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July 13, 2013 - Kazama Shunsuke announces his marriage
Actor Kazama Shunsuke (30) announced through his agency, Johnny & Associates, Inc., that he married a 35-year-old non-celebrity woman in the beginning of May.
According to his agency, he met the person via introduction from an acquaintance back in 2004, and they've been dating since then.
Kazama made the statement, "From here on, I would like to continue working hard as an actor and as a man, while changing the support from her to my power, and I will greatly appreciate your further guidance and encouragement."
Kazama made his debut in 1997, and he has been appearing many dramas, movies, stage plays, and so on.
June 7, 2012 - TACKEY & TSUBASA to release fan-selected best album for 10th anniversary
To celebrate their upcoming tenth anniversary Tackey & Tsubasa have begun a special project. Since making their CD debut with the album “Hatachi” on September 11, 2002, Tackey & Tsubasa have released three original albums, one mini-album, one best-of album, and thirteen singles to date. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite song from these works, and the most popular will be compiled onto a best-of request album scheduled for release this fall. They’ll be able to vote once a day on a special website set up for the event on which they can listen to previews of each song to make sure they’re voting for their favorites. Tackey & Tsubasa plan to announce more special plans to celebrate their big anniversary. Their official label website even includes a countdown until the date of their debut, September 11, 2012.
February 17, 2012 - Three Hey! Say! JUMP members graduate from high school
Hey! Say! JUMP members Yamada Ryosuke, Chinen Yuri, and Nakajima Yuto officially graduated from high school through a ceremony at Horikoshi High School. The boys held a press conference after the ceremony, and reporters noticed that Yamada had tears in his eyes. Shaking his head, Yamada protested, “No no, it’s eye drops.” He also recalled a ‘cold’ memory from high school, “My teachers scolded me a lot. I had to sit in the hallway a few times. Sitting there in the winter was tough.” Meanwhile, Chinen shared a cheerful memory from high school, saying, “I was happy I placed 4th on the tests in our grade level.” When asked, “When did you study?“, he quickly responded, “I just listened to the lectures.” Nakajima also shared, “I always looked forward to eating onsen tamago (slow-boiled egg) curry with Chinen during lunch. Because of it, I became this big.” Now that they’ve graduated high school, the three members plan to devote themselves entirely to their entertainment activities. “We’ll get employed by Johnny’s Entertainment,” they said in unison. Yamada added, “I want to take advantage of the time I’m not in school to build up my own abilities and mature as a member of JUMP.” Hey! Say! JUMP will embark on their first Asia tour starting March 24th. They are scheduled to hold concerts in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangkok, and Seoul. Yamada said, “To make up for the language barrier, we want to show it in our performance.” Chinen also promised, “Let’s do some acrobatic stunts.” Congratulations to the graduates!
February 11, 2012 - Akanishi Jin and Kuroki Meisa release official statements about their marriage
Akanishi Jin and Kuroki Meisa have finally released official statements about their surprise marriage! For the past few days, there have been many reports about the couple’s status. Below are messages from Akanishi and Kuroki’s official websites clearing up the rumors: === “To my dear fans May I take this opportunity to let you know I have married Ms. Meisa Kuroki on Feb 2, 2012. I am even more focused to create and deliver my best to My fans, and sincerely hope I can have your kind blessing For my new future.“ Jin Akanishi === “To everyone who has supported me I’m sorry it’s taken so long to report this to everyone. I, Kuroki Meisa have married Akanishi Jin-san on February 2nd. I am still immature, But I want to work even harder than before. And I hope to grow as a person. Please continue to support me.“ Kuroki Meisa === Neither Akanishi nor Kuroki has mentioned the rumored pregnancy.
February 9, 2012 - Akanishi Jin’s Management company confirms marriage to Kuroki Meisa but not pregnancy
Kuroki Meisa and singer Akanishi Jin getting married and it has been confirmed. Akanishi’s Management company sent out a fax to the Japanese media confirming the reports of marriage. The fax stated that the couple officially filed paperwork for marriage on the 2nd, however, there was no mention of a pregnancy. In the fax, Akanishi also stated that he was still immature but he will work as hard as ever and to watch over the new couple.
February 8, 2012 - Sponichi reports Akanishi Jin & Kuroki Meisa getting married + 2 month pregnancy
Sports Nippon is reporting that popular actress Kuroki Meisa and singer Akanishi Jin are getting married! According to the Sponichi report published on February 9th, Kuroki is in the second month of pregnancy, and they already reported this announcement to their agencies. Currently, the internet users are all surprised at this news, however, there are no official announcements at this moment. Previously, Sponichi also reported Akanishi and Kuroki’s date at Tokyo Disney Sea. Their official agencies later made statements that it wasn’t a date but rather that they were just friends.
February 4, 2012 - Kanjani 8’s Maruyama Ryuhei to star in Fuji TV drama, ‘O-PARTS’
