Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ito Hideaki to marry a non-celebrity

Ito Hideaki (39) is getting married tomorrow. He will register his marriage to a 31-year-old non-celebrity on 24th October, the date of her parent's wedding anniversary. In a signed statement to the media via his agency on 22nd October, he describes her as a former company employee not in the entertainment industry who he has been dating for a while.

In August, there were rumours of Ito's imminent marriage to a divorced former model with a child, someone he had known for 6 years. According to his agency, she is not the one he is marrying but declines to reveal more as she is a non-celebrity.

According to other sources, Ito met A-san, a former flight attendant, in June this year at a mutual friend's wedding reception and it was love at first sight. He met her parents to discuss marriage around summer. She is not expecting and there are no plans for a wedding ceremony or reception.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nakama Yukie marries actor Tanaka Tetsushi

Actress Nakama Yukie (34) and actor Tanaka Tetsushi (48) are married. They registered their marriage on September 18. The couple first co-starred together in 2003 Fuji TV drama 'Kao' but grew closer after meeting again in 2007 TBS drama 'Joshi Deka!'. Nikkan Sports first reported of their romance back in 2009. She plans to continue work as usual.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sato Takeru to star in film adaptation of novel 'Sekai kara Neko ga Kieta nara'

For me to live,
something has to disappear.
If suddenly today,
Chocolate disappeared
The phone disappeared
Movies disappeared
The watch disappeared
The cat disappeared
I disappeared.

How will the world change, what will people gain, what will people lose. A 30-yr-old postman. With just a little time left. A cheerful devil gives me one more day of life in exchange for the things around me. And so begins 7 mysterious days of me, my cat and a cheerful devil. 

When you erase something, you see its worth.
When you lose something, you realise its importance.
A deeply moving, philosophy of life entertainment.

'Sekai kara Neko ga Kieta nara' is a serialised novel written by Toho producer Kawamura Genki and distributed in LINE in 2012. The protagonist, a postman (30), plagued by a constant headache, visits a doctor and is told that he has a brain tumour and has not long to live. A devil appears before him and strikes up a bargain. His life will be extended in exchange for something in his life. In the film adaptation, Sato Takeru (25) will play the double role of both the protagonist and the devil. Miyazaki Aoi (28) will play his first love. As the phone disappears; so does the memory of his girlfriend, with the movie; his friend, the watch; his father... In this fantasy human drama, a man struggles with the conflict of erasing his own existence, or his love, friends and family.

Filming will begin in October in Hokkaido and as in the original work, in Argentina as well. The movie is scheduled to open in 2015.

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Update Sep 12 2015:
First visual and opening day pushed forward to 2016.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mizushima Hiro's latest CM was shot in Singapore

In the new commercial for Asics A77 Series, a drone films Mizushima Hiro running around the Marina Bay area. It started airing on 8th September.

30-sec CM
60-second CM

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Did Oguri Shun cheat on a heavily pregnant Yamada Yu?

It was about 10 o'clock at night, a few hours after appearing on stage to promote the 'Lupin the Third' movie. In front of a bistro, Oguri Shun, appearing a little drowsy, was surrounded by about 10 women as he bowed his head, looking like he was saying his thanks. Leaving the ladies behind, he joined Kasahara Hideyuki (31), an actor from the same agency as him, and they took a taxi together. The taxi headed towards the city center and stopped at a high-end hotel. After withdrawing some money from an ATM at a konbini in the hotel, Oguri stood at the corner of the lobby, his cap low over his eyes.

After Kasahara finished checking-in, the two of them headed straight to the elevator. 30 minutes later, two women stepped out from a white sedan, entered the hotel, stepped into the elevator and stopped on the same floor as Oguri and Kasahara did.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blind Items from 'Akko ni Omakase!'

Blind items, or as they call it 'initials talk', on TBS program 'Akko ni Omakase!' which aired on 31st August. The items came from people who have worked for years in the entertainment industry and gossip magazine journalists.

Romance. Young singer and actor M and young actress I.M with strong acting ability.

They grew close quickly after acting as lovers in a drama about 10 years ago. In the drama, they started out on very bad terms but are gradually drawn together. In real life though, they hit it off as soon as they met. Their romance, built up from secret dates, has gone on for about 10 years. After all this time together, there is a possibility that the relationship and marriage will be announced at the same time. If you hear their names, you will be surprised at this big couple.

Romance. Multi-talented R.F and singer/actress with strong acting ability S.K.

They met when they co-starred in a movie. S likes creative types with individual style and is charmed completely by the much older R. Actually they have been spotted hugging and kissing at Azabujuban.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Matsuda Shota's Xylish CMs will make you fall for him all over again

The three short movies are based on Meiji's Xylish mints slogan 'Ii kiss o shiyou'. Taken from the woman's point of view, Matsuda Shota seduces you with three types of kisses; the hardboiled kiss, the secret kiss and the one night kiss.

