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.
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.
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.
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).
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.