• Kyodo, Staff Report

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NHK released the lineup Thursday for the 66th edition of its annual “Kohaku Uta Gassen” yearend song contest.

The contest, which airs on the network from 7:15 p.m. until 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 31, is set to include a total of 51 performing acts this year. The program, whose title translates to the “Red and White Song Contest,” features a “red” girls’ team and a “white” boys’ team, which will be headed by actress Haruka Ayase and pop artist Yoshihiko Inohara (of V6) respectively. The main emcees will be actress Tetsuko Kuroyanagi and announcer Yumiko Udo.

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