Abductees' Kin Draft 1st Message For Kim Jong Un

Abductees' kin draft 1st message for Kim Jong Un

The families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea have compiled their first message for the country's leader Kim Jong Un, in the hope of persuading him to allow the abductees to return home.

The message says if North Korea repatriates the abductees soon, the families will neither extract confidential information from them nor take actions that would hamper negotiations to normalize bilateral relations.

Real Wages Up In 2018 For 1st Time In 2 Years

Real wages up in 2018 for 1st time in 2 years

Average monthly wages in Japan adjusted for inflation rose in 2018 for the first time in two years. But critics say the results are skewed.

The release of the preliminary figures by the labor ministry on Friday follows the recent revelation that improper methods were used to conduct the survey.

Japan's New Era To Be Named On April 1st

Japan's new era to be named on April 1st

NHK has learned that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to have the name of the country's new era announced on April 1st, after it is approved by the Cabinet earlier in the day.

Abe intends to outline his plan at a news conference on Friday.

Seiji Ozawa Conducts For 1st Time In Over A Year

Seiji Ozawa conducts for 1st time in over a year

Japan's maestro Seiji Ozawa has returned to conducting after being sidelined by poor health for about 14 months.

Ozawa made an appearance for the last piece of a concert program on Wednesday. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were among the audience at the concert hall in Tokyo.

Japanese Finish 1st And 2nd At French Grand Prix

Japanese finish 1st and 2nd at French Grand Prix

16-year-old Japanese figure skater Rika Kihira has secured her place at the Grand Prix final after winning her second gold at a qualifier on Saturday in Grenoble, France.

Kihira was placed second following the short program at the Internationaux de France on Friday.

Descendents Of Hawaii's 1st Immigrants Celebrate

Descendents of Hawaii's 1st immigrants celebrate

A celebratory event was held in Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first group of Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.

Tens of thousands of Japanese people left the Kumamoto region in the early 20th century to cross the Pacific in search of a better life.

Ikimonogakari's Yoshioka Kiyoe Reveals Jacket Cover For 1st Solo Album

Ikimonogakari's Yoshioka Kiyoe reveals jacket cover for 1st solo album

Yoshioka Kiyoe of Ikimonogakari has revealed the jacket cover for her first solo album "Uta Iro" to drop on October 24. 

For "Uta Iro," Yoshioka covers songs that she wanted to sing as a soloist. It will include covers of Yoshida Minako's "Yume de Aetara," Nakajima Miyuki's "Ito," Yonezu Kenshi's "Eine Kleine," Yuzu's "Shonen," Spitz's "Tsumetai Hoho," and more. The jacket cover features colorful polka dots on Yoshioka's portrait. 

Mitakeumi Wins 1st Sumo Title

Mitakeumi wins 1st sumo title

In sumo, Mitakeumi beat Tochiozan on the 14th day of the Nagoya tournament on Saturday to win his first title with 13 wins and one loss, ahead of the final day.

The victory in his 21st tournament is the 3rd fastest since the annual 6-tournament system was established in 1958.

Japanese Post-rockers "toe" Announce New Album, 1st South America Tour

Japanese post-rockers


Japanese post-rock / math-rock band "toe" have announced the release of a compilation album "That's Another Story" for January 24, 2018, with the album set to include old song covers, ad music and collaborations with fellow musicians.  The band have also added more dates to their first South America tour on the back of the album’s release.

Nogiaka46's Ito Marika To Release 1st Photo Book On 22nd Birthday

Nogiaka46's Ito Marika to release 1st photo book on 22nd birthday

Ito Marika, who is set to graduate from Nogizaka46 at the end of the year, will release her first solo photo book (currently untitled) on her 22nd birthday, February 20. 

Ito has been demonstrating her artistic sense like opening her first exhibition 'Ito Marika no Nounai Hakurankai' in October. Her upcoming photo book was shot in Hong Kong with the theme "a strange graduation trip." Those who purchase the book will receive a post card (1 out of 4 types).

Sharp Makes Tse 1st Section Comeback

Sharp makes TSE 1st Section comeback

The Yomiuri ShimbunSharp Corp. returned to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Thursday, after being demoted to the Second Section last year due to a business slump.

The electronics maker restored its finances under parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. of Taiwan, returning after 16 months of demotion. It was the first time for a company to return to the First Section since major nonbank lender Orient Corp. did so in March 2011.

Nanao Places 1st In Oricon's Ideal Body Ranking

Nanao places 1st in Oricon's ideal body ranking

Oricon has revealed its second 'ideal body chosen by women' ranking.

From November 6 to 12, Oricon held an online poll with 500 women in their teens to fifties asking them, "Which celebrity has the ideal body?" Model and actress Nanao took the number one spot for the second consecutive year.