Softbank Group Reports Half-yearly Operating Loss

Softbank Group reports half-yearly operating loss

The head of Softbank Group has admitted to some poor decisions after the firm reported its first April-to-September operating loss in 15 years.

Chairman & CEO Masayoshi Son took the blame for a handful of bad investments as Softbank posted a loss of more than 140 million dollars for the period.

Group Protests Treatment Of Homeless Evacuees

Group protests treatment of homeless evacuees

An aid group is urging Tokyo's Taito Ward Office to apologize for barring three homeless people from a shelter set up for a recent typhoon because they were not residents of the ward.

The office came under attack after revelations surfaced that the three homeless people were turned away from the shelter during Typhoon Hagibis on October 12.

Fukushima Civic Group Asks Prosecution To Appeal

Fukushima civic group asks prosecution to appeal

A civic group who filed a criminal complaint against the three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company has demanded that prosecution should appeal against the non-guilty ruling.

The leader of the group, Ruiko Muto, has told a news conference that the ruling is totally unacceptable.

Civic Group Disappointed By Verdict

Civic group disappointed by verdict

A member of a civic group who filed a criminal complaint against three former executives of the Tokyo Electric Power Company for professional negligence says that she never thought the court would find them not guilty.

Saeko Uno is a former Fukushima resident. She has been living in Kyoto since the 2011 nuclear accident.

Kono Meets Head Of Iranian Lawmakers' Group

Kono meets head of Iranian lawmakers' group

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and an Iranian lawmaker promoting ties with Japan have agreed that the two countries will cooperate to ease tensions in the Middle East.

Kono met with Asadollah Abbasi, head of the Iran-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group, in Tokyo on Monday. The meeting comes at a time of hostilities between Iran and the United States.

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.