Tomomi Itano to appear at J-POP festival in America

Tomomi Itano will appear as an honorable guest at “J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL 2014”, a two-day street festival held in San Francisco from July 19 to 20. This will be Itano’s first performance in America. “J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL 2014” is a street festival that showcases Japanese pop culture and was started in the summer of 2009. Last year brought in 80,000 attendees, a new record for the festival. Itano will appear on two stages for this festival. The first stage will be... Read More

Trailer for Tomomi Itano’s shocking new song off of her first album, “SxWxAxG”, is released.

A trailer video for Tomomi Itano’s first album, “SxWxAxG”, has been released. The album contains four songs and was released on July 2. Just as the title implies, the lyric video for the song takes from Hip Hop and EDM. The music video for the lead track, “Crush”, and the trailer video are causing quite a stir. Official Website: Blog: AKB48 in Horipro: Related posts:AKB48 / Release of... Read More

“AKB Unit Festival 2014” Will Be Streamed at Live-Viewing Theaters!!

LIVE VIEWING JAPAN Inc. Will broadcast “AKB Unit Festival 2014” at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL as live-stream at theaters nation-wide. This will be the third annual “Unit Festival”. The festival focuses on branch units and solo singles that are not included in the ballot of “Request Hour Setlist Best 100”. Will the experienced group by the three starting members show their presence? Will there be a graduation announcement after the shocking news of moving groups or joining... Read More

The movie ”Moratorium Tamako,” starring Astuko Maeda will be officially exhibited for The movie ”Moratorium Tamako” will be screened in Europe, at international Film Festival Rotterdam

The movie ”Moratorium Tamako,” starring Astuko Maeda will be officially exhibited for Spectrum section of “43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam” in Netherlands from Jan. 22 to Feb. 2, following the official exhibition for Busan International Film Festival. Furthermore, ”Moratorium Tamako” will be released in Taiwan from Jan. 17, Korea in Spring, has been announced. Official Website: Twitter: Related... Read More

A Movie Starring Atsuko Maeda, “Seventh Code” Shown to the World at the Rome International Film Festival

“Seventh Code”, the movie starring Atsuko Maeda and directed/written by Kiyoshi Kurosawa was chosen for the “Competition Lineup of the 8th edition of Rome Film Festival“, starting on November 8th at Rome of Italy. A miraculous collaboration has become true, of Atsuko Maeda, who is running up the stairs to a national actress, being invited to the Busan International Film Festival with the movie “Tamako in Moratorium”, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who continues to attract... Read More

Atsuko Maeda, Warmly Greeted by a Fan of 1,000 on Her First Visit to Taiwan

Actress Atsuko Maeda, actor Hiroki Narumiya, and director Hideo Nakata made an opening greeting at Taiwan on the 18th for the movie “The Complex”. This is a horror movie taken by the master director Nakata who created Sadako of the horror movie “Ring”, and is about the paranormal phenomena that occur around Asuka Ninomiya, who had moved into an worn out complex, and the series of horror that is triggered by loneliness that people of modern society carries, and Maeda... Read More

AKB48 Group / Free Worldwide Digital Release of a Special Song for Earthquake Charity

AKB48 Group’s charity song for the Great East Japan Earthquake, ‘Tenohira ga Kataru Koto,’ is now available for free downloads worldwide. This release is a part of the activities of “Dareka no Tameni” Project, a charity organization established in March 2011 to support the revival of earthquake-affected areas. Soon after the earthquake, AKB48 Group released a song Dareka no Tameni -What can I do for someone?- and began to hold lives from May 2011 around the earthquake-affected... Read More

AKB48 / Appointed as Ambassadors of Tourism in Guam

The Guam Visitors Bureau appointed AKB48 as ambassadors of tourism to promote Guam’s appeal as an attractive tourist spot. The appointment ceremony will take place on 4/6/2013. AKB48 is recognized for their worldwide activities, thus chosen as the tourism ambassadors. This is the very first time a group is appointed as ambassadors of tourism in Guam. The appointment ceremony will take place as a part of the celebration on the eve of “The 1st Guam International Marathon.”... Read More

JKT48 / JKT48 Theater Debut of Takagi & Nakagawa on 12/26!

Takagi and Nakagawa, originally from AKB48 and now transferred to JKT48, performed ‘Gomen Summer’ as official members of JKT48 for the first time on a TV program “dahsyat” by RCTI TV in Indonesia. They will be making their official stage debut at JKT48 Theater on 12/26/2012. Many fans are in countdown for their first stage as JKT members. Official Website: Twitter: Facebook: Google+:... Read More

AKB48 / World Debut with Soundtrack of Disney Movie

AKB48’s song ‘Sugar Rush’ has been chosen as a soundtrack and the ending theme song for a Disney movie, “Sugar Rush” to be open in theaters in March of 2013. There have been cases in the past that a song by a Japanese artist or artist unit has been chosen for a soundtrack. However, this is the very first time for the soundtrack which has been written for the movie to be released in a worldwide version as the ending theme song. AKB48, already a famous idol unit in Japan,... Read More