Us Service Members Raising Funds For Shuri Castle

US service members raising funds for Shuri Castle

US service members and their families have joined fundraising efforts to rebuild Shuri Castle in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. The World Heritage-listed site was destroyed by fire on October 31.

US resident Mari Gregory, the wife of a US Marine officer, set up the online fundraiser. She had lived in Okinawa for three years until this summer.

Ldp Creates 'anti-gaffe Manual' For Party Members

LDP creates 'anti-gaffe manual' for party members

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has created a manual instructing its members how to avoid gaffes after several ministers were forced to resign over verbal blunders.

The party is aiming to tighten discipline ahead of the Upper House election this summer.

Four Members Of Hinatazaka46 Become Exclusive Models For Women's Magazines

Four members of Hinatazaka46 become exclusive models for women's magazines

Hinatazaka46 members Kato Shiho, Sasaki Kumi, Sasaki Mirei, and Takamoto Ayaka have been selected as exclusive models for four women's magazines. 

This makes a total of five members to become exclusive models as Kosaka Nao is already an exclusive model for 'Seventeen' magazine. Kato will appear in 'CanCam,' Sasaki Kumi in 'Ray,' Sasaki Mirei in 'non-no,' and Takamoto in 'JJ' starting with the April edition which will hit shelves at the end of the month. 

Imperial Guard Members Show Determination In Tokyo Parade

Imperial Guard members show determination in Tokyo parade

About 250 Imperial Guard Headquarters members paraded solemnly through central Tokyo on Jan. 25 with unwavering determination ahead of the upcoming historical events in accordance with Emperor Akihito's abdication of the throne.

The members of the Imperial Guard Headquarters, dedicated to the protection of the emperor and his family, marched in perfect unison with 12 guard horses and three guard dogs during an annual parade through Higashi Gyoen (east garden of the Imperial Palace) to mark the beginning of the year.

Sgo48 Recruit 29 First Generation Members

SGO48 recruit 29 first generation members

AKB48's new overseas sister group SGO48 have recruited 29 first generation members. 

SGO48 received over 7,000 applications when they opened up the registration in August. After narrowing down the number of applicants based on the applications, they held interviews, and ended up with 120 applicants for the final screening. Among the 29 selected members is Koseki Yumi, a 14-year-old Japanese girl who lives in Ho Chi Minh. She commented, "I was very surprised the moment I found out the results. I felt that I need to work hard for the candidates who didn't make it in. This is a dream I finally achieved after so many years, so I will give it my all."

Six Members To Leave Ebisu Muscats

Six members to leave Ebisu Muscats

Ebisu Muscats will hold a live called 'Fuyu no Sotsugyoushiki ~Ittokukedo Watashitachi Zutto Muscats Sukidakara SP~' on December 15 at Stella Ball in Tokyo. 

The following six members will graduate after this live: Kamisaki Shiori, Kogawa Iori, Su-bu, Tamori Misaki, Natsume Hanami, and Minato Riku. A total of 37 members are scheduled to perform at this concert to see off the graduating members.

Five Members To Graduate From Super☆girls

Five members to graduate from SUPER☆GiRLS

It's been announced that SUPER☆GiRLS members Watanabe Hikaru, Miyazaki Rina, Mizote Ruka, Asakawa Nana, and Uchimura Risa will be graduating from the group in January of 2019. 

The group had been aiming to hold their 10th anniversary live in 2020 at Nippon Budokan. As over half of the members will be graduating from the 9-member group, the group's official website explained, "Every year, we have members graduating, and it has become difficult to attain this goal in such a unstable situation. We decided that the next time we have new members join will be the last time the members change. We will work hard to become a group that can stand on the big stage." With this, the remaining members Watanabe Koume, Ishibashi Hotaru, Abe Yumeri, and Nagao Shiori will start anew with the successful candidates of the ongoing 'SUPER☆GiRLS Cho Audition!!!!'

Sources: Six Former Aum Cult Members Executed

Sources: Six former Aum cult members executed

The main culprits behind a series of attacks that terrorized Japan in the 1990s are dead. Sources say 6 jailed members of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo have been executed. They were the last remaining members on death row. This comes after the cult's former leader and 6 other members were put to death in early July.

Aum members were involved in a series of crimes that left 29 people dead.

Aleph Members Instructed To Follow Asahara

Aleph members instructed to follow Asahara

Teaching materials obtained by NHK show that Aleph, a renamed successor to the Aum Shinrikyo cult, is trying to make its members faithfully follow the teachings of executed leader Shoko Asahara. His real name was Chizuo Matsumoto.

NHK acquired copies of 3 books and 2 CDs distributed by Aleph to its members several years ago.

6 Former Aum Members Still On Death Row

6 former Aum members still on death row

Six former members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult remain on death row following the execution of seven others.

Aum Shinrikyo's former leader Shoko Asahara, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto, was executed on Friday along with six of his former disciples.

Former Aum Cult Leader, 6 Members Executed

Former Aum cult leader, 6 members executed

Japan's Justice Ministry says the former leader of the Aum Shinrikyo cult has been executed, along with 6 of his former disciples. The cult carried out the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system and other deadly crimes.

The ministry said on Friday that former leader Shoko Asahara, whose real name was Chizuo Matsumoto, was executed earlier in the day. He was 63.