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.
Imaizumi Yui, who graduated from Keyakizaka46 in November, has signed with Avex and has officially started her activities as an actress. From March, she will play the heroine in the stage play 'Atami Satsujin Jiken: LAST GENERATION 46' to be shown in Tokyo and Osaka.
Watching Kawaei Rina succeed after her graduation from AKB48, Imaizumi decided to join Avex to challenge herself in a wide range of things. Although she has starred in dramas as a member of Keyakizaka46, she now plans to shift her focus on acting.
Yamamoto Sayaka, who graduated from NMB48 in November, has officially started her solo activities. She will be holding a nationwide tour titled 'I'm ready' from February to June.
This is actually Yamamoto's third solo tour (2016, 2017). The upcoming tour will kick off on February 23 in Saitama, and will wrap up on June 2 in Okinawa for a total of 27 shows.
SCANDAL have established a private label called 'her,' and will be releasing new music from the label next spring.
The band held their one-man live 'BEST★Xmas 2018' on December 24 at MyNavi BLITZ Akasaka. Towards the end of the live, HARUNA (Vo, G) announced the establishment of their new label, "All of our works will be released from 'her.' It's our own label, so we will be able to freely express ourselves more than before. We hope to create songs that would paint everybody's days through 'her.'"
It's been reported that singer Hitoto Yo (42) is pregnant with her third child.
Hitoto Yo made her singing debut in 2002 with "Morainaki," but it wasn't until 2004 when her song "Hanamizuki" became a hit and made her break. She married guitarist Yamaguchi Shuhei in April of 2015, and at the same time, announced her first pregnancy. Her first child, a son, was born in November of the same year, then she gave birth to her second child, a daughter in July of 2017.
Former Momoiro Clover member and actress Hayami Akari (23) has registered her marriage with a non-celebrity man.
In a written announcement released by her agency, Hayami said, "To everyone who always supports me. At this time, I, Hayami Akari have registered my marriage with a non-celebrity man who I have been dating for some time. He is a warm person who accepts me for who I am. By spending time with each other, we felt that we wanted to become family."