KinKi Kids have joined actress Yukie Nakama and actor Masakazu Tamura in endorsing Sapporo beer, reports Oricon.
The duo took part in Sapporo Beer’s “麦とホップ (Mugi to Hoppu)” commercial event in Tokyo on January 25. The ad features the “responsible Tsuyoshi Domoto” and the “fresh Koichi Domoto”.
“I don’t think I look ‘fresh’ anymore, but I’m happy to hear that some people think so. Mind you, there are probably a lot of people who don’t think so,” Koichi said.
“The number one reason why I got into Johnny’s was because I was responsible,” Tsuyoshi said, making the press laugh.
It has been reported the two said they were fans of Tamura and Nakama, and the Sapporo beer commercials these two had already starred in until now.
“I’d watched them a number of times so it was like, ‘me? really!?’ I was really happy,” Koichi said.
“For a moment I thought I was dreaming,” Tsuyoshi said.
The two had said they hoped to add some excitement to the company, and help boost sales.
During the event, Koichi talked about how he usually drinks at home.
“The great thing is that I’ve been given a lot of ‘Mugi to Hoppu’ beer to drink at night. Snacks? I have some Baby Star snacks with my beer, and also a hot steam boat meal.”
Tsuyoshi said he was enjoying his beer present too.
“When I drink beer after work, it tastes so good it’s like the beer’s telling me it’s a reward for a hard day’s work. I guess I’ll be supported by ‘Mugi to Hoppu’ a lot this year.”
To see the commercial, click here.
Arashi’s Sho Sakurai and AKB48’s Yuko Oshima will play side by side in an upcoming special drama, it was revealed in January 24, reports Sankei Sports.
“ブラックボード〜時代と戦った教師たち〜 (Blackboard ~Jidai to Tatakatta Kyoshi-tachi~)” is a three-part drama to be broadcast in Japan in April for three consecutive nights. The story’s setting is post-war Japan, and the country’s teachers are adopting the new democratic education system, but one junior high school teacher (Sakurai) is torn between the old militarist way and the new.
“I want to deliver a post-war Japan story that’s never been told,” Sakurai said.
Sakurai’s character begins as a Japanese history teacher during the war, and is a firm believer in the militarist education. But after losing his right arm in battle and making a return to education as a social studies teacher, he struggles with the fact that he has to eradicate his militarist teaching.
“There are many ways to talk about war, but I had always thought I’d like to communicate it through a drama,” he said.
Producers at TV company TBS have said in February, Sakurai will be coached by a military official in order to learn how to act like a war veteran, and will have his hair cut short to look the part.
Sakurai’s co-star Oshima will play an English teacher who embraces the new education system. Although she fights a lot with Sakurai’s character, she eventually falls in love with him.
The Arashi star also said the drama’s meaning can be related to life today, almost 70 years after WWII.
“Facing the future with your children, but feeling conflicted inside. I think there’s a story about post-war Japan that hasn’t been told that’s behind it.”
It has been reported the two had known each other for the past few years, but had grown close since autumn last year after having dinner together with friends, and had finally started dating after New Year’s.
In the past, there have been reports of Akanishi dating other celebrities such as singer Takako Uehara, Rosa Kato, model RINA, and Maki Nishiyama.
Hiroshima News has reported a rise in the number of tweets from fans seeing the two on a date at Tokyo Disneysea or out shopping together.
Sponichi Annex reports the two had been spotted at a large shopping mall in Tokyo’s bay area on January 21, and at Tokyo Disneysea on January 22.