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In the headlines: Feb 17 – 23

17:08 JST February 23, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

In the headlines between February 17- 23

Feb 17

  • Pop star Namie Amuro will collaborate with NEWS star Tomohisa Yamashita in her upcoming album.  The two will sing a love song titled “UNUSUAL”.  Amura had said she wanted to make a song with a male artist who could sing and dance, and that she had gotten the most inspiration from watching Yamashita’s “One in a million” performance.  It is the first time Amuro has performed with a Johnny’s talent.  The video has already been shot.
  • Tackey & Tsubasa will collaborate with comedian Tomomitsu “Gussan” Yamaguchi in their upcoming mini album.  Yamaguchi will be featured in the 10th song “山手線外回りfeat. GUSSAN (Yamanotesen Soto-mawari feat. GUSSAN)”.

Feb 18

  • Yoshihiko Inohara revealed he had a secret liking for properties and said he used to like cutting out property page advertisements when he was a kid, speaking at a press conference for his new stage play “芝浦ブラウザー (Shibaura Browser)”

Feb 19

  • SMAP’s Takuya Kimura repaid the staff and cast of his upcoming drama “南極大陸〜神の領域に挑んだ男と犬の物語〜 (Nankyoku Tairiku ~Kami no Ryoiki ni Idonda Otoko to Inu no Monogatari~, The South Pole ~the story of the men and dogs who stood up to God’s field~)” by cooking for them.  Local media in Taiwan have reported the pop star was is in the country shooting scenes for his drama when he had trouble sleeping one night, and decided to pass time by making 100 rice balls for his team.

Feb 20


Feb 21

  • Kanjani8’s Shingo Murakami and Yu Yokoyama will become the new face of Thursday daytime television.  The two pop stars have been confirmed as Thursday hosts for Nihon TV’s upcoming lunch time show “ヒルナンデス! (Hirunandesu!)”.

Feb 22

  • Ryo Nishikido (NEWS) will have his first lead role in a TV drama playing a dad with two kids.  The 26-year-old will star in “犬を飼うということ〜スカイと我が家の180日〜(Inu wo Kautoiukoto ~Sky to Wagaya no 180-nichi~, What it means to have a dog ~Our family’s 180 days with Sky~)”, which will start in April 2011.  The story centres on a 30-year-old businessman (Nishikido) who loses his job.  With two children at home aged seven and nine, the family looks like they’re destined to fall apart, until one day they decide to take in a dog and re-start life.  “It’s hard to believe I’m at that age (to have kids),” Nishikido said.  But the star also said his own father had three children by his age.  “My dad was the same, he was in an environment with lots of kids.  That’s motivating me to work harder,” he said.

Feb 23

  • TOKIO’s Masahiro Matsuoka will play his seventh lead role in a TV drama.  The TOKIO drummer will play a cooking teacher in “高校生レストラン (Kokosei Restaurant, High School Restaurant)”, which will start in April 2011.  The drama is based on a real life story in Mie prefecture, where a teacher and group of students opened their own restaurant “まごの店 (Mago no Mise)”.  “It’ll bring something Saturday night dramas have never tasted before, and I’m looking forward to seeing what I’ll learn through doing this drama,” Matsuoka said.
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