Tomohisa Yamashita

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Tomohisa Yamashita
Native name山下 智久
Also known asYamapi
Born(1985-04-09) April 9, 1985 (age 29)
Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actor, idol, radio host, TV presenter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1996–present
LabelsWMG Japan (2012–present)
Johnny's Entertainment (2004–2011)
Associated actsB.I.G, 4Tops, NEWS, Shūji to Akira, Kitty GYM, The Monsters
WebsiteJohnny's net
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Tomohisa Yamashita
Native name山下 智久
Also known asYamapi
Born(1985-04-09) April 9, 1985 (age 29)
Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actor, idol, radio host, TV presenter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1996–present
LabelsWMG Japan (2012–present)
Johnny's Entertainment (2004–2011)
Associated actsB.I.G, 4Tops, NEWS, Shūji to Akira, Kitty GYM, The Monsters
WebsiteJohnny's net

Tomohisa Yamashita (山下 智久 Yamashita Tomohisa?, born April 9, 1985), also widely known as Yamapi,[1] is a Japanese idol, actor, singer, and TV host.[2][3]

Yamashita joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates as a trainee in 1996 and made his acting debut in NHK's Shonentachi in 1998.[2][4] He recently starred in the summer 2013 series Summer Nude and the autumn 2012 series Monsters. Other notable works include: Proposal Daisakusen, Kurosagi, Buzzer Beat and Nobuta wo Produce.

He made his official CD debut as part of boyband NEWS in 2004 under the Johnny's Entertainment label[2] and later debuted as a solo artist in 2006 with the hit single "Daite Senorita".[5] He released his first solo album in 2011 and left NEWS in the same year.[6][7] His first post-NEWS single, I, Texas (愛, テキサス?) was released under Warner Music Japan in 2012.[8]

He is the co-host of the primetime television show Shogeki! Sansedai Hikaku TV: Generation Tengoku (衝撃!3世代比較TV ジェネレーション天国?) and the host of the late night Tokyo FM radio show Yamashita Tomohisa Cross Space.[3][9][10]


Yamashita was born in Funabashi, Chiba. His parents separated when he was a child and both Yamashita and his younger sister were raised mainly by his mother.[11][12]

He was motivated to send in his application to the talent agency Johnny & Associates after watching one of Takizawa Hideaki's dramas and aspiring to appear on television.[2][13] He sent in applications to many agencies but only Johnny & Associates called him for an audition.[13]

Yamashita graduated from Horikoshi Gakuen's performing arts course for high school students in 2004. At Horikoshi, he shared a classroom with celebrities such as Koki Tanaka, Koike Teppei, and Yu Shirota. After graduating from high school, Yamashita was accepted into Meiji University's School of Commerce. He graduated with a Commerce degree (major in marketing) in autumn 2008, a semester late.[14]


Yamashita was one of the Johnny's Juniors chosen to be part of the boyband NEWS in September 2003 and he subsequently formally debuted as part of NEWS on May 12, 2004.[4] Yamashita was often referred to as the leader of NEWS in media[15] but members of the group, including Yamashita himself, have stated at times that he was not the de facto leader.[16][17]

He released the single Seishun Amigo with Kazuya Kamenashi in November 2005. The single was the soundtrack for the drama Nobuta wo Produce starring Kamenashi and Yamashita, and topped the Oricon yearly charts in 2005.[18] Seishun Amigo eventually sold over 1.5 million copies and is Yamashita's best-selling single to date.[19]

His biggest break as an actor came in 2006 when he landed the titular role in the hit television drama Kurosagi. He subsequently made his widescreen debut with the Kurosagi film sequel Eiga: Kurosagi in 2008.[4][20][21] Yamashita also made his debut as a solo artist with the Kurosagi soundtrack Daite Senorita which went on to sell over 800,000 copies.[4][22][23] He followed that up in 2007 and 2008 with turns as time-traveler Iwase Ken in the award-winning romantic comedy Proposal Daisakusen and flight doctor-in-training Aizawa Kousaku in the medical drama Code Blue.[24] Proposal Daisakusen remains one of his most notable works and in 2013, his character Ken's trademark line "Hallelujah chance! (ハレルヤチャンス!?)" was selected by Oricon Monitor Research members as one of the most memorable signature phrases in Japanese drama history.[25]

