Horigome Yasuyuki to Collaborate with D.A.N., tofubeats, WONK, and More on New Release

On November 22, former Kirinji member Horigome Yasuyuki will release a new CD titled “GOOD VIBRATIONS.” This release is a collaborative effort, with each of the six songs on the album featuring a different guest. These guests include the likes of tofubeats, WONK, and Kuchiroro.

Yasuyuki recently released the music video for his collaboration with D.A.N., “EYE.” The clip was directed by Yamada Kento, who also directed the music videos for Suchmos’ “STAY TUNE” and Utada Hikaru’s “Boukyaku” featuring KOHH. It’s an eerie video, featuring outdoors scenes and an anonymous nude figure. Check it out below, along with more information on this release!

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YUKI to Release New Single “Flag wo Tatero”

YUKI is currently celebrating the 15th anniversary of her solo career. On November 22, she will release her new single “Flag wo Tatero.” The song serves as the theme song for the NHK anime series “3gatsu no Lion.” Check out more information on the single below!

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“Rurouni Kenshin” Creator Nobuhiro Watsuki Arrested for Child Pornography

Nobuhiro Watsuki, the creator of the hit manga “Rurouni Kenshin”, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly possessing pornographic images of underage girls. He admitted his guilt, telling the police, “I was interested in little girls’ nudity.”

Watsuki is accused of possessing DVDs containing videos of naked underage girls in his Tokyo office last month. After another child pornography case resulted in a link to Watsuki, police raided his office last month and seized evidence .

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CHEMISTRY, Ohara Sakurako, and More Perform on Utacon for November 21

This week’s guests were Ohara Sakurako, CHEMISTRY, Suzuki Emiko, Kawai Risako, Tsuruoka Masayoshi to Tokyo Romantica, Nakamura Mitsuko, Fuse Akira, Mikawa Kenichi, Mori Masako, Yamauchi Keisuke, Flash Kaneko, and MUSIC CONCERTO.

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Zipper Magazine to Shut Down

The past few months have been a rough time for Japanese street fashion, with numerous stores, brands, and magazines announcing their end. Well, another mainstay of that scene can now be added to list: Zipper. The magazine announced on Twitter a few hours ago that they will be ending their 24 year run with the December issue. No particular reasons were giving for the magazine’s demise, but in today’s digital world a print magazine dying sounds about right.

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Nishino Kana, POLYSICS, and Inoue Sonoko Perform on Premium MelodiX for November 20

This week’s guests were POLYSICS, Nishino Kana, and Inoue Sonoko.


Nishino Kana – One More Time

Inoue Sonoko – Sekai de Ichiban

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Arashi, Namie Amuro, DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi, Yonezu Kenshi, and BiSH Top the Billboard Japan Charts for the Week of 11/6 – 11/12

This week, Arashi topped the Hot 100 chart with their new single “Doors ~Yuki no Kiseki~.”

Namie Amuro topped the Hot Albums chart with her farewell best album “Finally.”

DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi topped the Streaming Songs chart with “Uchiage Hanabi” for the sixth non-consecutive week.

Yonezu Kenshi topped the Download Songs chart for the second week in a row with “Haiiro to Ao.”

BiSH topped the Download Albums chart with their new album “THE GUERRiLLA BiSH.”

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The Recording Industry Association of Japan Releases Its Digital Certifications for October

Three songs from 2017 were certified Platinum this month for selling 250,000 copies: Che’Nelle’s “Destiny”, BUMP OF CHICKEN’s “Ribbon”, and Austin Mahone’s “Dirty Work.”

One songs from 2017 was certified Gold this month for selling 100,000 copies: Leo Ieiri’s “Zutto, Futari de.”

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