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Hyun Joong’s parents fly to Japan

In order to take care of her precious son, Kim Hyun Joong’s mother immediately flew to Japan to take care of her son the moment the news came out.

After hearing that her son needs to be treated for more than half a month, Kim Hyun Joong’s mother immediately boarded the plane and rushed to Japan to accompany him.

SS501’s management company said, “Because Kim Hyun Joong’s parents’ were really worried, so they immediately flew to Japan to be with him, and will be taking care of him for the next half month.” Currently, Kim Hyun Joong’s condition has stabilized, but the hospital is predicting that the length of his treatment will be longer than previously predicted, hence increasing fans’ worry.

With regards to the current situation, their management company in Japan and Kim Hyun Joong’s personal manager have always been by his side accompanying him, as well as checking up on his situation every second. “His fever has gone down greatly after taking Tamiflu, actually after we arrived we realized that his condition has improved greatly from before. Currently Hyun Joong is concentrating on recovering, and hopes to recover his health quickly.”


Kara’s Vacation in Japan

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Tohoshinki’s Japan Activities Will Continue

The 5 member group TVXQ, whose 3 members have filed a lawsuit against their agency due to problems with their Exclusive Contract, will continue on with their Japan activities.

TVXQ, on the 29th, have announced the truth about them appearing in the CF of a particular Japan biscuit brand through their Japanese website.

In September, the second version of PINKY’s CF will be broadcasted nationwide, also, the digital single ‘Endless Sweetness’ that was sung by them as a song for the CF is predicted to be released on the 23rd.

According to the respective websites, members Micky Yoochun and Hero Jaejoong will also go for a recording for NHK’s music program ‘Music Japan’ on the 7th of September.

Alisa Mizuki, Teppei Koike play lovers in romantic comedy

Actress Alisa Mizuki (32) is starring in a TBS drama series next season called “Ohitorisama.” The show will be a romantic comedy, pairing her up with young actor Teppei Koike (23).
“Ohitorisama” is an original series by screenwriter Masaya Ozaki (“Kekkon Dekinai Otoko,” “Oniyome Nikki”). Mizuki plays a teacher at a prestigious girls’ school, who excels in her work but lacks in cooking and housekeeping. She falls in love with a colleague 10 years younger than her (Koike), and they begin living together. Each episode highlights the differences in their age, status, mindset, and values.

Miki Maya (45) will play the principal of the school. Nao Matsushita (24) and singer Ami Suzuki (27) have also been added to the cast. TBS has scheduled “Ohitorisama” for Friday nights at 10:00pm, starting on October 16.

Haruma Miura stars in “Samurai Seventeen” drama

Popular young actor Haruma Miura (19) is set to star in an NTV drama series, tentatively titled “Samurai Seventeen.” The show is based on an original script by writer Yumiko Inoue.

Miura plays Kotaro Mochizuki, a private high school student who is normally a mild-mannered, unmasculine guy. But after coming across a mysterious ancient document, he finds that whenever he gets into a difficult situation, he becomes imbued with the heroic samurai spirit of his ancestors.

The character of Kotaro will normally be seen in his school uniform, but for his first transformation, Miura will reportedly have a scene wearing a samurai outfit and engaging in a sword fight.

“Samurai Seventeen” will air on Saturdays at 9:00pm, beginning in October.


Arashi’s Best album met the million mark on its 13th day of sales, a 1st since debut


Arashi’s best album achieved a million sales on it’s 13th day of sales. Arashi’s best album “All the BEST! 1999-2009” (released on 19th Aug) achieved the highest 1st week sales in 2009, setting the record of 753,000 sales, by the daily sales count on 31st Aug has accumulated sales of 1,004,000. This is the first album that is released in 2009 that exceeded sales of 1 million. For Arashi, since their debut in November 1999, this is their first work among their singles and albums with million sales.

For albums that exceeded the million mark, since 2009 January 12th week where Utada Hikaru’s “Heart Station” which was released in March 2008 and Mr Children’s “Supermarket Fantasy” which was released in December 2008 achieved million sales at the same time, this is a feat that has not been achieved for 8 months. It is the first album other than Exile’s Best Album “Exile Ballad Best” released in December 2008 which achieved million sales in 2 weeks, to reach the million mark in less than 3 weeks.

“Hot Shot” will Air in Japan

GTV’s “Hot Shot” is an idol drama directed by Lin He Long, known as the “Fast Director,” and casted with Show Luo, Jerry Yan, and Wu Zun. It talks about two very important basketball players’ stories on the basketball court. The Thunders and the Ones are long term competitors. The important players in the Thunders, Dong Fang Xiang (Jerry Yan) and Yuan Da Ying (Show Luo) have their own skills and abilities. As for Wu Ji Zun (Wu Zun) in the Ones, he is the killer.

The airing last year in Taiwan brought up a trend; now this trend is going over to Japan.

