A member of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in the Middle East has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
The Maritime Self-Defense Force has a destroyer and a patrol aircraft unit conducting anti-piracy operations off Somalia. In addition, it has about a dozen contact personnel working at a command center of a US-led international coalition in Bahrain.
It's been announced that former Kobushi Factory member Inoue Rei will be joining Juice=Juice.
This announcement was made on April 1 during a live broadcast on YouTube, commemorating the release of their new single "Pop Music / Sukitte Itte yo." After the group performed four songs, leader Kanazawa Tomoko made the report regarding Inoue's joining the group. She read a letter from Inoue, stating, "I hope to make my dreams come true in Juice=Juice. I will do my best so that everyone can think that it was a good idea for Inoue Rei to join."
Former AKB48 member Morikawa Ayaka has given birth to her first child.
Morikawa announced via Twiiter, "At this time, I have given birth to a baby girl without any problems. Both myself and my baby are healthy. I am relieved that she was born healthily. I am very happy." She added, "It would make me happy if you would watch over me warmly. Please continue to support me."
Investigative sources say a man arrested in connection with the murder of a senior member of a Japanese yakuza group told police he planned another attack on gang members.
Keiichi Furukawa, a member of a gang affiliated with the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate, was shot dead on Wednesday outside a restaurant in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture.
NGT48's agency and their operating company AKS has released a statement regarding an assault case involving member Yamaguchi Maho.
In a live broadcast on Twitter and SHOWROOM on January 8 and 9, Yamaguchi revealed that she was attacked by two men in front of her home in December. She then participated in the group's third anniversary event on January 10 where she apologized to her fans for causing them to worry.
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.
Wakatsuki Yumi, who just graduated from Nogizaka46 this month, has launched an Instagram account (@yumi_wakatsuki_official).
In her post, she uploaded a photo of herself eating cake with her eyes closed, and wrote in hashtags, "Thanks for waiting. What, you weren't waiting? Wakatsuki Yumi graduates and looks to the future." She then revealed in her second post that she started Instagram because she wants to notify her fans of her work.
Nakamoto Himeka, who graduated from Nogizaka46 last year, has launched an official website announcing that she will begin her work as a psychological counselor.
She wrote, "It's been a year since I graduated. I found the next thing I want to do, studied it from the beginning, and it's finally taking shape. I feel relieved that I am able to make this announcement." She reflected on her idol activities as being her asset, and stated, "You don't hear too often about young counselors. However, I feel that there are things that only I can respond to being 22 years old. I believe there will be someone that needs me."
NHK has learned that a member of a college football team may have lied in a statement that led to the recognition that former coaches instructed a player to commit a dangerous tackle during a game.
A Nihon University player injured a Kwansei Gakuin University quarterback in a tackle long after the ball was passed during an inter-college game in May.