It’s been announced that Kanjani 8 member, Maruyama Ryuhei, will star in Fuji TV’s special four-night drama called “O-PARTS” (title pending). This will be Maruyama’s first leading role in a drama. “O-PARTS” is a science fiction story centering around five “ordinary people” who get selected by the government to confront terrorists who come from the year 2141 in order to kill the ancestors of important people in their present time. Maruyama will act alongside Kutsuna Shiori, Ito Ayumi, Sometani Shota, and Kawashima Junya. “O-PARTS” will be broadcasted back to back from February 27th to March 1st at 11:00 p.m. (JST).
November 9, 2011 - Yamashita Tomohisa to star in a new drama series
Yamashita Tomohisa will star in a new Thursday TBS drama called “Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata~Ending Planner~“, which will start airing in January of 2012. This will be his first work after withdrawing from NEWS back in October. Yamashita commented, “I would like to work well by boosting morale during filming as usual without being too lively.” He also said, “Drama is my favorite genre and it’s an important tool that can help me further develop my talent.“ Yamashita will play an owner of a funeral parlor who succeeded his late father’s business unwillingly. His funeral parlor receives bodies from the police, and its through these bodies that he’s able to understand the fabric of human relationships. There will also be a romance between Yamashita and a newbie female detective. It’s been about 2 years since Yamashita last starred in a drama series, “Code Blue -Doctor Heli Kinkyuu Kyumei-“. For his latest production he will tag up with producer Iyoda Hidenori, who was also the producer of Yamashita’s movie “Ashita no Joe”. Reportedly, Yamashita is willing to go interview to a funeral parlor in order to rehearse for his role, and is firing himself up for the upcoming drama.
November 8, 2011 - Johnny’s group A.B.C-Z to debut next year?
Johnny’s Jr. group A.B.C-Z held their first one-man concert at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Stadium for 26,000 fans. The group announced that next February, they would be hosting a show at Nissay Theater in Tokyo. The play, titled “ABC-za Star Kouen”, was written and directed by Johnny Kitagawa (80) himself and is said to be an entertaining show that will feature singing and acrobatics. Kawai Fumito (24) commented, “We want to surprise everyone”. The group currently has five members and is one of the main forces in Johnny’s Jr.. Kitagawa commented, “They may debut next year,” and Kawai excitedly added, “I hope we can debut next year. With the performance using our bodies (which is our strong point), I would like have a worldwide show, like in Asia”.
October 13, 2011 - Tackey & Tsubasa announces new single, “Heartful Voice”
Tackey & Tsubasa have announced that they’ll be releasing a new single entitled “Heartful Voice” on November 23rd! “Heartful Voice” has been described to be a winter love song which expresses a man’s loyal feelings. There will be four different editions for the single.
October 7, 2011 - Yamashita Tomohisa & Nishikido Ryo withdraw from NEWS
NEWS members, Yamashita Tomohisa and Nishikido Ryo, withdrew from the group on the same day. Yamashita will pursue his solo activities, and Nishikido will focus on his activities in Kanjani∞. Consequently, NEWS will continue their activities with four members: Koyama Keiichiro, Kato Shigeaki, Masuda Takahisa, and Tegoshi Yuya. Yamashita commented, “It will be a challenge all on my own from now on. There may be inconvenient or hard things which I have never felt before, however, I would like to strive in every project with the precious experiences that I received with NEWS.” Koyama, who will stay in NEWS, expressed positively, “Although we will be going on different paths, the four members of NEWS will continue the legacy of the eight years we walked together.” Nishikido, who belonged to both Kanjani∞ and NEWS, revealed that the reason behind his withdrawal was that his schedule adjustments for both groups didn’t work well. He said, “Please continue to support this new NEWS with Koyama, Kato, Masuda, and Tegoshi.
October 1, 2011 - Arashi releases new CMs for ‘au’
Arashi is out to steal hearts again with their unstoppable ‘au‘ CMs, and this time, they’re endorsing three new services! The commercials see Arashi rocking out and striking dramatic poses to the music of “My Way” by Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols. The members are advertising “Tomokomi” (where au users get to talk to each other for free), “Wi MAX” (a speedy internet system), and a smartphone service that boasts strong signals, wherever you are in Japan.
September 29, 2011 - Johnny’s new unit “Sexy Zone” to make their CD debut this fall
On September 29th, it was announced that new five-member group from Johnny & Associates, Inc., named Sexy Zone will be making their debut this fall with a self-titled single, “Sexy Zone“. The members of the new group are Nakajima Kento (17), Kikuchi Fuma (16), Sato Shori (14), Matsushima So (13) and Marius Yo (11). They were introduced by Kis-My-Ft2’s Kitayama Hiromitsu, Fujigaya Taisuke, and Tamamori Yuta during the stage performance “Teigeki Johnnys Imperial Theatre Special ‘Kis-My-Ft2 with Johnny’s Jr.’.“, and performed their debut song in white tuxedos with a red rose in hand.
September 22, 2011 - Arashi to sing for Sakurai Sho’s upcoming drama
Arashi member, Sakurai Sho and actress Kitagawa Keiko would be starring in Fuji TV’s new drama, “Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de.” Well, recently, it was announced that Arashi’s new song “Meikyu Love Song” has been chosen as the theme song of the drama.

