Joc Chief Conveys His Decision To Step Down

JOC chief conveys his decision to step down

The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunekazu Takeda has informed his associates that he will step down, in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics. Informed sources told NHK that Takeda has already communicated his intention to retire.

Takeda has been in hot water since allegations surfaced he was involved in bribery in connection with Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Games. An investigating judge in France has been looking into whether to bring Takeda to trial since December last year.

Kawamura Ryuichi To Resume His Activities With Church Tour

Kawamura Ryuichi to resume his activities with church tour

It's been announced that Kawamura Ryuichi will hold a nationwide tour called 'Ryuichi Kawamura Presents No Mic, One Speaker Concert at Church Tour 2019 ~anastasis~ #001' from February to April. 

As previously reported, Kawamura received surgery for lung cancer on January 11. The upcoming tour is an annual tour that he has been holding, performing at churches across the country. He and guitarist Fukuda Shinichiro will visit ten churches for this tour. 

Elephant Kashimashi's Miyamoto Hiroji To Start His Solo Activities

Elephant Kashimashi's Miyamoto Hiroji to start his solo activities

Miyamoto Hiroji's (Elephant Kashimashi) song "Fuyu no Hana" has been picked up as the theme song for Fuji TV's drama 'Gosaigyo' to premiere on January 22. 

'Gosaigyo' tells the story of Takeuchi Sayoko, a woman who targets elderly men and marries them to receive their inheritances. Kimura Yoshino plays the protagonist, and is supported by Takahashi Katsunori, Kimura Tae, Hamada Mari, and Izumiya Shigeru. 

Miura Shohei Talks About His Newlywed Life With Kiritani Mirei

Miura Shohei talks about his newlywed life with Kiritani Mirei

On January 17, actor Miura Shohei attended an event commemorating the opening of the first stores for tiramisu specialty shop 'HERO'S.' 

Miura also talked about things he want to challenge this year which include appearing in musicals and getting involved in voice acting. "I want to voice a Disney character. I want to become a voice actor! I've loved Disney since I was little," he said. 

Saito Kazuyoshi Shoots Pv For 'are' With His Smart Phone

Saito Kazuyoshi shoots PV for 'Are' with his smart phone

The short PV for Saito Kazuyoshi's new song "Are" has been uploaded onto YouTube. 

"Are" will be released as Saito's new single on February 20, and it has been picked up as the theme song for NTV's new drama 'Ie Uru Onna no Gyakushu' starring Kitagawa Keiko. The PV was shot with Saito's smart phone, and he was in charge of the editing and supervising. 

Yamamoto Yusuke To Resume His Activities

Yamamoto Yusuke to resume his activities

Actor Yamamoto Yusuke has landed the lead role in the stage play 'Tonari no Hall Star' to be shown at Shinjuku's Sun Mall Studio next March. 

This was announced on Yamamoto's independent agency's website. It will be his first acting gig since his contract with Ever Green Entertainment was terminated in March of 2017. 

Fukuyama Masaharu To Release A Live Album On His 50th Birthday

Fukuyama Masaharu to release a live album on his 50th birthday

It's been revealed that Fukuyama Masaharu will release a four-disc live album titled 'DOUBLE ENCORE' on his 50th birthday, February 6. 

The album will feature 31 tracks that he performed during his double encores from his arena tour 'WE'RE BROS. TOUR 2018' held from January to April, his dome tour 'FUKUYAMA MASAHARU DOME LIVE 2018 -Kurayami no Naka de Tobe-' held in May, and his fan club event 'Omae to Mikkai 2018' held in July. There will be two limited editions and three regular editions available for purchase. The limited editions will come with a DVD or Blu-ray containing footage from his countdown live 'Fukuyama☆Fuyu no Daikanshasai Sono Juushichi.'

Pope Expresses His Will To Visit Japan

Pope expresses his will to visit Japan

Pope Francis has expressed his desire to visit Japanese cities, including Tokyo and Nagasaki, at the end of 2019, according to Japanese clerics.

The Pope met Japan's Cardinal Manyo Maeda and archbishop of Nagasaki Mitsuaki Takami on Monday at the Vatican.

Yamashita Tomohisa Shows Off His Dance Moves In 2 New Pvs

Yamashita Tomohisa shows off his dance moves in 2 new PVs

Yamashita Tomohisa has revealed the PVs for his new songs "You Make Me" and "Right moves" on his website. 

Both of these songs can be found in Yamashita's new album "UNLEASHED" to be released on November 28. "You Make Me" is an English song that was written by Yamashita himself, and in its PV, he challenges himself to contemporary dance for the first time.