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Yamapi & Toma Ikuta in a new unit!?

Tomohisa Yamashita and best friend Toma Ikuta may be forming a new unit called “Iku & Pi” a.k.a. “the ikemen unit.” Well at least just for one night.

Yamapi who just finished his first solo concert at Yokohama Arena, had one his best friends make a special guest appearance during the second half of the show and they instantly formed “the ikemen unit.”

Both of them joined Johnny’s Entertainment in 1996 and became really close friends. So when it was decided that Yamapi was to have his first solo concert, he immediately called Toma and asked him to make an appearance.

It’s like a dream come true to have both of us on the same stage,” Yamapi stated, and with a happy smile, “It was like going back to our JR. days.

The last time they were both on stage was seven years ago when both Yamapi and Toma were part of Johnny’s Jr.

source: sanspo

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Shota Yasuda contracts Influenza A

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Kanjani∞ member, Shota Yasuda (24) has contracted the influenza A strain. Three days earlier (9/1), Kanjani∞ finished a show in Nagoya which was being filmed for DVD. Upon arriving back in Tokyo his temperature rose to 37°C and results from the strain tested positive. Today Yasuda is resting in his home and his temperature has dropped to 34°C.

Yasuda is currently filming the NHK drama, ROMES, that is scheduled to air on 10/15. Today (JST) is the fifth day of filming and because he can not participate in the shooting, the filming has been cancelled.

Fellow member Ryo Nishikido, along with other Johnny’s member Tomohisa Yamashita also contracted the virus in late August.

This adds to the growing number of people in Japan who have contracted this virus. There have been other celebrities who are infected, but there are many other non-celebrities who have been infected and died from the strain.

If you have the virus you need to keep away from everyone. That means do not go to work, and if your work has to halt production and/or they film the scenes without you in it, then that’s what should be done. You should not be made to go to work. This could have been prevented if Ryo just stayed home.

Now if Seira Kagami, who is rumored to be seeing Yamapi, gets the virus then that should ‘confirm’ and ‘clear’ any rumors. But then again, it could all be just one big coincidence.

What is the best way for this virus not to spread? Sit your butt home until it’s gone. Why ruin it for the rest of the country?

source: sponichi

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Why Meisa Kuroki was offered Erika Sawajiri’s role!?

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With everything that’s happened with Erika Sawajiri being dismissed, and Meisa Kuroki taking the role of “Yuki Mori” in Space Battleship Yamato; what are the reasons?

Well other than the obvious, [people] are saying that Kuroki fits the role of ‘Yuki Mori’ than Erika. Another reason is that there is speculation with her connection to Johnnys’ talents. She is good friends with Rina Uchiyama and Maki Horikita, who are also good friends with Johnny’s talents. But another reason is the rumor of Koki Tanaka (KAT-TUN) and Kuroki; they were rumored to be involved. So it’s like Johnny’s was quick to approve of Kuroki taking over the role.

Johnny’s loves Kuroki, its like both of the agencies are on a honeymoon,” said one of the authorized media rep.

Kuroki has appeared in several dramas with Johnnys’ talents. In 2007 she starred in the New Year historical play “Byakkotai“, with Tomohisa Yamashita and Koki Tanaka. That same year she appeared with Kazunari Ninomiya, playing the part of his girlfriend in the drama, “Dear, Father.” Other Johnnys’ talents include Koichi Domoto, Kazuya Kamenashi, and Toma Ikuta.

This type of casting seems to be a formula for success.

Kuroki’s agency is Sweet Power. Both Sweet Power and Johnny’s Entertainment have a very good relationship, which explains why both their talents work together, and are sometimes to be rumored to be in a relationship. Kuroki and Tanaka, and Rina Uchiyama and Noriyuki Higashiyama. Maki Horikita with Yamapi, Ikuta and Kamenashi; all rumors have spurred from constantly working together.

With Erika out of the running, it seems that playing in Johnny’s favor has gotten her the role. In these past two years Kuroki’s been starring in drama’s with Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (SMAP), Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN), Kazunari Ninomiya (Arashi), Yuu Yokoyama (Kanjani8), Yamapi (NEWS), and Koki Tanaka (KAT-TUN). And now with SMAP’s Takuya Kimura.

source: 芸能7days

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Seira Kagami drops a bomb about Yamapi

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Seira Kagami attened an event for the horror movie “Final Dead Circut 3D“, in which they all had an “3D Glasses Best Dresser Award”.

“It was really amazing to see the intensity when using the 3D glasses,” said Seira’s publicist.

When asked, “How about a horror movie with your guy from NEWS?Seira replied, “He’s unreliable!! Ahaha” while making a smiling face like Yamapi.

Is this smiling face proof that we’re going out?“, “I guess…” and bashfully, “Everyone just loves going to a place that’s good and cheap.” It was like she just dropped a bomb shell.

source: sanspo

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KARA in Thailand

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On 2ch, someone posted some links of KARA‘s rehearsal and live in Thailand. Along with a video of SHINee in Thailand as well. They arrived on 9/16 for the Thai-Korea concert. KARA, SHINee, and Ryan represented Korea for this friendly gathering. To represent Thailand, Golf&Mike also performed. If you don’t know Golf&Mike, they are part of Johnny’s in Japan. They had a side unit with NEWSYamapi to form the group GYM.

Don’t forget that KARA is also going to make their debut in Japan soon too.

FanCam of KARA and SHINee at the airport



For Live and Rehearsal; under cut.

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[UPDATE] Yamapi is off the market…

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For now…

Talking about love lives, its out in the open that NEWS’ member Yamashita Tomohisa has been dating model Seira Kagami for three months.

This un-inviting news to Yamapi fans was discovered on 9/15. The girlfriend, Seira Kagami (22) is half Canadian (father) and half Japanese (mother). They’ve been dating for about three months.

Neither of them have ever worked together but met earlier this year through a mutual friend. According to some people they’ve been dating since the beginning of summer.

Yamapi attended one of Kagami‘s lives in July. Even though he did not stand out too much, people saw the both of the happy together. Kagami apparently also tells some of her most trusted staff members some of their happy times.

Well since the guys’ contracts for not having girlfriend’s is probably lifted, and their fans are older now, it’s good to see news like this out in the open. That or it makes for really great publicity on both their parts, which would explain why JE hasn’t done anything about it yet.

source: yomiuri

2009.9.17

Photo’s from Friday magazine showing “Yamapi” and “Seira”. I say in quotes, because the photo’s are not very clear.

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