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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.