It has been reported Kimura had been caught speeding once in Chiba prefecture during September 2011, and again this year in January. A story about it will be published in weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun, which goes on sale on March 15 in Japan.
The following statement had been sent out by Johnny’s:
Dear members of the press,
Recently, a story has been published by a weekly magazine about one of our agency’s talents, Takuya Kimura, who was caught speeding while driving his vehicle in Chiba prefecture in September last year.
On the topic of this speeding charge, the same person was once again caught speeding in Tokyo prefecture in January this year. It is true that fines have been paid for each event, and we offer our deepest apologies.
Kimura himself, who is at the root of all of this, has expressed that as an adult he has done something truly embarrassing and has learned his lesson. He has promised to never let such a thing happen again, and deeply apologises to his fans and those who work with him for causing so much trouble.
Johnny’s & Associates
Tokyo’s iconic Tokyo Tower will be turn into an Arashi tower on March 16, the group announced yesterday, reports Oricon.
It has been reported Arashi were in Odaiba, Tokyo, on March 13 to appear at Fuji TV’s “華嵐 (Hana-Arashi)” campaign event. A model of what Tokyo Tower will look like this Friday night showed the tower covered from top to bottom in Arashi’s group colours blue, red, green, yellow, and purple.
Jun Matsumoto said the tower will feature in the final episode of his drama series “Lucky Seven”.
“So those people who aren’t able to go to Tokyo Tower can see it by watching your drama, right,” Kazunari Ninomiya said.
Fans will also get a chance to take part in the event. There are plans to ask fans for their own videos of the “Hana-Arashi” Tokyo Tower, which will be edited together to make a special tribute video to be uploaded to Youtube on March 19.
“Now that we’ve got Tokyo Tower, I hope we get a chance to light up the Tokyo Sky Tree in Arashi colours,” Sho Sakurai said.
Because of the name “Hana-Arashi (Arashi flower)”, reporters had asked Masaki Aiba what he wanted to flower the most this spring.
“It’s not time for me to flower yet, I’m still at that age where I’m a seed,” Aiba said.
Satoshi Ohno also talked about his upcoming drama “鍵のかかった部屋 (Kagi no Kakatta Heya)”, which has also begun filming.
“It’s a challenge. I’ve never played a character who is the key. All of the technical phrases are giving me a hard time right now, even yesterday I had trouble pronouncing 一酸化炭素中毒 (issanka-tanso-chudoku, carbon monoxide poisoning) properly,” he said.
“Hana-Arashi” is a campaign Fuji TV is running from March 16 to April 16 to promote shows and dramas Arashi members feature in, similar to its “福嵐 (Fuku-Arashi)” campaign around the New Year’s season this year. These Arashi shows are:
- “Lucky Seven” drama series starring Jun Matsumoto
- “超ド級！世界のありえない映像博覧会9 (Cho-do-kyu! Sekai no Arienai Eizou Hakuran-kai 9)” variety show guest starring Sho Sakurai on March 27
- “謎解きはディナーのあとで (Nazo-toki wa Dinner no Ato de)” drama series special starring Sho Sakurai on March 27
- “VS Arashi” spring special
- “鍵のかかった部屋 (Kagi no Kakatta Heya)” drama series starring Satoshi Ohno
Arashi will also appear in a number of other campaign spots on TV in the Kanto region.