TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Kabuki actor Nakamura Shido has been diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer and will take a break from performances to undergo hospital treatment, theater operator Shochiku Co. said Thursday.
The 44-year-old actor, who is also popular for his TV and film appearances, was scheduled to perform in Kabuki performances next month and in July. He found out that he has lung adenocarcinoma during a regular health checkup.
After becoming a sensation in Japan and abroad, the blockbuster Japanese animation film "your name." will look to extend its winning streak with its DVD and Blu-ray Disc release on July 26.
Movie studio Toho Co. has announced that the romantic body-swapping movie by director Makoto Shinkai will be available with both English and Chinese subtitles. Fans of the time-travel love story have already swamped websites offering pre-orders for the film.
By Yayoi Kawatoko / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterA popular online video game has become a setting in a serial TV drama — "Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otosan" (FINAL FANTASY XIV Daddy of Light), currently airing on the TBS network.
The unconventional drama comprises two worlds: the live-action one, in which father and grown-up son play "Final Fantasy XIV" (FF14), and the video game one, in which the actions and expressions of the characters they control are shown.
On May 10, actor Takahashi Issei officially closed his Instagram account.
Takahashi's last post was a message video, stating, "Everyone, thank you so much for following me these past two months." He continued, "I was very happy to see everyone's messages and comments of support. Please continue to support me. Thank you very much."
Actress Aibu Saki (31) is pregnant with her first child. According to her agency, she is due sometime this fall and will continue working while monitoring her condition.
Aibu announced, "It's a personal matter, but at this time, I would like to announce that I have been blessed with a new life. I am expected to give birth this fall and will continue to work within my ability while taking care of my physical condition." She also wrote on Instagram, "I hope to spend everyday with care while looking forward to childbirth."