[KinKi] DVD total No 1 Ranking

[Oricon]

This ranking is due to the latest release of L’Arc~en~Ciel ‘s DVD they ranked no 1 which now having the same as KinKi. 😀 Congraduation to both 😀

Advertisements

[Golf And Mike] Tokyo Concert

[store-mix]

Oh Remember GYM? Golf and Mike? They will be in Tokyo Again holding a concert in shibuya 😀 Don’t know whether Any Johnny’s will go? Like Yamapi? XD

[Jpop] Fujiwara Norika and Jinnai Domonori filed divorce

紀香が離婚へ遠距離結婚でストレスか

女優藤原紀香(37)とお笑いタレント陣内智則(35)夫妻が離婚に向けた話し合いをしていることが18日、分かった。2人は07年2月に結婚し たが、仕事の拠点は紀香が東京、陣内が大阪で、すれ違いの生活が続いていた。昨年5月には陣内が女性誌に紀香と4時間以上もケンカしたことを明かすなど、 “遠距離結婚”のストレスが相当たまっており、離婚への原因となったようだ。07年5月に芸能界史上最高の約5億円披露宴で祝福された2人だったが、わず か2年余りで破局を迎えた。

[NikkanSports]

Oh my god ~ That’s so shocking!

Fujiwara and Jinnai is filing for a divorce due long distance living. Due to work, Norika lives in Tokyo and Domonori lives in Okanawa, and its hard to continue the marriage.

[Spring09] Spring Drama List 2009

Monday

【20:00】

Hanacho

☆TBS系「ハンチョウ~神南署安積班~」4/13~ Hanacho

Cast :Sasaki Kuranosuke, Nakamura Shunsuke

● http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanchou2009/
● 原作:小説「神南署安積班」シリーズ/今野敏(著)

——————————————————-

【21:00】

☆フジ系「タイトル未定」未定
Cast:Nakai Masahiro etc.

● http://wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/fujitv/index.html
● 結婚できない男性が積極的に相手を見つける
活動を行う「婚活」がテーマ。

Tuesday

【21:00】
Atashinchi no Danshi

☆フジ系「アタシんちの男子(仮)」未定
https://i1.wp.com/img14.imageshack.us/img14/8455/atashi.jpg

Cast: Horikita Maki

● http://wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/atashinchi/index.html
● http://wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/fujitv/index.html
● 血のつながらない「疑似家族」の絆(きずな)を描いたホームコメディー。

——————————————————-

【22:00】
Shiroi Haru

☆フジ系「白い春」4/14~
cast: Abe Hiroshi, Yoshitaka Yuriko

——————————————————-

Wednesday

【21:00】
Fufudo 2009
☆TBS系「続・夫婦道」4/15~

https://i1.wp.com/img23.imageshack.us/img23/4281/fuufudou.jpg
Cast: Takeda Tetsuya, Takahata Atsuko

● http://www.tbs.co.jp/fufudo09/
● 木9ドラマ枠→移動

——————————————————-

【21:00】
Rinjo
☆テレ朝系「臨場」

https://i1.wp.com/img12.imageshack.us/img12/4135/rinjo.jpg
Cast: Uchino Masaaki, Matsushita Yuki

● http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/rinjo/
● 原作:小説「臨場」/横山秀夫(著)

【22:00】
Aishiteru
☆日テレ系「アイシテル~海容~」4/15~

https://i2.wp.com/img12.imageshack.us/img12/6159/aishiteru.jpg
Cast: Inamori Izumi, Itaya Yuka

● http://www.ntv.co.jp/aishiteru/
● 原作:コミック「アイシテル~海容~」/伊藤実(著) → ココ!

