Unjo Hirona To Be The Center Of Hkt48's 13th Single

Unjo Hirona to be the center of HKT48's 13th single

HKT48's 13th single (currently untitled) will be released on April 22. 

The last time HKT48 released a single was "Ishi" a year ago. Unjo Hirona will serve as center for the title track for the first time. The Regular Edition A will include a unit song by Chou, while Regular Edition B will include a song by Lit charm. In addition, all types will contain a coupling track by the 16 members of the "Eikou no Labyrinth CM Senbatsu 2020."

Security Center For Olympics To Open In March

Security center for Olympics to open in March

The Japanese government has decided to move up the schedule for establishing a command center to handle cyber security. The change comes in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Officials from the Cabinet Secretariat, the National Police Agency and others met on Monday to discuss how to enhance cyber security ahead of the Games.

Cancer Therapy Development Center To Open In Tokyo

Cancer therapy development center to open in Tokyo

A private hospital in Tokyo has set up a cancer therapy development center with the aim of quickly delivering new treatments to patients. The Cancer Institute Hospital has the largest number of cancer patients in Japan. The center will start operating next year.

The center will have an anti-cancer drug department, as well as one dedicated to immunotherapy, which helps the immune system fight cancer. It will also have a department for genomic cancer medicine, which uses genomic information to identify which drugs are most effective in treating a patient.

Media Center Opens For Enthronement Events

Media center opens for enthronement events

A media center for foreign journalists covering Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony on Tuesday opened at a Tokyo hotel on Monday.

The Cabinet Office says 450 members of the media from 73 countries will be visiting Japan to cover the events, in addition to 138 Tokyo-based correspondents from 33 foreign media organizations, who have already applied for credentials.

Report From Evacuation Center In Nagano

Report from evacuation center in Nagano

People in Nagano city have been battling floods and many were forced to leave their homes after the Chikuma River levees broke. NHK World's Haruka Nouchi is in the city with the latest on how people are dealing with the situation.

She says: I am at this evacuation center that's become a home away from home for about 200 people. The center is perched on a hill and located about 2 kilometers from the Chikuma River.

Fukushima Plant Offsite Center Demolition Starts

Fukushima plant offsite center demolition starts

Workers have begun demolishing an offsite emergency response center that briefly served as headquarters for dealing with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident.

Offsite emergency response centers were set up across Japan after a nuclear criticality accident at Tokai Village, near Tokyo, in 1999.

Kyoto Univ. To Set Up Cancer Immunotherapy Center

Kyoto Univ. to set up cancer immunotherapy center

NHK has learned that Japan's Kyoto University plans to set up a research center for cancer immunotherapy to be headed by Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo.

Honjo, a distinguished professor at Kyoto University, jointly received last year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of a cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.

Lisa's In And Around Tokyo: Musashino Clean Center--city Goes Trendy With Its Trash Disposal

Lisa's In and Around Tokyo: Musashino Clean Center--City goes trendy with its trash disposal

All I can say is "wow, wow and wow!" My socks were knocked off visiting a waste disposal site. Yes, a waste disposal site--you know, the place where they do what they do with our garbage?

News flash for governments and businesses with NIMBYs giving them headaches: You need to go to Musashino Clean Center (MCC). This facility opened my eyes to a whole new way of seeing and dealing with "inherently undesirables."

Father Submitted Letter To Child Welfare Center

Father submitted letter to child welfare center

The father of a ten-year-old girl who died after suspected domestic violence had submitted to a child welfare center a letter in which the daughter said she had lied about being abused by her father.

Mia Kurihara was found dead at her home in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, last month. Police arrested her parents on suspicion of inflicting injuries that led to Mia's death.

Sashihara Rino To Be The Center For Akb48's 55th Single

Sashihara Rino to be the center for AKB48's 55th single

Some details for AKB48's 55th single (currently untitled), to be released on March 13, have been revealed. The senbatsu members for the title track have been selected, and Sashihara Rino (HKT48) will serve as center. 

This will be Sashihara's last single before graduation. Besides Sashihara, the senbatsu members are Yahagi Moeka (first time senbatsu), Okada Nana, Okabe Rin, Ogino Yuka, Oguri Yui, Kashiwagi Yui, Sakaguchi Nagisa, Shitao Miu, Shiroma Miru, Sugawara Maya, Suda Akari, Takahashi Juri, Takino Yumiko, Tanaka Miku, Nakai Rika, Matsui Jurina, Matsuoka Hana, Mukaichi Mion, Yamauchi Mizuki, Yokoyama Yui, and Yoshida Akari. 

Shiroma Miru To Be The Center For Nmb48's 20th Single

Shiroma Miru to be the center for NMB48's 20th single

NMB48's 20th single (currently untitled) will be released on February 20. 

The center for this single will be Shiroma Miru who last served as center for the group's 17th single "Warota People" released in December of 2017. It will be draft third generation students Minami Haasa and Yamamoto Mikana's first time in the senbatsu. More details will be announced in the near future.