Wednesday, March 30, 2011

GACKT to begin worldwide video + photo project for earthquake relief

Popular singer GACKT has begun multiple projects to assist victims of the Tohoku earthquake, but recently revealed through his official Twitter that he would like to begin yet another one to show Japan that citizens all over the world care about Japan’s well-being. “I have a new idea here. Would you try something else with me?”, he tweeted on March 29th. “I want messages from people all over the world. Please take a video of yourself and your message for ‘SHOW YOUR HEART!!!’ We want you to put the videos up on You Tube starting from the 31st. It will give courage to all people in the disaster areas.” Fans of GACKT and other supporters are being asked to upload a video of themselves holding a piece of paper with “SHOW YOUR HEART” written on it, along with your own message and your current location. Those who are unable to upload the videos to YouTube themselves can send it to GACKT directly, who will then post it for earthquake victims to view. Alternatively, fans can send a photo with a message and the name of their city and country to photo@showyourheart.net. All photos received will be posted on the official website for viewing to encourage those who are currently struggling with the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake. Source: GACKT’s Official Twitter

Johnny & Associates announces earthquake relief project, “Marching J”, feat. all talents

Johnny & Associates have announced the creation of an earthquake relief project called “Marching J“, which will feature the participation of all Johnny & Associates talents. The project was named by president Johnny Kitagawa, and the “J” stands for both ‘Japan’ and ‘Johnny’s’. Mr. Kitagawa says, “I put the meaning of ‘Let’s walk together toward the recovery.” Although Johnny & Associates housed a relief unit, “J-FRIENDS“, for 1995’s Great Hanshin Earthquake, it was only comprised of TOKIO, KinKi Kids, and V6. This time, however, “Marching J” will involve all the agency’s talents – it’ll mark the first in-house collaborative project since the company’s founding in 1962. Mr. Kitagawa explained, “It was that big of a disaster. We need to get together, and take actions to make our hearts as one.” He also revealed that there were many talents who were willing to do something for the disaster relief. The first event for “Marching J” will be through a fundraiser, which will be hosted in front of the First Gymnasium at the Yoyogi National Stadium. The event will run from April 1st to the 3rd, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Including Johnny’s Jr. boys (and trainees), there will be over 100 talents participating the event under the slogan, “Use our energy without using electricity“. Talk segments will also be held at the event. Mr. Kitagawa also stated that the project does not have a set time limit, nor will this be a one-time event. He said, “We will continue to do some kind of activity every month until the end.” Source: Sanspo

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Do's and The Don't's

This week lesson is about the DO'S and the DON'T'S thing.... Many thing we do are sometimes legal n some are not...depends on what we do...the good n the bad. Recently i juz learn a few thing that related to LOVE... Maybe it sound a lil' bit weird but there are certain things that we allowed to do it n some r not regarding LOVE... Every each of us have own opinion about this kind of thing...i'm juz being curious why there r such thing but i finally found my understanding about it...after going through one by one n after i scan everything..i got my conclusion...now i understand why some people said "there are rules in Love"....this is the rules that every each of us provide for our own relationship...but in every each relationship there have they own rules.... The Do's and the Don't's thing are very useful in every relationship. It help us realize our own border with our partner...so don't be too surprised if we have a broken relationship... p/s...this is as a reminder for myself coz i keep doing the Don't's thing much...but now i know what should i do....one more thing...before its too late the environment of LOVE should be change..^_^

Friday, March 25, 2011

Which songs have earthquake victims requested the most on FM Sendai?

It’s been 12 days since the occurrence of the Great Tohoku Kanto Earthquake and as the days goes by, the song requests have sharply increased on FM Sendai. 40 % of the requests are for songs from Johnny & Associates‘ artists, and the most wanted artist is Arashi. According to FM Sendai, Arashi’s “Kitto Daijoubu” and “Believe” receive the most amount of the requests.

When the earthquake occurred, FM Sendai only aired information about the disaster without any music, however, beginning this week, their music segments began to occupy 50 % of their broadcasts. The director of FM Sendai stated, “We received mainly requests for ballad songs at first, but the victims’ needs started to change healing songs to positive songs. Arashi is the favorite for elementary kids to people in their 50s.”

Source: Nikkan Sports

Image: Arashi’s “Kitto Daijoubu” cover jacket

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kim Hyun Joong is busily recording for his solo album

SS501’s leader, Kim Hyun Joong, is finally working towards releasing his debut solo album!

On March 24th, a representative from KeyEast Entertainment spoke through OSEN and revealed, “Kim Hyun Joong has been living in the recording room and is busily recording his newest tracks. Since it is his first solo album apart from his group, he’s filled with both determination and effort.”

Aside from attending photoshoot schedules, the singer/actor has cleared everything in his path so that he could focus entirely on his music. Whether it’s night or day, representatives revealed that he would be seen in and out of the recording room for hours on end, surprising everyone with his passion.

