A 14-year-old ex-Johnny’s Jr. talent has been arrested by police for assaulting his school teacher, reports gossip magazine Shukan Josei.
The magazine, which went on sale today, reports on September 14, a 53-year-old junior high school teacher in Kawagoe city, Saitama prefecture, was punched by one of his school’s students. It has been reported the student had frequently received warnings from teachers for bad behaviour and untidy uniforms in the past.
It has been reported a representative at Johnny’s & Associates has said the talent has not been actively working lately.
“He seems to be referred as a Johnny’s Jr. talent, but he has not been working for us since June this year, and we are yet to confirm that he was the one actually involved.”
Cyzowoman has reported the ex-talent had been featured on an episode of variety show SMAP x SMAP and many fans have already narrowed the list of Jrs down to a possible name. It has also been reported the incident began after one teacher gave the student a warning. The student then confronted the teacher, prompting another teacher to jump in and stop the argument, only to be punched twice in the chest. Police were called in and the student was arrested on the spot. It has been reported the student had told police he punched the teacher because they surrounded him, which made him angry.
Johnny’s senior talent Masahiko Kondo sent his congratulations to Jin Akanishi on September 24, reports Chunichi Sports.
Akanishi and his wife, actress Meisa Kuroki, had a baby girl on September 23. It has been reported during an interview in Tokyo, Kondo, who also has a 4-year-old son, said he had some advice for Akanishi about being a father.
“Kids are really cute. Just seeing them makes your worries go away. I don’t think you need to put more pressure on yourself, it’s okay to do things at your own pace.”
Kondo also said he would like to encourage Akanishi to keep doing what he wants to do, even after all the drama so far with leaving KAT-TUN, going to the USA, a cancelled concert tour, and a blank work schedule.
“I chose to start a racing career, and I’m still involved in it. You can get through it if you concentrate on your work and have faith in your fans and your supporters. Your wife and children are on your side, you’ll be alright.”
Jin Akanishi and Meisa Kuroki’s daughter was born in the afternoon on September 23, reports Nikkan Sports.
The two released a statement to media outlets by fax.
“After many days and months, which also seemed to fly by, she’s come into our life. The both of us hope to work together, and support one another to bring up our precious, precious new love, this new life. We thank God, and this amazing miracle, and hope to live together in a home that’s always full of laughter. ”
According to one source, Akanishi was in the room with Kuroki at the time.
No details have been released about which hospital Kuroki was taken to, nor about how much the baby had weighed.
A new album, new tour announcement, and a concert filled with songs chosen by fans, Arashi’s National Stadium concert in Tokyo on September 20 was a big one for those 70,000 with tickets, reports TV Asahi and Sankei Sports.
It has been reported towards the end of yesterday’s concert, the words “重大発表 (Important Annoucement)” flashed onto the giant screen. Fans screamed as the group announced they were releasing a new album “Popcorn” on October 31, and had another tour coming up within the year.
It will be Arashi’s first dome stadium tour in two years, which will go around five venues in Japan, starting with Osaka’s Kyocera Dome on November 18. Although the group have had dome stadium tours regularly since 2008, last year’s Tokyo Dome concert was cancelled following the devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident. Instead, the group had arranged a more electricity-saving event for fans, the 嵐のワクワク学校 (Arashi no Waku-waku Gakkou).
“The circumstances weren’t right to hold a concert in Tokyo Dome last year, but I’m really happy we can do one this year,” Masaki Aiba said.
It has been reported the total number of fans the upcoming tour is expected to attract, plus the number of fans who had (or will) attend group’s two National Stadium concerts yesterday and today, will top 870,000. This is the biggest number to date for Arashi. The group have said they want to make it a fun concert tour which focuses on a characteristically pop style.
Yesterday’s concert was special because the song list had been chosen by fans who had voted for songs online. It has been reported more than 270,000 votes had been counted to select 37 songs, the most popular being “Face Down”. In fact, some of the chosen songs had not been performed for years so some members literally had to re-learn them.
“Aiba-kun had forgotten most of them,” Jun Matsumoto said.
“He’d start singing other people’s parts with them,” Sho Sakurai said.
“Hey, you’d forgotten them too! It wasn’t a case of remembering what the songs were like, it was more like I had to re-learn some of them from scratch which was hard,” Aiba said.
Another thing which made yesterday’s concert special was there were no Johnny’s Jr. back dancers, just the five Arashi members.
“I felt like I was back in Johnny’s Jr. It was something different,” Kazunari Ninomiya said.
“We wanted this to be a concert where the five of us could be with all 70,000 of you,” Matsumoto said.
A Hong Kong local disrupted filming for upcoming live action movie of 金田一少年の事件簿 (Kindaichi Shonen Jinkenbo), it was revealed on September 19, reports Nikkan Sports.
It has been reported on September 12, Hey! Say! JUMP’s Ryosuke Yamada and the cast and Nihon TV crew of upcoming movie 金田一少年の事件簿 香港九龍財宝殺人事件 (Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo – Hong Kong Kowloon Zaihou Satsujin-jiken, The Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Mystery) had been shooting on location in Hong Kong when a local man approached the set, and shouted at them.
“Don’t let the Japanese film here!”
Paparazzi also caused some disruption during the night shoots on the same day. It has been reported when one photographer got too close one actor, a Japanese crew member who tried to stop it got injured after his head and the photographer’s camera collided. A Nihon TV public relations representative had said it was only a minor injury.
Not so news, but thought some people might be interested…
Momoka Fukawa is a model and daughter of ex-Johnny’s talent Toshikazu Fukawa. To go to Momoka’s new blog, click here.
Momoka’s father was a member of シブがき隊 (Shibugaki-tai), a Johnny’s group active throughout the 1980s. A different member of Shibugaki-tai you might know is Masahiro Motoki, who was the lead actor in the 2008 Japanese film おくりびと (Departures), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009. Fukawa too, is still active in Japanese showbiz as an actor and talent.
As for work for Momoka, she has a fashion show coming up on October 6 in Sendai for the TOHOKU COLLECTION 2012.
A best album, more concert dates added to their tour, and an Eightrangers comeback, Kanjani8 fans were treated to a lot during the group’s concert in Tokyo on September 16, reports Nikkan Sports.
One of the bigger announcements from the group was extra concerts had been added to their tour, including concerts at Tokyo Dome on November 10 and 11, and concerts at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome on December 30, 31, and January 1. It means the total number fans expected to attend Kanjani8 concerts and events this year will top 880,000, a number worthy of a national pop star group.
“Eight years ago we weren’t able to fill a hall with even 1000 fans. But now I do believe that what we did wasn’t a mistake,” Ryo Nishikido said.
“We’ve been making the number 8 our things so I’m so happy,” Yu Yokoyama said.
Kanjani8 also announced their Best Album “8EST” will be released on October 17.
The group had been performing their first outdoors stadium concert at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo since September 15. This tour, the group revived their Eightrangers performance for the first time in two years, and even made it something bigger with stunts like dropping down 25 metres using ropes.
“Performing in natural light was kind of embarrassing,” Subaru Shibutani said.
Finally, to finish off the surprises, the group and the 55,000 fans in the stadium celebrated Shota Yasuda’s 28th birthday.