This idol drama will definitely have a Japanese version as it will be aired in Japan. Though because the drama is so popular, who does the voice-overs is an important point everyone focuses on. The popular Katsuyuki Konishi, Granrodeo, and Daisuke Namikawa will play the voice-overs for the three main characters of the drama. “Hot Shot” will again become big in Japan.

Japan-Korea Joint Drama Production Team to Aim Asian Market

The plan to create dramas by the Japan-Korea combination is in the works. The idea is that Eriko Kitagawa, Shizuka Oishi and Miho Nakazonoa, who are all top writers of Japanese drama scripts, are to write scripts casting Korean stars such as TVXQ. All seven parts have been already completed and after this autumn, they are to be aired sequentially in both countries.

By “mutual entry,” it deepens the interchange of the people concerned and it is said that the participating parties aim more drama market expansion in Asia in the near future.

There is also the expectation of “breakthrough” in the Korean television industry which has a high regulation for Japanese dramas that are being aired. (Editor: Yoshihiro Kita)

The Japan-Korea telecinema planning meeting was held with Jaejoong from TVXQ, an immensely popular group in Japan, and Korean star Chi Jini, who starred in the popular Korean drama (in Japan) “Oath of Changum” and many other popular stars attended. The seven parts of the dramas were created with help from Japanese scriptwriters. A preview starts in August at movie theaters in Seoul, Korea. These dramas will be aired on TV and shown in cinemas after this coming autumn.

Both the Japanese and Korean sides will assemble full force in Seoul in the middle of September, and there will be many promotional events. In Japan, Asahi National Broadcasting will be airing these dramas in the future.

Chief Director Shinnichi Ichikawa of the Association of Japanese Broadcast Writers called for this plan and seven Japanese scriptwriters wrote original pieces. The making of the scenes and the photography have been pushed forward from summer last year.

The “taste” of dramas and how productions are lead are considerably different in Japan and in Korea. Sin Hyontek, the chairsperson of Korea / Miwa Networks (in-charge of this production) described that “Koreans love dramas that are alive with tears and laughter. Japanese dramas have this depth that is internal.” Also, Korean production is faster than the Japanese.

There are such differences and in the production spot, it was said that the Japanese scriptwriters received Korean supervision and the actors encouraged each other a lot. Chief Director Ichikawa mentioned that “Scriptwriters do not change their scripts easily even if revision is ordered by a supervisor.” As a result of some of the “clash,” a new charm may have been born between Japan and Korea.

A Korean drama earned popularity in Japan for these past few years and there was the feeling of one-sided unfavourable balance of the trade. Chief Director Ichikawa said, “Korean directors are excellent and their sense of work is very good, too.” Japan must make a drama that is acceptable in the whole of Asia in the near future.Triggered by this plan, it is expected that the Japanese and Korean’s co-created drama will sell in the whole Asian market.

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Tohoshinki’s / DBSK’s younger brother, rumored newborn star came!
After debuting last year they swept the rookie award and topped in the hit charts.
Korea’s Super Idol finally comes to Japan! Can’t help but support this five cute and fresh people ♪

➜ Press conference that was held in Tokyo the next day when fan meeting on August 10 was made to make it big. It was, and a lot of reporters (almost female journalists) crowded it with a long-awaited visit to Japan.

ALL: Kagayaku SHINee desu! Yoroshiku Onegai shimasu (In Japanese) Hello, we are shining SHINee.

> Please let me hear the story before SHINee was formed.
Taemin: I was done the casting in the town, auditioned while practicing, and passed.
Onew: At that time, the debut has not been decided yet though we practiced together for 1 or 2 years.
Jonghyun: I think it was 2 years before that 5 of us, SHINee debuted.

> What is the meaning of SHINee?
Key: SHINee has the word significance of “shine”, right. We combine “shine” and suffix “-ee”, the group’s name carries the meaning of “one who receives light” or “one under the spotlight”.

> At last, your album “ROMEO” was released in Japan recently.
Onew: It’s wonderful that everyone is expecting. I’m so thankful.
Key: If there’s a chance, I would like to ask to all of the fans what their impressions to our music are.
Jonghyun: Even in the fan meeting, our fans were lively and I felt their passion.
Onew: The first song was “Noona, You’re so pretty” was only released in Korean but all of the fans stood up, hold their pen light, waved and supported us.
Minho: Not only in Korea and our album was also published here in Japan. On top of that, we received ardent support from fans. I thought that I will do my best from now on.

> In the album “ROMEO” the second track recorded song “Juliette” has a DVD, right?
Onew: Because it’s the music that Jonghyun challenged writing songs for the first time, all members expressed inner feelings.
Jonghyun: I have interest in writing lyrics for a long time so I practiced all the time. This time, I was able to write songs and it was good.

> Someday, do you want to write your lyrics in Japanese?
Jonghyun: I would like to challenge someday. But, first of all I should practice Japanese. (Laughs)
Onew: Yeah. I want to learn and be good at Japanese quickly.

