The five-member group had only made their debut in November 2011, but at yesterday’s concert they performed 19 songs, tried skits and rapping, and announced they would be special supporters for volleyball’s final qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics. It has been reported Shori Sato had written the lyrics to a theme song for the volleyball qualifiers.
“I want it to be a song to cheer on not just volleyball, but also the world,” Sato said.
But before this, the group’s second single “Lady ダイヤモンド (Lady Diamond)” comes out on April 11, and the group performed the song at yesterday’s concert.
It has been reported the group were running around so much, Fuma Kikuchi got a cramp in his leg.
“(Before going on stage I was so nervous) but when I saw the fans, all that fear went away,” Kikuchi said.
Marius Yo, who turns 12 on March 30, also said he was nervous at first, but then things got fun.
Kento Nakajima said it had been five years since he had first stood on the arena’s stage as a back dancer for Hey! Say! JUMP.
“While I was at the back I thought about how cool it would be to sing in a huge hall. Now, instead of my seniors in front of me there are fans,” he said.
Sexy Zone still have one more concert to perform in the Yokohama Arena, and on April 1 will perform in Osaka.
Only 100 fans got invitations to Tomohisa Yamashita’s secret event on White Day, March 14, and here are some details about what happened, reports Shukan Josei and fan blogs.
Fans could go into the draw to win an invitation by buying Yamashita’s newest single “愛、テキサス (Ai, Texas)”.
It has been reported the lucky fans who won an invitation met in Tokyo, where staff wearing red “I TEXAS” T-shirts and cowboy hats welcomed them and directed them to some buses.
“Inside the bus, Yamapi came onto the TV and said he would guide us around Tokyo to places that were special to him. We went past Warner Music and the Johnny’s agency buildings,” one fan said.
It has been reported the bus stopped in front of a restaurant, which another fan said did not look expensive but the interior had an Western movie theme to it, which fitted the theme of the event.
“There were about 10 people to each table. It wasn’t a big place but the stage was so close, and when Yamashita-kun came on stage, his choreographer also came up and taught everyone the dance moves to ‘Ai, Texas’,” one fan said.
Fans also got to listen to Yamapi’s talking a lot.
“He took time to explain to us about leaving NEWS. He said it wasn’t because they had a fight. He also said it wasn’t as serious as fans might think, and that it was more like a class change at school. He also talked a lot about his holiday in the US,” one fan said.
Fans on blogs have reported after the talks, they played bingo with Yamashita. Two winners got signed posters from Yamashita on the spot.
Then, Yamashita went around each table to take a photo with them. The event finished with Yamashita waiting by the exit to say goodbye to each fan as they passed by.
No national tour, paying fines out of his own pocket, and no jobs for the time being is the price Jin Akanishi has to pay for getting married without permission, it was announced on March 24, reports Sports Hochi and Nikkan Sports.
“I understand that as a working adult I have acted irresponsibly. I deeply apologise to my fans and the people I work with for all of the trouble I have caused,” Akanishi said in a written statement.
It has been reported Akanishi had married actress Meisa Kuroki in February, only telling his agency about it afterwards. Johnny’s however, were not impressed. The agency’s president Johnny Kitagawa had previously told reporters he had found out about the marriage on the news, and although getting married was a great thing, he said Akanishi should have thought twice about the consequences the news would have on his and Kuroki’s career.
As a penalty, his Japan tour which was supposed to go around Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo and Fukuoka has been cancelled. Any fines, such as for canceling concert venue bookings, will be paid out of Akanishi’s own pockets. While the talent will not have to refund fans for their tickets since they have not gone on sale, arena concert venues typically charge one to two-million yen for canceling a booking. In a worst case scenario, Akanishi would need to pay tens-of-millions-of-yen. It has been reported the talent has also had some drama roles offered to him, including a role in the upcoming remake of “GTO” planned for July, but the agency has not accepted anything yet, emphasizing the talent’s schedule remains. The penalty given to him reflects the trouble caused to Kuroki’s agency, their sponsors, and his own agency.
“Johnny’s & Associates talent Jin Akanishi admits the press reports from February 9 are true and that he married on Feburary 2. Akanishi has sent a fax to those who are concerned explaining the situation,” a representative from Johnny’s said.
Meisa Kuroki made her first public appearance since getting married in February, taking part in an event in Tokyo on March 26, reports Chunichi Sports.
Wearing skinny white pants and 10-centimetre high heels, the actress bowed to reporters who wished her congratulations. Yesterday, Kuroki was promoting toy company Bandai’s new pet robot.
The actress herself has not been seen since January when rumours started going around about her seeing Jin Akanishi. Any events or TV shows in the past two months have been canceled. There is also a rumour going around the actress is three months pregnant.
“I imagine that the sudden news took many of you by surprise, and it also made many worried and caused a lot of trouble. I would like to announce that on February 2 I was officially married,” she said.