【24:00】
Drifting Net Cafe
☆TBS系「漂流ネットカフェ

https://i2.wp.com/img14.imageshack.us/img14/4307/driftingnetcafe.jpg

Cast: Ito Atsushi, Asami Reina

● http://hyoryu-netcafe.jp/

Thursday

【20:00】
Ghost Friends
☆NHK「ゴーストフレンズ」4/2~ (全10回)

https://i0.wp.com/img3.imageshack.us/img3/8905/ghostfriendsbanner.jpg

Cast: Fukuda Saki, Nishijima Takahiro

● http://www.nhk.or.jp/drama/dramalist/ghostfriends.html

——————————————————-

【20:00】
Kyoto Chiken no Onna 5
☆テレ朝系「京都地検の女(5)」未定

https://i1.wp.com/img3.imageshack.us/img3/6540/kcnoo1banner.jpg
Cast: Natori Yuko, Watanabe Ikkei

● http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/kyoto4/

——————————————————-

【21:00】
Yako no Kaidan
☆テレ朝系「夜光の階段」未定

https://i1.wp.com/img19.imageshack.us/img19/4844/yakonokaidan.jpg

Cast: Fujiki Naohito, Natsukawa Yui

● http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/yako/
● 原作:小説「夜光の階段」/松本清張(著)

——————————————————-

【22:00】
Boss
☆フジ系「BOSS」4/16~

https://i2.wp.com/img25.imageshack.us/img25/5205/bossw.jpg
Cast: Amami Yuki, Takenouchi Yutaka

● http://wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/BOSS/index.html
● 刑事ドラマ

——————————————————-

【24:00】
Love Game
☆日テレ系「LOVE GAME」未定
Cast: Syuku Yumeko

Friday

【21:00】
Hissatsu Shigotonin 2009 (cont.)
☆テレ朝系「必殺仕事人2009」放送中~

https://i0.wp.com/img4.imageshack.us/img4/1055/hissatsushigotonin09ban.jpg

Cast: Matsuoka Masahiro, Higashiyama Noriyuki

●  http://hissatsu2009.asahi.co.jp/

——————————————————

【22:00】
Konkatsu Rikatsu
☆NHK「コンカツ・リカツ」4/10~(全10回)

https://i2.wp.com/img3.imageshack.us/img3/3686/konkatsupicltop.jpg
Cast: Sakurai Sachiko, Kokusho Sayuri

● 新ドラマ枠!
● 原作:「婚活」時代 /山田昌弘(著)・白河桃子(著)

——————————————————-

【22:00】
Smile
☆TBS系「スマイル」4/17~

https://i2.wp.com/img17.imageshack.us/img17/3542/smilef.jpg
Cast:Matsumoto Jun, Aragaki Yui

● http://www.tbs.co.jp/smile09/

—————————————————–

【23:00】
Meitantei no Okite
☆テレ朝系「名探偵の掟」未定

https://i2.wp.com/img19.imageshack.us/img19/9482/meitantei.jpg

Cast: Matsuda Shota, Kashii Yu

● http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/meitantei/
● 原作:小説「名探偵の掟」/東野圭吾(著)

【24:00】
Yukemuri Sniper
☆テレ朝系「湯けむりスナイパー 」未定

https://i0.wp.com/img3.imageshack.us/img3/4163/800pxyukemurisniperbann.jpg
Cast:   Endo Kenichi, Matsuda Miyuki

● http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/yukemuri/

Saturday

【19:00】
Kagero no Tsuji 3
☆NHK「陽炎の辻(3)」4/18~(全14回)

https://i1.wp.com/img7.imageshack.us/img7/7954/kageronotsujis2.jpg
Cast: Yamamoto Koji, Nakagoshi Noriko

——————————————————-

【21:00】
Godhand Teru
☆TBS系「ゴッドハンド輝」4/11~(全6回)

https://i1.wp.com/img12.imageshack.us/img12/3862/godhandteru.jpg

Cast: Hiraoka Yuta, Mizukawa Asami

● http://www.tbs.co.jp/god-teru/
● 原作:コミック「ゴッドハンド輝」/山本航暉(著) → ココ!

