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KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi, the weird rule with money and the family he loves (translation)

Rakuten woman

08:00 May 17 2011

Kazuya Kamenashi has been known to publicly talk about how he loves his family and how he looks up to his parents with how they raised him.  Even though he was signed to the Johnny’s agency when he was 12, the talent had shown he was mature beyond his years, and has become more-or-less a leader type figure in KAT-TUN despite being the youngest.  It’s no doubt he got these qualities from his family.  On the May 13 show of his radio program “亀梨和也のKス バイ Kス (Kazuya Kamenashi’s K-s by K-s)” Kamenashi gave fans another look into his private life.

The catalyst was a letter from a fan during the “こんな女の子って亀あり?亀なし? (Konna Onnanoko tte Kame-ari? Kame-nashi?, Is this girl acceptable or unacceptable?)” section.

“(reading the letter) I’ve been saving my money consistently since I was in high school, but the other day 750,00 yen had been taken out and I found a note in my bank account book from my mother saying, ‘sorry, just borrowing’.  Do you think this is acceptable or unacceptable?”

Kamenashi didn’t hesitate as he said, “亀なしです!!!!! (Unacceptable)” and used his own experience to elaborate why.

“I don’t know about other people’s families, but I really hate it when someone uses 10,000 yen or even 1000 yen of my money and tells me afterwards.  Once someone in my family told me, ‘sorry, I just borrowed 10,000 yen,’ and I just went, ‘wait a sec, tell me before you borrow it alright.  Don’t take it without asking, don’t you think that’s wrong?'”

Kamenashi went on to say that ever since, his family calls him before they borrow even a few thousand yen.

“When we get pay-upon-delivery packages I’ll get a call saying, ‘using so-and-so-yen to pay for the mail’.”

“There are four siblings in Kamenashi’s family and he’s the third child.  His family hasn’t exactly been blessed financially and he seems to have had a tough time as a kid.  After getting into Johnny’s he’s been steadily climbing up the career ladder and he started helping out with his family’s bills during junior high.  There were rumours going around that he had bought his family a house before he turned 20.  But there was also talk that he didn’t like living like that, and at one point distanced himself from his family for a short time…but he seems to have made amends with them and gets along with them now,” said one source familiar with Johnny’s talents.

Until now the talent has revealed a number of other family stories, like how he had taken his dad out to golf and dinner.  Another story was during primary school, when he bought his mum a pearl necklace worth 2000 to 3000 yen for Mother’s Day.  Kamenashi had said even though the pearls were fake, he remembers his mum putting it on all the time, and how he felt really happy to be able to give her a real pearl necklace when he was 20.  It has been reported Kamenashi also used his Johnny’s Baseball Tournament MVP prize money to buy his three brothers all matching watches.  So perhaps the bottom line is that Kamenashi just wants to maintain a good relationship with his family.

“When I start my own family, you gotta have some boundaries right?  Think about how to put things into order,” Kamenashi said on his radio show.

So, is this acceptable or unacceptable?

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  1. joan
    00:06 JST May 18, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    kame’s way of thinking is acceptable for me. LOL.

    yippee~ i was able to wait for your update. sorry i wasn’t able to comment earlier. my sister was rushing me with the computer.

    well, most likely, i would react the same way. who wouldn’t be annoyed if a person just gets your money without you knowing it? then will eventually ask for it after they’ve borrowed it. what if i need the money too right?

    kame is such a nice guy. totally increases my affection just by reading this. and i’ve seen, i forgot where, the matching watches. he is such a sweetheart. this guy’s way of thinking and logic totally amazes me. ♥

    thank you for sharing this translation. though i know i was so annoying in twitter. LOLOL. 😀

    • 14:04 JST May 18, 2011 at 2:04 PM

      @joan:

      That’s alright, at least it keeps you on your toes!
      unlimited internet makes me waste so much time….

      I agree with Kame too!

      Momo xoxo

  2. 00:29 JST May 18, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    お疲れ様!
    Well, although weird, I think Kame has his right. I mean it’s only polite to ask for permission before using other people’s things, so I think that includes money. Plus seriously, even between families, money can be the cause of a lot of issues, so I think setting priorities right can help ease all those unhappiness.
    I respect him for putting his foot down when it comes to his principles.

    • 14:05 JST May 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM

      @Althea:

      I didn’t realise money was such a big issue until I went to Uni and things like student loans and stuff started to come up…
      It’s good to have some ground rules eh 🙂

      Momo xoxo

  3. Lyan
    07:12 JST May 18, 2011 at 7:12 AM

    I totally agree with Kame… I hate having my things taken without permission… worse yet money, since there’s always something I want to do!
    I’m just loving Kame 🙂
    Thx for sharing this!

    • 14:08 JST May 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      @Lyan:

      You’re welcome!

      I know! I can’t stop shopping! Not good, lol.
      (no, seriously, I shouldn’t be laughing about it (T_T))

      Momo xoxo
      Momo xoxo

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