Actor Shiga Kotaro Passes Away At Age 71

Actor Shiga Kotaro passes away at age 71

It's been reported that actor Shiga Kotaro passed away on April 20 at 8:20 pm due to aspiration pneumonia. He was 71 years old. 

His agency stated, "After receiving surgery for cerebral thrombosis last April, he had been working hard in rehab aiming for complete recovery. However, that was not fulfilled. We would like to respectfully make this announcement while being grateful for his life."


Listen To News' Masuda Takahisa Sing An A Cappella Version Of 'koi'

Listen to NEWS' Masuda Takahisa sing an a cappella version of 'Koi'

A video starring NEWS member Masuda Takahisa has been uploaded onto Johnny's & Associates' official YouTube channel.

This video was uploaded as a part of the agency's project 'Johnny's Smile Up! Project' in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. In the video, Masuda sings an a cappella of "Koi", which is included in the group's latest album "STORY." 


Itano Tomomi Appointed Image Model For 'boat Race All Stars'

Itano Tomomi appointed image model for 'Boat Race All Stars'

Itano Tomomi has been appointed as the image model for the '47th Boat Race All Stars' to be held from May 26 to 31 at Osaka's Boat Race Suminoe. 

Itano was appointed to this role to liven up the Boat Race All Stars from the perspective of female fans. You can check out a video message by Itano below.


49 Artists To Participate In Youtube Music Program During Golden Week

49 artists to participate in YouTube music program during Golden Week

In an effort to encourage citizens to stay home during Golden Week, which is often considered a time of leisure and travel for Japan, YouTube will be hosting a music program called 'YouTube Music Week STAY HOME #WITHME' from April 29 to May 6. 

This program was started by Google Japan in order for everyone to enjoy music at home during Golden Week. During the 8 days, 49 artists will participate by revealing live footage and other contents via their official YouTube channels. The time table and other information will be announced on YouTube Japan's official Twitter account (@YouTubeJapan). 


Sexy Zone's Nakajima Kento Makes 'smiley Curry' For 'johnny's Smile Up! Project'

Sexy Zone's Nakajima Kento makes 'smiley curry' for 'Johnny's Smile Up! Project'

A video starring Sexy Zone's Nakajima Kento has been uploaded onto Johnny's & Associates' official YouTube channel.

This video was uploaded as a part of the agency's project 'Johnny's Smile Up! Project' to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. In the video, Nakajima warms up a pot of curry, which he says will be his meal for four days to decrease the amount of trips to the grocery store. At the end, the arranges his plate of curry with nori (seaweed), pineapples, carrots, and raisins to make a "smiley curry." 


The Oral Cigarettes To Set Out On Zepp Tour From August

THE ORAL CIGARETTES to set out on Zepp tour from August

THE ORAL CIGARETTES' new album "SUCK MY WORLD" will drop on April 29. To coincide with this release, the band will be setting out on a Zepp tour this summer. 

For the upcoming tour, the band is scheduled to perform at Zepp Nagoya, Zepp DiverCity, Zepp Osaka Bayside, Zepp Fukuoka, and Zepp Sapporo in August and September. You can check out the schedule below.


Utada Hikaru To Host Instagram Live Every Sunday In May

Utada Hikaru to host Instagram live every Sunday in May

Utada Hikaru will host a live broadcast titled 'Ask Utada Paisen -Home-quarantine Edition' every Sunday night in May. 

Utada is set to digitally release her songs "Time" on May 8 and "Dare ni mo Iwanai" on May 29. The upcoming live broadcast will be held on Instagram where Utada will answer questions asked by her fans. It will be held every Sundays in May starting between 7:30 and 8:00 pm. Fans will be able to submit their questions via Instagram 24 hours before the broadcast. Be sure to follow her here (@kuma_power). 


Fukuhara Haruka Is Blown By The Wind In New Pv

Fukuhara Haruka is blown by the wind in new PV

Fukuhara Haruka has revealed the PV for her new song "Kaze ni Fukarete." 

This is the title track to Fukuhara's third single that's scheduled to drop on June 24. It was written and composed by Ogura Shinquo and currently being used as the ending theme for the second season of anime 'Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai? ~Tensaitachi no Renai Zunosen~.' In the PV, you can watch Fukuhara being blown by the wind in the meadows. 


Nishikido Ryo, Akanishi Jin, Yamada Takayuki And Oguri Shun Have An Online Drinking Party

Nishikido Ryo, Akanishi Jin, Yamada Takayuki and Oguri Shun have an online drinking party

A video of Nishikido Ryo, Akanishi Jin, Yamada Takayuki, and Oguri Shun having an online drinking party has been uploaded onto N/A's official YouTube channel. 

In the beginning, Nishikido appears alone wearing a baseball cap. Then Akanishi appears on screen from his home in the U.S. saying, "I was taking a shower." Followed by Yamada who makes his appearance with an electronic cigarette, and finally Oguri Shun with a plain white t-shirt and beard. 


Yoshiki To Provide English Lessons On His Blog

YOSHIKI to provide English lessons on his blog

YOSHIKI (X JAPAN) has opened an official blog on Ameba. 

For a limited time, YOSHIKI will be offering English lessons through his blog. In his first post, he wrote, "I hope this will be useful to foreigners who are troubled in Japan as well as Japanese nationals who are troubled overseas under the influence of the new coronavirus. Please use it as reference."