——————————————————-

【21:00】
The Quiz Show
☆日テレ系「ザ・クイズショウ 」4/18~

https://i2.wp.com/img7.imageshack.us/img7/1158/thequizshow.jpg

Cast: Sakurai Sho, Yokoyama Yu

——————————————————-

【21:00】
Harukanaru Kizuna
☆NHK「遥かなる絆」4/18~(全6回)

Cast: Suzuki Anne, Hu Bing

● http://www.nhk.or.jp/drama/dramalist/kizuna.html
● 原作:「あの戦争から遠く離れて」/城戸久枝(著)

Kaze ni Maiagaru Vinyl Sheet
☆NHK「風に舞いあがるビニールシート」5/30~(全5回)
Cast:Fukiishi Kazue, Sano Shiro

● http://www.nhk.or.jp/dramatopics-blog/6000/15692.html
● 原作:小説「風に舞いあがるビニールシート」/森絵都(著)

——————————————————–

【23:00】
Kaette Kosaserareta 33pun Tantei
☆フジ系「帰ってこさせられた33分探偵」3/28~(全4回)

https://i0.wp.com/img13.imageshack.us/img13/3039/33mins.jpg

Cast: Domoto Tsuyoshi, Mizukawa Asami

● http://wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/33tantei/topics/index21.html

【23:00】
Majo Saiban
☆フジ系「魔女裁判」4/25~

https://i0.wp.com/img15.imageshack.us/img15/4928/moujo.jpg

Cast: Ikuta Toma, Kato Ai

● http://wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/majo/index.html
——————————————————–

【Midnight】
Ikemen Sobaya Tantei
☆日テレ系「~いいんだぜ!~イケ麺そば屋探偵」4/4~

https://i2.wp.com/img6.imageshack.us/img6/3858/ikemen.jpg

Cast: Fujiki Naohito, Namase Katsuhisa

● http://www.ntv.co.jp/ikesoba/

Sunday

【20:00】
Tenchijin (cont.)
☆NHK「天地人」放送中~

Cast: Tsumabuki Satoshi

● http://www9.nhk.or.jp/taiga/

——————————————————

【21:00】
Boku no Imoto
☆TBS系「ぼくの妹」4/19~

https://i2.wp.com/img21.imageshack.us/img21/1193/bokuno.jpg
Cast: Odagiri Joe, Nagasawa Masami

● http://www.tbs.co.jp/program/bokunoimouto.html

[Johnny’s] Turning Japanese: The seedy underworld of music moguls

Monopolising, exploitative, deceitful – these are just the most pedestrian accusations levelled at those who produce Japan’s pop idols. But the public would rather turn a blind eye than face the darker side to their music industry

By Alex Hoban

From guardian.co.uk,

Wednesday 11 February 2009 11.47 GMT

Late last year the almost impenetrable iron curtain guarding the upper echelons of Japan’s shady pop industry was momentarily broached, when the super-rich and super-smug (“I’ve got so much money I can’t keep track of it”) producer Tetsuya Komuro was arrested on suspicion of defrauding an investor of ¥500m. In the months since, he’s largely been let off the hook, after promising to pay the money back and doing much conciliatory bowing to prove he is really sorry and won’t do it again … well, that was easy enough to wriggle out of, wasn’t it?

It is perhaps unsurprising that he got off lightly – as a member of the J-pop billionaire bad boys’ club, Komuro’s fraud is akin to stealing a Curly Wurly from the tuck shop, considering the Japanese music industry’s dubious track record. Monopolising, exploitative, deceitful and dishonest – these are just the most pedestrian accusations levelled at the companies who maintain the nation’s pop idols.

It is one company to which Komuro was linked that bears the brunt of most scandal – Johnny’s Jimusho. To understand Johnny’s (for short), the all-powerful “pretty boy factory” that’s been dealing exclusively with boy bands since the Beatles’ heyday, you have to understand the man who holds its throne. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the 77-year-old Don of Dubiousness, Johnny Kitagawa.

Never photographed, never interviewed, the elusive Kitagawa was originally born in Los Angeles (hence the western first name), but came to Japan as a US marine remained there after his discharge. In 1963 he founded the organisation that would come to be Japan’s premier pop autocracy (Johnny’s Jimusho literally means “Johnny’s Office”). After a mediocre response to his first pop concoction – the not-so-innovatively monikered boy band Johnnys – in 1968 the Four Leaves ushered in the pop factory’s first hit. The momentum of his success has barely slowed since, as Johnny’s keeps relentlessly churning out airwave-dominating boy bands created with all the identikit charm of cheap plastic goods off a Taiwanese production line, which nevertheless manage to blindly seduce the hearts and plunder the piggy banks of each new generation of Japanese tweenagers.