> I catch what you said well!
Onew: Just a little (self-conscious laugh)

> Please explain other recorded tracks from the album.
Taemin: In the album, there’s a story and this song starts to decorate the album.
Onew: A lover plainly depicted a man feeling anxious for not being able to communicate his feelings well. The more you listen to the song, the more you will like the song.
Key: This song has an exotic feeling and unique melody. The intro’s rap was Spanish. I studied and did my best. (Laughs)
Jonghyun: An orthodox group ballad which until now is not been heard. Onew and I sing a duet together. It’s good to listen before you go to sleep.
Minho: Tune that finishes off the end of the story. I think each member’s voice respectively showed their personality.

“Very touched by their noona’s support”

> From now on, please let me hear your impression about Japan.
Taemin: I was deeply touched when many fans came to the airport although it was my first time to come to Japan. From now on, I think we should show more SHINee’s image to the Japanese fans in the future.
Onew: Also in the event, Our Noona fans were like a young girl with pure feelings passionately supported us and I was really touched.
Minho: This time, our stage was only one time but I would like to do again..

> What places where would you like to go and eat around Japan?
Jonghyun: I would like to go to Tokyo Disneyland so much. I like noodles so I like to eat udon (thick white noodles) and ramen etc.
Key: I would like to go to Odaiba, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan. I like to eat okonomiyaki (meat seafood and vegetable pancake)
Minho: I would like to challenge Japan’s simple meal served before a ceremonial tea. I also like to go to Tokyo Dome.

> It’s good if someday you’ll have a live in Tokyo Dome!
All: OH! (Claps)
Onew: If were able to do live surrounding with such amazing staff members, I would like to challenge everywhere in Japan.

> What are your targets in the future?
Onew: I want to become an existence that everyone will imagine SHINee to be contemporary. We will do our best so please support us!

Such Amazing! SHINee legend

1. They swept the rookie award immediately after debut.
May last year, In South Korea, they debuted at their first mini album “Noona, You’re so pretty”. After 1 month they won the rookie award. Thereafter, for only one year, they won 7 rookie awards! Not just music, they also appear in commercial and modeling and are now active. Suddenly they are included as one of the top stars. They are one of the hot stars now. Regardless in South Korea-Japan, they are not popular to the teens but also to the elder women.

2. The tickets to their first fan meeting were immediately sold out.
They are still newcomers here in Japan, rumors and music were passed the border and reached to Japan! The tickets to their first fan meeting and mini concert on August 10, in Nakano Sun Plaza were sold out. On the day of the event, about 2,200 fans got the premiere tickets and went widely exited. An additional decision was made and they will have their 2nd fan meeting in Japan on September 14 at Osaka Kousei Nenkin Kaikan Hall.

“Someone screamed “Kawaii” (Cute, lovely, adorable) seeing SHINee in person from the audience”

We can now understand 5 Characters!
Approaching SHINee more and more!

“Everybody’s mother who is good at cooking” – Key
Real name: Kim Kibum | Birth date: September 23, 1991 | Height: 177 cm
Hobbies & Special Abilities: Rap, Dance, Water Ski, English and Chinese conversation
In charge of rap and vocal. Loves fashion and making accessories by himself.
Also loves to cook, good at cooking fried dumpling, does ironing and the group’s mother existence in their dorm.

“Sparkling eyes that knockout’s a girl” – MinHo
Real name: Choi Minho | Birth date: December 9, 1991 | Height: 181 cm
Hobbies & Special Abilities: Soccer, basketball, acting, Chinese and English conversation
In charge of rap and vocal. He was a model before debut. But, surprising the most gluttonous character?!
In the fan meeting, He sang using his sexy voice to Fukuyama Masaharu’s “Milk Tea” whom he respects.

“No.1 singing ability Sexy Boy” – JongHyun
Real name: Kim Jonghyun | Birth date: April 8, 1990 | Height: 173 cm
Hobbies & Special Abilities: Movie watching, singing, writing lyrics and Chinese conversation.
In charge of lead vocal. He was scouted in Junior high school through music activity.
Easily move to tears. When “Juliette” won no.1 in the chart in Korea, he cried hard without realizing it.

“Youngest child with fabulous smile” – TaeMin
Real name: Lee Taemin | Birth date: July 18, 1993 | Height: 175 cm
Hobbies & Special Abilities: Listening to music, popping dance, piano and Chinese conversation.
In charge of rap and vocal. He performed a dynamic dance adding club music in the fan meeting.
His favorite Japanese foods are sushi, tonkatsu (fried breaded pork cutlet) and bento (Japanese box lunch).

“Mild but reliable leader” – Onew
Real name: Lee Jingi | Birth date: December 14, 1989 | Height: 177 cm
Hobbies & Special Abilities: Singing, piano and Chinese conversation.
SHINee’s leader and in charge of sub-vocal. “Good at all subjects”,
good at studying and got second place in the whole school.
Has a brilliance of thought and brought the members well.