Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited disaster-hit towns in Fukushima on Saturday ahead of the ninth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.
Abe laid flowers and offered silent prayers to the victims of the disaster at a cemetery in Namie Town on the Pacifc coast that morning.
9nine will hold an anniversary live, commemorating nine years since Yoshii Kanae and Murata Hirona joined the group, on September 16 at Zepp Tokyo.
9nine restarted their activities when Yoshii and Murata joined on September 9, 2010. After Kawashima Umika graduated in July of 2016, the group has been active with just four members.
A power company in southwestern Japan has restarted another reactor at the Genkai nuclear plant in Saga Prefecture after clearing regulations introduced in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
It's the 9th reactor in Japan to go back online since the new regulations came into effect. The operating reactors are spread across 5 plants.
OSAKA--With visitors on the increase, Universal Studios Japan here will raise its ticket prices from Jan. 31, it announced Dec. 27.
It marks the ninth consecutive year prices have been bumped up. USJ last increased admission prices in February, but the visitor spike continued. Visitor numbers to the theme park in Osaka's Konohana Ward are expected to exceed 14.5 million, which was the record high set last year.
AKB48 will release their 9th album (currently untitled) on January 24, 2018.
In addition to their latest singles "Shoot Sign" (released March 2017), "Negaigoto no Mochigusare" (May 2017), "#Suki Nanda" (August 2017), and "11-gatsu no Anklet" (November 2017), the album will include brand new songs. It will be released in Types A and B, and each type will come with a different track list.
On May 31, the preliminary results of AKB48's "General Election", which will decide the Senbatsu members to participate in the group's upcoming 49th single, were revealed at the AKB48 Theater in Akihabara, Tokyo.
Below is the list of the Top 80 girls. The final result will be announced on June 17 at Toyosaki Chura SUN Beach. Who do you think will be No.1 this year?