Having hit on a winning formula, Johnny’s has stuck to it for over 40 years, with a long list of names including Kinki Kids, V6, Hey! Say! JUMP and the phenomenally successful SMAP all powering Johnny’s brand name, despite most of the band-members being barely indistinguishable from one another. Releasing artists through a variety of sub-labels, like Avex Group Holdings, where Komoro was the star in-house producer, gives a surface illusion of a varied output, but ultimately all paths lead back to Kitagawa and his grand, boy band vision.

Yet despite his monopolisation of the genre, pop fans have never tired of his antics, and are always eager to see which groomed young hopefuls from Johnny’s Juniors – who feature on Japanese variety shows while undergoing rigorous pop idol training to see if they’re worthy of headline promotion – will go on to become the next big thing in the media spotlight. Last year, 14-year-old Junior Johnny Nakayama Yuuma was chosen as the anointed one, landing a lead role in the NHK drama Battery. Everyone went wild – Johnny’s had given Japan its next superstar.

But if graduating from a Junior Johnny to a mere Johnny sounds about as glamorous as pulling slippery condoms on to cucumbers in biology class, then it’s fitting, as being a Johnny’s protégé is hardly a ticket to artistic maturity or even financial security. Most of Johnny’s recording artists are paid a base salary for their efforts, receive no royalties and have no rights to any of their music, their image or even the group’s name. After a few years in the spotlight, many Johnny’s bands are dropped without fanfare, and their members swiftly descend into obscurity and, most probably, depression.

So far, so cut-throat, but there is an even darker element to this whole grim business. Kitagawa claimed he works only with boy bands because they are “easier to handle”, which would be fine if he didn’t mean it literally. Rumours had always been rife of him engaging with unsavoury activities with the boys under his care, and in 1988 Kita Koji, one of the original members of the Four Seasons, published an exposé that accued Kitagawa of sexual harassment and rape. Opening the flood gates, similar accusations from other ex-members came to light, with fresh exposés being published right up to this decade.

Often these stories were published through Rokusaisha, which proudly dealt with the taboo topics of Japanese society that others wouldn’t touch with a kendo cane. That is until 2005, when company president Matsuoka Toshiyasu was arrested and thrown in jail for libel, after prosecutors accused him of defaming a popular chain of Pachinko parlours – the all powerful, often yakuza-run “semi-gambling” outlets that litter the urban landscapes of every Japanese city, big or small. This case ushered in a fresh wave of anxiety in the quivering fingers of keyboard-tapping journalists, as they lamented the gradual erosion of press freedom in Japan.

Just prior to Toshiyasu’s arrest, however, Rokusaisha released a book entitled In the Middle of Johnny’s Scandal. It carefully reprinted the salient details of a lawsuit Kitagawa made against the magazine Sh*kan Bunshun in 1999 for making accusations about him that he never fully denied. Republishing quotes from the abused, it left little to the imagination, despite its typically Japanese deployment of ellipses to suggest otherwise: “He would spread a bath towel, then the butt was smeared with something slimy. Then you had to turn over on your back and spread your legs, first he would enter a finger, then …”

As is often unfortunately the case in Japanese society, people will simply find it easier to turn a blind eye and, incredibly, Kitagawa managed to more or less weather the storm of such scandal, leaving Johnny’s Jimusho to keep pushing forward unabated, which is perhaps why Komuro’s fraud case seems so pedestrian by comparison.

Perhaps the only thing that can stop Johnny’s now is the relatively simple fact of time itself – Kitagawa’s most enduringly successful band, the company linchpin SMAP, are now in their 30s and are struggling for new trajectories to traverse, while Johnny himself is nearly 80.

Regardless of what happens, one thing is for sure, even when Johnny’s Jimusho does finally lose its powerful grasp over the Japanese pop industry, it’ll likely be a long time before another pop mogul can compete, not only with his level of success, but with his unstoppable infamousness.

