It's been reported that actor Shiga Kotaro passed away on April 20 at 8:20 pm due to aspiration pneumonia. He was 71 years old.
His agency stated, "After receiving surgery for cerebral thrombosis last April, he had been working hard in rehab aiming for complete recovery. However, that was not fulfilled. We would like to respectfully make this announcement while being grateful for his life."
It's been reported that actress and talent Okae Kumiko passed away on April 23rd due to pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus. She was 63 years old.
After developing a fever on April 3rd, Okae was told to monitor her condition at home for about four to five days. Then on the 6th, her condition took a turn for the worse. She was hospitalized and was put on a ventilator in ICU. She finally received the PCR test, which came back positive for the coronavirus.
On April 1, former AKB48 member and actress Shinoda Mariko (34) announced that she gave birth to her first child.
Via her Instagram and Twitter accounts, Shinoda reported, "I apologize for making a personal announcement during this time, but I gave birth to a healthy baby girl the other day. Thankfully, both myself and baby are doing well."
The PV for Tokyo Jihen's new song "Eien no Fuzai Shomei" has been uploaded onto YouTube.
"Eien no Fuzai Shomei" can be found in the band's upcoming album "News" to be released on April 8 and will be used as the theme song for the movie 'Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan' premiering on April 17. Directed by Kodama Yuichi, the PV shows the members descending to earth during the leap year.
It's been revealed that [Alexandros] will be in charge of the anime film 'Kidou Senshi Gundam Senkou no Hathaway' to open in theaters on July 23.
This was announced on March 24 during an event called 'GUNDAM FAN GATHERING -Senkou no Hathaway: Heirs to GUNDAM-' held at Zepp DiverCity TOKYO. On selecting [Alexandros] to sing the theme song, producer Ogata Naohiro commented, "Gundam has been popular overseas in recent years, so I wanted an artist who we could go overseas with. As such, we asked [Alexandros]."
Kawakami Yohei (Vo,G), who made a surprise appearance at the event, expressed, "I'm very happy. It's such an honor." More details on the theme song will be revealed later as the band is currently working on the song.
On March 23, actress Kuriyama Chiaki (35) opened her official Twitter account and announced that she has left her agency that she belonged to for 30 years. According to persons concerned, the actress left the agency on March 10 and will be launching her own office.
Kuriyama tweeted, "At this time, I, Kuriyama Chiaki, have left Space Craft Entertainment and will be going independent. I am only grateful to the agency that has guided me for 30 years."
Tokyo Jihen have revealed the track list for their new CD "News", which will drop on April 8.
The CD will contain five songs with one song composed by each member. As previously reported, "Erabarezaru Kokumin" was released digitally on New Year's Day, and "Eien no Fuzai Shomei" was been picked up as the theme song for the movie 'Meitantei Conan: Hiiro no Dangan' (premieres April 17).
Imai Tsubasa, who left Johnny's & Associates in September of 2018, will be signing with Shochiku Entertainment on April 1.
Imai was diagnosed with Meniere's disease in 2014 and has been on indefinite hiatus since September of 2018 to focus on treatment. He resumed his activities last month with the kabuki play 'Sistina Kabuki: NOBUNAGA.'
Former Keyakizaka46 member Hirate Yurina has launched her official website.
Hirate passed Keyakizaka46's first generation audition in August of 2015 and had been the center for every one of the group's singles until she withdrew from the group this January. Since then, fans have been wondering about her future activities.