The magazine went on sale on January 17, and reports Nakai has been seen several times with a woman in her late 20s who looks like actress Ryoko Kuninaka.
The two had apparently gone on holiday in Australia earlier this month between January 4 and 9. It has been reported travelers on the same flight had said the woman looked nice, and had a calm manner about her. When Nakai had touched back down in Narita Airport, reporters had asked him about the woman, but the SMAP star stayed quiet.
Previously, Nakai had been dating singer Kumi Koda before the two broke it off in February last year. Sankei Sports newspaper has reported Nakai had met the woman (labeled “A-san”) through a mutual friend.
Since the March 11 disaster, Nakai has been spotted visiting the disaster site several times to help victims. It has been reported A-san had been seen accompanying Nakai during his visits to Fukushima in June and October.
Nakai’s agency, Johnny’s & Associates, has not released any statement.
KinKi Kids have set a new world record for the most number of No.1 singles in a row since their debut, reports Oricon.
The duo’s 32nd single “変わったかたちの石 (Kawatta Katachi no Ishi)” was released on January 11. Since then, it has sold more than 120,000 copies in its first week and made it to No.1 on the weekly charts in Japan.
The lyrics for the single were written by Yasushi Akimoto, the man behind girl band AKB48. Of course, this was not the first time Akimoto has worked with KinKi Kids. The two had worked together in 2005 when Akimoto wrote the lyrics to the duo’s 22nd single “SNOW! SNOW! SNOW!”
Every single KinKi Kids has released since “硝子の少年 (Glass no Shonen)” in 1997 has been a No.1 seller. The second best-sellers after KinKi Kids are KAT-TUN, who have had 17 straight No.1 singles to date.