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15:51 JST June 13, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Since the departure of Tomohisa Yamashita and Ryo Nishikido, NEWS are set to release their first single as a four members, it was announced on June 12, reports Nikkan Sports, Sports Hochi, Daily Sports Online, and Chunichi Sports.


“We can finally make a start.  I’ve been waiting for this day,” Shigeaki Kato said.

“The feeling that it’s about to start is finally sinking in,” Keiichiro Koyama said.


It has been reported “チャンカパーナ (Chankapana)”, meaning “the person I care about or love”, will be released on July 18.  It is the group’s first single in 20 months.

“When I first heard the title I was like, ‘excuse me?’, but I like the fact that it makes you want to know what it means,” Koyama said.

The group talked to the media about how all of the members decided it was best for Yamashita to focus on his solo work and Nishikido on Kanjani8, and how the remaining four changed a group threat into a chance.

“I was worried, I didn’t know what was going to happen or where my life was headed,” Koyama said.

“There’s no way I couldn’t be upset.  But I turned a corner, I knew it would be a challenge but the four of us could do it,” Kato said.

“I wasn’t worried at all.  I’m sure the two had things they wanted to accomplish and it’s a big no for NEWS to make someone stay who doesn’t want to,” Yuya Tegoshi said.

“I was frustrated that the dream the six of us had had was torn apart, but it also made me want it more.  I felt like I wanted the four of us to achieve it, and more,” Takahisa Masuda said.


It has been reported even though the four of them had different thoughts about last year’s event, Koyama had said they all loved NEWS and did not want it to end.  It is also the reason why the four had spent six months preparing new material.  During the time the four would catch up for meals, talk about the new single, and started suggesting more of their own ideas to producers.

“There’s no song we have that has more of us in it than this.  Because there are fewer of us, it’s easier for our personality to come through.  I’m confident the four-member NEWS can overtake the six-member NEWS,” Tegoshi said.

“There aren’t many four-membered groups in Johnny’s.  I want to use it as an advantage.  We’ve even made four versions of the new single,” Masuda said.


The group started with nine members in 2003, but Koyama had said this was the last change.

 “We’ll do this till we’re old men.”

It has been reported a summer concert tour is also being planned.

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  1. 16:15 JST June 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Congratulations to the new NEWS
    Thank you for the news ^__^

    • 16:46 JST June 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM


      Thank you for reading it!

      Momo xo

  2. 20:27 JST June 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    This is very heart-warming T^T
    NEWS, welcome back!

    • 10:20 JST June 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM


      Absolutely agree! Welcome back NEWS 😀

      Momo xo

  3. love_peace
    02:46 JST June 14, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    thanks for article

    • 10:20 JST June 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM


      Thanks for coming by to read it 🙂

      Momo xo

  4. 15:26 JST June 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    “The feeling that it’s about to start is finally sinking in.” –Koyama Keiichiro

    Uwaaa~ we can feel it too!! First single after 20 months? NEWSfans really do have the patience doesn’t it? ❤

    How I love the reactions/views coming from our boys. It's so touching and promising! 😀 And LOL at Tegoshi's statements! Like, the other three were already making me cry, but his straightforward comments are hilarious. (but promising too!) ❤

    Thanks for posting this one 🙂 It made my day. Yaaay~ \(^o^)/

    • 10:22 JST June 15, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      @ leyapineda-tegoshii:

      There’s some talk that Tegoshi’s comments were more like a confession, finally being able to be honest about what he thought of the other two breaking away.

      Thanks for reading!

      Momo xo

  5. 19:31 JST June 22, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    I loved their attitude!! 8Db

    Thanks for sharing!!

    • 17:32 JST September 3, 2012 at 5:32 PM


      Thanks for ready! Sorry for the late reply…a lot of comments get buried in ping backs so I lose track sometimes (T_T)

      Momo xo

  6. 02:29 JST August 3, 2012 at 2:29 AM


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