NHK NEWSLINE Joins Link TV’s International News Lineup Feat. Anchor Miki Yamamoto Starting Jan. 8

December 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Burbank, Calif. – Dec. 28, 2017 – Link TV, a national independent public satellite television network, announced today the addition of NHK’s flagship news program NHK NEWSLINE launching on the network in January anchored by Miki Yamamoto. NHK NEWSLINE premieres Mon., Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT Mon.-Thurs. on Link TV available nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH network 9410).

Adding to Link TV’s international news lineup, NHK NEWSLINE delivers the latest news, business and weather with stories from Japan, the rest of Asia and around the world. The 30-minute news show airing Monday through Thursday on Link TV features a wide network of correspondents from around the world covering breaking news and developing stories while offering a perspective from the eastern corner of the globe.

Miki Yamamoto’s tenure with NHK began in 1992 at NHK Tokyo. As an anchor, she has hosted an array of NHK’s domestic news and educational programs for many years. She was posted in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo during these years.

This program is an example of new dynamic content being offered on Link TV with a goal of better understanding our world through global perspectives.

Join the conversation on social media using #NHKnewsline and #LinkTV


Founded in 1999, Link TV is an independent viewer-supported media organization providing programs that engage viewers with unique perspectives on national and global issues. Reaching more than 34 million U.S. satellite households nationally via DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410, Link TV connects Americans with people at the heart of breaking events, organizations at the forefront of social change and the vibrant cultures of a global community. It is a free non-commercial service of KCETLink Media Group, based in Burbank, CA. For additional information about Link TV productions, web-exclusive content and program schedules, please visit Select programming from Link TV is also available for streaming on Apple TV and Roku platforms.


NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan’s sole public broadcaster, operating the nation’s largest domestic and international television network. In Japan, NHK broadcasts four TV channels and three radio stations. NHK also transmits two international television channels, NHK WORLD TV (English, HD, 24/7) and NHK WORLD PREMIUM (Japanese, HD, 24/7), as well as international radio services in eighteen languages.

NHK WORLD TV reaches over 290 million households in 160 countries and regions via local satellite and cable TV providers. Online live streaming and VOD (video-on-demand) services through the free mobile app and the website give viewers access to NHK WORLD TV anywhere and anytime. You can also connect through Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Presenting an extensive range of Asia-centered programming, NHK WORLD is your window to Japan, Asia, and the rest of the world. For more details, visit


SCANDAL: Digital Single KOISURU UNIVERSE Available online Sunday, October 22!

October 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

First time digital-only single release

In conjunction with their Battle of the Bands tour in October, the girls of SCANDAL are releasing a digital-only single, “Koisuru Universe” is a definite killer-tune for their live performances.  The single will feature four songs in total including two new songs, and a live audio fromStorytellers: SCANDAL, the band’s 11th anniversary show held at Billboard Live Osaka on August 21.


  1. Koisuru Universe (new single 1)
  2. Futari (new single 2)
  3. Kimi to Yoru to Namida

(Billboard Live OSAKA, Aug. 21, 2017)

  1. Koe

(Billboard Live OSAKA, Aug. 21, 2017)


*Tie-in project

“Koisuru Universe”: Used for “Bourbon x SCANDAL” web anime movie


*Now available for iTunes pre-order.

“Koisuru Universe” sample audio is available for listening online.




In August, SCANDAL was formed by four junior high/high school girls who went to a dance & vocal school in Osaka.  Soon after, the four started training camps and performing at Shiroten, an outdoor performance space in Osaka Castle Park, as well as local clubs within the Kansai region.


-SCANDAL went on to release three Tower Records-only indie singles in the span of three months.  The first single, “Space Ranger”became #2 on Tower Records’ indie chart.  Their 2nd single “Koimoyou” and 3rd single“Kagerou” rose to #1.

-Their major debut single “Doll” released in October, and became a power play in 40 FM, AM, and CS radio stations.


