Shibasaki Kou has left Stardust Promotion on March 31. As of April 1, her work is managed by Les Trois Graces, a company in which she also serves as CEO.
Kame to YamaP, a unit comprised of Kamenashi Kazuya (KAT-TUN) and Yamashita Tomohisa, have revealed the PV for their song "Amor."
This is the lead track off of their first album "SI" to drop on April 29. In the beginning of the PV, the two walk on the beach at sunrise, making you reminisce the last scene of their starring drama. In addition to the beach scenes, there are scenes where they sing while being surrounded by foreigners.
On April 1, former AKB48 member and actress Shinoda Mariko (34) announced that she gave birth to her first child.
Via her Instagram and Twitter accounts, Shinoda reported, "I apologize for making a personal announcement during this time, but I gave birth to a healthy baby girl the other day. Thankfully, both myself and baby are doing well."
It's been reported that Ketsumeishi's RYOJI (Vo) has been infected with the new coronavirus.
RYOJI had a high fever since March 22, and after undergoing a PCR test on March 30, he tested positive for the new coronavirus. He still has a slight fever and is devoting himself to getting better as soon as possible. The other members are taking preventative measures to protect themselves from the virus.
It's been announced that former Kobushi Factory member Inoue Rei will be joining Juice=Juice.
This announcement was made on April 1 during a live broadcast on YouTube, commemorating the release of their new single "Pop Music / Sukitte Itte yo." After the group performed four songs, leader Kanazawa Tomoko made the report regarding Inoue's joining the group. She read a letter from Inoue, stating, "I hope to make my dreams come true in Juice=Juice. I will do my best so that everyone can think that it was a good idea for Inoue Rei to join."
The PV for Tokyo Jihen's new song "Eien no Fuzai Shomei" has been uploaded onto YouTube.
"Eien no Fuzai Shomei" can be found in the band's upcoming album "News" to be released on April 8 and will be used as the theme song for the movie 'Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan' premiering on April 17. Directed by Kodama Yuichi, the PV shows the members descending to earth during the leap year.
Comedian Shimura Ken, who was hospitalized after being infected with the new coronavirus, has passed away on March 29th at 11:10 am in Tokyo. He was 70 years old.
Shimura's agency released his medical condition to the public on March 25th. Shimura first felt symptoms of fatigue on the 17th and rested at home. On the 19th, he developed a fever and had difficulty breathing, then was transported to a hospital the following day where he was diagnosed with severe pneumonia and hospitalized. As he had symptoms for the new coronavirus, he was tested and the results came back positive on night of the 23rd.
NMB48 will release their 23rd single (currently untitled) on May 13.
Umeyama Cocona and Yamamoto Ayaka will be the centers for the group's first single of 2020. In addition, Sadano Haruka, Shinzawa Nao, Hara Karen, and Yokono Sumire will be in the senbatsu for the first time.
Keyakizaka46 member Nagasawa Nanako will graduate from the group on March 31.
According to Keyakizaka46's official website, after Nagasawa put in her request for graduation, the staff talked it over with her, and accepted her decision. Nagasawa also updated her blog explaining that she wanted to "take a step toward her dream" before turning 23. She stated, "These four years are irreplaceable memories in my life. I feel sad that I won't be able to see my fans after I graduate... However, I will do my best to see everyone again!"
It's been reported that Snow Man member Iwamoto Hikaru (26) will temporarily suspend his activities. On the March 27th issue of weekly tabloid magazine 'FRIDAY,' it was reported that Iwamoto consumed alcoholic beverages with a minor back when he was a Johnny's Jr. member in November 2017.
A statement was released on Johnny & Associates' official website, stating, "We sincerely apologize to all of our fans and supporters for causing worries and troubles due to the article that was published the other day. We are truly sorry that such reports surfaced during these unstable times caused by the new coronavirus."
V6's new song "It's my life" has been picked up as the theme song for the drama 'Tokusou 9 season 3' to premiere on April 8.
'Tokusou 9' is a detective drama starring V6 member Inohara Yoshihiko. On March 26, Inohara participated at a news conference in Tokyo where he commented, "In order to maintain drama and entertainment, you need people to watch them. I don't think people can enjoy them if they don't feel relief, safe, and healthy. I think everyone will be spending more time at home, so please enjoy our drama."