Japanese pop diva Kumi Koda has found herself in trouble after making a careless remark on a radio show earlier this week.

The comment came on Tuesday night (Jan 29) while Koda was hosting “All Night Nippon”; the topic of her manager’s marriage came up, and Koda was asked about when her manager was planning to have children…

She made a seemingly light-hearted reply that “when women turn 35, their amniotic fluid goes rotten, so I’d like them to have a child by 35.”

The inaccurate statement sparked a lot of criticism among listeners, particularly on the internet. Koda has issued a public apology on Friday through the websites of Nippon Broadcasting System and Avex, but the damage had already been done.

Cosmetics firm KOSE has halted online advertisements for its Visee brand (feat. Koda) and promotional events for her new album “Kingdom” have all been canceled. [Tokyograph]

Amniotic fluid is the liquid surrounding and cushioning a growing fetus during pregnancy.

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Japanese actor Joe Odagiri (31) and actress Yu Kashii (20) have announced on Thursday (Dec 27) their surprise engagement. The celebrity couple announced the news through their respective agency before meeting the press later at night for the official announcement.

Joe Odagiri and Yu Kashii announced marriage
Odagiri and Kashii meeting the press

Odagiri and Kashii met each other and started their relationship in late 2005 when filming for movie “Pavillion Sanshouo”. The press had suspected their relationship back then, but didn’t follow up with their story as both of the stars had other saucier rumours instead.

Odagiri is one of the most acclaimed Japanese actors; his recent movie “Tokyo Tower – Okan to Boku to Tokidoki Oton” is a great hit across Asia. Kashii is a rising star in Japan; her most noticeable role is probably from popular movie “Death Note”.

[Update] The couple tie knots on Feb 16, 2008 – the birthday for both Odagiri and Kashii.

Japanese pop diva Kumi Koda is crowned the best selling Japanese artist in 2007 according to an Oricon report.

Japanese pop star Kumi Koda
Kumi Koda

Kumi has a total sales of 7.35 billion Yen (~ USD65 million) from her CDs and DVDs, just above her arch rival Ayumi Hamasaki (7.05 billion Yen) for 2nd year in a role. The remainders of the Top 10 best selling artists are Mr. Children, Exile, KAT-TUN, Ai Otsuka, Kobukuro, KinKi Kids, Arashi, and L’Arc-en-Ciel.

The best selling album of the year belongs to Mr. Children’s “Home” with 1.18 million copies sold. Best selling single belongs to tenor singer Masafumi Akikawa’s Sen no Kaze ni Natte (千の風になって).

Japanese all-girls pop group Morning Musume visited Korea and Taiwan last week to promote their new album “All Single Complete — 10th Anniversary”.

Their visit in Korea didn’t seem to create much hype, but the girls were very well received in Taiwan. Below is a video of Morning Musume in Korea and some pictures of them in Taiwan…


Press conference in Korea (Oct 26) – they speak in both Korean and Japanese

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The 20th annual Tokyo International Film Festival is held from October 20 to October 28, 2007. Some photos from the red carpet of the opening ceremony…

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing at TIFF 2007 Japanese actress Ryoko Hirosue at TIFF 2007
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing and Japanese actress Ryoko Hirosue

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