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ATARU is coming back

15:28 JST October 25, 2012 2 comments

SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai will be coming back with more ATARU for a special drama during New Year’s next year, it was announced on October 25, reports Mantan Web.

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SMAP treat fans to their most expensive concert yet

14:47 JST September 28, 2012 1 comment

The sets built for SMAP’s Tokyo concerts in Tokyo Dome are their most expensive yet, according to production staff, reports Chunichi Sports and Sports Hochi on September 27.

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SMAP’s Masahiro Nakai just got a lot richer

10:05 JST September 11, 2012 1 comment

SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai is known to be the busiest of the group, but his new shows may have boosted his salary to almost 700 million yen (about US$9 million), reports Tokyo Sports and Johnny’s Watcher.

 

It had been estimated Nakai had earned 500 million yen in 2009, but this year the Johnny’s talent has worked on drama series ATARU and been the main reporter for the London Olympics.  On top of this, he has been given two new regular shows this year, プラチナイト (Platinight), which started in April, and ナカイの窓 (Nakai no Mado), which starts in October.

“That means Nakai now has nine regular shows, and if you include TV specials then it goes into double figures.  That’s why they’re saying he’ll make 700 million yen this year with all his TV shows and commercials,” one source said.

 

To make a rough calculation of how much work that is, from March to August this year Nakai has been in:

  • 52 shows for TBS, totaling about 99 hours
  • 74 shows for Fuji TV, totaling about 78 hours
  • 51 shows for Nihon TV, totaling about 44 hours
  • 28 shows for TV Asahi, totaling about 29 hours
  • 1 show for NHK, totaling 2 hours

 

It has been reported most of Nakai’s shows are variety shows, and there is a reason why the SMAP leader is such a popular pick.

“Of course Nakai is a talented host, but what many people don’t know is that he takes part in meetings where shows are being planned out.  He has a good eye for telling what ideas would be good, and which ones should be thrown out.  Variety shows don’t get high ratings just because Nakai is in it, it’s because he only chooses shows which are likely to get high ratings.  As a result he’s become a popular figure in variety shows, he constantly gets more offers, and his pockets get filled with more gold.  You’ve got to admit it, he’s got talent,” one TV writer said.

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Koichi Domoto records most cover appearances on MYOJO magazine

15:15 JST August 22, 2012 2 comments

Japanese teen magazine MYOJO has announced Johnny’s talent Koichi Domoto has been featured on their front cover the most times in the magazine’s 60 year history, it was announced on August 22, reports Mainichi Shimbun.

 

The magazine celebrates its 60th anniversary when it’s October issue goes on sale on August 23.  Since 1952 the magazine has published 721 issues.

 

It has been reported Koichi Domoto has been on the cover 31 times, including times he’s been on with KinKi Kids.  The other half of KinKi Kids, Tsuyoshi Domoto, and Arashi’s Jun Matsumoto made the list at second equal with 3o cover appearances.  Other Johnny’s talents who made the list include TOKIO’s Tomoya Nagase, Arashi’s Masaki Aiba and Kazunari Ninomiya who tied for fourth place with 29 appearances, and Masahiko Kondo and Arashi’s Satoshi Ohno and Sho Sakurai who tied for ninth place with 26 appearances.

 

SMAP’s Takuya Kimura has had the most number of pin ups inside the magazine, with his first being published in 1988’s September issue.  The SMAP member has even been doing a photo essay column for the magazine since 1995’s June issue.

“My best memory (with Myojo) is when…there are too many for me to be able to say,” Kimura said.

 

It has been reported Arashi are scheduled to appear on the milestone October issue, which will be 194 pages long and include profiles and messages of congratulations from 60 pop stars.

“Congratulations on your long life,” Ohno said.

“It’s honestly amazing!  It made me jump a little (laughs),” Ninomiya said.

“I hope I’ll be in the magazine when you celebrate your 100th birthday in 40 years,” Sakurai said.