The representative continued, “He’s been expressing his ideas and opinions on his album’s concept and the tracks to be included. He’s working very hard to exude a different charm as a soloist, which will distinguish him from his usual image as a SS501 member. “

His solo album will be released by May at the earliest, or by June at the latest.

Source: OSEN via Nate

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Thought

Curently i'm feeling down because of my situation...
what situation?? i dont know either...i'm juz feeling sad...whenever i'm alone ifeel like i'm useless but instead a lot of people need my help..
As always...they will depending on me...but why i feel alone when at the same time a lot of people need me??

Another feeling that i can't escape well so many times even i've tried so hard to do...
I'm not very well in hiding my feeling but as long as i can stay strong...i will....

p/s...juz adding something in extra...Arashi-Hatenai Sora lyrics..enjoy!!!! (the vids can be found on the right side of my blog#)


HATENAI SORA

Kanji
泥まみれの毎日だけど いまさら悩んだりはしない
呆れるほど不器用だけど 心に誓った夢がある

届かない星が瞬いて 触れるように そっと問い掛けた
よみがえる希望でこの胸が 満たされるから 追いかけるだけ

果てない空がそこにあるって いま確かな声が聞こえる
飛べない自分を変えていこうか 踏み出して何度でも
やり直そう 力強く

積み重ねた言い訳より ありのままを信じてみよう
嘘だらけの幸せより 素直のまま微笑んでいよう

また一つ星が流れたら 手を伸ばしてそう 掴めるように
真っ白な未来がどこまでも 続いてるから 確かめるだけ

見えないものは何もないって その確かな歌が聞こえる
消えない思いがここにあるんだ いつだってもういちど
立ち上がる 力強く

涙の跡が乾いたら また呼び掛けるから 答えてよ まだ見ぬ明日へ
一人じゃないと気付いたんだ 輝くあの扉 共に目指そう

果てない空がそこにあるって いま確かな声が聞こえる
飛べない自分を変えていこうか 踏み出して何度でも
やり直そう 力強く

見えないものは何もないって その確かな歌が聞こえる
立ち上がる 力強く


Romaji
doromamire no mainichi dakedo  ima sara nayandari wa shinai
akireruhodo bukiyou dakedo  kokoro ni chikatta yume ga aru

todokanai hoshi ga matataite  fureru you ni sotto toikaketa
yomigaeru kibou de kono mune ga  mitasareru kara oikakeru dake

hatenai sora ga soko ni arutte ima tashika na koe ga kikoeru
tobenai jibun wo kaete ikou ka fumidashite nando demo
yarinaosou chikara zuyoku

tsumikasaneta iiwake yori  ari no mama wo shinjitemiyou
usodarake no shiawase yori sunao no mama hohoende iyou

mata hitotsu hoshi ga nagaretara te wo nobashite sou tsukameru you ni
masshiro na mirai ga dokomademo tsuzuiteru kara tashikameru dake

mienai mono wa nanimo naitte  sono tashika na uta ga kikoeru
kienai omoi ga koko ni arunda  itsudatte mou ichido
tachiagarou chikara zuyoku

namida no ato ga kawaitara mata yobikakeru kara kotaete yo mada minu asu e
hitori janai to kizuitan da kagayaku ano tobira tomo ni mezasou

hatenai sora ga soko ni arutte ima tashika na koe ga kikoeru
tobenai jibun wo kaete ikou ka fumidashite nando demo
yarinaosou chikara zuyoku

mienai mono wa nanimo naitte  sono tashika na uta ga kikoeru
kienai omoi ga koko ni arunda  itsudatte mou ichido
tachiagarou chikara zuyoku


English
Although my every days are caked with mud After all this time, I will not do such a thing as be worried
And all though I am shockingly awkward I have a dream in my heart that I have vowed (to myself to make come true)

The stars that are out of my reach are twinkling It seems as if I could touch them as I (the star?) begin(s) to ask
Because this heart (of mine) is filled with revived hopes I will just chase after them (the stars)

Now I can definitely hear that voice saying, "There is an endless sky out there."
Shall I change myself who cannot fly? Step out and no matter how many times it takes
keep trying, with strength

More than the excuses that have piled up I want to try and believe in what I am
More than happiness that is littered by lies I will continue to honestly smile

If a single shooting star passes by again I will reach my hand out in order to catch it
And because the pure white future continues on forever I just have to check (to make sure it does)

Saying, "The things you can't see aren't anything." I can hear that definite song
The indelible memories are here, any time
You can pick yourself up again with strength

Once the tracks of my tears have dried up, I will call to you again answer me and lead me to the future which we haven't seen yet
I realized that I am not alone Together, let's aim for that shining door

Now I can definitely hear that voice saying, "There is an endless sky out there."
Shall I change myself who cannot fly? Step out and no matter how many times it takes
keep trying, with strength

I can definitely hear the song saying, "The things you can't see aren't anything."
The indelible memories are here, any time
You can pick yourself up again with strength


-such a beautiful song to listen too-

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Arashi ni Shiyagare 19/03/2011

Firstly, Arashi leave a message to everyone....

video
O: To everyone who's watching this show right now, as well to everyone who can no longer watch it, we, Arashi, will be delivering these messages to you.

