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Some Jin Akanishi rumours

15:51 JST June 20, 2012 3 comments

Yesterday, I got a request to translate a story on Jin Akanishi (thank you @wj0704 for sending me the link!).

I’ve been reading a few lately so thought it would be an idea to translate the requested story and a few others.

WARNING: All of these are rumors and I can’t guarantee that any of them are true.


June 18

Jin Akanishi might be making a come back in Kazuya Kamenashi’s upcoming movie “妖怪人間ベム (Yokai Ningen Bem)”, reports Tokyo Sports.

It has been reported Akanishi would be making a guest appearance in the movie playing a monster.

“I’ve heard that he’ll be playing Kamenashi’s enemy, a retired pop star coming back from the US who turned into a monster because he didn’t make it in showbiz.  They’re waiting for a response from Akanishi now,” said one source.

Surprisingly though, it was Kamenashi’s idea to offer Akanishi the part.

“During their KAT-TUN years they would be constantly arguing.  If something came up, the two of them would begin arguing, but they recognized the other as their own rival.  I heard that when Akanishi and Kuroki got married, Kamenashi sent him an email congratulating them.  But then Akanishi got all of his jobs taken away from him, and then his fan club was closed down, so I guess Kamenashi couldn’t sit still and watch Akanishi go through this,” said the same source as above.

Filming for “妖怪人間ベム (Yokai Ningen Bem)” will take place in July and August in both a studio in Tokyo and on location in Hokkaido.

We will have to wait and see whether Akanishi takes this offer or not.


June 13

Rumours going around suggest Jin Akanishi might be switching agencies, reports Tokyo Sports.

“Kuroki’s agency is apparently going to launch a male actor’s department and the word on the street is that Akanishi might be switching to it.  Filming for his Hollywood movie ’47RONIN’ has finished, and it’s due to come out in December* so he’ll probably stay in Johnny’s for the remainder of the year.  But he’s thinking positively about switching agencies for the sake of his baby.  However, apparently Kuroki’s agency would have to pay a huge breakup fee to Johnny’s in order to get Akanishi,” said one source.

* update: as of June 20, 47RONIN has been re-scheduled to be released in February 2013.


May 31

Jin Akanishi wants to live in Kuroki’s hometown Okinawa and open a bar, reports Cyzowoman.

Akanishi and actress Meisa Kuroki announced their marriage in February, and in April Kuroki finally announced she was four months pregnant.  Although the baby is due in October, Kuroki already has work lined up afterwards, recently getting a role in next year’s NHK Taiga drama “八重の桜 (Yae no Sakura)”.  Akanishi’s schedule however, still remains blank.

“As a penalty for his shotgun wedding, his concert tour was cancelled, his fan club closed down, and his summer drama role in ‘GTO’ was turned down.  Although his Hollywood movie ’47RONIN’ starring Keanu Reeves will be released next year, it’s undecided whether he’ll take part in promoting the film.  At this rate he might end up becoming a house-husband,” said one source.

It has been reported in the May 29th edition of “Shukan Josei” magazine, Akanishi’s clubbing nights with Johnny’s talents Tomohisa Yamashita and Ryo Nishikido have also stopped.  Akanishi has instead been spending time with Kuroki and going on dates during the day, Yamashita has been focussing on his solo career, and Nishikido has been busy shooting his drama series “パパドル! (Papa-dol!)” and going to driving school in his free time to get his motorcycle license.

It has been reported Akanishi has talked to those around him about some things he would like to do in the future.

“Before getting married to Kuroki, he went to her hometown in Okinawa a number of times and has been able to open up to Kuroki’s relatives now.  With the US base there, he’s enjoying the fact that he can use his English there, and he’s been telling people he’d like to open a bar in Okinawa which can also host live band performances.  Although that might be good for Akanishi, it would mean that Kuroki would have to fly out to Tokyo every time she has work, or they might even have to live in separate cities,” said one source.

Nonetheless, it is important for Akanishi to find some sort of work or it could create tension in his marriage.  Having given up so many things for this marriage, let’s hope that the two remain happy.



Yuya Tegoshi wants to be the best

12:17 JST June 20, 2012 3 comments

NEWS member Yuya Tegoshi loves his friends but also sees them as his biggest rivals, reports Yomiuri Shimbun on June 19.


“I started playing soccer when I was at kindergarten and loved it, even now it’s a part of my life.


I practice with my team as captain, and we enter competitions.  No matter how busy I am at work, I have to move my body.  I love playing and being with my friends.  It gets me ready for the next day.


I constantly train my body.  Even if we have two concerts in one day, I can cool down properly and don’t get tired the next day.  Compared to soccer, singing and dancing at the same time is a piece of cake.


Soccer has made me an incredibly competitive person.  I made my debut with NEWS at fifteen, I was the youngest member in the group and had only joined Johnny’s 10 months before.  I had no dance experience.  I was literally the worst in the group and it really annoyed me.


Up to then I was always a leader.  The anchor in the relay team, the captain of the cheering squad, the team leader in school trips.  So for the first time I felt out of place,  and I didn’t like going to work.


That competitiveness in me started coming out.  I’d take dance lessons in secret.  I wanted to be a better singer so I hired a voice trainer and practiced the songs over and over again at karaoke.


The NEWS members are my friends, but they’re also my biggest rivals.  I want to be the best that I can.  I feel a lot of gratitude towards soccer for teaching me to push myself further.”

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