Kimura had been attending an event to promote men’s beauty salon Dandy House, where he appears in their latest commercial.
It has been reported during the topic of the perfect man, Kimura talked about the qualities he thought the ideal man should have.
“He doesn’t run away or give up easily, he would be a man who achieves his ambitions and goals, and still has a sense of humour,” he said.
When the press had asked whether Kimura himself had those qualities, his response was to the point.
“Not at all.
“I do have ambitions, but unless I’m willing to move forward I’ll never achieve them. I hope I can always think optimistically,” he said.
It has been reported Kimura appears in the 25th anniversary commercials for Dandy House, and the SMAP member himself had said it was a big honour.
“So many incredible people have been in the commercials up to now so the bar had been set quite high when I arrived. I was really happy, and I hope I managed to help people realise their own ideals. I went to Dandy House myself yesterday and I highly recommend them.”
The commercials go on air on April 28, and Kimura said he had been surprised by the size of the set they had used.
The group had been in town last weekend to perform concerts for the Tokyo leg of their national tour. The group had said they first found out about Akanishi on the news on February 9.
“I want to say congratulations. But honestly, we’ve been through a lot so this didn’t surprise me. Out of everyone, I think the five of us were the least surprised,” Kazuya Kamenashi said.
“He didn’t give any warning before he left the group two years ago, or even when he left to go overseas (in 2006). I think that’s just his personality,” Koki Tanaka said.
It has been reported Tanaka also commented on the penalties Akanishi was given by Johnny’s for his unconsulted marriage.
“Now he has someone. His responsibilities will get bigger from now on. That, I think is the thing he finds hardest to cope with. But as a working adult, he needs to at least respect the fundamental rules. It’s not just your own problem anymore,” he said.
But even so, it has been reported Tanaka hoped for the best.
“KAT-TUN is staying positive, and he needs to too,” he said.
The group also touched on how hard it is to cope with getting Akanishi questions thrown at them, but they remain optimistic.
“No matter what we say or don’t say, people say we’re mean. It’s difficult,” Kamenashi said.
“Every time we have a concert, the lead is about ‘Akanishi’,” Tanaka said.
“Our job is to make people smile!” said Junnosuke Taguchi.
KAT-TUN have entertained more than 460,000 fans in 12 locations across the country. Their tour wraps up in Sendai on April 28.
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.