The number one single this week was “Beautiful Life / GAME” from Fukuyama Masaharu-san, selling a respectable 145,225 copies. It’s not going to be my favorite single from him (for some reason, I like the feel of “Tokyo ni mo Attanda”, even though it was one of his worst selling singles), but it’s always nice to see him top the charts.

SHINee was at #2 with 97,111 copies of “Dazzling Girl” sold. It’s a bit of a shame they didn’t grab 100,000 in the first week, but this has to be considered an excellent showing by them. We’ll see if they have a good second week or if they experience the sharp drop-off that other Korean groups seem to have.

At #3, Morning Musume also saw a good first week, with “Wakuteka Take a Chance” (ワクテカ Take a chance) selling 81,682. This is short of “One-Two-Three / The Matenrou Show”, which saw over 100,000 in its first week, but still far better than what Morning Musume singles did in the eight years before that.

Gackt-san’s “Hakuro” was at #6 with 13,192 copies sold. That can’t be considered good by any stretch of the imagination, but as its drama tie-in “Akumu-chan” has just started, maybe it’s too early to call it dead-on-arrival.

Sexy Zone’s “Sexy Summer ni Yuki ga Furu” sold 9,308 copies at #7 in its second week, breaking gold for a total of 104,460. At around 10% of the first week, that’s a solid second week, albeit on lackluster initial sales.

Hikawa Kiyoshi-san’s “Saigo to Kimeta Onna Dakara” held to #9, adding 7,783 in its fourth week for a total of 81,693. As expected, enka singles tend to have more duration to them than the pop singles, and even with the light first week, Kiyoshi-san will probably break 100,000 before leaving the top 30.

Shoujo Jidai was at #14, as “Oh!” now totals 78,913 in sales over four weeks. Considering the results of SHINee, I think we can rule out political strife as a reason for the weak sales. The results on this single might not be a problem for them, though, since they seem to get huge results in album sales, and they have an album scheduled for release on November 28th. Their last album was certified as a million seller by the RIAJ, so we’ll see if they can come close to that this time.

The AKB family took spots 16, 17, and 18. The mothership AKB48 was at #16 with “Gingham Check” now totaling 1,283,117 after seven weeks. SKE48 was right behind with “Kisu Datte Hidarikiki” boasting a four-week total of 560,742. Then came the ever-persistent “Hashire! Bicycle” from Nogizaka46, in its eighth week totaling 234,385. The Nogizaka46 sales might not be as strong as their sister groups, but their staying power on the charts speaks volumes.

EXILE TRIBE was at #19, with “24 karats TRIBE OF GOLD” selling 199,268 in its sixth week.

Bump of Chicken’s “firefly” held on at #24, now having sold 104,060.

In albums, a number of the familiar faces have dropped out of the top 10.

Yamashita Tatsuro-san took back the #1 spot this week, with “Opus ~All Time Best 1975-2012~” selling 46,239 in its third week for a grand total of 407,895.

Kobukuro’s “All Singles Best 2″added 16,314 at #4, reaching at total of 635,228.

And finally, Superfly stayed in there, as “Force” took #7, now totaling 188,144.