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Koichi Domoto is the best in Johnny’s according to his seniors

11:00 JST July 23, 2012 2 comments

Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama told a popular TV show he thinks Koichi Domoto from KinKi Kids is the biggest perfectionist in Johnny’s, reports Techinsight Japan on July 21.


Higashiyama is currently 45-years-old, and is considered a perfectionist who has followed a strict training regime for the past 20 years.  During a talk on TV show “しゃべくり007 (Shabekuri 007)”, it has been reported Higashiyama said he has kept his body-fat percentage below 10 per cent all these years because he exercises daily.  This includes stretching and 1000 sit-ups every day.


Even so, when asked who he thought was the biggest perfectionist in Johnny’s, Higashiyama had said it would be Koichi, and that the KinKi Kids member was more dedicated to work than himself.


It has been reported Higashiyama said there was one time during the New Year’s Johnny’s concert when he went back to his dressing room thinking everything was alright, when Koichi came knocking at the door to ask him if the two could go through the songs one more time.  Higashiyama also said Koichi’s “SHOCK” stage show was perfect, and admired Koichi for being able to “keep it up for four months on that show, usually your weight drops four or five kilos from doing a show for that long.”


Another Johnny’s talent who had been on the same TV show, TOKIO’s Masahiro Matsuoka also said Koichi was the most professional talent in Johnny’s, and the best junior to him.


It has been reported Koichi has been playing the main role in the stage show “SHOCK” for the past 13 years.  It could be because he was given such an important role at the young age of 21 that he learned about responsibility more than others.

Higashiyama will be Matt Damon’s voice in Japanese version of “We Bought A Zoo”

11:06 JST April 6, 2012 1 comment

Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama’s first go at dubbing an actor’s voice for a live action film will begin with Hollywood actor Matt Damon, it was revealed on April 4, reports Daily Sports Online.


The movie “We Bought A Zoo” will be released in Japan on June 8.  It is a comedy about a family who buy a ruined zoo, and follows their efforts to bring the zoo back to life and open for the public.

“I hope audiences (in Japan) can watch this family adventure miracle, and let it remind them of that special person in their own lives,” Higashiyama said.


Higashiyama has been recognised as having a good voice, and has already narrated several documentaries in Japan and has done voice acting for Disney’s animated feature film “Brother Bear”.  It is, however, the first time the Johnny’s talent has done the voice of a character in a live action film.  It is also unusual for Johnny’s to let one of their talents become the voice of a Hollywood actor, but it has been reported they were impressed with the film’s story.


It has been reported recording had finished around late March.  Higashiyama’s concentration surprised production staff as the talent pushed his way through eight-hour recording sessions for two days without stopping.

“The voice is my own interpretation of Matt Damon’s acting,” Higashiyama said.

Noriyuki Higashiyama to star in “The King’s Speech” stage play

13:24 JST February 27, 2012 1 comment

Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama will play the lead in a stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning “The King’s Speech”, it was announced on February 24, reports Daily Sports Online.


“The King’s Speech” is a historical drama about King George VI and how he overcame his stuttering condition he developed as a child.  The 2010 film won actor Colin Firth his best actor oscar.  Now it is time for Higashiyama, who has been in a number of stage plays since his 1985 showbiz debut, to take on the challenge of stammering his lines.

“How did George the sixth, who was loved by his country’s people, become a British leader who overcame his disorder and adversity.  I hope I can learn something about becoming a leader, experience it, act it, and then push to step up a level as an actor,” he said.


The play’s director had said Higashiyama was an actor who represents responsibility, comes across as noble, and can fit into this character.


“The King’s Speech” will be performed on stage this August in Tokyo, and then in Osaka in mid-September.

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