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LOL I forgot how many times I posted some Japanese entertainment random news ^___^;;

Let's get down to the business:

News 1:

54th Japanese Drama Awards Results
Best Drama:
1. Hanazakari no Kimitachi e

2. Life
3. Hotaru no Hikari

Best Actor:
1. Tachi Hiroshi (Papa to Musume no Nanokakan)

2. Ninomiya Kazunari (Yamada Taro Monogatari)
3. Doumoto Kouichi (Sushi Ouji)

Best Actress:
1. Horikita Maki (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e)

2. Ayase Haruka (Hotaru no Hikari)
3. Kitano Kii (LIFE)

Best Supporting Actor:
1. Ikuta Touma (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e)

2. Fujiki Naohito (Hotaru no Hikari)
3. Matsuda Shouta (Jotei)

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Fukuda Saki (LIFE)

2. Aragaki Yui (Papa to Musume no Nanokakan)
3. Tabe Mikako (Yamada Taro Monogatari)

Best Script: Papa to Musume no Nanokakan
Best Director: Tanimura Masaki (Life)
Best theme song: Oda Kazumasa with "Kokoro" (First Kiss)
Special award: Higa Manami (Dondo Bare)

Bleah!!!! I'm pissed off that Hana Kimi won as Best Drama so as Horikita Maki as Best Actress (not that I hate it) but LIFE is 10 times better than Hana Kimi and Kitano Kii or Ayase Haruka is better than Maki. I got no problems with the other winners, they are all deserving especially Fukada Saki who was very convincing in her role in LIFE.

Dramas for this season are very disappointing. Can't wait to watch Iryu 2 with subs XD

News 2:

Mr.Children/Bank Band is featured in TIME Magazine (Asia and Europe edition) as Heroes of the Environment because of their project AP Bank.

Quoted from TIME Magazine article
Ask most rock stars to pitch in for the environment, and they might pen you a pop tune. Kazutoshi Sakurai and Takeshi Kobayashi can do that — Sakurai is the lead singer of Mr. Children, the second highest-selling rock band in Japanese history, and Kobayashi is one of Japan's top music producers. But the two know that We Are the World can only do so much to save the earth — environmental solutions also need cold, hard cash.

That's where AP Bank — the name stands for Artists' Power or Alternative Power — comes in. Together with the Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sakurai and Kobayashi in 2003 founded and funded the nonprofit lending group, which finances environmentally friendly projects. The three men personally provided nearly $1 million of seed money (Sakamoto has since stepped back from the venture as he now spends much of his time abroad), which is channeled to small-scale, sustainable schemes that mainstream banks would typically shun in favor of lending to bigger, stodgier companies. The bank has provided money for projects ranging from a recycling program in the far south of Kyushu to the construction of an eco-resort in the Marshall Islands. "When I thought about what I could do as an individual, the environment came up," says Kobayashi, AP Bank's president. "Money for the sake of money isn't great, but money is a tool, and people can use it as a community."

Kobayashi and Sakurai are decent bankers — it helps that they have a former manager at the monster Japanese lender Sumitomo Mitsui on board — but they're better musicians, so they've augmented AP Bank's lending program with an annual festival designed to raise money and awareness for the environment. Japan's pampered pop stars might not have as finely tuned a sense of activism as those in the U.S. and Europe, but Kobayashi and Sakurai have the clout to draw their peers and their multitudes of fans toward environmentalism — and to demonstrate how much can be achieved when celebrities find innovative uses for their fame. "I think that because they started this movement, it's helped ordinary folks become aware of environmental problems and finance," says Kazuyuki Tsuchiya of the green group A Seed Japan. It's the least a couple of rock-star bankers can do.

This is really amazing! Sakurai likes to join in benefit concerts (I admire him for that). I might grab a copy this weekend :D Well I can't let a good article passed... (I think TIME magazine is cheap here about $2-3 so it wouldn't hurt if I get a copy and scan for everyone) The last Bank Band song, Harumatsu no Ibuki was for the victims of the earthquake in Niigata where it's proceeds went for that and also as additional fund for AP Bank.

News 3:

It is rumored that Masami Nasagawa (Dragonzakura, Proposal Daisakusen) will host this year's Kohaku Utagassen due to the fact that NHK wants to "ride on" with her popularity >__> I don't think she'll be that great host. I like Nakama Yukie more but well she hosted the last 2 years of Kohaku and time to give the job to somebody else. LOL I can't forget Yukie's priceless expression when DJ Ozma pulled of his pants last year xD

Another rumor is that X Japan will perform in Kohaku this year.. Hmm.... Speaking of performers, it will be November soon so the list of performers will be out by that time.

I really hate sudden change of weathers because I'm very susceptible to colds (even if I take tons of Vitamin C) >__< and if I have colds, my voice is automatically affected *sigh*
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