In Hardboiled Kiss, he holds onto your hand as you run together into a warehouse and he apologizes for bringing you into the mess. In Secret Kiss, Shota plays a younger guy who suddenly pulls you into a closet, against your feeble protests. In One Night Kiss, the two of you are sitting in a cab and he plays it cool while you tearfully confess.

Hardboiled Kiss
Secret Kiss
One Night Kiss

Friday, August 22, 2014

Inoue Mao and Matsumoto Jun
Why the leaks now?

An industry insider comments on why after several years of a rumoured relationship, media outlets have only recently begun to report on them, with even photos being published.

"Inoue is playing the lead role in NHK Taiga drama Hana Moyu which starts next year. To avoid scandals while it is on-air, the marriage will have to wait for a year at the very least. Being the main breadwinner of the agency, they will not give her the green light so easily either. On the other side, Matsumoto is in Johnny's leading group, Arashi, and marriage is out of the question for the moment. A definitive photo that cannot be explained away though has already been taken by a weekly magazine and using that as a bargaining chip, it has led to to the situation now where to a certain extent the media is allowed to report some news. The two of them though are twisting this to their advantage. As the flow of information little by little becomes established fact, they hope to convince their respective agencies. When it comes to marriage, essentially doing it by force via a shotgun marriage is the most effective way. However the two of them are professionals and will not resort to that. The time for marriage will probably come as they watch the response from fans and the media."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This week in Shukan Bunshun :-
What does Inoue Mao like about Matsujun?

Shukan Bunshun (28 Aug 2014 issue) reports on a conversation that supposedly happened at a gathering among acquaintances, between Inoue Mao and an actress she looks up as an older sister.

Mao: At first I was actually closer to Ikuta-san.
Senpai: (Matsumoto and Ikuta) Both of them are good-looking, so how did you end up with the imakare?
Mao: *Blushing* Imakare... He was persistent.
Senpai: What do you like about him?
Mao: That he's smarter than me.

The film insider who recollected this conversation said that Matsujun's name was left out so as not to tip the other people around but Mao's amusing reaction to the term 'imakare' (イマカレ commonly used to mean a current boyfriend as opposed to motokare, an ex) was cute. The insider went on to mention that it was charming to find that Mao, who herself is sensible and intelligent, looking up to him. Then the topic of marriage came up, and the senpai, who is married, asked about Mao.

Senpai: You're not getting married?
Mao: I've been told by the people around me that I can play more roles precisely because I'm not, so it's better this way. But I think it's great that Yu-chan is having a baby. It sure is nice how she's getting on to have that mama look.

Monday, August 18, 2014

I want to look like him!
Top 20 most wanted male celebrity faces

Top 20 male celebrities people want to look like through plastic surgery, according to Takasu Clinic (for the period of April 2014 to July 2014).

1. hyde


 3. Miura Shohei


 5. Okada Junichi

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Shukan Bunshun has a chat with Inoue Mao's mother

Shukan Bunshun has a chat with Inoue Mao's mother in its 14 Aug issue.

Reporter: Plans for marriage soon?
Mom : No. Anything to report? Not at all (*laughs*) She's filming for a Taiga drama and has to be in Kyushu for a long while.

Reporter: 2 years more to when she's supposed to be married, at 29 years old.
Mom : That would be ideal but I don't think she has thought that far yet. I'm not the one to decide this and that so I leave it up to her.

Reporter: Does Matsumoto-san drop by your house?
Mom: Of course not! That would be too obvious and there will be a big fuss (*laughs*)

In an interview in Shukan Bunshun's Genshoku Bishojo Zukan (29 Nov 2012 issue), Inoue Mao had said jokingly,"When I went to see fortune tellers in Hong Kong and the Masai tribe, both said I would get married when I'm 29. That can't be a coincidence so I think I will be at 29."

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mizobata Junpei comments on romance rumours with Katase Nana

6th August 2014
To everyone who has given me your support

This time, my personal life has caused a fuss.

As is reported, Katase-san is my senior in the entertainment business. We bonded over discussions about work and have become close friends.

However, the foremost priority in my life now is work so this differs greatly with a part of the reported news.

From now on, I will still face work with passion and give my full concentration every day to being an actor.

I will persevere to be an actor who you can support no matter what.

Mizobata Junpei


According to Nikkan Sports, while both Katase Nana (32) and Mizobata Junpei (25) denied being romantically involved after they were photographed together last summer, they have started to open up about their relationship to the people around them this year. It has gotten serious enough that the topic of marriage has been discussed. Mizobata reportedly told a friend in March that he had always dated older women and that it seems he can't like anyone else. He also mentioned that he was currently dating someone quite a bit older than him. An industry insider claims that there is no doubt the two are dating and while it doesn't look like marriage is in the cards because of his young age, it might change if things continue as they are. Nikkan Sports also claims that while it is unclear when they had started dating seriously,  Katase has also revealed their relationship to her close friends and have talked about marriage and children.

