Japan's Defense Ministry says the number of times Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets were scrambled in fiscal 2018 was the second-highest on record.
The ministry says that in the year that ended in March ASDF jets were scrambled 999 times against unidentified aircraft approaching Japan's airspace. That's an increase of 11 percent from fiscal 2017.
Sumo wrestler Takakeisho has been promoted to Ozeki, the sport's second highest rank.
The Japan Sumo Association made the official decision to promote the wrestler, who was Sekiwake, the third highest rank, on Wednesday. Representatives from the association conveyed the decision to the wrestler and his stablemaster, Chiganoura, in a ceremony.
EXILE SHOKICHI (EXILE, EXILE THE SECOND) will release his second album "1114" on May 15. He will also hold his first solo arena tour 'UNDERDOGG' from June.
The upcoming album will be released 1114 days after his first album "THE FUTURE" (April 2016). All songs were written and composed by SHOKICHI himself. It will include "Underdog," which was released as a single last May, "Futen Boyz," which is the opening theme for the movie 'DTC -Yukemuri Junjou-hen- from HiGH&LOW,' and his new songs "Kimi ni Au Tame ni Boku wa Umaretekitanda" and "Psychedelic Romance."
The Lower House of Japan's Diet has approved a draft for a second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year.
The draft budget, totaling more than 27 billion dollars, includes funds to reinforce infrastructure such as river embankments and roads to enable them to withstand natural disasters. It also aims to make schools earthquake-resistant.
Actor Sakai Masato's (45) wife, actress Kanno Miho (41) has announced the birth of her second child.
In the announcement, Kanno wrote, "At this time, our second child, a baby girl has been born. Thanks to everyone, both the baby and I are healthy. I feel irreplaceable joy that a new member has joined our family. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me from the bottom of my heart."
Nogizaka46 member Ikuta Erika's second photo book (currently untitled) will be released on January 22.
The theme of Ikuta's first photo book in three years is "the new self I discover in New York." For this photo book, she spent seven days shooting in New York. She even challenged herself to shoot in lingerie for the very first time. Fans can see how much the 21-year-old has matured in the last three years.
King & Prince will release their second single (currently untitled) on October 10.
This announcement was made on August 10 on the first day of their nationwide tour at Yokohama Arena. The upcoming single will be released in three different versions: Limited Edition A, Limited Edition B, and Regular Edition. Limited Edition A will come with a DVD containing the PV and making-of footage for their new song, while the Limited Edition B DVD will include variety footage. Furthermore, the Regular Edition will come with a bonus track.
w-inds. member Tachibana Keita and his wife Matsuura Aya have welcomed their second child!
Tachibana announced that his wife was pregnant just last month. On his Twitter (@Official_Keita) and Instagram (@keita_tachibana_1985) accounts, he wrote, "We have gained a new family member. As a father, I hope to learn many things and grow in order to deliver good music. Please continue to support me." He did not reveal his baby's birthdate and sex.