Akanishi Jin Profile


Jin Akanishi (赤西 仁, Akanishi Jin) (born July 4, 1984) is a Japanese idol, singer-songwriter, actor, seiyū, television personality and former radio host. Akanishi is a member of the popular J-pop group, KAT-TUN, and is the one of the two lead vocalists. Since the group’s debut in 2006, it has achieved 14 consecutive number ones (including studio albums) on the Oricon charts.Akanishi is also a budding actor with roles in the second season of popular NTV school drama, Gokusen, Anego and Yukan Club.

He is also a co-host of KAT-TUN’s own variety show, Cartoon KAT-TUN, and used to host a radio program called “KAT-TUN Style” with bandmate Junnosuke Taguchi from October 2007 to March 2008.Born in Chiba Prefecture on July 4, 1984, Akanishi is the eldest child. His family consists of his parents and a younger brother, Reio, who also works in the entertainment industry as an actor under the stage name, Souta. His given name, Jin (“benevolence”), comes from one of the five Confucian virtues. He moved to Tokyo in the first grade. He is the best friend of Tomohisa Yamashita and the two remain close today. When he was still in grade school, a classmate sent in a photo of him to idol magazine, Myojo, and he was featured in the “Cool Classmates” corner of the issue. Akanishi expressed interest in the entertainment industry and his mother thus sent in an application to Johnny’s Entertainment on his behalf in 1998. Though he technically failed his audition on November 8, 1998, he was told to stay when he tried to return his number plate to a man who happened to be Johnny Kitagawa himself.After he was made a Johnny’s Jr. member in 2000, Akanishi was part of a number of groups like Musical Academy Dancing, J2000 and B.A.D. before being drafted into a six-member unit in 2001 with other juniors Kazuya Kamenashi, Junnosuke Taguchi, Koki Tanaka, Tatsuya Ueda and Yuichi Nakamaru. Though the group was originally meant to only be backup dancers for Koichi Domoto of KinKi Kids, the sextet’s unexpected popularity led their agency to allow them to expand into a separate group called KAT-TUN, an acronym formed by the first letter of the members’ surnames. Despite the group’s popularity (they even released DVDs of their live concerts in 2003 and 2005 — a first for JE groups that hadn’t debuted), they were not allowed to make their bow until five years later.KAT-TUN’s debut on March 22, 2006 was marked by a tripartite release of their debut single, debut album and a DVD chronicling the making of their first music video. All three releases were immensely successful on the Oricon charts with “Real Face” and “Real Face Film” certified as the best-selling single and domestic music DVD of 2006 respectively. The group’s next single, “SIGNAL”, was also a massive hit debuting at number 1 and selling more than 500,000 copies.

Much to the Japanese public’s surprise, Akanishi announced in a press conference on October 13, 2006 that he was leaving the country to study English abroad for an indefinite amount of time. Despite his absence, KAT-TUN were obliged to continue its activities and released their third single and second studio album, “Bokura no Machi de” and Cartoon KAT-TUN II You, which both topped the charts. Akanishi finally returned from Los Angeles after six months on April 19, 2007, an event which was accompanied by a massive nationwide media frenzy. He quickly resumed work by joining his bandmates on their nationwide tour on April 21. All of KAT-TUN’s subsequent singles and albums have since debuted at number 1 and the band has sold more than 6 million records in just over three years.Akanishi is also a songwriter having written songs for KAT-TUN and for himself, including “Care”, “Hesitate”, “Love or Like”, “Lovejuice” and “Wonder”, the latter being a collaboration with R&B artist, Crystal Kay. He can play the guitar and has composed both music and lyrics for “Murasaki (ムラサキ?)”, “ha-ha” and “Pinky”.

ProFile

* Name: 赤西仁
* Name (romaji): Akanishi Jin
* Nicknames: Bakanishi
* Profession: Singer and actor
* Birthdate: 1984-Jul-04
* Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
* Height: 176cm
* Weight: 64kg
* Star sign: Cancer
* Blood type: O
* Family: Younger brother (Akanishi Reio)
* Talent agency: Johnny’s Entertainment

TV Dorama

* Yukan Club as Shochikubai Miroku (NTV, 2007)
* Anego as Kurosawa Akihiko (NTV, 2005)
* Gokusen 2 as Yabuki Hayato (NTV, 2005)
* Xmas Nante Daikirai as Kitagawa Sho (NTV, 2004)
* Omae no Yukichi ga Naiteiru (TV Asahi, 2001)
* Haregi, Koko Ichiban (晴れ着、ここ一番) (NHK, 2000)
* Taiyo wa Shizumanai (Fuji TV, 2000, ep6)
* Best Friend (TV Asahi, 1999)
* Kowai Nichiyobi (NTV, 1999)
* P.P.O.I. as Kimura Hisashi (NTV, 1999)

TV Shows
* Cartoon KAT-TUN (2007-now)

Movies
* BANDAGE (2010)

Award
* 11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Oct-Dec 2007): Best Actor for Yukan Club

Advertisings
* NTT Docomo [FOMA902i series]
* SKY PerfecTV!
* Lipbalm Rohto Mogitate
* Nintendo Gamcube Dance Dance Revolution (together with Kamenashi Kazuya)
* Oronamin C
* Lotte Gum +X (Green Apple, Blue Citrus, Pink Berry)
* Crunky Chocolate
* Oxy (together with Tanaka Koki)

Other
* Become a seiyuu in Speed Racer the Movie

Source : Wikipedia

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