Actress Mizuki Arisa celebrated her 28th birthday on Sunday, the final day of shooting of her new film “Tobi ga Kururi to.” Director Sonoda Kenji presented her with a big bouquet of flowerts after he called the final “cut.” The film is scheduled to open next year.
• The copyright infringement case (see earlier story) involving former Morning Musume member Abe Natsumi (23) led to an official apology by all 45 members of the Hello! Project. At the Hello! Project Sports Festival 2004 in Saitama on Sunday, former MM member Nakazawa Yuko (31) spoke to the 26,000 fans and apologized for the “meiwaku” (inconvenience). All 45 celebrities then gave the customary deep bow of apology.