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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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