-The band’s 1st album BESTSCANDAL debuted at #5 on Oricon chart.

-This was a first in 7.5 years for a girl band to rank in the top 5 of Oricon chart with a first album.

-SCANDAL wins the Best New Artist category of the 51st annual Japan Record Awards.


-2nd album TEMPTATION BOX debuted at #3 on Oricon chart; a career high for them.


-3rd album BABY ACTION debuted at #4 on Oricon chart.

SCANDAL becomes the first girl band in 20 years since PINK SAPPHIRE to send their first three albums in a row to the top 5.


-After only 5 years and 7 month since their formation, SCANDAL played at the famous Budokan; it is an extraordinary success for a girl band to perform after such a short amount of time.  Tickets for the performance sold out in minutes.

-Single “Taiyo Scandalous” becomes a smash hit and rises at #2 on the Oricon chart.

-In October, SCANDAL became the first Japanese artist to be used in the famous TV commercial of Microsoft Windows 8.  The girls were asked directly from the Microsoft headquarters in the US.  Superstar rock artists like Lenny Kravitz and Rolling Stones have been used in the same TV commercial in the past.

-4th album Queens are trumps debuted at #4 on Oricon chart.  They made a novel success by becoming the first band girl to send four consecutive albums to the top 5.


-Special collection album ENCORE SHOW marked #1 on Oricon daily chart.

-March 3: SCANDAL performed a solo show at Osaka Castle Hall, which was their dream venue since their indie days.  The tickets sold out in 5 minutes.  The show mobilized 10,000 and ended on a high note.

-5th album Standard debuted at #3 on Oricon chart; achieving a new record for them.


-June: SCANDAL becomes the first girl band since Princess Princess and second in history to perform an East/West arena tour, i.e. a 2-day stint at Yokohama Arena and Osaka Castle Hall (second time to perform at their dream venue).  They intrigued a total audience of 35,000.

– SCANDAL’s 6th album HELLO WORLD debuted at #3 on the Oricon chart, renewing the accomplishment of having all albums in the Oricon top 5.


-January: SCANDAL has a successful world tour, SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015 HELLO WORLD performing in 9 countries (Japan, France, UK, Germany, USA, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong)/41 shows, drawing an audience of 80,000.

-December: SCANDAL announces a Tokyo/Nagoya/Osaka arena tour, SCANDAL ARENA TOUR 2015 PERFECT WORLD.  Total audience exceeds 40,000 for the first time.


-7th album YELLOW marked #2 on the Oricon Weekly chart and #1 on iTunes daily album chart.

-Aug. 21: Celebrated 10th anniversary with an outdoor show, a triumphant return to Osaka, followed by the first single-bill European tour in September.


-Their 10th anniversary greatest hits album SCANDAL marks #2 on the Oricon Weekly chart.

-In support of the greatest hits album, the band goes on a 53-show tour performing at all 47 prefectures!



Utada Hikaru “Anata” New Single Release 09/25/2017

September 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Utada Hikaru has been showing great sales in 2017 with her 1st single, “Oozora de Dakishimete” (Suntory Tennen-Sui commercial tie-in song), and her 2nd single, “Forevermore” (main theme to TBS Network Nichiyou Gekijou drama series, Gomen, Aishiteru).

While the emotions from the finale of the drama series is still lingering about, it has been announced that her new single, “Anata” will be the main theme for a major feature adventure fantasy film, DESTINY Kamakura Monogatari (starring Masato Sakai, Mitsuki Takahata, etc.); in theaters December 9th (Sat).  It has been a while since Utada Hikaru’s music had been matched up with films; 5 years since Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo(♪”Sakura Nagashi”) in 2012, and 7 years for a live action film; Ashita no Joe (♪”Show Me Love (Not A Dream)”) in 2010.  An official teaser trailer featuring the track has already been posted on the film’s official website. It will soon be screened in theaters nationwide.


