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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)

“Do Johnny’s talents live at home?” Fan to fan Q&A

14:46 JST July 20, 2012 1 comment

Because it’s Friday, something fun to read from a Q&A board between fans this morning.  Don’t know whether it’s totally true, but it sounds possible.  TGIF.  Momo xo.

 

Q: “Do Johnny’s talents generally live at home?  But what about talents who come from Kanagawa prefecture (around Yokohama city) or Aichi prefecture (around Nagoya city)??  Is there something like a Johnny’s dormitory?”

A: “They got rid of the dormitory a long time ago, they don’t have one anymore.  It’s relatively easy to come into Tokyo from Kanagawa prefecture so those talents shouldn’t have a problem coming to work.  It’s up to the talents themselves to decide whether they want to live at home or get their own place.  If they’re from Aichi prefecture, it’s likely that they would’ve moved to Tokyo.  Senga-kun from KisMy is from Aichi prefecture, and he moved out to Tokyo with his mum when he got accepted into Johnny’s Jr.  Yaotome-kun from JUMP is from Miyagi prefecture and he moved to Tokyo with his mother when he was a Jr. talent.”

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Sendai locals protest against bringing pandas to the city

16:03 JST April 24, 2012 2 comments

Preparations are being made to bring pandas to northern Japan to cheer up 3/11 disaster victims but on April 21 some locals made it clear they are against the move, reports ANN News.

Johnny’s & Associates will cover the costs to look after the panda for the first five years, in hope the panda can help cheer up locals getting over the devastating earthquake and tsunami and help the local economy.  It has been reported about 60 locals in Sendai marched around the city centre in protest over the weekend, saying they were against the idea of bringing in a panda for commercial purposes.

It has been reported the group are also concerned about life after the Johnny’s money runs out, saying money the local council will have to use to look after the panda should be used on local reconstruction projects.

However, it has also been reported other locals are happy with pandas coming to the city.

“I love pandas.  They’re so cute and I hope they come,” said one girl.

“(The positive effect on the local economy) is connected to the reconstruction of the community.  People don’t need to be opposed to it,” said one local.

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Johnny’s talents hand over Marching J donations to Tohoku regions in person

11:15 JST March 27, 2012 3 comments

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.

“JOHNNY’S World” stage show to be biggest Johnny’s-produced show yet

11:12 JST March 23, 2012 1 comment

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.

One year on since the Tohoku Earthquake, Marching J has raised more than 800 million yen

16:20 JST March 12, 2012 1 comment

Fans bow their heads during a minute of silence at 2:46pm, exactly one year since the Tohoku earthquake (photo thanks to Sponichi Annex)

About 180 Johnny’s talents and 173,000 fans took part in the Marching J event in Tokyo Dome in Tokyo on March 11, exactly one year since the Tohoku Earthquake, reports Sponichi Annex.

 

Talents such as Arashi and Kanjani8 who could not make it to Tokyo Dome sent video messages to fans, while the doors stayed open for fans to come in and make donations from 10am to 10pm on Sunday.

 

It has been reported at 2:46pm there was a minute of silence, and the 30,000 people inside the event space closed their eyes and bowed their heads down.  One fan who had come from Sendai said she hoped to help her grandparents.

“My mother’s home in Ishinomaki was destroyed by the tsunami.  I hope some of the money will be used to help people like my grandparents who are still grieving their loss a year later.”

 

After the earthquake, Marching J was set up and its first major charity event was held near Harajuku on April 1.  Since then, donation boxes had been set up at concert venues.  Although Marching J was meant to finish a year following the earthquake, senior Johnny’s talent Masahiko Kondo had said there was still a lot of reconstruction to be done up north and said he wants to keep supporting everyone in the Tohoku region somehow.

 

Up to March 10, the total number of donations has been reported to be 826,553,991 yen.  More than 100 million yen of this money was raised during the first Marching J event in Tokyo.

 

Although the agency had recently announced the money would be used to bring pandas to Sendai, the idea has since been scrapped.  Johnny’s & Associate and a number of other companies tied to them will cover the costs for the pandas.  Fan donations will instead be used to help children living in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefecture.

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Johnny’s tells Sendai they will not use donations for pandas

15:40 JST March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Money donated by Johnny’s fans for Tohoku Earthquake relief will not be used to bring pandas to Sendai, reports J-CAST news on March 9.

It has been reported the agency contacted Sendai officials and said they will use their own money for the project, saying that was their first plan.

At first, Johnny’s senior talent Masahiko Kondo had announced on January 27 the Marching J charity money would be used to help bring pandas to Sendai, and more than 5 billion yen would be used to look after the pandas for five years.  The news outraged many, and on the internet people argued pandas had nothing to do with relief efforts.

The March 8 issue of Shukan Bunshun/Shincho reports deputy director had said there had been an meeting with Johnny’s & Associates representatives, during which the agency had said they would use their own money to cover the panda costs.  They agency had also said they want the money to be used for the children in Tohoku.

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