M: To those who are suffering, risking their lives right now - grandpa, grandma, father, mother, brother, sister, little brother, little sister and, to the children

N: What we, Arashi, can only do right now for everyone of you is to show you the 'usual Arashi' with all our strength.

S: At the same time, we continuously cooperate in conserving energy , giving donations and so forth. We will strive to do what we can as we stay here in Tokyo. We believe that if small things are put together, for sure, they will become something big.

A: Tonight, through this program, we deliver you our song with all our strength. We will do all our best so we can send smiles to everyone even just for a moment.
Guest of AniShi : Sato Ryuta
They talked about their 'dreams' in Kinpachi-sensei setting
I'll go to Tokyo and become a president!
As expected of Aiba!

How about you, Satoshi?
I'll be the best in the world

I have no dreams~
Isn't it better to have dreams?
I'll be a charismatic beautician.

How about you, Jun?
I wonder~ I'll make lots of friends.
Don't you have us?!

How about you, Kazunari?
I...I have said this before. I want to be a pro-wrestler!
How about you, sensei? *Ryuta*
Me? I want to go out with the manager!

Then, Ryuta vs. Sho cooking battle

Then Ohno learns card magic....he was told to do it in front of other members...
n he succeed!!!
Hatenai Sora (Endless Sky) Perfomance

**
Finally, a message from Kaibutsu-kun to the all the children.

He's in character, but he looks different because of his very short hair :D

video
Kaibutsu-kun's message:

O~su!
Today, for my many friends who were troubled by the earthquake in whole Japan, listen to my three wishes!

One!
Listen properly to what your mom and dad say! I also listen to what my papa say right now!

Two!
Do not waste energy and water!

Three! This is the last one!
Support all your friends who are in trouble! I taught all of you that friends are the best.

You can keep these promises properly! During times of great pinch, we can overcome it by joining all our strengths. That's our promise until we meet next time! See ya'!

p/s....really glad to see Arashi after the disaster...they sing Hatenai Sora n it kinda sad coz of what had happen...hope they can stay strong as 5...really looking forward to see them being active back!!!

-this episode is an Epic-

SOURCE : credit to http://mirei-22.livejournal.com/120365.html#cutid1 (mirei_22)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Johnny & Associates cancel concerts + provide free trucks for disaster relief

On March 15th, entertainment agency Johnny & Associates announced that all planned domestic concerts by their artists in March have been canceled. Instead, the transport and power unit trucks normally used for these live performances will be lent to disaster-stricken areas in Japan, free of charge.

In total, 18 performances by 6 artists have been canceled (including TOKIO, Tackey & Tsubasa, Hey!Say! JUMP, and Yamashita Tomohisa).

At every concert, Johnny’s uses several 10-ton transport trucks and a few electric power unit trucks. The agency has a contract in place with truck companies for these, but since the concerts have been canceled, they announced, “If it can help with the disaster relief in stricken areas, we are prepared to lend them out for emergency transport and supplementing electricity … [For example,] transporting material aid, and providing electricity to hospitals…”

Food transport and power shortage are big problems at the affected areas, and Johnny’s says they will consider requests by local authority groups involved in the relief effort for the trucks.

Source: Sanspo

Japan faces "apocalyptic" Disaster as Radiation Spills from Stricken Nuclear Plant

JAPAN was last night on the brink of an “apocalyptic” disaster as radiation spewed out from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, experts warned.

A deadly atomic cloud is poised to spread death and misery across the country and engineers are locked in a desperate battle to prevent a meltdown of fuel rods at the quake-hit reactors.

Millions of Tokyo residents were living in fear that, with a wind change, the radiation could descend on the city.

As the danger rating at the plant was upgraded from five to six out of seven, Europe’s energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said: “There is talk of an apocalypse and I think the word is particularly well chosen.

“Practically everything is out of control. I cannot exclude the worst in the hours and days to come.”

Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan admitted perilous levels of radiation were leaking from the power station.

At one point it soared to 400 times the annual legal limit.

Mr Kan said on TV: “Radiation has spread from the reactors and the reading seems high. There is a very high risk of further radioactive material coming out.

“We would like to ask you to remain indoors, at home or in your offices and avoid going outside.”

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano added: “Now we are talking about levels that can damage human health. There is no mistake about that.”

He also said a fourth reactor was on fire at the plant that has been hit by three blasts in four days. One reactor was no longer sealed, sparking fears of further leaks. Two workers were reported missing.

US experts fear the danger level will be upgraded to seven. That has only been used once before, at Chernobyl in 1986.

Nuclear expert John Harris said: “It seems to be getting more serious as days go by.

