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SMAP’s Masahiro Nakai just got a lot richer

10:05 JST September 11, 2012 1 comment

SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai is known to be the busiest of the group, but his new shows may have boosted his salary to almost 700 million yen (about US$9 million), reports Tokyo Sports and Johnny’s Watcher.

 

It had been estimated Nakai had earned 500 million yen in 2009, but this year the Johnny’s talent has worked on drama series ATARU and been the main reporter for the London Olympics.  On top of this, he has been given two new regular shows this year, プラチナイト (Platinight), which started in April, and ナカイの窓 (Nakai no Mado), which starts in October.

“That means Nakai now has nine regular shows, and if you include TV specials then it goes into double figures.  That’s why they’re saying he’ll make 700 million yen this year with all his TV shows and commercials,” one source said.

 

To make a rough calculation of how much work that is, from March to August this year Nakai has been in:

  • 52 shows for TBS, totaling about 99 hours
  • 74 shows for Fuji TV, totaling about 78 hours
  • 51 shows for Nihon TV, totaling about 44 hours
  • 28 shows for TV Asahi, totaling about 29 hours
  • 1 show for NHK, totaling 2 hours

 

It has been reported most of Nakai’s shows are variety shows, and there is a reason why the SMAP leader is such a popular pick.

“Of course Nakai is a talented host, but what many people don’t know is that he takes part in meetings where shows are being planned out.  He has a good eye for telling what ideas would be good, and which ones should be thrown out.  Variety shows don’t get high ratings just because Nakai is in it, it’s because he only chooses shows which are likely to get high ratings.  As a result he’s become a popular figure in variety shows, he constantly gets more offers, and his pockets get filled with more gold.  You’ve got to admit it, he’s got talent,” one TV writer said.

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Arashi might be this year’s Kohaku music special hosts

14:09 JST September 7, 2012 1 comment

Arashi might be picked up to be NHK’s New Year’s Eve music special hosts for the third time, reports Tokyo Sports on September 7.

 

It has been reported NHK producers are beginning to look for potential hosts for Kohaku Uta Gassen’s red (akagumi) female artist team, and white (shirogumi) male artist team.

“A production team for the show has been finalised, and now they’ve begun discussions about what to do this year.  At this rate, Arashi will probably be asked to be the shirogumi hosts for the third straight year,” said one source from NHK.

 

Although no one can definitely say this will happen, there is no denying the fact the group attracted TV ratings of over 40% in their past two Kohaku shows.

 

It has beee reported the most likely candidate for the women’s akagumi host this year will be actress Maki Horikita, who has been playing the main character in NHK’s popular drama 梅ちゃん先生 (Ume-chan Sensei).

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TOKIO’s DASH Island adventure begins on September 16

17:06 JST September 3, 2012 Leave a comment

DASH Island is a small island TOKIO will try to transform into a home, it was announced on August 31, reports Chunichi Sports.

 

The preview for the new project was revealed on their September 2 episode of variety show “ザ!鉄腕!DASH!! (The! Tetsuwan! DASH!!)”, and will start on September 16.

 

It has been reported the five members first stepped onto DASH Island on August 29, which is a several-hour plane trip and boat trip from Tokyo.  The island covers about 0.45 square kilometres of land, and its highest peak is 174 metres above sea level.  A few hundred people had lived on the island decades ago, but it has been abandoned since 1965.

 

TOKIO had spent 11 years making DASH Village in Fukushima, right until last year’s Japan Earthquake and subsequent nuclear accident which had forced the team to evacuate from the area.  The area is part of a planned evacuation zone, which has made  it difficult for the five to even visit the village.

 

Instead, the members will use the skills they’ve learnt over the past 12 years to try and create a mini Japan on their island.

“I’m excited like a little kid being put in this environment which is just teeming with adventure.  There’s no running water, electricity, or area we could use as a base.  We’re really starting from nothing, and I wonder what kind of DASH Island this is going to become…I think we’ll get a lot out of this,” Tatsuya Yamaguchi said.

 

Taichi Kokubun, who explored the island’s coast, said he was excited to find traces of old life.

“I’ve found so many interesting places and things made by the people who used to live here.”

 

Masahiro Matsuoka, who went through the island’s forest, said he was confident there were enough resources to keep the group alive.

“The mountain is quite high and steep.  Around the base it’s like a jungle.  But there are a lot of things in the mountains and the sea that we might be able to eat so I think we’ll be alright.”

 

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The stories you didn’t see during Arashi’s 24Hr TV special

18:12 JST August 31, 2012 3 comments

Weekly magazine Josei Seven has reported two stories about Arashi members Satoshi Ohno and Sho Sakurai which TV audiences never got to see.

