Diet To Debate Alleged Favoritism For Road Project

Diet to debate alleged favoritism for road project

A Japanese Diet panel is set to discuss Tuesday a controversy involving a road project that's been linked to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his deputy.

The long-stalled project to build a cross-strait road linking the prefectures of Fukuoka and Yamaguchi in southwestern Japan came under the spotlight, when a state minister of transport hinted recently that he gave favorable consideration to the plan.

Transport Minister Sorry For Road Project Scandal

Transport minister sorry for road project scandal

Japan's Cabinet minister in charge of infrastructure has apologized after a junior minister in his department resigned over remarks he made about a road project.

The minister for land, infrastructure, transport and tourism Keiichi Ishii told a Lower House committee on Tuesday that comments that raise doubts about the fairness of administrative affairs must be strictly avoided.

Okinawa Files Lawsuit Over Landfill Project

Okinawa files lawsuit over landfill project

Okinawa Prefecture in southwestern Japan has filed a lawsuit to demand the cancellation of a decision by the land minister over a landfill project related to the relocation of a US base.

The ongoing landfill work is part of a plan to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the less-populated Henoko district of Nago City.

Okinawa To File Lawsuit Over Landfill Project

Okinawa to file lawsuit over landfill project

Okinawa Prefecture in southwestern Japan has decided to file a lawsuit to demand the cancellation of a decision by the land minister over a landfill project related to the relocation of a US base.

The ongoing landfill work is part of a plan to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the less-populated Henoko district of Nago City.

Miyazaki Yuka To Graduate From Juice=juice & Hello! Project

Miyazaki Yuka to graduate from Juice=Juice & Hello! Project

Juice=Juice member Miyazaki Yuka will be graduating from the group as well as Hello! Project after their live tour in spring.

Miyazaki won the Encouragement Award in the '2nd FOREST AWARD NEW FACE' back in 2012. She was then chosen as a member of Juice=Juice in February of 2013 and has been the group's leader since. She revealed, "About a year ago, I started thinking about my life on a larger scale. Then, I felt that I am shining right now because I am in Juice=Juice, but I wanted to find something that will allow me to shine as one person."

Japan Science Council Opposes Hosting Ilc Project

Japan science council opposes hosting ILC project

An organization representing scientists in Japan says it does not support the idea of seeking a project to construct a giant particle accelerator in the country.

The Science Council of Japan expressed its stance on the proposal to build the International Linear Collider, or ILC, to the science ministry on Wednesday.

Sayashi Riho Graduates From Hello! Project

Sayashi Riho graduates from Hello! Project

It's been announced that Sayashi Riho's contract with Upfront Promotion has ended last month and has graduated from Hello! Project. 

Sayashi made the announcement on Upfront Promotion's official website. On her graduation, she commented, "I wanted to put an end to it in order to move toward my new goals." She continued, "I still want to sing, dance, and act! Please continue to watch over me and my dreams."

Yanagawa Nanami To Graduate From Country Girls, Juice=juice, And Hello! Project

Yanagawa Nanami to graduate from Country Girls, Juice=Juice, and Hello! Project

It's been announced that Country Girls and Juice=Juice member Yanagawa Nanami will be graduating from Hello! Project in March of next year. 

Yanagawa commented, "In this past year, I have begun thinking more and more about my future and current activities. After taking a good look at myself, I realized that I need to take a step back from being an 'idol' and grow more as 'Yanagawa Nanami.' In order to do that, I felt that I need to go to college. I will study hard to find a new dream and move toward that field.