It's been reported that actor Tsugawa Masahiko (real name Kato Masahiko) has passed away on August 4 due to heart failure. He was 78 years old. His funeral was already held with close family and friends, but a public memorial service is scheduled to be held in the coming days.
Since making his acting debut in 1956's 'Kurutta Kajitsu,' Tsugawa has starred in numerous movies, dramas, and plays. He comes from family of talent - his grandfather is director Makino Shozo, father, actor Sawamura Kunitaro, mother, actress Makino Tomoko, and elder brother, actor Nagato Hiroyuki. In 1973, he married actress Asaoka Yukiji.
On June 10, actor Kanai Yuta (33) updated his blog announcing the birth of his second child.
Kanai made his acting debut in 'Zukkoke Sannin Gumi ~Kaitou x Monogatari~' back in 1998 and won Rookie of the Year in 'The 24th Japan Academy Awards' with 'Juugosai Gakkou IV'. Besides this, he's starred in 'Kokuhaku' (2009), 'Kimi ni Todoke' (2010), and the NHK Taiga drama, 'Gou' (2011), and more.
On March 31, actor Sakaguchi Kenji (42) announced via his agency that he will go on indefinite hiatus.
Since about three years ago, the actor had been limiting himself to work due to pain in his right hip. In his announcement, he revealed that he has an incurable disease called idiopathic osteonecrosis of the femoral head. He also announced that he would be resigning from his agency, K DASH, at the end of May.
SEKAI NO OWARI have revealed the PV for their new song "Sazanka" via YouTube.
"Sazanka" was written as the theme song for NHK's broadcast of the PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Games. Fukase (Vo) drafted the original plan for the PV, and Fujishiro Yuichiro directed it by telling a heartwarming story of two brothers played by Fukase and actor Kamiki Ryunosuke.
While words may be a barrier to fully understanding an artistic performance abroad, Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo on Thursday urged spectators from overseas to enjoy the traditional Japanese art for the beauty of its "form."
"There is the language barrier. When I go abroad and watch performances there, even if I do not understand all the meaning, there is something that I can relate to," Ebizo said at Kabukiza Theatre during an event of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival.
The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival opened Wednesday, with award-winning U.S. actor and filmmaker Tommy Lee Jones among a host of celebrities taking a stroll down the red carpet amid the cold and intermittent rain in the Japanese capital.
Jones heads a five-member jury for the festival's main competition section, where 15 entries will vie for the top Tokyo Grand Prix award. The works, to be shown during the festival's run through Nov. 3, were selected from 1,538 titles from 88 countries and regions.
Kanda Sayaka is marrying actor Murata Mitsu.
Kanda updated her official Instagram account on April 26 following a media report. She announced to her fans, "I, Kanda Sayaka, will marry Murata Mitsu-san. I will devote myself even more to enrich my work. It would make me happy if you would watch over us warmly."