It's been reported that Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas bassist Kei passed away on January 12 at his home due to acute heart failure.
The band's official website announced that Kei's funeral was already held on January 15 at the will of his family. Due to his death, the release of their new album, their tour, and their event 'MEGA VEGAS' will be cancelled for the time being. While the band plans to continue their activities, they commented, "It would make us happy if you would watch over us warmly until the day we see everybody again."
Former Morning Musume member Yasuda Kei has announced the birth of her first child.
In a fax announcement, Yasuda announced that she gave birth to a baby boy on January 7. Both mother and baby are in healthy condition, and things are going well after birth. She plans on continuing her work while cherishing her time with her son.