Hikaru Utada, the best-selling pop artist born in New York City and raised in both Japan and the United States, is to return to entertainment after a three-year hiatus.
Utada, 30, has announced that she is to return not as a singer but as a radio DJ, Sankei Shimbun reported Saturday. Utada will host a monthly radio program called "Kuma Power Hour with Utada Hikaru" on InterFM station. Hikaru's show will be broadcast on the third Tuesday of every month in the Kanto region, beginning April 16.
Utada, who announced the hiatus on her blog in August 2010, has not hosted a regular radio show for 13 years. Although she did contribute the song "Sakura Nagashi" as the ending theme for last year's "Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo," her management insisted that the song did not represent a return to her musical career.© Japan Today