Japanese preschool education and childcare became free of charge on Tuesday, a move that will be funded by a consumption tax hike.
The tax was raised from 8 to 10 percent on October 1, with its revenue allotted to social security upgrades. During this fiscal year, about 3.5 billion dollars will be directed toward making preschool education and daycare services free.
A 10-year-old Japanese girl is set to become the youngest professional player of the Asian board game "Go" next month.
At a ceremony in Tokyo on Tuesday, Sumire Nakamura from Osaka and 12 others received their "sho-dan" licenses, the lowest professional rank. The players turn professional on April 1.
Hinatazaka46 members Kato Shiho, Sasaki Kumi, Sasaki Mirei, and Takamoto Ayaka have been selected as exclusive models for four women's magazines.
This makes a total of five members to become exclusive models as Kosaka Nao is already an exclusive model for 'Seventeen' magazine. Kato will appear in 'CanCam,' Sasaki Kumi in 'Ray,' Sasaki Mirei in 'non-no,' and Takamoto in 'JJ' starting with the April edition which will hit shelves at the end of the month.
Golden Bomber have revealed the PV for their new song "Gagagagagagaga."
"Gagagagagagaga" is the theme song for NHK's drama 'Tokusatsu Gagaga' which just started on January 18, and will be released as the band's new single on February 20. In the PV, the members become superheroes and challenge themselves to action scenes.
A nine-year-old Japanese girl is set to become the youngest professional player of the Asian board game "Go."
The Japan Go Association, or Nihon Ki-in, officially decided at a board meeting on Saturday to induct Sumire Nakamura from the city of Osaka as a professional under a special quota for gifted young amateurs.
The number of applicants for volunteer positions at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has topped 160,000. That's twice the target set by the Games' organizing committee.
At a meeting of the committee's executive board on Thursday, an official said over 162,000 people had applied as of that morning.
Nakamoto Himeka, who graduated from Nogizaka46 last year, has launched an official website announcing that she will begin her work as a psychological counselor.
She wrote, "It's been a year since I graduated. I found the next thing I want to do, studied it from the beginning, and it's finally taking shape. I feel relieved that I am able to make this announcement." She reflected on her idol activities as being her asset, and stated, "You don't hear too often about young counselors. However, I feel that there are things that only I can respond to being 22 years old. I believe there will be someone that needs me."
Tackey & Tsubasa, a unit comprised of Takizawa Hideaki and Imai Tsubasa, have disbanded as of September 10.
Tackey & Tsubasa temporarily halted their activities last year at the time of their 15th debut anniversary. During their hiatus, they each thought hard about their lives which led to the disbandment. In addition, Takizawa will retire from showbiz at the end of the year. He will up bring new talents under Johnny's & Associates president Johnny Kitagawa, and devote his work to producing stage shows and concerts. As for Imai, he will leave Johnny's in order to face his illness. He will do his best to recover in order to become active again.