 

Ohno’s story

It has been reported Satoshi Ohno’s visit to 11-year-old Saki Wada meant more to her than what was shown on TV.

 

The karate girl living in Kamaishi made a promise to her mother she would make it past the first round at karate nationals, but sadly Saki had lost her mother and home to last year’s devastating tsunami.  When the 24Hr TV team wanted to do a piece about her, Saki said she was told a comedian would come visit her.

“They told me Sugi-chan was coming.  So I was shocked when Ohno-kun turned up.

“We played badminton in front of the house.  He’s so good that I lost though.  Then we planted radish seeds and did some wood chopping.  Ohno-kun was having trouble with chopping wood.”

 

But it has been reported something else made Saki even happier.

“The best part was hearing him cheer me on, telling me, ‘you can do it, you can get past the first round!’,” she said.

 

Saki’s coach said Ohno had also made sure he did not miss Saki’s training sessions.

“Ohno-san came around to the dojo we use to practice at around 9pm.  He was meant to come around 7pm, but everyone in the neighbourhood had heard a celebrity was coming so I guess they kept him from coming in,” he said.

 

There is no doubt Ohno’s cheers gave Saki a lot of motivation, even more since Ohno is Saki’s favourite Arashi member.

“He stayed for dinner and ate curry with me at my house!  He said it tasted really good.”

 

Sakurai’s story

It has been reported Sho Sakurai did as much practice as he could to prepare for his special soccer match.

 

Sakurai had visited high school girls’ soccer team Mizusawa UFC Princess, whose top player Shiori Koyama was lost to last year’s tsunami.   In memory of their team mate, the team and Sakurai played a special match against their lost member’s favourite soccer player, Homare Sawa, and her INAC Kobe Leonessa soccer league team.

 

It has been reported Sakurai had practiced with the girls in their hometown before the match day.

“I think the last thing he (Sakurai) wanted was to meet the girls on the match day and say ‘let’s do this’.  He probably wanted to see where Shiori-san had trained with his own eyes,” said one TV staff member.

 

One team member confirms this.

“Sakurai-kun came to our training ground a few days before our game with INAC.  It was during the day, but no one hanging around the field noticed who he was.  He was good with the ball, but got tired easily (laughs),” said one team member.

 

It has been reported the same team member said Sakurai did not lose his focus during the game itself too.

“He’d sigh and shout when he made a mistake, he was taking it seriously.  When I’d ask him to run out front for a long pass, he’d say ‘leave it to me’.”

 

Another team member found it funny watching Sakurai.

“Some of us were saying that Sakurai-kun’s shorts were short.  They’re made for girls, so they were a little small for him and really tight.  He said it was embarrassing so would try and push the shorts down, but after running around on the field the shorts would ride up again.  It was like watching a soccer player from the old days,” said the team member.

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Arashi look back on 24Hr TV special

17:18 JST August 27, 2012 1 comment

Arashi, this year’s main personality for Nihon TV’s “24時間テレビ35『愛は地球を救う』(24Hr Television / Love Saves the Earth’)”, look back on their third time hosting the show, reports Mainichi Shimbun on August 27.

 

Kazunari Ninomiya:

“It’s possible there’s only a set number of dreams one person has.  But being here with everyone, and thanks to all of those people on location, in these 24 hours I’ve been able to see so many more dreams about the future.”

 

Masaki Aiba:

“This year was another great time for me, I had to fight back the tears so many times…  I could feel how much people wanted a bright future.”

 

Sho Sakurai:

“It was truly an honour.  I was touched by everything.”

 

Satoshi Ohno:

“My feelings for the future have become stronger from this, our third show.  I want to make a fresh start for the future.”

 

Jun Matsumoto:

“I feel like the show was over in an instant this year.  If people were able to get our message about moving forward, I think it was a good 24 hours spent for the future.”

Info on new KAT-TUN regular TV series and Kis-My-Ft2 TV special

17:16 JST August 10, 2012 1 comment

KAT-TUNの世界一ダメな夜! (KAT-TUN Sekai-ichi dame na yoru!)

Following on the popular success of similar TV show specials broadcast at New Year’s and in April, the show where KAT-TUN learn from the ダメ (dame, no) things in life will now become a regular 30-minute TV show from August 24.

 

The first episode will be a one hour special.

 

No flashy website yet, but here’s the temporary one (or at least I hope it’s temporary): http://www.tbs.co.jp/kat-tun_dameyoru/

To go to the Facebook page, go to the TBS テレビ KAT-TUNの世界一ダメな夜!

 

 

Kis-My BUSAIKU!?