“The fact we have now had three hydrogen explosions tells me almost certainly that the reactor cores must be quite badly damaged.

“It could have distorted to the point of meltdown, where some of the core drips into the bottom of the reactor. That is serious.” Russia’s nuclear chief said all six reactors could melt unless the rods are cooled soon. Japanese ­authorities were last night planning to spray water from ­helicopters into an overheating nuclear fuel storage pool.

In Tokyo, parts of the city were eerily quiet as fear gripped residents.

The few people who did venture out admitted the nuclear threat terrified them more than ­after-shocks. But there was no sense of panic and the expected mass exodus of Tokyo failed to materialise.

Radiation levels reached 20 times the usual level. There was some relief when winds expected to blow any radioactive cloud towards the capital did not ­materialise. But UN weather experts said they were keeping a close eye on changing patterns. More than 140,000 people living within 19 miles of ­Fukushima were warned to stay indoors. A no-fly zone was in place for a 20-mile radius over the plant. Bosses have ­evacuated 750 staff – leaving just 70 brave workers to tackle the crisis.

The International Atomic Energy Agency insisted radiation levels were falling. But local media claimed they rose too high for Tokyo Electric Power Company staff to stay in control rooms. The workers, all wearing protective gear, were rotated in and out of the danger zone quickly to reduce exposure. Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said the third explosion may have damaged the reactor’s suppression chamber.

Residents living in Soma – 35 miles away and outside the exclusion zone – said they were terrified. And some believe the government is not being honest about the extent of the danger.

Innkeeper Toshiaki Kiuchi, 63, said: “I don’t think they are telling us the truth. Maybe even they don’t know.” Shinako Tachiya, 70, added: “We are really afraid. You can’t see fallout so we are totally relying on them for our lives.

“I think they are not being open with us. They aren’t telling us anything.”

US authorities said low-level ­radioactivity was detected at the ­Yokosuka military base, 200 miles away.

The Foreign Office advised against all non-essential travel to Japan but said there were no plans to evacuate Brits.

More than 500 bone marrow transplant centres across Europe were on standby to treat possible radiation victims.

SOURCE : http://mirror.co.uk

Message from Arashi to Arashian

Here's the translation of the message :

***We would like to express our deepest condolences to all of those who have been affected by this earthquake.

Every day the more we watch news, the more we know about the situation, we become increasingly worried about everyone who’s suffered.

We’ve heard that a great deal of fans have been concerned about us, but we’re all fine, rest assured.

Right now, cooperating with conserving energy and water, not using the phone unless it’s urgent, and donating money to relief funds… that’s all we can do to help from where we are in Tokyo. We believe that every little bit helps.

What we can do to help is probably limited, but we’re trying our best to do what we can because we want to make everyone smile again, if just a little.

For everyone in the affected areas, there’s surely still no room to let their guards down, but all of us members are hoping that you can encourage your friends and family, as well as those around you. Then maybe you can overcome these tough times.

Arashi
Ohno Satoshi, Sakurai Sho, Aiba Masaki, Ninomiya Kazunari, Matsumoto Jun

Source : J WEB, Zahirah DBSK Arashi (Facebook) & to the right owner

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan Quake and Tsunami (Update)

ENGINEERS were last night locked in a desperate race against time to spare Japan from a horrific nuclear disaster.

The fate of millions lay in the hands of workers who have 48 hours to prevent a deadly meltdown at a quake-hit Fukushima One plant.

If they fail, there could be a ­Chernobyl-style radiation leak that will kill people within days and leave others at risk of cancers and childbirth defects for decades to come.

Experts claim that unless engineers can cool the rods, they will melt in around 48 hours and burn through the heavy casing of the containment building they are housed in.

A predicted change in wind ­direction today could leave Tokyo residents in any leak’s line of fire.

Nuclear expert Professor John Gittus, who helped with the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine, warned the chances of a meltdown were “one in 10”.

He said: “Within a day or two we should find out that things are all right. That is my forecast.

“But there is a chance we shall find ourselves on the way to a core melt.” Prof Gittus, a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, added: “What happened in Chernobyl is happening in Japan.

“The reactors have been switched off making a nuclear explosion ­impossible but a core meltdown would spell disaster.

“The amount of heat in the core after it has been switched off is enough to melt a hemisphere of concrete 100 yards in diameter.

“This is the China Syndrome we used to talk about and people thought it would go all the way through the world and come out in Australia. But the reality is it is a finite amount of heat energy called decaying heat.

“I did the analysis of the Chernobyl reactor for the British government. The difference is the Japanese reactor has got two strong containments.

“One is the pressure vessel which is a foot thick made of steel the second is the made of concrete and what has happened so far is both those containments have stopped anything get out. Chernobyl didn’t have either.”

But if there was a full meltdown highly radioactive vapours would swirl out into the atmosphere.

