Japan Records No Daily Cases As Of Sunday Morning

Japan records no daily cases as of Sunday morning

Japan's health authorities say the country has not recorded any new coronavirus cases on Sunday as of 11:30 a.m.

The total number of confirmed infections stands at 15,777, including people who tested positive at airport quarantine stations.

Morning Quake Hits Tohoku Region

Morning quake hits Tohoku region

An earthquake struck the Tohoku region of northern Japan at around 5:39 a.m. on Monday, local time.

It had an estimated magnitude of 6.1. The focus was off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at a depth of 50 kilometers. Officials say there is no risk of tsunami.

Second Plane To Return To Japan Thur. Morning

Second plane to return to Japan Thur. morning

A second plane to evacuate Japanese nationals from Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak, is expected to arrive at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Thursday morning.

The government-chartered plane left for the Chinese city on Wednesday night. It was carrying eight medical staff and government officials, as well as relief supplies such as masks and disinfectants.

Many Railway Services Out On Sunday Morning

Many railway services out on Sunday morning

Railway operators in greater Tokyo will halt Shinkansen and most local train services on Sunday morning for safety checks in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis.

East Japan Railway, or JR East, says all of its local lines will be out of operation at least until around noon.

Most Railway Services Out On Sunday Morning

Most railway services out on Sunday morning

Railway operators in greater Tokyo will halt shinkansen and most local train services on Sunday morning for safety checks in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis.

East Japan Railway, or JR East, says all of its local lines will be out of operation at least until around noon.

Rail Service Down Sunday Morning For Safety Checks

Rail service down Sunday morning for safety checks

Railway operators in greater Tokyo will halt shinkansen and most local train services on Sunday morning for safety checks in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis.

East Japan Railway, or JR East, says all of its local lines will be out of operation at least until around noon.

Tokyo Starts Campaign To Ease Morning Congestion

Tokyo starts campaign to ease morning congestion

The Tokyo metropolitan government has started calling on commuters to avoid using trains during the morning rush hour to ease congestion.

Tokyo officials launched the campaign on Monday as part of the run-up to the next year's Olympics and Paralympics to be held in the city.

Morning Musume.'18's Nonaka Miki To Study Abroad For A Short Period

Morning Musume.'18's Nonaka Miki to study abroad for a short period

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."

Former Morning Musume's Mitsui Aika To Retire From Showbiz

Former Morning Musume's Mitsui Aika to retire from showbiz

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's Sato Masaki To Release First Photo Book

Morning Musume's Sato Masaki to release first photo book

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.