Archive for January, 2011

Three official Guinness World Records awarded to Arashi commercials

18:38 JST January 31, 2011 8 comments

Guinness World Record certification ceremony: Mobile company KDDI staff and a certified staff member from the Guinness World Records show the three certificates (photo thanks to PR Times)

Mobile company KDDI released a press release today saying their 60 Arashi commercials for Android au’s smartphone had officially broken three world records, reports PR Times.


On January 27, a multitude of commercials starring Arashi members were broadcast on TV, which have now been officially recognized by the Guinness World Records.


The records are:

  1. “Most versions of a TV commercial for the same product broadcast within 24 hours – Free-to-air (Terrestrial TV)” – 60 Android au commercials were broadcast on January 27
  2. “Most versions of a TV commercial for the same product broadcast within 8 hours – non Free-to-air” – 60 Android au commercials were broadcast from 00:00 to 08:00, January 27 on Space Shower TV
  3. “Most versions of a TV commercial for one product broadcast in a single 30 minute programme” – 12 Android au commercials were broadcast during “Music Lovers”, 23:30 – 24:00, January 30.
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Japan’s soccer win motivates Yamapi as Japan’s pop star representative

11:06 JST January 31, 2011 2 comments

Johnny’s star Tomohisa Yamashita (25) went into the second day of his Hong Kong concerts motivated by his friend’s tournament-winning form at the 2011 Asia Cup, reports Nikkan Sports, Chunichi Sports, and Sports Hochi.


Yamashita’s solo Asia tour had kicked off in Hong Kong on January 29, and that night the pop star watched the Asia Cup soccer final between Japan and Australia from his hotel.  It has been reported he had paid extra attention at Yuto Nagatomo (24), his friend and Meiji University junior.  The two had met each other following the 2010 World Cup and Yamashita had said they had gone out for dinner a number of times and were occasional texting buddies.

“(The final) was amazing.  I got really excited, and seeing people from my own country giving their all on a world stage like that only gives me a confidence boost.

“(Nagatomo is) amazing when he plays soccer, but he’s also a good guy,” he said.


Yamashita had said he was worried about the language barrier before his concert, but watching Japan win the tournament had fired him up as a pop star representing Japan.

“What I think I can do is keep going until the end.  If I could manage myself until the last concert.  Then I hope I would’ve done what I had needed to to bring the world closer to me,” he said.


The pop star performed 25 songs in front of more than 4000 fans who welcomed him with Yamapi chants.  On a stage with a multitude of special effects including lasers, fire, and a 360 degree stage, it has been reported all of the sets had been taken up 10 trucks-worth of space, each truck holding up to 10 tons of equipment.


Yamashita had previously performed in Taiwan with his Johnny’s group NEWS, but this marks his first solo tour.


Ever since Johnny’s senior star Masahiko Kondo (46) had performed the agency’s first overseas concert in Hong Kong in 1984, the city has had a special meaning to Johnny’s.  Other groups who have performed here include Shonentai, TOKIO, KinKi Kids, and V6.

While it is the first time in nine years Johnny’s have performed in Hong Kong, Yamashita’s popularity was made clear after his tickets had sold out within an hour, prompting two more concerts to be added to the tour.

Yamashita’s tour is scheduled to go around cities in Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, and Japan, and is expected to attract more than 260,000 fans in total.

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GANTZ promos with and without leading stars over the weekend

00:22 JST January 31, 2011 Leave a comment


GANTZ event in Tokyo (photo thanks to Mainichi Shimbun Digital)


Japanese fans were turning up to events across the country in their thousands, even if the movie’s leading stars were not there, reports Sankei Sports, Mainichi Shimbun Digital, and Oricon.


The SF-manga-turned-live-action film “GANTZ” stars Arashi’s Kazunari Ninomiya (27) and actor Kenichi Matsuyama (25), who greeted fans in Tokyo on January 29 to celebrate the film’s opening in Japan.

“We finally finished it.  I’m sure the other cast members and staff who aren’t here today are out somewhere celebrating too,” Ninomiya said.


It has been reported the actors answered questions from fans, and looked back at their experience playing characters who suddenly find themselves fighting mysterious aliens.

“Didn’t you ever get embarrassed doing the blue screen shoots when your co-star wasn’t there physically?” Matsuyama asked Ninomiya.

“I didn’t have time to waste thinking about something like that!” Ninomiya said, making the audience erupt in laughter.


Across the country in Osaka, more than 1000 fans had gathered at a GANTZ event showcasing costumes and props used in the movie.


Event organisers had said the first 500 fans would go into the draw to win tickets to the GANTZ sequel’s press event and special T-shirts, which had prompted more than 200 fans to start lining up by 8am.  By 11am, more than 1000 fans had gathered.


TOHO Cinema organisers had been worried some fans might have mistaken the event for one where Ninomiya would make a personal appearance, but it has been reported fans were more than happy to snap photos of the props.


Fans lining up for the GANTZ event in Osaka (photo thanks to Sankei Sports)


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