Rena Ogawa Leaves Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project

And another on bites the dust. Kobushi Factory's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year continues apace with the announcement of the retirement of Rena Ogawa today (Japanese). She had been diagnosed with anxiety disorder back in July, around the same time it was discovered she had been dating a boy (OMFG, a 17 year-old … Continue reading Rena Ogawa Leaves Kobushi Factory and Hello! Project

UP-FRONT Terminates Rio Fuji’s Contract

In a statement (English translation) originally released on the official Hello! Project website, UP-FRONT PROMOTION (UFP) has terminated the contract of Kobushi Factory member Rio Fuji, effective immediately. She is said to have violated company rules, but no details regarding the violations have been released. This comes shortly after UFP and Fuji released statements announcing her … Continue reading UP-FRONT Terminates Rio Fuji’s Contract