※FILM DESTINY Kamakura Monogatari teaser trailer on YouTube


Utada Hikaru comments on the track as below in an interview:

“Since I had known ahead of time that the original story was about how a parallel world filled with monsters was linked within our everyday life, I had inspirations to use Buddhism-related words when I was creating the song. I am looking forward to see how the listeners will take the song.”


The world-wide digital release of the new song, “Anata” will be December 8th (Fri), a day before the film release.  Also, Utada Hikaru’s new artist photo and cover photo taken by Polish photographer, Maciej Kucia can now be viewed on Utada Hikaru’s official website.

Please look forward to the film release and the song release in December.


Owarimonogatari Anime Ending 18th Single “SHIORI” 0929.2017 DIGITAL RELEASE

September 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Japanese girl duo ClariS is digitally releasing their 18th Single, “SHIORI” on September 29th, 2017!  The single is the ending theme to the anime Owarimonogatari, the latest in the Monogatari Series. 

The single will also feature ClariS covers of past ending themes of the Monogatari Series anime; “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” by Supercell and “Ai wo Utae” by Luna Haruna.  It will also feature a 2017 version of their hit single “Naisho no Hanashi” featuring Karen, ending theme to Nisemonogatari, along with a remix of Tsukimonogatari ending theme “border”, by the up and coming music creator TeddyLoid.

Also, after two very successful video concerts of the Blu-ray “ClariS Meets NIPPON BUDOKAN Two Masks and The Lost Sun “at Anime Expo 2017 and Crunchyroll Expo 2017, it is back for another showing at Anime Weekend Atlanta for the first time in the South. Join the excitement, and receive a free set of ClariS glowsticks.

Schedule details will be updated on:

The Blu-ray, “ClariS Meets NIPPON BUDOKAN Two Masks and The Lost Sun” ,which features ClariS’ first Budokan concert is available for purchase on Crunchyroll.  The First Edition copy includes the concert recording on two CDs.



ClariS is a duo of Japanese girls, Clara and Karen.

Attention was caught by the producer of the anime Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai  when ClariS put together a CD to include in copies of Japanese anime-music magazine LisAni!.  Although they were still newly signed, they were chosen to sing the opening theme for the anime as their debut.

They created their duo name “ClariS” and released the single “irony” as their major debut on October 20th, 2010.  “irony” debuted at #7 on Oricon’s weekly singles chart.

ClariS then went on to release their second single, “Connect”, which was used for the opening theme of acclaimed animePuella Magi Madoka Magica.  “Connect” debuted at #5 on Oricon’s weekly singles chart.  Their third single, “nexus”, debuted at #5, dispite it not having any anime tie-ups.  The fourth single, written by ryo (supercell), was used for the ending theme of the popular anime series Nisemonogatari, and debuted at #5 on Oricon’s weekly chart.

ClariS later released their awaited first album, BIRTHDAY, which sold over 100,000 copies.  It debuted at #2 on Oricon’s weekly chart, and remains to stay a long-seller.

After the release of their first album, ClariS continued to release hit singles, such as their fifth single “Wake Up” (Opening theme for Moyashimon Returns, which aired on Fuji TV’s Noitamina program block), sixth single “Luminous”, which was the opening theme for the movies Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Beginings and Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Eternal., and their seventh single, “reunion”, the opening theme for the anime series Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai. . These singles were included in their hit second album, SECOND STORY.

Their eighth single, “Colorful” was the opening theme for the renowned movie Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion and became a huge hit.

On January 5th, 2014, ClariS had their first event “2014 New Year’s Festival Hajimari no Yokan” at Zepp Tokyo.  The event was covered widely, due to the fact that ClariS came out to the public for the first time as siluettes.

Their 9th single, “CLICK” was the opening theme for the first-half of the anime series Nisekoi, and their 10th single “STEP” was the opening theme for the  second-half of the anime series.  The third album including both singles, PARTY TIME, debuted  at #3 on Oricon’s weekly chart.  Starting member Alice departed on June 4th, 2014, following the release of PARTY TIME.

