Former NMB48's Suto Ririka has announced that she will be retiring from showbiz at the end of the month.
Suto had been continuing her entertainment activities while aiming to become a philosopher. According to a person affiliated with her agency, she had asked to retire last spring, and since then, there had been many discussions about her future path. Finally, it was decided that she would be retiring according to her will. Although there are programs scheduled to air in February that she's already done recording for, her activities will officially end this month.
Yokozuna Grand Champion Kisenosato will retire from sumo. His stable master made the announcement after Kisenosato was handed his third straight loss at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
The 32-year-old Kisenosato made his professional debut in the spring tournament in 2002 and was promoted to Yokozuna after winning the New Year tournament in 2017.
Japan's three-time Olympic wrestling champion Saori Yoshida has announced her retirement, saying she feels she has done everything she could in the sport.
Yoshida made the announcement at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday. She won gold in three consecutive Olympics and 13 straight World Championships.
Sources say that top-division sumo wrestler Takanoiwa is likely to retire from sumo for his act of violence against an attendant.
Takanoiwa admitted that he committed the violence to a Japan Sumo Association inquiry on Wednesday. The wrestler told the association that he hit the attendant several times with his open hand and with his fist in a hotel room in the city of Yukuhashi in southwestern Japan on Tuesday night. He was staying at the hotel for a regional tour match. Takanoiwa did not take part in the tour after that.
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."
Japanese table tennis star Ai Fukuhara has announced her retirement. The announcement was posted on her weblog on Sunday.
In her post, Fukuhara said she will become 30 years old this year and she has spent much of her life devoted to table tennis. She says it has taught her everything that is important in life.
Dempagumi.inc will hold a live concert, titled 'Dempagumi.inc Cosmo Tour 2019 in Nippon Budokan,' on January 6 and 7 at Nippon Budokan. It's been announced that member Yumemi Nemu will graduate from the group after these concerts.
After graduation, Yumemi plans to retire from showbiz as well. She will be celebrating ten years in showbiz this November, and when she thought about her future, she wanted to take a step forward in a new area taking what she learned from her experiences. Upon retirement, she will produce an original character called "Tanukyun" based on her color mint green. She will also work towards opening a bookstore.
On September 28, J.P ROOM Inc. sent out a fax to media outlets announcing that Yoshizawa Hitomi has retired from showbiz.
Following her hit and run incident on September 6, Yoshizawa was indicted the other day for injuring two people in a hit and run incident while driving under the influence. The fax included a statement from Yoshizawa, saying, "While facing myself, I became aware of my weakness and immaturity. What I did is something that will never be forgiven. Above all, I sincerely apologize to those I've hurt."
She continued, "From now on, I will atone for the crime I've committed and move forward as a member of society and a mother, so that I will not be ashamed of my behavior. In addition, I will retire from showbiz, which I have been a part of for the past 18 years."
Veteran race car driver and frequent Lexus collaborator Scott Pruett will retire from racing following this month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona:
This year marks Pruett's 50th year racing after beginning his career in 1968, when he first competed in go-karts as an eight-year-old. Pruett will step away from racing with a record 60 wins in American sports car competition, including a record-tying five overall victories in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He is a five-time Rolex Grand-Am Champion (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012) and two-time IMSA champion (1986 and 1988).
Flower member Fujii Shuka has announced her retirement from showbiz.
Since October, Fujii had been taking a break from performing due to a cervical herniated disc. On her reason for retirement, she explained that her condition has worsened, "I don't want to cause anymore trouble than I already have. In addition, I want to broaden my potential in a different world and place and find new things I want to challenge and achieve them. These feelings kept increasing on a daily basis." On her future activities, she commented, "I want to spend my time studying things like art, fashion, painting, and photography to express myself."