The professor said: “This vapour will be blown around. The expectation would be some dozens of people would receive big radiation doses and would die within days or weeks.

“Much larger number of people hundreds times greater would receive smaller doses and it is not certain what would happen to them. This happened after the Chernobyl accident.

“We can’t really be certain that the thousands of people who receive these smaller doses are going to have their lives shortened. But it is a possibility.

“The expectation is that however small a dose some people would die early as a result of cancers in 10 to 40 years’ time. But that’s not certain. They could be somewhere where it rained and a cloud of radioactive wind happened to be blowing over.”

With the rods melting out of control in three damaged reactors at Fukushima, engineers were pumping seawater into the containers in a bid to stop them ­overheating and melting.

Officials admitted radiation detected at Fukushima yesterday was twice the maximum seen so far.

The containment building’s designer claimed he told the makers of the plant it was not strong enough to withstand ­earthquakes. Masashi Goto said his greatest fear is that the blasts may have damaged the steel casing designed to stop radioactive ­material escaping.

He also painted a dire picture of what would happen if a full meltdown and explosion occur.

Mr Goto said because the reactor uses mixed oxide, the melting point is lower than that of conventional fuel. It would mean plutonium being spread over an area up to twice as far as ­estimated for a conventional nuclear explosion.

Even if that is averted, experts predict radioactive releases of steam from the crippled plant could still go on for more than a year.

Workers have no option but to ­periodically vent the reactors as part of the emergency cooling process.

Authorities declared an exclusions around a 12-mile radius of the plant and evacuated 210,000 people.

A senior American official advising the Japanese government said: “Even under the best scenarios, this isn’t going to end soon.”

Japan responded by providing 230,000 units of stable iodine to evacuation centres as a precautionary measure.

As fears of a leak grew, another ­earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1 hit Tokyo at 8pm UK time last night.

In the Pacific, US aircraft carrier the Ronald Reagan, deployed for relief efforts, moved position after detecting low-level radiation. Officials claimed crew members received a month’s worth of radiation in less than an hour.

Three US helicopters flying missions 60 miles north of the plant became coated with radiation.

Several crew needed decontamination scrubs.

Rescue operations continued all along Japan’s battered northeast yesterday.

Emergency workers found 1,000 bodies in Minami Sanriku and another 1,000 washed up on beaches in Miyagi.

Survivors said food, water and fuel were running critically low in the hardest-hit areas and 2.6 million homes were without electricity. Gas was running low.

Red Cross worker Patrick Fuller in Otsuchi said: “It’s a scene from hell. Almost everything has been flattened.

“The government is saying 9,500 people, more than half of the population here could have died and I fear the worst.”

Japan Red Cross president Tadateru Konoe added: “This is the worst I have ever seen. Otsuchi reminds me of Osaka and Tokyo after the Second World War when everything was destroyed.”

Bae Yong Joon donates $900,000 USD for Japan earthquake victims

Actor Bae Yong Joon recently stood up to donate to those that suffered from Japan’s horrific earthquake that occurred last week.

Having a high status in Japan, ‘Yon-sama’ owes a lot of his popularity from his Japanese fans, and with a gracious heart, he has decided to give away 1,000,000,000 WON, which comes up to approximately $900,000 USD.

Bae Yong Joon’s company, Keyeast, recently stated, “After hearing that Japan had limited relief supplies and equipment, Bae Yong Joon quickly reacted and donated 1,000,000,000WON for emergency support, hoping for a speedier recovery. The money will be given through the Japan Tourism Agency, who will distribute it to organizations involved in the earthquake/tsunami relief effort. Bae Yong Joon is also very worried about the victims who are in shortage of food and basic living supplies so he has decided to provide food, blankets, and other items as well.”

Bae Yong Joon is not the only actor who is donating money to the neighboring country, as Kim Hyun Joong and Jang Geun Suk, who are also receiving much love in Japan, have decided to give away $100,000 and $120,000 respectively. The latter left a message stating, “I hope that the victims can return to their normal life soon.”

Source: bntnews + sanspo

Kim Hyun Joong donates money to earthquake victims

Actor and singer Kim Hyun Joong has recently donated 100 million won to the victims of the recent earthquake in Japan.

His agency in Japan, Digital Adventure (DA), asked that the money be used in the afflicted areas, and for victims with the greatest need. Kim Hyun Joong said, “My heart hurts so much to hear about this. I hope that everyone can stay strong.” He also said, “Many people are joining hands in this crisis. Everyone, please come together with one heart.”

Source: Sports Korea, Sports Chosun
Tip: anna, Danii

Jpan Nuclear Reactor Rods Exposed Raising Risk of Meltdown

The fuel rods in one of Japan's damaged nuclear reactors have been temporarily fully exposed from their coolant, raising the risk of overheating and a meltdown.

A spokesman at the Fukushima plant said today that Unit 2's rods were briefly exposed.

Sea water was being channelled into the reactor to cover the rods again.

Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is the latest reactor to lose its ability to cool down.

The other two reactors at the plant are facing a meltdown and authorities are racing to cool them with sea water.

Earlier a second explosion in three days rocked the plant, sending a massive cloud of smoke into the air and injuring 11 workers.

The blast was felt 25 miles away, but the plant's operator said the radiation levels at the affected unit were still within legal limits.

The blast was in Unit 3, which workers have been trying to cool with sea water after a system failure in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami.

Operators knew the sea water flooding would cause a pressure buildup in the reactor containment vessel - and potentially lead to an explosion - but felt they had no choice if they wanted to avoid a complete meltdown. In the end, the hydrogen in the released steam mixed with oxygen in the atmosphere and set off the blast.

The inner containment shell surrounding the Unit 3 reactor was intact, Mr Edano said, allaying some fears of the risk to the environment and public. But the outer building around the reactor appeared to have been devastated, with only a skeletal frame remaining.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the plant, said radiation at Unit 3 was well under the level where a nuclear operator must file a report to the government.

A similar explosion occurred on Saturday at the plant's Unit 1, injuring four workers, causing mass evacuations and destroying much of the outer building.

Shortly after today's explosion, Tokyo Electric warned it had lost the ability to cool Unit 2. Hours later, the company admitted that the fuel rods had been fully exposed.

It was trying to channel sea water into the reactor to cover the rods, cool them down and prevent another explosion.

More than 180,000 people have evacuated the area in recent days, and up to 160 may have been exposed to radiation - pouring misery onto those already devastated by the twin disasters.

States of emergency have been declared at six Fukushima reactors, where the main cooling systems and backup generators have been knocked out. Three are at Dai-ichi and three at the nearby Fukushima Daini complex.

Most attention, though, has been focused on Dai-ichi units 1 and 3, where operators have been funnelling in sea water in a last-ditch measure to cool the reactors. A complete meltdown - the melting of the radioactive core - could release radioactive contaminants into the environment and pose major, widespread health risks.

Mr Edano said no Fukushima reactor was near that point, and he was confident of escaping the worst scenarios.

International scientists say there are serious dangers but little risk of a Chernobyl-style catastrophe. Chernobyl had no containment shell around the reactor.

"The likelihood there will be a huge fire like at Chernobyl or a major environmental release like at Chernobyl, I think that's basically impossible," said James Stubbins, a nuclear energy professor at the University of Illinois.

And, some analysts noted, the length of time since the nuclear crisis began indicated that the chemical reactions inside the reactor were not moving quickly toward a complete meltdown.

SOURCE : http://mirror.co.uk

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

TENS of thousands of people were feared dead yesterday after a tsunami triggered by one of the biggest earthquakes in history hit Japan.

Ships, buildings and cars were swept away as monster 33ft waves smashed into the port city of Sendai.

The 8.9 magnitude quake sparked a nuclear emergency when it shut down the cooling systems at the country’s largest atomic plant.

Experts were last night battling to stop radiation leaks as 6,000 people were evacuated and US jets flew in chemicals to avert a disaster.

Amid the desolation, more than 300 bodies washed up when the catastrophic flood waters retreated.

But Japanese authorities said 80,000 people are missing and fear the death toll will rise dramatically in the coming days. Hundreds of fires continued to burn last night in Kesennuma, a coastal town of 70,000 people, with little hope of being put out.

A boat carrying 80 dock workers was swept away in the 500mph tidal wave. A cruise ship with 100 passengers is also thought to be missing.

Two bullet trains were picked up and thrown from the tracks like toys, one of them with 400 passengers which was still missing last night. As entire communities remained cut off, one emergency worker said: “We witnessed biblical scenes.

“Huge container ships were tossed around like matchsticks. There was nothing anyone could do.”

The quake is the sixth largest of all time and the worst to hit Japan.

Capital Tokyo survived it relatively unscathed. But one million residents in the north eastern city of Sendai watched in horror as the mammoth wall of water struck without warning.

Witnesses said there was an eerie silence “like the world had stopped” seconds before the quake hit.

Thousands of people were forced to run for their lives as killer waves full of mud and debris swallowed neighbourhoods. Desperate drivers tried to outrun the water in their cars.

Bridges were swept away and a packed hotel in the city collapsed when the quake hit at 2.46pm (5.46am UK time).

A worldwide tsunami warning was issued in the aftermath of the tremor, which struck six miles down and 80 miles off the eastern coast. Last night Japanese scientists decided to release radioactive vapour to ease temperatures at the Fukushima Daiich nuclear plant.

The pressure inside one of six boiling water reactors had risen to 1.5 times the level considered normal.

But experts said the radioactive element in the vapour released would not affect the environment or human health. Their main aim is to prevent radiation leaks as they repair vital cooling systems.

The quake also started a fire in a turbine building at a nuclear power plant in north-eastern Japan, but the reactor was reported to be secure.

