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KAT-TUN’s Kamenashi meets his childhood hero

21:10 JST September 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Kazuya Kamenashi (24) from KAT-TUN could not contain his excitement when he appeared at a Panasonic event with former pro-baseball player and sports reporter Atsuya Furuta (45) today in Tokyo, reports Oricon.

Campaign model: Kazuya Kamenashi's Panasonic ad

The two were at an event for Panasonic Beauty, a line of men’s electronic beauty products.

Despite being there to promote electronic appliances, Kamenashi, who has been playing baseball from a young age, could not stop talking about baseball with Furuta, even after the event had finished.

“He’s a player I’ve been following since primary school so this is really unbelievable,” he said.

Role model: former-pro baseball player Atsuya Furuta

But while Kamenashi was star-struck by Furuta, the sports reporter had confessed he was just as happy to meet the Johnny’s star.

“My wife (free announcer Miho Nakai) is a huge fan!  She said I had to get photos of him,” he said.

Furuta also gave Kamenashi some advice in regards to the singer’s own work as a TV sports reporter.

“Make the most of the time you’re out on location and keep that enthusiasm going.  I think you might even be able to work as a full time sports reporter some time,” he said

Not forgetting what he was there for, Kamenashi got the job done promoting the products, which have so far sold more than one million shaver’s and four million hair dryers.

“They give you a peace of mind.  I hope more people can use them, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman,” he said.


September 14 – 20: TV Drama ratings, Record sales, DVD sales

09:59 JST September 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Johnny’s TV Drama ratings (Japan)

  • JOKER episode episode 10 (final) – 15.5% (last week 13.5%)
  • うぬぼれ刑事 (Unubore deka) episode 11 (final) – 8.7% (last week 7.1%)
  • GM踊れドクター (GM Odore Doctor) episode 10 (final) – 8.8% (last week 8.8%)
  • 夏の恋は虹色に輝く(Natsu no Koi ha Niji-iro ni Kagayaku) episode 10 (final) – 13.1% (last week 11.5%)


Johnny’s Record sales (Japan)

Single weekly Top 50 (as of September 20)

1. “Love Rainbow” – Arashi

12. “LIFE ~目の前の向こうへ~ (Me no Mae no Mukou he)” – Kanjani8

14. “only dreaming/Catch” – V6

42. “This is love” – SMAP

47. “To be free” – Arashi

Album weekly Top 50 (as of September 20)

7. “僕の見ている風景 (Boku no Miteiru Fukei)” – Arashi

12. “BPM” – Koichi Domoto (solo)

31. “All the BEST! 1999 – 2009” – Arashi

47. “We are SMAP!” – SMAP


Johnny’s DVD sales (Japan)

Weekly Top 20 (general) (as of September 20)

8. “ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5 x 10” – Arashi

20. “5 x 10 All the BEST! CLIPS 1999 – 2009” – Arashi

TOKIO’s Yamaguchi a father again

09:07 JST September 20, 2010 1 comment

TOKIO’s Tatsuya Yamaguchi’s (38) wife has given birth to the couple’s second son, it was revealed yesterday, reports Sankei Sports.

It has been reported that Johnny’s & Associates have released information that on September 17 at around 4pm, the baby boy was born in a hospital within Tokyo.

Both mother and son are doing well and Yamaguchi has been reported to have been relieved that both are okay.

The baby’s name has not been revealed, and Yamaguchi is yet to make a comment.

The star had married his former model wife in March 2008 after the two had been dating for eight years.  They already have a two-year-old son.

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Johnny’s senior will have supporting role in Toma Ikuta movie

09:02 JST September 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Johnny’s star Noriyuki Higashiyama (43) will have a role in Toma Ikuta’s upcoming movie “源氏物語 (Genji Monogatari)”, it was revealed yesterday, reports Sponichi Annex and Sankei Sports.

Higashiyama will play Heian period noble Fujiwara no Michinaga, who had inspired the Genji Monogatari story to be made in the first place.

The star has already played the title role of Genji in the story’s 1991 TV drama special for TBS.

“I feel incredibly privileged to have been asked to work on the same project for the second time in my life.

“I’m not going to lose to Ikuta! (laughs),” Higashiyama said.

Although they both belong to the same agency, the two actors have not many opportunities to work together.  The most recent being in 2003 – 2004 when Ikuta had appeared in PLAYZONE.

The role of Genji Monogatari creator Murasakishikibu has been given to Miki Nakatani (34).

Filming for the movie begins today, and the movie is expected to be released next year.

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