Professional baseball player Nogami Ryoma's wife, talento Ishikawa Rika (34), has announced that she is pregnant with their second baby.
In a blog entry, she wrote, "Recently, I've really been going at my pace, so I'm sorry I haven't been able to update my blog. This is the only place where I can deliver my current situation to my fans." She continued, "What I mean by current situation is... I'm currently pregnant with my second baby! I am due next January."
On November 18, talento Yanagihara Kanako (33) announced the birth of her first child.
Through her agency's official website, she reported, "A healthy baby girl was born. Both myself and baby are healthy." She expressed, "During my pregnancy, I went on maternity leave a little early. Thankfully, I was able to relax and face my mind and body, which overall led to my safe delivery. To people at work who cooperated with me and to everyone who supported me, thank you very much."
SCANDAL will release their new album "Kiss from the darkness" on February 12, marking their first album release from their private label 'her.'
The band's ninth album comes about two years after their last album "HONEY" released in February of 2018. It will consist of a total of 11 songs, such as "Masterpiece," "Mabataki," "Fuzzy," and "Saishuheiki, Kimi."
A 4-year-old girl who died after a suspected assault case in Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan was often seen walking alone and uncared for on the streets long before her death.
Shun Hiwatashi, boyfriend of Riara Otsuka's mother, was arrested on suspicion of hitting the girl in the head last week. The 21-year-old construction worker lived with the mother and the girl in the city of Izumi.
It's been reported that NGT48 member Sugahara Riko will be going on hiatus after receiving surgery on her left knee.
Sugahara injured her knee last year and had been continuing her activities within a reasonable range. She received surgery on January 15 seeking a complete recovery. While she is doing well after surgery, it will be about three or four months until she can perform on stage. She plans to continue updating her social networking sites at her own pace.
On January 15, former Momoiro Clover Z member Ariyasu Momoka updated her Twitter account announcing that she has launched an independent agency and will be resuming her activities.
It's almost been a year since Ariyasu graduated from Momoclo. In a handwritten message, she declared, "I, Ariyasu Momoka, will be starting my activities to convey my expressions through music and photography."
Japan's three-time Olympic wrestling champion Saori Yoshida has announced her retirement, saying she feels she has done everything she could in the sport.
Yoshida made the announcement at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday. She won gold in three consecutive Olympics and 13 straight World Championships.
Keyakizaka46 member Kobayashi Yui's first photo book (currently untitled) will be released on March 13.
Kobayashi has been gaining attention after serving as center in place for Hirate Yurina, who is currently on hiatus, at the '69th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen.' Her first photo book was shot by Suzuki Shin last fall in England. It is a commemorative work a she celebrated her 19th birthday during the shoot. She even challenged herself to her first photos in swimwear.