Industry watchdog Nikkei Entertainment placed him at the top of their annual ranking of under-30 japanese celebrities in 2008 due to his achievements in multiple entertainment fields that year.[26] Following his work in the 2009 romance serial Buzzer Beat, Nikkei christened him the 'twenty-something ratings man', singling him out as one of the few young actors who could successfully lead romance dramas and possessed a stable ratings record despite the declining drama industry.[27] The year 2009 also marked Yamashita's return to solo music activities with the release of his second solo single Loveless and the Tomohisa Yamashita: First Solo ~Short But Sweet~ concerts.[4][22]

Yamashita reprised his role as Aizawa Kousaku in the winter 2010 tv series Code Blue 2. Days after Code Blue 2 was wrapped up, Yamashita began filming for the live-action film adaptation of Ashita no Joe. Code Blue 2 and Buzzer Beat aired in Fuji TV's prestigious getsuku (Monday 9 p.m.) time-slot in Japan, making Yamashita the first person to have starred in two getsukus with only a single drama season in between.[28] That same year, he released his third solo single One in a Million which debuted atop the Oricon charts.[29] This was followed by the releases of the single Hadakanbo and his first solo album Supergood, Superbad in January 2011.[4] His first solo tour, "Supergood, Superbad: Asia Tour 2011" kicked off on January 29, 2011 in Hong Kong.[6]

On October 7, 2011, Johnny & Associates announced that Yamashita and Ryo Nishikido were no longer members of NEWS, and Yamashita would henceforth be concentrating on his solo projects.[7] Yamashita later published a message through the Johnny's web (Jweb) subscription service stating that this was a decision taken after much consideration on his part.[30]

From January to March 2012, NTV aired Yamashita Tomohisa Route 66: Tatta Hitori no America (山下智久・ルート66~たったひとりのアメリカ?), a travel documentary chronicling Yamashita's cross-country trip across the historic Route 66.[31]

After a two year absence, Yamashita returned to the small screen with the winter 2012 drama serial Saikō no Jinsei no Owarikata: Ending Planner where he portrayed the role of Ihara Masato, the reluctant heir to a funeral parlor.[32] He also co-starred with Shingo Katori in the autumn 2012 detective series Monsters.[33] A chance meeting at a Lady Gaga concert before production began on Monsters led Katori and Yamashita to co-author the drama theme and they later formed a temporary unit named The Monsters to release the theme as a single.[34][35] The Monsters came together again in 2013 to co-author the track PAri-PArA for Yamashita's 3rd album A NUDE.[36]

He co-hosted Fuji TV's primetime Japanese variety show Shogeki! Sansedai Hikaku TV: Generation Tengoku (衝撃!3世代比較TV ジェネレーション天国?) from January 28, 2013 until its last episode on March 10, 2014.[3]

In April 2013 it was announced that Yamashita had been cast as the male lead in the live action film adaption of the manga Kinkyori Ren'ai (近距離恋愛, "Short-Distance Love") in which he will play a new English teacher at a high school who becomes the object of affection for one of his students played by new actress Komatsu Nana.[37][38]

Composing & song-writing[edit]

YearSongCreditsCD/DVD (Artist)
2003Love SongComposer/lyricist[39][40]Touch (NEWS)
2004YubiwaComposer/lyricist[41][42]Daite Senorita (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2004TimeLyricist[43]N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, May 9, 2004)
2004PainLyricist[44]NEWS Nippon 0304 (NEWS)
2005ColorLyricist[45]Seishun Amigo (Shuuji to Akira)
2005Ashita EComposer/lyricist[46]N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, December 11, 2005)
2006Houkago BluesComposer/lyricist [47]Fever to Future (GYM)
2006Let MeComposer/lyricist[48]N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, March 5, 2006)
2006RoadComposer/lyricistN/A (Performed at NEWS Spring Concerts, April 2006)
2007Gomen ne JulietComposer/lyricist [49][50]Pacific (NEWS)
2007FIGHT ALL NIGHTLyricist (Rap)[51]cartoon KAT-TUN II You (KAT-TUN)
2007Snow ExpressLyricist (Rap) [52][53]color (NEWS)
2007Kiss de TsutaeteComposer/lyricist[54]N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, February 4, 2007)
2009MoonlightLyricist[55]Loveless (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2009Ginza RhapsodyLyricist[56]NEWS Live Diamond (NEWS)
2010World Is YoursComposer/lyricist[57]One in a million (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2010ShareComposer/lyricist (as NEWS)[58]Live (NEWS)
2011AoComposer/lyricist[59]Supergood, Superbad (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2011Friday NightLyricist[59]Supergood, Superbad (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2011Party Don't StopLyricist[59]Supergood, Superbad (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2011TomoLyricist[59]Supergood, Superbad (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2012Hit The WallComposer/lyricist/arranger[61]Ero (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2012Odoru YoruComposer/lyricist/arranger[61]Ero (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2012Kimi to Kaze to MikazukiComposer/lyricist[62]Love Chase (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2012MonstersComposer/lyricist[63]Monsters (The Monsters)
2013Natsu no OrionComposer/lyricist[36][64]A Nude (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2013PAri-PArAComposer/lyricist (as The Monsters)[36][64]A Nude (Tomohisa Yamashita)


