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Do you think this is Hironori Kusano?

I have heard a lot of talk that former NEWS member Hironori Kusano (22) has left his talent agency, but I can’t find any solid evidence to back this up so cannot confirm it 100 per cent.

However, I did find the website where Kusano modeled some jewelry for Cailly Coo www.cailly-coo.com/collection/01.html

He looks very different with long hair and facial hair, but many fans on the internet have said the distinctive mole patterns on his face make them sure it is him.  What do you think?

Hironori Kusano in his NEWS years

Kusano modeling for Cailly Coo

Kusano profile photo

I decided to put them up because perhaps some of you (or maybe just me) were wondering what had happened to Kusano after his PLAYZONE 2007 appearance.

  1. Luminavi
    12:36 JST August 31, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Yeah that’s definitely him. Such a waste to see him modelling and not on stage though. He had so much talent and charisma as a performer.

    And this is my own specaculation but I think he has definitely left Johnny’s. He probably felt he wasn’t suited to the job of an idol.

  2. piroki
    01:37 JST November 23, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    ku-kusaano ?!?!
    this is kusano
    aaah I love he so much
    kusano..We miss you ❤

    • 01:48 JST November 23, 2010 at 1:48 AM


      I miss Kusano too!!!
      He was one of my faves in NEWS when they had started :s
      I miss the combination of him, Koyama, and Kato. They were so cute together.

      Thank you for coming by btw

      Momo xoxo

  3. Ella
    02:03 JST June 25, 2011 at 2:03 AM

    From what I heard Kusano is still part of Johnny’s but is working as a model right now. He graduated from a trainee to a solo artist. Hopefully we’ll see him back on stage (preferably with a haircut and a shave). Here’s hoping for that!

    • 09:36 JST July 4, 2011 at 9:36 AM


      (especially about the shave…i miss clean-shaven Kusano!)

      Momo xoxo

  4. 01:13 JST December 31, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    does anyone know why he left NEWS?

    • 01:13 JST December 31, 2011 at 1:13 AM

      like, uchi got kicked out for underaged drinking, ryo left to focus on kanjani8, pi wanna go solo.

      how abt him?

  5. tak2vi
    13:26 JST March 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Yeah, Uchi was dropped by JE just like Kusano in 2006 for underaged drinking. So he’s no longer under JE’s roster of talents since 2006. As termed by JE, they have graduated from “trainee”, but if they’re really under JE, then they should still be onstage and doing the after-‘trainee’ shows like other JE’s talents. Too bad, he’s got real good talents, but JE’s rules are so rigid.

    • 14:31 JST March 29, 2012 at 2:31 PM


      It’s something you see a lot in Asian showbiz eh…
      I miss Kusano though!

      Momo xo

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