Panic swept the Pacific after the Red Cross warned of a potential wall of water higher than many islands. In Guam, the tsunami broke two US Navy submarines from their moorings.

And in Hawaii, tens of thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate coastal areas.

Police drove along main roads in Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, telling terrified holidaymakers: “This is not a drill.” But when the waves hit at 3am they were not as big as expected. Warnings were also issued along the west coast of America, Canada, the Philippines, Indonesia and South America.

Experts said the quake was 8,000 times stronger than the one which devastated Christchurch in New Zealand last month.

One of the dead was a girl of six who was crushed when the ceiling of supermarket collapsed in Miyagi.

Several others died when a massive landslide hit a remote rural area.

In north-eastern Fukushima, a dam collapsed and swept away homes after the tremor caused huge cracks.

Four million people in Tokyo alone were left without power. Mobile phone and internet connections were cut across Japan. BA and Virgin have cancelled flights to the city. Workers in the captial cowered under desks as buildings swayed. Skyscrapers continued to rattle as dozens of aftershocks – including a giant 7.4 magnitude – rattled the capital for more than an hour.

Fears of more devastation rose sharply again last night when a 6.6 magnitude quake struck 105 miles north of Tokyo around 7pm UK time.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said: “The earthquake has caused major damage. We will secure the safety of the people and ask them to be cautious and react calmly.”

Japan is one of the most seismically active areas in the world.

SOURCE : http://www.mirror.co.uk/

Worried

yeah...i'm really are worried bout what had happen...at my place they r warning that the "tsunami" will occur but the warning had been off since they are no threat anymore but we still in precautions....I hope all my friends that stay in Jpan will be ok n of course our boy idol...Arashi.

The latest news i heard n its from the rite source which is Johnny's Entertainment itself confirmed that all Arashi members are safe n the confirmation had been approved by Fuji TV...thank goodness!! n i'm also glad to hear that other JE boys are safe too even some of them had been injured but they are safe.

Lets all pray for Japan n hope they all be alright...

p/s..all nite i've been worrying..hoping nothing will be happen...i hope this chaos will end soon..

-mood- Hatenai Sora by ARASHI

Friday, March 11, 2011

New “naive” CM starring Ohno Satoshi starts airing today

naive’s new CM starring Arashi’s Ohno Satoshi, “Protect! Introducing Skin Amino” will air starting today.

In the CM, Ohno and a few children are dressed up as the “Skin Amino Protection Corps”, and in the micro world, they frantically run around catching the skin amino in tubs to protect you.

The CM and making-of video are available on naive’s official site, so please check it out!

Source: JNews1

Photo: naive Official Site

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Matsumoto Jun in misplaced anger rant! Being truly angry on tv defiantly

VS Arashi which is aired last thursday on March 3 is up for criticism over Matsumoto Jun's (27) openly pouty attitude. The opposite team in this episode is guest from Getsu drama 「Taisetsu na Koto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta」 and the plus one guest is comedian Football Hour, showing a development into a game full of climax. Miura Haruma (21) who is a big fan of VS Arashi has a showdown against Arashi in his 5 favourite games on the show.

Miura was excited from the beginning. "I always wanted to play these games", participating in all the games and having a big lead over Arashi team. In 「Dual Curling」 Arashi team sent out Matsumoto Jun in an attempt to recover the points. However perhaps due to his anxiety to win, after this game the Getsu team gains a bigger lead, resulting in a situation where all the members blame him for his error. Upon this Matsujun became defiant and frantically defended himself by excusing that the equipment is flawed.

At the opening of the next game 「Cliff Climb」, Matsujun's sour look remained unchanged and the tense mood was conveyed to the audience through the screen. There is no sign of Matsujun's mood recovering despite the efforts of Arashi members and Football Hour trying to enliven the atmosphere. Wanting to change the atmosphere no matter what, Arashi team abruptly nominated Matsujun to take part in Cliff Climb. In between this Nozomu Iwao of Football Hour rebuked him "Today's Matsujun is unattractive, is it really ok at this rate?!", Matsujun's stiff facial expression then softened slightly. However he repeatedly made mistakes during the game and did not manage to display any of his forte, ending up with Arashi team losing to the Getsu team.

And of course in MDA (Most Dame Arashi) Matsujun was selected by the other members. Whether it is Arashi or the guest, usually when the game ends everyone would return back to their usual manner but the recording had an unexpected happening. After the recording is over the camera pursues after Matsujun who had a depressed expression and he made a rash remark instead "What are you doing! Are you stupid ?!" Despite Matsujun being famous for being a sore loser, there are criticisms over his reckless remarks in front of the camera as there are a vast number of children watching.


