Aug 21, 2014

Two with yakuza links held over drug sales to Aska

Two men have been arrested for allegedly selling 100 tablets of illegal drugs including MDMA to pop singer Aska, who has been indicted on charges including stimulant use. Tsuneyoshi Yagyu, 64, who is unemployed, and Takahiko Yasunari, 47, a senior member of an affiliate ...

Blues singer inspired by ancient tomb mounds

Jul 28, 2014

Blues singer inspired by ancient tomb mounds

by Sakura Watanabe

Blues singer Marikofun finds inspiration in a unique place — Japan’s ancient tomb mounds, known as kofun in Japanese. She has visited more than 1,000 ancient tomb mounds across Japan over the past seven years — a dedication expressed in the line of one ...

'Enka' icon Shimakura dies at 75

Nov 9, 2013

'Enka' icon Shimakura dies at 75

Chiyoko Shimakura, known as one of Japan’s most enduring postwar singers, died of liver cancer at a Tokyo hospital Friday, her record label said. She was 75. The singer of popular songs and “enka” ballads had numerous hits in her career spanning 58 years, ...

Singer brings peace message to U.N.

Sep 17, 2013

Singer brings peace message to U.N.

by Seana K. Magee

As pop star turned activist Shinji Harada performs around the world, including at a special United Nations concert this month in New York, he is reminded of the importance his hometown of Hiroshima plays as the nexus of a global peace movement 68 years ...