Super?girls' Ishibashi Hotaru To Graduate, Retire From Showbiz

SUPER?GiRLS' Ishibashi Hotaru to graduate, retire from showbiz

It's been announced that SUPER?GiRLS member Ishibashi Hotaru will graduate from the group on December 31 and end her contract with Avex Management. 

Ishibashi had been on hiatus since August due to her poor health condition. According to an announcement on the group's official website, Ishibashi felt it was difficult to continue her activities in showbiz and wanted to concentrate on her studies. As such, her graduation and termination of contract were decided. She commented, "I believe SUPER?GiRLS will continue to move forward toward their 10th anniversary. Everyone, please continue to support them as before. During my hiatus, the only thing that filled my time and mind was 'drawing.' Although I will not be an idol anymore, I hope to return to my roots and utilize my encounters and experiences in order to express myself in a different way."

Ex-red Sox Pitcher Uehara To Retire

Ex-Red Sox pitcher Uehara to retire

Former Major Leaguer and the oldest pitcher in Japanese pro baseball, Koji Uehara, will retire.

The 44-year-old made his professional debut with the Yomiuri Giants in 1999.

Baseball Star Ichiro Suzuki Intends To Retire

Baseball star Ichiro Suzuki intends to retire

NHK has learned that Japanese Major Leaguer Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners has told team officials he intends to retire.

The 45-year-old veteran is scheduled to hold a news conference after his team's match against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday in Tokyo.

Joc President Likely To Have To Retire

JOC president likely to have to retire

NHK has learned that the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee will likely have to retire without serving another term as French authorities are investigating him in connection with allegations of corruption.

The JOC is set to choose its new president in biennial internal voting in June.

Former Nmb48's Suto Ririka To Retire From Showbiz At The End Of The Month

Former NMB48's Suto Ririka to retire from showbiz at the end of the month

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 Kisenosato To Retire From Sumo

Yokozuna Kisenosato to retire from sumo

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.

Yoshida Explains Her Decision To Retire

Yoshida explains her decision to retire

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.

4-time Olympic Medalist To Retire

4-time Olympic medalist to retire

Japanese three-time Olympic gold medalist in women's wrestling Saori Yoshida says she is retiring from the sport.

Yoshida, who has also won 13 straight World Championships, made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday.

Takanoiwa Likely To Retire From Sumo

Takanoiwa likely to retire from sumo

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.

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."

Table Tennis Star Ai Fukuhara To Retire

Table tennis star Ai Fukuhara to retire

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.

Yumemi Nemu To Graduate From, Retire From Showbiz

Yumemi Nemu to graduate from, retire from showbiz will hold a live concert, titled ' 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.

Yoshizawa Hitomi To Retire From Showbiz

Yoshizawa Hitomi to retire from showbiz

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."