“Are you happy,” asked the event host.
“Thank you very much,” she said.
“Are you enjoying every day,” asked a reporter.
When asked whether she was tired or not, the actress assured everyone she was fine and did not talk about anything related to being pregnant.
“I will report to you again,” she said when leaving.
Tackey & Tsubasa, Hey! Say! JUMP, and TOKIO members went to the three prefectures most devastated by last year’s earthquake and tsunami on March 25 to hand over 720 million yen’s worth (about 8.7 million US dollars) of donations, reports Sports Hochi, Sankei News, and Chunichi Sports.
Members from each group traveled to Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures to deliver the money raised through Marching J to each prefecture’s governor. According to Johnny’s & Associates, since the charity was set up a year ago, more than 920 million yen has been raised. This time, 720 million yen is being handed over, and the remaining 200 million yen or so will be handed over in May when the donations collected during KAT-TUN’s tour, scheduled to finish on April 28, can also be added to the lot.
It has been reported Hideaki Takizawa and Tsubasa Imai visited Iwate prefecture to hand over a portion of the donations. Takizawa has a special connection with the area, which he visited a number of times while filming NHK’s Taiga drama “義経 (Yoshitsune)”, and had even visited it by himself last year as a volunteer. On March 24 the two had visited Rikuzentakata and saw the famous one Japanese pine tree which survived the tsunami, and met some of the locals.
“I could see how strong-hearted everyone in Tohoku is. It’s something that makes you stand tall,” Imai said.
“A lot of the debris has been taken away, and I feel like I’m seeing how united the Japanese have become. It’s really encouraging,” Takizawa said.
Iwate’s governor also thanked the two for coming, and had said in turn the Johnny’s talents were encouraging the young people in the area so much more by visiting the area in person.
The two also visited Ofunato, which was where one of the power supply cars Johnny’s usually use for concerts was sent. The agency had lent out a number of these cars for free after the earthquake to help supply electricity to areas destroyed by the tsunami. One local told the two talents how much it had meant to the 300 people staying in their evacuation centre.
“When the power supply car arrived on March 19 and made the light’s turn on, there was a roar of applause throughout the hall. It was a special light in the dark for all of us.”
It has been reported Hey! Say! JUMP’s Ryosuke Yamada, Yuri Chinen, Hikaru Yaotome, and Kota Yabu had visited Miyagi prefecture to hand over another portion of the donations.
“I hope this money will help build a future for the children who lost their parents in the earthquake,” Yabu said.
“My dad and brother (living in Miyagi) had told me how bad things where up here. People who live in cold areas like this are perseverant, and I hope they can aim for the future at their own pace,” Yaotome said.
TOKIO’s Shigeru Joshima and Tatsuya Yamaguchi surprised locals when they came on stage during a music event in Fukushima prefecture to deliver the final portion of donations. Their group has been going back and forth between Tokyo and Fukushima prefecture to develop DASH村 (DASH village) for their TV show for more than 10 years.
“Fukushima is our second home. But to get to DASH village now, we need special permission,” said Joshima.
“We won’t let it end here. TOKIO’s also going to hold on strong to hope,” said Yamaguchi.
Hey! Say! JUMP, Sexy Zone, A.B.C-Z, Koichi Domoto (KinKi Kids), Hideaki Takizawa (Tackey & Tsubasa), Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN) are among the 100 cast members to be in the largest Johnny’s stage show starting in November, reports Sponichi Annex and Daily Sports Online.
It has been reported Guinness World Record-holding producer Johnny Kitagawa is making his largest show yet to celebrate his records for producing the most number of concerts and most number of No.1 singles in the world.
Set to be performed in Tokyo’s Imperial Garden Theater in November and December this year, “JOHNNY’S World” will feature Hey! Say! JUMP as the main characters. They will be supported by other younger Johnny’s groups, as well as supporting talents including Koichi, Tackey, and Kamenashi. The story looks at youngsters going on an adventure to find a utopia in outer space, but in the process they realise how special their home on Earth is.
“I want the younger juniors to take on what their seniors have already accomplished. Maybe we’ll need Higashi (Noriyuki Higashiyama) to give them some advice,” Mr Kitagawa said.
Members from Kis-My-Ft2 will take turns every day as they also join the 100 or so Johnny’s talent cast. Mostly all of the younger Johnny’s groups will take part in what is set to be the largest Johnny’s production to date.
Mr Kitagawa has said the show will feature a mash up of things seen in past stage shows like “PLAYZONE”, “SHOCK”, and “DREAM BOYS”. These include flying stunts and water fountain sets.
“3D is in fashion right now, but I’m keen to test ’4D’ fragrance tricks,” he said.
It has been reported Mr Kitagawa has promised every minute of the show will be exciting, and although he has plans to send the show overseas, he wants to start in Japan, the country where he managed to set his two world records.