 

Top cover appearance list:

1. Koichi Domoto (KinKi Kids) – 31 times

2. Tsuyoshi Domoto (KinKi Kids), Jun Matsumoto (Arashi) – 30 times

4. Hiromi Go, Toshihiko Tahara, Tomoya Nagase (TOKIO), Masaki Aiba (Arashi), Kazunari Ninomiya (Arashi) – 29 times

9. Masahiko Kondo, Satoshi Ohno (Arashi), Sho Sakurai (Arashi) – 26 times

MYOJO’s September issue (plan thanks to Myojo website)

In new commercial, SMAP want to be replaced so they can take a break

14:14 JST July 26, 2012 2 comments

“新SMAP募集!! (New SMAP Wanted!!)”  SMAP takes a break from showbiz to play video games in their upcoming commercial, reports Famitsu on July 25.

 

The new commercial for Nintendo Wii’s Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online goes on air in Japan today.

 

In the commercial, SMAP hold an emergency press conference, saying they  are looking for someone to be part of a new SMAP because the current members want to play Dragon Quest X.

 

It has been reported Takuya Kimura was a guest at the game’s press conference in Tokyo on July 25, and said he found the commercial’s concept had impact.

“It was just a commercial shoot, but I was surprised at how real the press conference set was.”

 

The latter part of the commercial shows the five members in their own rooms playing the game, but together as a group in the game’s online world.  Usually, each room and each member would be filmed individually, but it has been reported the crew built several rooms in one studio hall, and the five of them shouted out to one another in real time during shoots.

“The new Dragon Quest X makes team play so much more global, and there we were doing things like would have been done decades ago (laughs).”

 

Here are few screenshots from the commercial (photos taken from Famitsu):

   

 

 

 

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Tsuyoshi Kusanagi finishes 100 km marathon for Tamori

15:42 JST July 23, 2012 1 comment

SMAP’s Tsuyoshi Kusanagi finished running 100 kilometres for a TV special over the weekend, reports Nikkan Sports and Sponichi Annex.

 

As part of the TV special “FNS27時間テレビ(FNS 27-hour TV)”, hosted by TV host Tamori, Kusanagi took part in the 100 km marathon.  The Johnny’s talent became friends with Tamori after becoming a regular on his TV show “笑っていいとも!(Waratte Iitomo!)”.

“I will run this for Tamori,” Kusanagi said.

 

It has been reported Kusanagi set off from the TV station’s headquarters in Odaiba, Tokyo, at 7pm on July 21, jogged to Saitama prefecture before turning back to the TV station, and made it back just after 8pm on July 22.  Kusanagi had started getting some knee pain around the halfway point and had spent most of the second half of the marathon almost walking.  Towards the end, his SMAP team mates Takuya Kimura and Goro Inagaki ran along with him.

 

It has been reported after completing the run, Kusanagi hugged Tamori twice.

“Around the 96 km mark, my [leg] muscles had had it.  I was on the brink of giving up, but I gave it one more go because I wanted to do this for you Tamori, even if it meant finishing with a pulled muscle,” he said.

“I thought you weren’t going to make it, but you did a great job to the end,” Tamori said.

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Takuya Kimura still not the man he wants to be

17:01 JST April 24, 2012 2 comments

(photo thanks to Dandy House website)

SMAP’s Takuya Kimura gave his description of the ideal man during a press conference in Tokyo on April 24, reports Oricon and Mainichi Shimbun.

Kimura had been attending an event to promote men’s beauty salon Dandy House, where he appears in their latest commercial.

It has been reported during the topic of the perfect man, Kimura talked about the qualities he thought the ideal man should have.

“He doesn’t run away or give up easily, he would be a man who achieves his ambitions and goals, and still has a sense of humour,” he said.

When the press had asked whether Kimura himself had those qualities, his response was to the point.

“Not at all.

“I do have ambitions, but unless I’m willing to move forward I’ll never achieve them.  I hope I can always think optimistically,” he said.

It has been reported Kimura appears in the 25th anniversary commercials for Dandy House, and the SMAP member himself had said it was a big honour.

“So many incredible people have been in the commercials up to now so the bar had been set quite high when I arrived.  I was really happy, and I hope I managed to help people realise their own ideals.  I went to Dandy House myself yesterday and I highly recommend them.”

The commercials go on air on April 28, and Kimura said he had been surprised by the size of the set they had used.

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