It's been announced that Morning Musume.'18 member Nonaka Miki will be halting her activities from late-December to mid-February to do a short-term study abroad.
Nonaka's study abroad request was accepted as she wanted to concentrate on studying English. On her blog, she wrote, "Although I can speak English, I want to improve even more so that more people overseas can get to know Morning Musume. I also personally want to break out of my shell. The members and people around me support my decision of challenging myself. Tsunku-san also pushed my back, telling me to do my best as someone in charge of the global side."
It's been announced that former Morning Musume member Mitsui Aika's contract with agency J.P ROOM has ended. As such, she will be retiring from showbiz.
Mitsui graduated from Morning Musume back in May of 2012, then had been studying abroad in New Zealand from January of 2014. She had continued her activities in showbiz like participating in Hello! Project's concert 'Hello! Project COUNTDOWN PARTY 2015 ~ GOOD BYE & HELLO ! ~' as an OG member of Morning Musume. However, she wanted to "graduate from showbiz and pursue the path of cooking."
Morning Musume.'18's Sato Masaki will release her first photo book on October 6.
Sato chose to shoot the photo book in her hometown of Hokkaido. She shows many different expressions at cafes, farms, Japanese gardens, and parks. Its DVD will include a 30-minute footage of the making of the photo book.
Morning Musume.'18 will release a new single, titled "Furari Ginza / Jiyuu na Kuni Dakara," on October 24.
Both title tracks were written by Tsunku. Meanwhile, the coupling track "Y Jiro no Tochuu" was written by Ohashi Riko. Limited Edition A will come with a DVD containing the PV for "Furari Ginza," while the Limited Edition B DVD will contain the PV for "Jiyuu na Kuni Dakara." In addition, the Limited Edition SP DVD will include the making footage for the two videos.
J.P ROOM Inc. announced that former Morning Musume member Yoshizawa Hitomi was arrested on September 6 around 6:00 pm.
In the fax statement, Yoshizawa's agency said, "We are checking everything related to the incident including details of what's currently being reported." They plan to take strict action once the details have been confirmed.
It's been announced that Iikubo Haruna will graduate from Morning Musume.'18 and Hello! Project after the group's upcoming fall tour 'Morning Musume.'18 Concert Tour Fall ~READY, SET, GO!~.'
Iikubo explained that she thought about her future as the group celebrates 20 years since formation, "What do I want to challenge myself to the most right know? When I thought about it, there were many things I wanted to challenge," "This year, I will be 24. In order to achieve my challenges, I wanted to go solo at this timing and challenge myself to various things." She plans to continue to activities in showbiz after graduating.
Seventy-three years ago on this day, the city of Nagasaki was struck by an American atomic bomb. It killed more than 70,000 people in that year alone.
Thousands of people are commemorating the day at an annual ceremony in the city's Peace Park. This year will be the first time a UN Secretary-General will attend.
It's been announced that Morning Musume.'18 member Ogata Haruna will graduate from the group after concluding their 20th anniversary tour.
Ogata joined Morning Musume in 2014 as its 12th generation member. Since she joined the group, she had wished to attend an university and took the entrance exams last year. She unfortunately did not pass the exam at the time, but in the past year, she continued to study while being active in Morning Musume. This year she took an exam for a 4-year college as well as a community college. In the examination result announcement earlier this month, it was decided that she would attend a community college. On week days, she plans to attend school full time with hopes to eventually transfer to a 4-year college. As such, after careful discussion with her parents, she decided to graduate.
To commemorate their 20th anniversary, Morning Musume will release a mini album, titled "Hatachi no Morning Musume," on February 7.
The album will contain a total of eight songs including the 20th anniversary version of "Ai no Tane," which was released digitally on November 3 as a collaboration between Morning Musume.'17 and the original members (Nakazawa Yuko, Ishiguro Aya, Iida Kaori, Abe Natsumi, and Fukuda Asuka), "Gosenfu no Tasuki" sung by the current members, and a new song sung by both current and former members. In addition, the Limited Edition DVD will contain live footage from Tsuji Nozomi, Takahashi Ai, Michishige Sayumi, and Tanaka Reina's appearance in the group's recent concert at Nippon Budokan, as well as interviews with former members and the PV for "Ai no Tane (20th Anniversary Ver.).