Popular male idol group Arashi said on Sunday evening that they will suspend group activities indefinitely at the end of next year. The surprise announcement was triggered by 38-year-old leader Satoshi Ohno, who expressed his desire to leave show business to see views he has never seen before.
A fourth-grade Japanese girl will debut as the youngest professional player of the Asian board game “Go” when she turns 10 this spring, the Japan Go Association announced on Saturday. The girl, a resident of Osaka, said she wants to win a title while being in junior high school.
A group of “visiting deity” folk rituals were added on Thursday to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. In the festivals, people in rural communities wearing masks or costumes visit homes to drive away evil spirits at the end of the year or when seasons change.
A Japanese 5th grader became the youngest world champion at the World Othello Championship in Prague on Friday. On his return flight to Japan, he was unexpectedly congratulated by the pilot, who revealed that he was the previous record holder.
Banksy’s painting “Girl With Balloon” passed through a shredder hidden inside the frame moments after it sold for 1.04 million pounds at a London auction in early October. The winning bidder has decided to stick with her purchase of the self-destructed work, which has now been retitled “Love Is in the Bin.”
Former yokozuna grand champion and stablemaster Takanohana submitted his retirement to the Japan Sumo Association on Tuesday. He said the association pressured him to admit that the complaint he filed with the Cabinet Office in March was groundless, which prompted him to retire from the sport.
Namie Amuro, a Japanese pop singer and fashion icon, delivered her final stage performance in Okinawa prefecture on Saturday night as fans flocked to the venue to bid her farewell. The 40-year-old diva announced last September that she would retire on September 16, 2018.
The Johnny & Associates talent agency terminated its contract on Sunday with a former member of all-male pop group TOKIO over a high-profile incident. The 46-year-old bassist and singer was accused of molesting a high school girl at home in February.