[Guardian.co.uk]

nana: I still a bit shock that Guardian with have this XD However I am like … mmm … when did Tetsuya Komuro link with Johnny’s? Yea they are close but Komuro is from Avex isn’t it?? mmm …

[J-pop]Music producer Tetsuya Komuro arrested for fraud

小室哲哉容疑者「被害者に謝罪したい」

大阪地検特捜部は4日、806曲の音楽著作権を譲渡すると偽り、兵庫県の投資家から5億円をだまし取ったとして、詐欺容疑で音楽プロデューサー小室哲哉容疑者(49)ら3人を逮捕、東京都港区の自宅や事務所など関係先を家宅捜索した。

90年代に数々のヒット曲を生み出した小室容疑者は近年、事業の失敗や前妻への離婚慰謝料支払いで10数億円の借金を抱えていたという。

小室容疑者は調べに「3人でやったことに間違いない。申し開きすることはない。反省し被害者に謝罪したい。刑事責任を潔く取るつもりだ」と供述しているという。

ほかに逮捕されたのは、小室容疑者が役員を務めるプロダクション「トライバルキックス」(東京)の代表取締役平根昭彦(45)、監査役木村隆(56)の両容疑者。

特捜部の調べによると、小室容疑者らは06年8月、これまでの作品806曲分の著作権について、既に音楽出版社に譲渡し、うち主要12曲はト社に譲渡するなどしていたのに、「過去の作品806曲がフルセットになっていることに意味があるし価値が出る」「全部僕に著作権があります」などとうそを言って、10億円で売却する契約を兵庫県芦屋市の投資家男性と締結。さらに前妻に差し押さえられていた印税収入の権利について、解除する意思がないのに、解除代金として計5億円を支払わせ、だまし取った疑い。

5億円のうち1億5000万円は、小室容疑者の滞納家賃などを肩代わりした木村容疑者に、3億5000万円も融資金の返済に充当。

小室容疑者は投資家との交渉過程で「これでも名の知れた男。逃げも隠れもしない」と説得し、自ら作った曲を「世界で1つの曲」とCDにしてプレゼントしたという。

この5億円の支払いをめぐり、小室容疑者と投資家は民事訴訟で争ったが、08年7月、小室容疑者が6億円を支払うことで和解。しかし、解決金は期日までに支払われず、投資家が小室容疑者を大阪地検に告訴した。

[2008年11月4日20時8分]

[Nikkansports]

Famed producer and musician Tetsuya Komuro was arrested on Tuesday on charges of fraud. The high-profile case started back in 2006 when Komuro approached a private investor, offering to sell the copyrights of 806 songs he produced for the sum of 1 billion yen. The two reached an agreement, and the investor paid 500 million yen up front. He later learned that the rights to the songs actually belonged to Avex and other companies, not Komuro, so when he was unable to get his money back, he took the case to the authorities.

Komuro lost a civil suit in July and was fined 600 million yen, but he failed to pay by the deadline. The case was escalated to the Osaka District Court, which issued the warrant for his arrest. He was taken in by the police on Tuesday and was reportedly exhibiting remorse for his crime. Two employees of his event planning company Tribal Kicks were also arrested under suspicion of being accomplices in the fraud.

In recent years, Komuro has been plagued with debt due to failed business projects and alimony payments from his previous marriage to Asami Yoshida.

According to the law, Komuro faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, though one law professor was quoted as saying that fraud of 500 million yen will likely carry a sentence of 5 or 6 years, and as little as 3 years if the amount is properly repaid. However, another expert said that depending on the circumstances, an additional law may apply that could increase the maximum sentence to 15 years. He predicted that Komuro would be given 10 years in that situation, and as much as 8 years without it.

Komuro’s arrest has already prompted Avex to cancel the sale of two upcoming singles by the pop group globe, which includes Komuro and his current wife KEIKO. The group was set to release “Get Wild” on November 26 and “Self Control” on December 17, both covers of songs by Komuro’s earlier group TM NETWORK. In addition to canceling the CD releases, Avex is also halting all exposure for the songs.

[Tokyo Graph]

[Oricon] Who do you want to go to school with?

[Oricon]