Comedians Punished For Attending Crime Group Party

Comedians punished for attending crime group party

A major Japanese talent agency has suspended 11 of its comedians for attending a party hosted by a crime group and accepting payments.

Yoshimoto Kogyo announced the disciplinary measure on Monday. The 11 include Hiroyuki Miyasako and Ryo Tamura, both of whom appear on various TV shows.

Idol Group Kat-tun Ex-member Taguchi Arrested

Idol group KAT-TUN ex-member Taguchi arrested

A former member of the male idol group KAT-TUN, Junnosuke Taguchi, has been arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana.

Sources say the health ministry's narcotics control department searched Taguchi's residence based on a tip and found dried cannabis on Wednesday.

Shibuya Video Prank Group Referred To Prosecutors

Shibuya video prank group referred to prosecutors

Police in Tokyo have referred to prosecutors a YouTuber in his 20s and six others who, as a stunt, placed a bed in the middle of Tokyo's famed Shibuya scramble crossing in March.

The group in their 20s and 30s is suspected of violating the road traffic law by obstructing pedestrians.

Car Drives Into Group Of Daycare Children

Car drives into group of daycare children

A motorist has rammed into a group of more than 10 children from a daycare center in western Japan.

The driver hit the group of 13 children and three caregivers as they were lined up at an intersection in Otsu city on Wednesday morning.

Thai Police: Group Defrauded Over 100 Japanese

Thai police: group defrauded over 100 Japanese

Police in Thailand say a group of Japanese men arrested last week for allegedly running a call center scam defrauded more than 100 people in Japan.

Fifteen Japanese men were arrested on March 29 on suspicion of working illegally in the country. They were captured in a raid on a house in the resort city of Pattaya.

Jal Group Reviewing Ways To Test Alcohol Levels

JAL Group reviewing ways to test alcohol levels

The Japan Airlines Group is reviewing its alcohol level testing methods following revelations of a series of alcohol-related problems.

JAL Engineering says a mechanic in his 40s asked a junior colleague to take an alcohol test in his place at Fukuoka Airport in January.

Rip Slyme's Su Left Agency + Group Activities Halted Last Year

RIP SLYME's SU left agency + group activities halted last year

It's been reported that RIP SLYME's SU had left his agency. In an interview with ORICON STYLE, the agency confirmed, "He has already resigned. We do not understand the reason for the timing."

The other RIP SLYME members RYO-Z, ILMARI, PES, and FUMIYA are still signed with the agency. In addition, SU has shut down his Instagram and Twitter accounts. 

Arashi Pop Group To Suspend Activities In 2020

Arashi pop group to suspend activities in 2020

A Japanese pop group, Arashi, will suspend its activities at the end of 2020. The news has shocked fans in Japan and elsewhere in Asia.

The group posted a video message on its official fan club website on Sunday. Arashi's leader, Satoshi Ohno, says they had discussed his proposal to go their separate ways at the end of next year. He says he told the other members that he would like to have the freedom to continue his own career.

Head Of Japanese Whaling Group Welcomes Decision

Head of Japanese whaling group welcomes decision

The head of a Japanese whaling group says he welcomes the government's decision to resume commercial whaling.

Yoshifumi Kai, the head of Japan Small-Type Whaling Association, told reporters that the group has been trying to bring back whaling for 30 years.

Nogizaka46's Kawago Hina Announces Graduation From Group

Nogizaka46's Kawago Hina announces graduation from group

Nogizaka46 first generation member Kawago Hina has announced her graduation from the group. 

On her official blog, Kawago reflected on her activities in Nogizaka46 since she was 13 years old. She explained, "There is a part of me that feels that I shouldn't rush because I'm still 20 years old. However, rather than spending my time at ease here, I wanted to work hastily work with no time to spare. I want to start over and work frantically. That's why I decided to graduate from Nogizaka46."

Faky Leader Anna To Graduate From The Group

FAKY leader Anna to graduate from the group

FAKY have announced that leader Anna will be graduating from the group on December 20. 

After graduation, Anna will focus on her acting career. "I'm sorry to have surprised everybody with my sudden announcement. Please allow me to talk to everybody directly on the day of our one-man live," she said on her Instagram account. Her last time on stage as a member of FAKY will be on December 20 at LIQUIDROOM Ebisu. 

Ldp Group Calls For Japan-led Warplane Development

LDP group calls for Japan-led warplane development

A group from the main governing Liberal Democratic Party has suggested that Japan should start developing its next fighter jet within 2 years. It calls on the government to consider taking the initiative in the expected multilateral development of such an aircraft.

Members of the group, including former defense minister Yasukazu Hamada, compiled the proposal. The new fighter will succeed the Air-Self Defense Force's F-2 aircraft. Retiring the country's current 92 F-2 fighters will begin in the 2030s.

Group Calls For Better Human Rights In China

Group calls for better human rights in China

Uighurs and members of other Chinese ethnic minorities living in exile have formed a group in Japan to campaign for improvements in human rights in China.

About 100 people, including 10 members of Uighurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities, gathered on Friday for the founding of the group in Tokyo.