***I always say, never mess with our princess

Just FYI this episode got 10.8%, the lowest rating since they went into golden slot in Oct 2009

credit to : (flashylicious) wrote in aramatheydidnt (livejournal)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Ohno Satoshi to host TV series on Jakuchu’s art

Arashi's member Ohno Satoshi (30) has been appointed as the navigator of a short series on NHK’s BS Premium satellite channel, marking his first opportunity to host a television show on his own. The show, called “Jakuchu Miracle World,” will air on four consecutive nights, from April 25 to April 28.

The show covers the life of painter Ito Jakuchu (often referred to simply as Jakuchu), who lived between 1716 and 1800, during the mid-Edo period. In particular, state-of-the-art technology will be used to analyze his works in detail.

Ohno himself is a painter and sculptor. In 2008, he held an art exhibition called “FREESTYLE,” which started in Tokyo and traveled to other major cities across Japan. It is said that Ohno became a fan of Jakuchu’s works about five years ago, after receiving a recommendation from a friend Ohno became a fan of Jukuchu’s work 5 years ago, and remarked, “Jukuchu’s paintings are perfectly drawn from corner to corner. It’s amazing that he puts his soul in all his work.”

This will be the first time Ohno hosts a show by himself. He commented, “I usually shine on shows hen teased by people around me, so I’m looking forward to discovering a new side of myself.”

BS Premium is a new high-definition satellite channel that will start on April 1, when NHK consolidates its three satellite channels into two. “Jakuchu Miracle World” will be broadcast from 9:00pm to 10:00pm on April 25-27, and from 8:00pm to 9:00pm on April 28.

Source:
Mantan Web


p/s...Arashian should be proud of Ohno coz his art skills still be appreciated. I hope he's doing all his best for this series...^_^ (its been long time since his FREESTYLE exhibition). Love to see the way he give appreciation to art...=))

Korean movie remake of “Kimi wa Petto” holds launch event in Japan

Lead actors for the Korean film remake (left) and the original Japanese drama of "Kimi wa Petto".

Via tokyohive:

On March 3rd, the cast of the Korean “Kimi wa Petto” film remake attended a launch event in Japan’s Ibaraki Airport.

“Kimi wa Petto” (You’re My Pet), based on a manga of the same name, was made into a hit drama in 2003, starring model/actress Koyuki and Arashi’s Matsumoto Jun, and the same roles will be portrayed by actors Kim Ha Neul and Jang Geun Suk in the remake. In the original story, the male character becomes the ‘pet’ of the female protagonist after being found abandoned in a cardboard box.

The two lead actors attended the promotional event along with band group FT Island’s Choi Jong Hun and director Kim Byeong Kon. The cast met with around 3000 fans.
From left to right: Kim Ha Neul, Jang Geun Suk, and Choi Jong Hun

Kim told the press, “Jang Geun Suk, who is a great actor, also has a cute charisma that suits a ‘pet‘.” Jang replied, “I’m happy to be Ha Neul’s pet.”

Filming for the movie will begin in the city of Ibaraki in May.

Source: WoWKorea via goo & Yomiuri Online
**Source : Tokyohive

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Arashi’s secrets will be revealed on this week’s “Himitsu no Arashi-chan”

On the March 3rd episode of Arashi’s hit variety show “Himitsu no Aarashi-chan“, the singers will reveal secrets they’ve kept from even their own group members!

The guest in the segment “VIP Room” will be singer-songwriter aiko. She will talking about the real life experiences behind her most popular 3 singles. In addition, she asks the Arashi members to reveal a secret they’ve never told anyone before.

In the segment “Mannequin Five“, the members of Arashi will compete with actors Sato Ryuta and Shinagawa Hiroshi to coordinate the ultimate outfit with the theme “Jeans”.

The episode will air 10pm on Thursday night in Japan (noon on Thursday, EST).

Source: TV Dogatch via excite

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p/s...can't wait for this episode!!!! wonder what is Arashi's secret??? Watch this episode!!!!

Johnny’s Company allows pictures of their celebrities at their official site “Johnny’s net”

Johnny’s Company is known to be the most strict company of not allowing any of their Johnny’s celebrity pictures in any sites. But recently, pictures of Johnny’s celebrity has appeared at their own site “Johnny’s net“. From the tab “Artist”, you can choose the Johnny’s artist you want to see and click “Profile” to go to the profile page. Though the pictures are small, they definitely have pictures of the artist from Smap, Arashi, V6 to Hey Say Jump on the pages.

Even though Johnny’s Company allowed pictures to be on their own website, it is still blocked from using right clicks to copy the images.

Source: Internet Watch

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Arashi’s “Lotus” tops Oricon Weekly Chart

Arashi’s 35th single “Lotus” has sold 541,000 copies in its first week, making it number one this week on Oricon’s Weekly Single Ranking.

“Lotus”
is Arashi’s 24th consecutive first place single since “PIKA★★NCHI DOUBLE”, which was released in February 2004, and is their 31st overall. Arashi has held their first place position for eight consecutive years.

“Lotus” is also the theme song for the drama “Bartender” which, Arashi member, Aiba Masaki stars in.

Source: Oricon