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Latest Johnny's Releases

Johnnys' WEST - Principal no Kimi e/Dragon Dog - March 8, 2018
NEWS - Epcotia - March 21, 2018
Johnnys' WEST - WESTival - January 2, 2018
Arashi -  「untitled」- October 18, 2017

Did you know...

  • ...that Nakayama Yuma sister used to be in Hello! Project, but graduated to continue her studies. She came back under the stage name Yamada Nana in AKB48's sister group NMB48.
  • ...that Arashi is the only Johnny's group to release more than 5 singles in one year.
  • ...that Sano Mizuki, born in 1973, is the oldest Johnny's Jr. member. He works more on Musicals and Stage Plays.
  • ...that Ikuta Toma won the 'best supporting actor' title in 2007. Since than he has acted in many dramas, wich made him more known as an actor. In 2010 he acted in 3 movies and a drama. Because of this since 2010 he is not categorized under Johnny's Jr. on the agency's official web-site any more. He now has his own page.
  • ...that Kanjani8 is the only Johnnys group that released 3 singles on the same month but, different dates on the same week.
  • ...that KinKi Kids members have the same last name but, they are not related
  • ...that SMAP is the only Johnnys group that released all their albums with their groups name on each one. (except the mini-Album)
  • ...that Kis-My-Ft2 held their first concert in Tokyo Dome on August 28. With their official debut on August 10, it became the shortest time any music artist has ever had from their debut to a Tokyo Dome concert. Previously this record was held by Hey! Say! JUMP and Tackey & Tsubasa with Tokyo Dome concerts 38 days after their official debut.
  • ...that Ikuta Toma is the only Johnny's member that hasn't released any single, album, or DVD.
  • ...that KinKi Kids was listed in the 2002 edition of the reference book Guinness World Records for 'Most consecutive No.1 singles' (13 singles at that time). Since then the duo keep extending their record.

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