Katase and Mizobata met on the set of '35-sai no Koukousei' early last year. They hit it off and even after filming ended, they were still meeting up. Josei Seven caught them on an izakaya date last July but both parties denied anything other than a senpai-kouhai relationship then. Reached for comment this time, Katase's agency gave a similar response as before, that they have been told he is one of her close friends.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Inoue Mao Staff Diary
Lipovitan Fine

11th July 2014 (Friday)

The weather has been unstable these days, is everyone doing alright? Please take care when you're going out.

Well then, I have an announcement.
I've been chosen as the image character for Lipovitan Fine!
Fine is a delicious energy drink recommended for women who are watching their calorie intake.
I think drinking Fine would make ladies busy at their jobs or housework smile and get their energy back!

Filming took half a day. I sat on a swing and it felt so good!

Friday, May 16, 2014

FRIDAY catches Ikuta Toma on a date

It was about 1 am in the morning. At a street crossing near Naka-Meguro Station, Ikuta Toma (29) was spotted wearing a cap and glasses. Beside him was a petite female wearing a mask. They chatted as they crossed the street, heading towards a dim alleyway. He casually reached for her hand and they walked hand-in-hand, eventually linking arms.

They seem to be heading to a deserted park after their dinner date at a Japanese restaurant earlier, where they had spent about two hours. They continued chatting there, and laughter could occasionally be heard. After a while, they started walking again, out of the park towards the main street. He flagged a taxi but only she got into it.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday catches Inoue Mao on a late night date with Matsujun

After the stage greet of her movie 'Shirayuki Hime Satsujin Jiken', Inoue Mao went back to her home in a quiet residential area in Tokyo where she lives with her parents. Three hours later, at about half past 10, Inoue Mao, clad in a hat, mask and glasses left again. Looking about around her, she got into a taxi. A few minutes later, she got off. It seems like she had abruptly received a call. Maybe she was looking for her destination, but as she looked at her phone, she was walking this way and that. She finally ended up at an exclusive yakiniku restaurant that came with private rooms. It was close to time for last orders, but she went in without hesitation. There was a reason for her to be vigilant although she was out late at night with hardly anyone around and this was because it was none other than Matsumoto Jun that was waiting for her inside.

At 2 am, it was two hours past closing time and the entrance was already locked for the night. The lights were already switched off. From the exit used by staff, out came Inoue Mao. Beckoned by an employee who was keeping a lookout, she got into a taxi by herself and headed home.

Five minutes later, out came Matsujun in sunglasses. With him was Ikuta Toma. Likewise, they got into a taxi and headed to residential areas.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Yuji marries on Valentine's Day

Actor and model Yuji (26) is a married man, and soon to be a father of two. He registered his marriage on Valentine's Day. His wife, a non-celebrity older than him, has a son from a previous marriage. She is expecting and their baby is due in June.

From his blog:-

I, Yuji, married a a non-celebrity older than me who I have been dating for awhile. We have always loved children and now we are blessed with a new life. She is already a mother of one. For me, I will in one go be a father of two. I am still inexperienced but from now on I will work hard to be a father the children can boast about. Please watch over us warmly.

17 February 2014

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His daughter was born on 20th May.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Inoue Mao Staff Diary

28th January 2014 (Tuesday)

Happy 2014.
Sorry for the late greeting.
Please give me your support this year as well.

The cold days are still continuing, how are you holding up?
I turned 27 on 9th January.
It's not quite yet to being in my thirties, and I would like to climb the mountains before my eyes one at a time without hurry, enjoying the different scenery.

And then on 17th January,
my princess turned 7.

She loves playing with toys but recently all she does is sleep.
Hug and me are both not young anymore I guess.
What Hug really loves recently is the cibi-nu bed that a friend gave as a present.
It feels so comfortable, I can't help sleeping on it with her.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Happy New Year!
Maotsujun's first story for 2014

Shukan Bunshun (16th January issue) reports that a magazine had snapped shots that definitively proved a romance between Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao last November but the article was not published and replaced by an Arashi spread. A weekly magazine writer commented that with Mao starring in next year's NHK Taiga drama, it was her side that was more concerned with its publication and under pressure from Johnny's Jimusho, the story never made it to print. As a result Mao's agency now owes a big favour to Johnny's.

This article from Shukan Bunshun was Jun's part of its Arashi secrets. The others are Sho being irritable during Kouhaku because he couldn't smoke, Nino's miserly lifestyle despite living in a luxury apartment and Aiba's Porsche plate number having something to do with his girlfriend. No mention of Ohno.

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