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After 18 years on TV Asahi, “Ikinari! Kogane Densetsu” is coming to an end

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On September 25th, TV Asahi’s “Ikinari! Kodane Densetsu” is coming to an end.

When it launched back in 1998 as “Kokoriko! Kodane Densetsu!”, the variety show is known for popularizing many careers of comedians and talents.

Horie Yui to show she can game on “Tokyo Encounter”

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It was revealed that the next guest on “Tokyo Encounter” will be voice actress Horie Yui!

Horie is best known for her roles in “Love hina” as Narusegawa naru, Honda Tohru in “Fruits Basket”, Tsukimiya Ayu in “Kanon” and the voice of Hitomi in the “Dead or Alive” fighting game series.

Horie won “Best Supporting Voice Actress” in the 4th Seiyu Awards.

Housewives strike back after Becky’s appearance on “Itte Q!”

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Becky’s commercials have been removed off air after her affair scandal but housewives were in disdain after Becky appeared on an episode of “Itte Q!”.  TV stations have received over a thousand complaints.

Becky’s commercials have been aired for many years and she was one of Japan’s most popular and well-known talents until the scandal forced her to go on hiatus.

SMAP will continue

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During the live episode of “SMAP X SMAP”, SMAP gave a speech and announced they will continue as a group.  The group will also stay with the Johnny’s Agency.

Surprisingly, the captain Nakai Masahiro didn’t do the announcement and Kimura Takuya was in the center this time around.

Also, during the apology, SMAP was trending on Twitter and even temporarily took Twitter down.

In the speech, members reinforced how they are happy to be together and want to continue to make people smile and that they will keep moving forward.

What is even more interesting is a comment from Kusanagi Tsuyoshi that because of Kimura Takuya, it made it possible for the four to apologize to Johnny Kitagawa, the president of Johnny & Associates.

SMAP to have live “SMAP x SMAP” tonight on FUJI TV to address public

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Will they break up?  Will they stay together?

It has been a stressful week for Japan’s popular boy band, SMAP.

After a week of news that four members were leaving the Johnny’s agency after their manager announced she would be retiring (other articles point a heated blowup of the VP and their long-time manager), while Kimura Takuya was going to stay.

Then came news that Nakai Masahiro decided that he wants to make sure that SMAP continues.

And yesterday’s news that SMAP will stay together but now, it has come to the Monday night LIVE episode of “SMAP x SMAP” as the five members will address the public.

We are hours away until the episode is shown in Japan.

“TV Pia” to cease publication this month

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“TV Pia” began its publication on January 27, 1987. The magazine has announced that it will be ceasing publication this month for its’ 28th-year anniversary. The end of the publication coincides with television viewership shrinking in Japan and the availability of TV news can be found easily on the Internet.

EXILE and AKB48 performance were the most watched performances of the 66th Annual Kouhaku Uta Gassen

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For the 66th annual Kouhaku Uta Gassen, the two most watched performances were EXILE (43.4%) and AKB48 (43.0%). And many have wondered how the Love Live! μ’s performance went….they received a 38.2% rating which is great!

Meanwhile, in Nagoya, EXILE received a 46.9%, tied with the Star Wars/Arashi collaboration. While AKB48 received a 45.7% rating.

Kouhaku: AKB48 wins hearts, unfortunately ratings dip

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While one of the most-talked about events from NHK’s 66th Kohaku Uta Gassen (New Years Eve Red vs. White Battle) was about AKB48’s Takahashi Minami’s final performance at Kohaku but also being joined on stage by former members Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko and Love Live’s μ’s.

Unfortunately, viewership tumbled to 39.2%, the lowest of the song festival’s 65-year history.

While the highest rating was 81.4% back in 1963, with more competition from other channels, satellite, online and video gaming, and at this time, there are no ways to tabulate those who have watched on their cell phone.

But this is the state of Japanese television and ratings are not the same as they used to be.