high school student who is a star competitive karuta player. The real-life movie will be split into two parts i.e. Kaminogu which will be shown in March next year and Shimonogu which will be shown in April next year. Co-stars include Nomura Shuhei and Mackenyu. As Chihaya has long hair, Hirose has to wear a wig during the filming. In addition, Hirose also went to a karuta club to learn more about the game.

Filming began in May this year.

Source: Sponichi

Hey! Say! JUMP's Yamada Ryosuke to star in NTV 24 Jikan Terebi drama SP "Okasan, Ore wa daijoubu"

Hey! Say! JUMP's Yamada Ryosuke will be starring in the NTV 24 Jikan Terebi charity event's drama SP "Okasan, Ore wa daijoubu" (Mother, I am fine) which will shown at 9pm on 22 August. The drama which is based on Shimizu Kumiko's novel "Soccer Boys Ashita e no Kizuna Kimi no tame nara ganbaru", features Yamada as a member of a senior high school's soccer team who suffers from an acute brain tumour and how he tries to overcome his illness in order to get back on the pitch. This will be Yamada's third appearance in a 24 Jikan Terebi drama SP but this is his first leading role in such a SP. Co-stars include NEWS member Masuda Takahisa who plays Yamada's elder brother as well as Akai Hidekazu and Yasuda Narumi who play his parents.

Source: Sponichi

Miura Shohei & Honda Tsubasa reportedly dating?

Miura Shohei and Honda Tsubasa are dating, according to an article dated 22 June. The two first met each other on the set of 2013 FujiTV drama " Shomuni 2013" where she played a OL working in the general affairs department and he played an elite salaryman in the overseas business department and her character was holding a torch for him. The couple were said to have started dating a year ago since last summer but have not been sighted in public yet as it was said that they spent their time together indoors on hobbies such as manga and games.

Miura will be appearing in the new TBS summer drama "Hotel Concierge" which will be shown in the Tuesdays 10pm timeslot while Honda will be the heroine in the upcoming FujiTV Gekku "Koinaka".

Source: Sponichi

Completion screening event of WOWOW's first period drama "Futagashira"

The completion screening event of WOWOW's first period drama "Futagashira" was held on 11 June which was attended by cast members Matsuyama Kenichi, Saotome Taichi and Nanao. The drama which began its run from 13 June, is showing at 10pm on Saturdays. This is the first drama series which Matsuyama had acted in since the NHK Taiga "Taira no Kiyomori" 3 years ago. Being a fan of the original manga, Matsuyama said that he was very happy to be involved in the production of the drama and satisfied with the end result. Matsuyama also praised Saotome who played his buddy in the drama for being a professional at period dramas and was very confident due to having Saotome by his side. As the manga is still being serialised, the drama's storyline will thus differ from the manga a little bit but Matsuyama hopes to be able to make a sequel again.

As for Nanao, this drama marks a number of firsts for her e.g. her first period drama appearance and her intimate scenes with Narimiya Hiroki. Recounting on the filming, Nanao said that Narimiya would improvise on the scene so she followed his lead thus had little trouble with the intimate scenes.

Source: Sponichi 1 / Sponichi 2

Renbutsu Misako stars in TBS Summer 2015 drama "37.5 degrees Celsius no namida"

Renbutsu Misako will be starring in her first leading role in a private network drama as she plays the lead character in the new TBS Summer 2015 drama "37.5 degrees Celsius no namida". The drama which begins its run from 9 July in the Thursdays 9pm timeslot, is based on the same-titled manga by Shiina Chika and features Renbutsu as Momoko, a nursery school teacher who takes care of sick children at her house when parents are unable to pick them up. In order to fit the image of her character, Renbutsu cut her long hair by more than 35cm which coincides with how Momoko looks in the manga. Co-stars include Narimiya Hiroki who plays Momoko's boss, Hayami Mokomichi who plays a single father and Mizuno Miki.

Filming began in the middle of June.

Source: Sponichi