Actors Fukuyama, Fukiishi marry

Entertainment News Sep 28, 2015

Actors Fukuyama, Fukiishi marry

Actor and singer-songwriter Masaharu Fukuyama, 46, and actress Kazue Fukiishi, 33, married on Monday, their management agencies said. The day happened to be Fukiishi's birthday. "We had a friendship which over the past few years grew into a relationship," Fukuyama said in a statement issued ...

Grads at singer Nakajima's alma mater get bogus parting message

National Mar 5, 2015

Grads at singer Nakajima's alma mater get bogus parting message

March is the end of an academic year and the season for farewell. Words of encouragement sent by successful alumna present the perfect send-off for students lined up at graduation ceremonies. But one such message supposedly sent by famous singer-songwriter Miyuki Nakajima to her alma ...

Musician-actor Johnny Okura dies at 62

National Nov 27, 2014

Musician-actor Johnny Okura dies at 62

Musician and actor Johnny Okura, who played a supporting role in the 1983 Japanese-British film "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence," died in a Tokyo hospital on Nov. 19, his management office said Thursday. He was 62, and the cause of death was pneumonia. Okura shot to ...

Blues singer inspired by ancient tomb mounds

Music 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 of ...

Singer brings peace message to U.N.

National 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 ...