In LisAni! Vol. 19, released on November 8th, 2014, it was announced that ClariS had welcomed a new member, Karen, marking the birth of a new ClariS.

The newly formed ClariS’ first single released on January 7th, 2015.  This single, “border”, was the ending theme to the animeTsukimonogatari, which aired on December 31st, 2014.

On January 25th, ClariS performed at “LisAni! LIVE-5” at Budokan.

Their first greatest hits album, ClariS –SINGLE BEST 1st released on April 15th, and was a huge commercial success.

For ClariS’ 5th anniversary, they released the single “Prism” to celebrate a “double anniversary” along with Sanrio’s widely known charcter, “Little Twin Stars” (Kiki & Lala).

In April of 2016, ClariS released their first conceptual mini album, SPRING TRACKS-Haru no Uta-, which was created on the theme of “Spring”.

They had a successful tour in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka supporting the mini album, which is followed by this long awaited new single.

The name “ClariS” carries the meaning of “bright” or “clear” in Latin.  (originally spelled “clarus”)

The duo is only revealed as illustrations by famous artists.


In Japan, “SHIORI” has physically released in three editions; Standard Edition, Limited First Edition, and Limited Anime Edition.  The two limited editions both includes DVDs as well.


(includes DVD with “SHIORI” Music video)


(includes DVD with non-credit ending visual of Owarimonogatari)



  2. Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari
  3. Ai wo Utae
  4. Naisho no Hanashi -2017-
  5. Border -TeddyLoid remix-
  6. SHIORI -Instrumental-

*Limited Anime Edition will include “SHIORI-TV size mix-“


” src=”cid:image006.jpg@01D33208.5CB04760″ alt=”claris-meets-nippon-budokan-two-masks-and-the-lost-sun” align=”left” hspace=”12″ v:shapes=”Picture_x0020_1″ class=”Apple-web-attachment Singleton”>ClariS Meets NIPPON BUDOKANTwo Masks and The Lost Sun LIMITED FIRST EDITION

Purchase a Blu-ray copy of “ClariS Meets NIPPON BUDOKAN Two Masks and The Lost Sun on Crunchyroll to see ClariS’ first performance at Budokan.  The Limited First Edition copy will include two concert recording CDs.

Blu-ray +2CD Set (North American Region)

Japanese Audio







Border; Hologram


Pastel; blossom; Nemurihime


CLICK; Connect; luminous; colorful


Mizuirokurage; konoaiwakyosuu;


Anemone; usotsuki; Gravity; DROP (kz remix); irony; Clear Sky; STEP; recall


Nexus ~instrumental~




M1. again/M2. YUMENOKI/M3. RESTART/M4. border/M5. Hologram/M6. pastel M7. blossom/M8. Nemurihime/

M9. CLICK/M10. Connect/M11. luminous/M12. Colorful


M1. Mizuirokurage/M2. konoaiwakyosuu/M3. Anemone/M4. usotsuki/M5. Gravity M6. irony/M7. Clear Sky/M8. STEP/

M9. recall




Utada Hikaru – New Single Releases

June 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 







Japanese singer-songwriter, Utada Hikaru will release her first single, “Oozora de Dakishimete” from Epic Records Japan, a division of Sony Music Entertainment Japan, on Monday, July 10th 2017.

Her second single, “forevermore” will follow its release on Friday, july 20th 2017.

Her last record with Universal, Fantome, sold approx. 1.05 million copies worldwide.

(#23 on IFPI’s top selling albums chart from Global Music Report.)


Utada Hikaru’s first single at EPIC Records Japan, “Oozora de Dakishimete” aired in Japan in a TV commercial for Suntory’s natural mineral water (Suntory Tennensui).  Since it’s airing, Utada Hikaru has been in such a spotlight that her commercial had over 1 million views on YouTube within 10 days of its release.


