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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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