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Yamapi’s sister denies she was sexually harassed

22:36 JST August 30, 2010 2 comments

Tomohisa Yamashita’s sister Rina Yamashita (22) has left her post as a former minister’s secretary but denies it was because she was sexually harassed, Ms Yamashita wrote on her blog on August 27.

Banner to Rina Yamashita's official blog

Ms Yamashita is a former gravure idol, also famous among Johnny’s fans as NEWS member Tomohisa Yamashita’s little sister.  Although she had tried to pursue a career as a TV announcer during university, Ms Yamashita quit the entertainment industry after graduating.  Recently she had gotten the attention of the media after becoming a secretary to former minister Kunio Hatoyama.

Last week, gossip magazine Friday and several sports newspapers had reported that Ms Yamashita had quit her job at the end of July after Mr Hatoyama’s son, Taro Hatoyama, had made sexual remarks about her.

On her blog, Ms Yamashita made the following entry:

“もう色々な週刊誌や新聞で載ってご存知の方も多いかと思いますが、私事務所辞めました!!
(A number of you may already know from the various magazines and newspapers, but I have quit my office job!!)

でも、休みが少ないからとか家族が休みなんか無く24時間態勢で働いてるのをずっと見て来ているのに、そんな甘っちょろい理由じゃないし
(But it’s not because of some lame excuse like I wasn’t getting enough days off, I’ve watched my family work 24 hours a day without taking any days off)

ましてセクハラにあっていたなんてある訳無いです!

(and it is certainly not because I was sexually harassed!)

私は記事は一つもみていないのでショック!詳しくは分かりませんが、事実無根で、事務所にも迷惑かかっちゃうのになんでそんな記事が出たのか不思議でなりません。

(I have not read any of the stories so don’t know the details, but they are completely fabricated, and I cannot help but wonder why such stories have come out when they’ll only cause the office trouble)

候補者は人生掛けて選挙活動していた中でセクハラなんて、普通に考えても無いです。
(It is simply impossible to think that a candidate who is putting his life into an election would commit sexual harassment)

皆一生懸命選挙活動していたし、私も応援していましたし今でも応援しております。
(Everyone was putting all of their effort into the election.  I was supporting it all and I still do support them.)

本当にこの記事は代議士にも太郎さんにも事務所の方にも申し訳なく思います。もう迷惑かけたくなかったのに!!

(I feel deeply sorry to the representatives, Taro-san, and the staff at the office for this story.  I didn’t want to cause any more trouble!!)”

If you would like to visit Ms Yamashita’s blog, here is the link: http://ameblo.jp/rina-maharo2/

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Taiwanese fans show support for KAT-TUN

14:53 JST August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

The Taiwanese media have been reporting positive effects from KAT-TUN’s concerts in Taipei, reports Record China.

KAT-TUN performed at the Taipei Arena on August 27 and 28, attracting more than 22,000 fans, according to local media estimates.  The total profits over the two days has been reported to be more than 50 million Taiwanese dollars.

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Johnny’s Junior groups Kis-My-Ft 2 and FiVe were also given the chance to perform at this overseas venue as KAT-TUN sang out 30 songs.

It has been reported that fans gathered from around Taiwan, Hong Kong, and parts of south-east Asia.

As the group sang their encore song “SMILE” in Chinese, it has been reported it was too much for some fans in the arena that they started to cry.

The media were interested in how Asian fans would react to Jin Akanishi’s sudden departure from KAT-TUN.  The news had caused some protesting at concert venues in Japan.  However, many Akanishi fans in Taiwan held up panels saying they were happy to be KAT-TUN fans, reassuring the group they would continue to support them.

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SMAP’s Nakai to sing solo on TV for first time

14:31 JST August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

On August 31 SMAP’s Masahiro Nakai (38) will sing solo on TV for the first time, it was revealed today reports Oricon.

The SMAP leader will sing his solo song “Memory ~June~” on “The Music Hour”, a show that he and Takaaki Ishibashi (48) have been hosting.

The song is one found on SMAP’s latest album “We are SMAP!”, which was released on July 21.  Nagai himself wrote the music, lyrics, and arrangements to the song.

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August 24 – 30: TV Drama ratings, Record sales, DVD sales

10:27 JST August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Johnny’s TV Drama ratings (Japan)

  • JOKER episode 7 – 15.7% (last week 14.5%)
  • うぬぼれ刑事 (Unubore deka) episode 8 – 7.2% (last week 8.0%)
  • GM踊れドクター (GM Odore Doctor) episode 7 – 9.6% (last week 10.4%)
  • 夏の恋は虹色に輝く(Natsu no Koi ha Niji-iro ni Kagayaku) episode 7 – 11.4% (last week 11.8%)

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Johnny’s Record sales (Japan)

Single weekly Top 50 (as of August 30)

6. “This is love” – SMAP

23. “NaNaNa (太陽なんていらねぇ) (Taiyo nante Irane)” – TOKIO

26. “One in a Million” – Tomohisa Yamashita

27. “To be free” – Arashi

46. “ユカイツーカイ怪物くん (Yukaitsu-kai Kaibutsu-kun)” – 怪物くん(怪物太郎)(Kaibutsu-kun (Taro Kaibutsu))

Album weekly Top 50 (as of August 30)

2. “僕の見ている風景 (Boku no Miteiru Fukei)” – Arashi

11. “We are SMAP!” – SMAP

26. “All the BEST! 1999 – 2009” – Arashi

48. “JUMP NO.1” – Hey! Say! JUMP

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Johnny’s DVD sales (Japan)

Weekly Top 20 (general) (as of August 30)

2. “KinKi Kids concert tour J (limited edition)” – KinKi Kids

6. “ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5 x 10” – Arashi

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