In a behind the scenes interview, she explains about filming the commercial and the featured track as follows:

“Last time, I was already working on the track [‘michi’] for my album release when I received the offer to feature in a commercial.  But this time, we had gotten an offer before working on the song, so I kept imagining how the commercial might look as I wrote the song.  In “Oozora de Dakishimete”, the lyrics talk about being “reunited by someone you thought you’d never see”, in a “place in the clouds”, “in the big sky”, “in the blue skies”.  When I went to go film the actual commercial, the setting was actually on a mountaintop and was surrounded by fog.  So I felt really immersed in the lyrics.”


Utada Hikaru’s first single is still trending, but her second single release has already been announced!  “Forevermore” is going to be used as the theme song for TBS Networks’ Nichijyou Gekijyou (Sunday Theater) drama series, “Gomen, Aishiteru” (I’m sorry, I love you).  Its digital release will be on July 28th.


Her song, “Hanataba wo Kimini” was used as the main theme for NHK (Japanese national public broadcasting)’s renzoku TV shosetsu (a morning drama series), “Toto-Neechan” in 2016.  But it has been 9 years since her song was last used in a private broadcasting show.  (Last used was “eternally –drama mix-“in Fuji TV Network’s drama series, “Innocent Love”.)


Worldly acclaimed drummer, Chris Dave has worked on both singles, making both songs a must hear!





Born in Houston, Texas

Chris Dave started his drumming career when he met Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in college.  His extraordinary drum techniques has achieved praises from top artists like Robert Glasper, D’Angelo, Adele, Justin Bieber, etc.

In 2016, he was chosen in “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” in Rolling Stone magazine.






<Utada Hikaru PROFILE>

Born in New York, NY

Utada Hikaru released her debut single, “Automatic/Time Will Tell” on December 9th, 1998 at the young age of 16.  It sold more than two million copies; instantly making her one of Japan’s top artists.

Just a few months later, she released her first album “First Love”, which made record CD sales in Japan, which still remains unbroken.  Every album she has released since then has topped charts, and in 2007, her single “Flavor of Life” set the world record in its number of downloads.

In 2010, Utada Hikaru decided to take a break from her music career to focus on her personal life.  In April 2016, she restarted her music career by releasing singles “Hanataba wo Kimini” and “Manatsu no Tooriame”.

Her sixth studio album, “Fantome”, released in Sepember 2016.  It achieved critical success worldwide, and her album stayed #1 on Oricon charts for four consecutive weeks; a first for Utada Hikaru.   The album also ranked 3rd on the US iTunes chart.  “Fantome” sold over a million copies, combining CD sales and digital sale.

In March 2017, Utada Hikaru signed with EPIC Records Japan, a Sony Music label.








First Single:”Oozora de Dakishimete”

(Used in “Suntory Tennensui” commercial)

Monday, July 10th 2017 (DIGITAL RELEASE)


Second Single: “Forevermore”

Main theme for TBS Network Nichijyou Gekijyou “Gomen, Aishiteru

Friday, July 28th (DIGITAL RELEASE)









Japan Now: Muses of Japanese Cinema 30th TIFF to Celebrate Four Iconic Actresses: Sakura ANDO, Yu AOI, Hikari MITSUSHIMA, Aoi MIYAZAKI

May 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Japan Now: Muses of Japanese Cinema

30th TIFF to Celebrate Four Iconic Actresses: 
Also: Artist and Director Mika NINAGAWA Creates 30th TIFF Visuals

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce that we will be highlighting the work of four iconic actresses in this year’s Japan Now section. This is one of the special programs planned to celebrate our 30th anniversary.  Sakura ANDO, Yu AOI, Hikari MITSUSHIMA and Aoi MIYAZAKI have been chosen as the Muses of Japanese Cinema in honor of the powerful sparks they generate on screen, their collaborations with renowned directors and their increasing international stature.In addition to the Muses of Japanese Cinema screenings, panel sessions with special guests will also be held.