Kis-My-Ft2 will have a go at their first variety special, which will air one hour specials on August 18 and September 1 on Fuji TV.

So why Busaiku?  Because every since the group had made their debut in August last year, anti-fans and fans have been calling the group “busaiku (ugly)”.

But not to worry, the boys have been quick to get over it and are determined as ever to convince everyone that they can be cool.  In the show, the members will show off their cool side.

 

Comments from members on the TV show’s website:

“Seeing the various personalities the members have was something very different to what we’ve done up to now.  I think this is the first time Johnny’s have done something so embarrassing.  I hope you’ll find a new side to Kis-My, and watch over us.  Laugh all you want until it hurts!” (Hiromitsu Kitayama)

 

“This is a show where you’ll be able to see each Kis-My member’s personality and watch how they think.  You’ll even be able to see things the other members never knew about each other too!  Happy members, shocked members, a lot of real reactions!  I’d be so happy if you watch it!” (Wataru Yokoo)

 

“First of all, this title has a lot of impact!  Who’d have thought of it.  The concept is that each of us want to become a better guy from within, and it’s a variety show where you watch us transform ourselves.  There are so many embarrassing moments.  I was even nervous while we were working on it.  I hope you enjoy this new kind of variety show!” (Taisuke Fujigaya)

 

“When I first heard the title I was just like, ‘what?’.  I never thought anyone would put the word ‘busaiku’ after our group name.  In fact, my first reaction was to look at myself in the mirror (laughs).  To be honest, the shoot was so embarrassing, but I thought to myself that this would be the only chance I would get to act cool, so I put more into my coolness than I would in a concert or music show.  I’ve never acted as cool as I did on that day in my entire life (laughs).  The show’s title and what actually goes on during the show are very different, and the one hour will be over in an instant.  I hope you get to watch it.” (Toshiya Miyata)

 

“It’s a new kind of show, and all of us are being as serious as we can to get through a certain challenge.  I think it’ll make some hearts pound so I hope you get to watch it.  I think you’ll be able to enjoy a busaiku Kis-My and a not so busaiku Kis-my (laughs).  None of us are laughing, we put everything into it, and I do what I think I should do, so it’s a chance to see a new side of Kis-My.” (Yuta Tamamori)

 

“This show has given me the chance to see what women notice about men, and what moves or lines women like men to say.  I will do everything I can to become someone who women like, and of course someone who men admire.” (Takashi Nikaido)

 

“I’ve never seen myself do these things, and there were some things I did that were more embarrassing than words can express.  I don’t think any other variety show has been able to show the real side of the people in it than this show.  That is how real our reactions are, and I’m sure that everyone watching it will cringe just as much as us watching it in the studio.  It’s something different and I hope you all watch it!” (Kento Senga)

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Massu promises to make wish come true for world champion athlete if she wins in London

13:55 JST July 27, 2012 4 comments

A two-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time world champion wrestler said she would love to get a hug from Takahisa Masuda from NEWS / Tegomass if she wins again in London, and the Johnny’s talent said he would make it happen, reports MyNavi News.

 

Saori Yoshida had been a guest on the music show “1番ソングSHOW (Ichiban Song Show)” on July 25 and said she always listens to the song “ぼくらの空 (Bokura no Sora)” by Tegomass before a match.  The athlete had said she listens to the song before going onto the wrestling platform alone, and it motivates her to think, “Yes!  I can spread my wings and fly!”.

 

It has been reported a special video message was prepared for Yoshida by her favorite member, Massu.

 

In the video, Masuda had first off said he was happy Yoshida had chosen him over his Tegomass partner Yuya Tegoshi, and then wished her the best in London.

“I hope you can get that gold medal at the Olympics in London.  Good luck.”

 

Then, when a staff member asked Masuda whether he would make any wish Yoshida had come true if she does win the gold medal, he answered the question with a definite yes.

“I’d love a hug.  I’ll make sure I win,” Yoshida commented after watching the video.

 

While this might make a number of Tegomass fans jealous, hopefully they will be forgiving this time.  An athlete who is representing her country is getting the support and motivation she needs to get ready for her medal match from Masuda’s singing.  No musician could ask for anything better than that.  So, hopefully Tegomass fans will welcome Yoshida back to Japan with a big smile.

Massu commenting he was happy he is Yoshida’s favourite member. (He looks so happy – Momo)

Answer to “will you grant her any wish she has?” with a “YES!” (Yoshida looks so happy lah. I would be too!! – Momo)

Yoshida saying she’d like a hug from Massu (I hope that comes true – Momo)

Good luck Saori Yoshida!!! – Momo

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