Former Akb48's Mitsumune Kaoru To Halt Her Activities

Former AKB48's Mitsumune Kaoru to halt her activities

On September 21, model and actress Mitsumune Kaoru announced on Twitter that she would be halting her activities.

In her tweet, she posted a handwritten message, saying, "Since my teenage years, I have suffered from eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I have been repeating a situation in which I have to be temporarily restrained in order to carry out my lifestyle."

Baseball: Former White Sox Champ Iguchi Goes Out With Bang

Baseball: Former White Sox champ Iguchi goes out with bang

CHIBA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Playing in the final game of his career, former big leaguer Tadahito Iguchi belted a game-tying, ninth-inning home run, paving the way for the Lotte Marines' 4-3, 12th-inning walk-off win over the Nippon Ham Fighters on Sunday.

A day after he was asked to manage the Marines in 2018, Iguchi wrapped up a career that began in 1997 and included four Pacific League pennants, three Japan Series championships and a World Series championship with the 2005 Chicago White Sox.

Former Abductee Speaks Out

Former abductee speaks out

Hitomi Soga, one of Japanese citizens abducted by agents from North Korea decades ago, made it back from the North 15 years ago. She is calling on the Japanese government to get the rest of the victims home.

Soga said, "I want government officials to put themselves in the shoes of the families and understand how it feels to have someone you love disappear like this. I want them to make greater efforts to resolve the abduction issue as soon as possible."

Sumo: Former Ozeki Kotoshogiku Surges To 4th Win In Tokyo

Sumo: Former ozeki Kotoshogiku surges to 4th win in Tokyo

Former ozeki Kotoshogiku cruised to his fourth win on Wednesday, the fourth day of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

With three yokozuna and one ozeki having pulled out of the competition, the fourth day of the 15-day tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan dawned without a single member of sumo's top four ranks holding an unbeaten 3-0 record. It was the first time that had happened since January 2017.

Former Soldiers' Children To Visit Japan

Former soldiers' children to visit Japan

A group of descendants of former Japanese Army soldiers who remained in Vietnam after World War Two will visit their fathers' homeland for the first time next month.

A Japanese fund and supporters are arranging the visit by 13 children of men who were sent to French-administered Indochina during the war.

Memorial Held For Former Siberian Internees

Memorial held for former Siberian internees

A memorial service has been held in Tokyo to remember the Japanese who died in Soviet detention camps in Siberia after World War Two.

About 180 people took part in Wednesday's memorial service at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery. The ceremony was organized by an association of former internees and bereaved families.

Former 'kamikaze' Pilot Comes To Understand Father's Anger After Building Own Family

Former 'kamikaze' pilot comes to understand father's anger after building own family

When young Imperial Japanese Navy pilot Tatsuzo Nishimura tried to leave a keepsake with his father when he came to visit his base during World War II, his father angrily refused to take it. The Kyoto native, now 89, says that he only understood his father's reaction after the war when he started his own family.

"Having a child give a parent something to remember them by when they die is so cruel," he says. "I did the worst disservice to my parents."

Late Former Okinawa Gov. Ota Praised By Ruling, Opposition Members

Late former Okinawa Gov. Ota praised by ruling, opposition members

Members of both ruling and opposition parties lamented the passing of former Okinawa Gov. Masahide Ota, who dedicated himself to relieving Okinawa of the heavy burden of hosting large swaths of U.S. military bases, recalling him as a "great governor" and describing his death as "shocking."

Ota, who survived the fierce Battle of Okinawa toward the end of World War II and later served as Okinawa Prefecture governor for eight years, died of pneumonia and respiratory failure at a hospital in Naha on the morning of June 12. He was 92.

Former Okinawa Governor Masahide Ota Dies

Former Okinawa Governor Masahide Ota dies

Former Okinawa Governor Masahide Ota, who tackled the issue of reducing the number of US military bases on the island prefecture, died on Monday. He was 92.

Ota, who was from Kumejima island in the prefecture, served in the post for 8 years starting in 1990.

Former Okinawa Gov. Ota, Who Tackled U.s. Base Issues, Dies At 92

Former Okinawa Gov. Ota, who tackled U.S. base issues, dies at 92

NAHA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Masahide Ota, a former governor of Okinawa who strived to resolve problems arising from the presence of U.S. military bases in the island prefecture, died in Naha on Monday morning of pneumonia and respiratory failure, his office said. He had turned 92 the same day.

Ota was governor when large protests erupted over the rape of a 12-year-old local girl by U.S. service members in 1995, bringing national attention to the disproportionately large U.S. military presence in the southern prefecture and raising tensions between the prefectural and central governments.

Injured Fukushima Cleanup Worker Sues Contractor In Place Of Bankrupt Former Employer

Injured Fukushima cleanup worker sues contractor in place of bankrupt former employer

A 49-year-old man injured while decontaminating the area around the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant decided to file a lawsuit in Yokohama against a construction company in Ehime Prefecture that contracted the Tokyo-based company which hired him, as his original employer went bankrupt.

In an attempt to meet the demand for decontamination workers, many small companies joined recovery efforts in Fukushima Prefecture, only to withdraw after a short time, causing trouble for those who were injured on the job. The man filing the lawsuit is one such case complicated by the situation as he was forced to file his lawsuit not against the company that hired him, but the one that had contracted that company.

Former J-league Goalkeeper Enomoto Picked By National Blind Soccer Team

Former J-League goalkeeper Enomoto picked by national blind soccer team

Former Yokohama F Marinos goalkeeper Tatsuya Enomoto has been selected as the official reinforcement designation player for Japan's blind soccer team, it has been learned.

The 38-year-old soccer star, who has played in a total of 223 games in the J-League, decided to take on this role for the national blind soccer team -- having announced his retirement as a professional player in December 2016.