TIFF is also pleased to unveil striking anniversary visuals by creative director Hiroshi SASAKI and art director Akihiro HAMABE — who served as the creative supervisor and chief art director, respectively, of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics performance at the Rio closing ceremony — in collaboration with acclaimed photographer and film director Mika NINAGAWA, known for her brightly colored photographs.

TIFF is dedicated to discovering and cultivating new filmmakers from around the world, whose work is highlighted in our Competition section, as well as to presenting internationally acclaimed titles during our 10-day festival.The 30th TIFF will take place from October 25 – November 3, 2017 at Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.


X Japan Shuts Down London For HMV Signing Event, Takes Top Spot On UK Rock Chart

March 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

On Saturday, March 4, X Japan performed their first major show of 2017 on #XDAY at SSE Arena, Wembley, following the release of their feature film documentary We Are X in theaters across the UK. The We Are X Soundtrack (featuring the theme song “La Venus”) was released worldwide on March 3 on Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings, taking the Number 1 spot in 9 countries on iTunes as well as the #1 position on the UK Rock And Metal Chart, Top 30 on the UK Albums Chart, and Number 3 on the UK Soundtrack Chart.

UK Official Charts (link):

The award-winning We Are X made its UK premiere to a sold-out audience at Piccadilly’s Picture House in London on February 28 before launching in UK theaters across the country on March 2, adding to the excitement of the band’s upcoming show 2 days later at Wembley Arena. Fulfilling the band’s promise to return to the UK after last year’s concert had been abruptly cancelled by guitarist Pata’s serious illness, the band held a special CD-signing event at HMV in London on March 3, forcing the shut-down of Oxford Street as over 1000 fans gathered to meet the members of X Japan in person.
[Check out HMV’s photo album of the record-breaking event]

X Japan has created a buzz among UK fans and critics alike with last week’s back-to-back concert, film, and soundtrack events, promising more announcements later this year.
“Their show proves eye-poppingly captivating” — METAL HAMMER MAGAZINE
“Intoxicatingly triumphant” — METAL TALK
“Fervently mesmeric” — RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE
“X JAPAN deliver a unique, moving experience.” — MY GLOBAL MIND
“Mesmerising, they hover around a magical musical sweet spot” — MUSIC-NEWS

The We Are X Soundtrack is available now worldwide on Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings
1. La Venus (Acoustic Version)*
2. Kurenai (from The Last Live)
3. Forever Love
4. A Piano String in Es Dur
5. Dahlia
6. Crucify My Love
7. Xclamation
8. Standing Sex (from X Japan Returns)
9. Tears
10. Longing ~Setsubou no Yoru~
11. Art of Life (3rd Movement)
12. Endless Rain (from The Last Live)
13. X (from The Last Live)
14. Without You (Unplugged)*
* New Recording.
Disc 2 – Japan Edition bonus tracks:
1. Rusty Nail (from DAHLIA TOUR FINAL ~Mubou na Yoru~)
2. Forever Love (from The Last Live)


Charan-Po-Rantan returns to New York City!

March 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After a spectacular sold out performance in New York in 2015, Charan-Po-Rantan returns stateside again for two shows! The first will take place at the notable venue, Joe’s Pub at the Public, presented in association with Japan Society, for their solo performance on April 24.
Then later in the week, the duo will be part of the ‘Godzilla Legend – Music of Akira Ifukube’ event, which will be an evening filled with music from the Japanese cult classic ‘Godzilla!’ The event will take place on April 28 at Japan Society.
Don’t miss this rare chance to see Charan-Po-Rantan’s amazing live performances in New York!

Charan-Po-Rantan @ Joe’s Pub at the Public
Presented in association with Japan Society.
April 24, 2017 (Monday)
Doors 6PM
Show 7:30PM


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