Kazuo Hirai is a legendary figure at Japanese conglomerate Sony. The former CEO is credited with leading the company’s turnaround in recent years. Now, he has decided to take a well-earned retirement. An announcement sent out today confirmed that after 35 years of service at the company, Kazuo Hirai will now be retiring.
Hirai took the CEO job in 2012 as he replaced Sir Howard Stringer and set about implementing a turnaround strategy that saw the company become a profitable business once again. Hirai previously led Sony’s PlayStation business and that also played a significant part in returning the company to profitability.
It's been reported that former AKB48 member Takajo Aki (27) and Takahashi Yuji (25) professional soccer player for Sagan Tosu, tied the knot on February 15.
On her SNS account, Takajo commented, "Please excuse me for this personal matter, but today, I have registered my marriage with Sagan Tosu's Takahashi Yuji-san. By supporting each other as husband and wife, I hope to build a cheerful and peaceful family. I am still very immature, but please continue to support me." Takahashi wrote a similar message on his SNS account.
Former residents of four Russian-held islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories organized a petition drive in Hokkaido for the return of the islands.
A group of about 20 former islanders and their descendants held the event at the Sapporo Snow Festival on Thursday, Northern Territories Day in Japan.
Former AKB48 member and voice actress Sato Amina (28) has announced her marriage.
On Twitter, she wrote, "Please allow me to use this opportunity to make an announcement to my fans. It's a personal matter, but I, Sato Amina, have registered my marriage with a non-celebrity man." She continued, "I will brace myself and delve into my work, so please continue to support Sato Amina!"
It's been reported that former NMB48 member Terui Honoka gave birth to her first child on January 17th.
Terui was a fourth generation member of NMB48 and was active from 2012 to 2015. Last July, she announced that she was four months pregnant, and on January 18th, she revealed on Instagram, "A healthy 3,100 gram (6 lb 13 oz) baby boy was born."
Former NMB48's Suto Ririka has announced that she will be retiring from showbiz at the end of the month.
Suto had been continuing her entertainment activities while aiming to become a philosopher. According to a person affiliated with her agency, she had asked to retire last spring, and since then, there had been many discussions about her future path. Finally, it was decided that she would be retiring according to her will. Although there are programs scheduled to air in February that she's already done recording for, her activities will officially end this month.
Imaizumi Yui, who graduated from Keyakizaka46 in November, has signed with Avex and has officially started her activities as an actress. From March, she will play the heroine in the stage play 'Atami Satsujin Jiken: LAST GENERATION 46' to be shown in Tokyo and Osaka.
Watching Kawaei Rina succeed after her graduation from AKB48, Imaizumi decided to join Avex to challenge herself in a wide range of things. Although she has starred in dramas as a member of Keyakizaka46, she now plans to shift her focus on acting.
Wakatsuki Yumi, who just graduated from Nogizaka46 this month, has launched an Instagram account (@yumi_wakatsuki_official).
In her post, she uploaded a photo of herself eating cake with her eyes closed, and wrote in hashtags, "Thanks for waiting. What, you weren't waiting? Wakatsuki Yumi graduates and looks to the future." She then revealed in her second post that she started Instagram because she wants to notify her fans of her work.