Happy birthday, Chihiro!
Comments from a representative of the record company appears in an article in the latest issue of Kobunsha's Josei Jishin women's weekly gossip magazine that Chihiro is preparing for the production of a new CD single. The release date, according to this anonymous person, is to be determined. This article also reports that after the stalker incident in July, Chihiro moved to another apartment house nearby to turn over a new leaf.
"Gekko" is listed in the 600 songs that have been nominated for NHK's Sukiuta (favorite song) poll. The goal of this survey is to identify tunes the audience would like to hear in this year-end's "Kohaku Utagassen" (the Red and White Year-End Song Festival) program.
http://cgi4.nhk.or.jp/kouhaku/vote/600list.cgi?select_year=&select_set=6&type=gene (Song number: 550)
Although "Gekko" is not included in the interim report of top 30 songs (http://www3.nhk.or.jp/kouhaku/vote/happyou.html), Momoe Yamaguchi's "Ii Hi Tabidachi" (original version) ranks 22nd on this list.
"Gekko" ranked 22nd on the top 100 request list for the decade from 1996 to 2005. In this program, only several seconds of past video showed her singing the number.
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