Osaka police have charged former Kansai Johnny’s Jr. member Daichi Nakata (21) with theft after he had allegedly stolen a customer’s wallet at an internet cafe in Osaka, reports Yomiuri Shimbun today.
It has been reported Nakata has admitted these charges.
According to an official investigation, at 8:30am on April 25, the suspect had stolen 37,000 yen from a wallet belonging to an internet cafe customer who had placed it in his room.
According to Johnny’s & Associates, Nakata had been a member of Kansai Johnny’s Jr. since 2002. However, the agency had been having trouble trying to get in contact with the ex-talent since March this year, and as a result, dropped him from the group during the same month.
Johnny’s talent Toma Ikuta and actress Yuriko Yoshitaka will play the leads in an upcoming movie adaptation of a popular romance manga series, it was revealed on May 1, reports Oricon and Chunichi Sports.
“僕等がいた (Bokura ga ita, We Were There)” is an ongoing manga series by Yuki Obata and follows a couple over 10 years of their life from the time they meet at high school, move onto university, and then go into the working world. The story moves around Hokkaido and Tokyo and follows the characters as they fall in love and experience the hardship that comes with it.
“This might be the last time I wear a school uniform (laughs). I hope I can enjoy that young, sweet high school life to the full,” Ikuta said.
Ikuta’s character Motoharu Yano is the popular boy at school; he’s smart, good-looking, and athletic. But the part to watch out for is how he is affected by his girlfriend’s death after she dies in a car accident.
“I feel thankful be able to given the chance to play such a cool, yet very human character like Yano, but I want to do my best to bring some life into him,” he said.
Ikuta’s co-star Yoshitaka said it was her first time playing a character adapted from a romance manga, and she was aware that the series has a lot of devoted fans.
“I want to do my best to make sure I don’t betray the manga’s fans or put them to shame,” she said.
Filming is scheduled to begin this month and is reported to be aiming for a two-part release in 2012.
Jin Akanishi’s number one single “Eternal” will be re-released in an a cappella version, and a portion of the sales will be donated to earthquake victims in Japan, reports Mainichi Shimbun and CD Journal today.
It has been reported music download sites like Rekochoku and Dwango will release the a cappella version of the song, accompanied with a mobile phone wallpaper of the singer, on May 8 for 210 yen. For every download, 100 yen will be donated to Tohoku earthquake victims as part of Johnny’s Marching J Project. The single is expected to draw attention to people looking for the right “Mother’s Day” gift, and will be able to be downloaded until May 31.
“Eternal” was Akanishi’s debut solo single, and had sold more than 200,000 copies in its opening week in March this year. To date, more than 300,00 copies have been sold.