For releases as NEWS, Shuuji to Akira, and Kitty GYM, see NEWS' Discography, Shuuji to Akira's Single, and Kitty GYM.

Studio albums[edit]

Release DateTitleLabelTrack listing
26 January 2011Supergood, SuperbadJohnny's Entertainment
25 July 2012EroWMG Japan
11 September 2013A NUDEWMG Japan

Mini albums[edit]

Release DateTitleLabelTrack listing
20 August 2014Asobi (?)WMG Japan


Release DateTitleLabelAlbumTrack listing
31 May 2006Daite Señorita (抱いてセニョリータ?)Johnny's EntertainmentSupergood, Superbad
18 November 2009Loveless
28 July 2010One in a million
19 January 2011Hadakanbō (はだかんぼー?)
29 February 2012I, Texas (愛, テキサス?)WMG JapanEro
4 July 2012Love ChaseTBA
13 March 2013Que Sera Sera ( 怪・セラ・セラ?)A Nude
31 July 2013SUMMER NUDE '13TBA

DVD & blu-ray[edit]

Release DateTitleLabel
21 December 2011Tomohisa Yamashita Asia Tour 2011: Super Good Super BadJohnny's Entertainment
11 April 2012Tomohisa Yamashita Route 66: Tatta Hitori no America (山下智久・ルート66〜たった一人のアメリカ〜?)VAP
12 December 2012Tomohisa Yamashita Live Tour 2012 ~EroP~WMG Japan

Collaborations & Features[edit]

Release DateTrack TitleLabelNotes
2 November 2005Seishun AmigoJohnny's EntertainmentSingle released as Shuuji to Akira in collaboration with Kazuya Kamenashi
30 August 2006Fever to FutureJohnny's EntertainmentSingle released as GYM in collaboration with Golf & Mike
7 January 2009Home Partyavex traxVoice featuring on the track released by Hideaki Takizawa
23 March 2011Unusualavex traxSong and PV featuring on Amuro Namie's Checkmate album
28 November 2012MonstersVictor EntertainmentSingle released as "The Monsters" in collaboration with Shingo Katori; originally released on the Gift of SMAP album
28 November 2012MonsterVictor EntertainmentSong released as "The Monsters" in collaboration with Shingo Katori; cover of the Pink Lady's Monster



1998Shonentachi (NHK)Kakuda ShinyaShort series
1999Nekketsu Renaido (NTV)N/AEpisode 7
1999P.P.O.I (NTV)Amano TairaShort series
1999Kowai Nichiyobi (NTV)N/AEpisode 13
1999Kiken na Kankei (Fuji TV)Miyabe SatoshiEpisodes 10-11; Regular series
2000Ikebukuro West Gate Park (TBS)Mizuno ShunRegular series
2000Shijo Saiaku no Date (NTV)Okumura YukiEpisode 1
2000All Star Chushingura Matsuri (TBS)Asano TakumiSpecial; Televised stageplay
2001Kabachitare (Fuji TV)Tamura YutaRegular series
2001Shonen wa Tori ni Natta (TBS)Nagashima KenSpecial; Telefilm
2002Long Love Letter (Fuji TV)Otomo TadashiRegular series
2002Lunch no Joō (Fuji TV)Nabeshima KoshiroRegular series
2003Stand Up!! (TBS)Iwasaki KengoRegular series
2003Budou no Ki (Fuji TV)Shindo YosukeSpecial
2004Engimono 9: Kuruizaki Virgin Road (Fuji TV)HajimeShort series; Televised stageplay
2004Sore wa, Totsuzen, Arashi no you ni... (TBS)Fukazawa TakumaRegular series
2005Dragon Zakura (TBS)Yajima YuusukeRegular series
2005Nobuta wo Produce (NTV)Kusano AkiraRegular series
2006Kurosagi (TBS)KurosakiRegular series; First lead role
2007ByakkotaiSakai Shintaro; Sakai MinejiShort series; Lead
2007Proposal Daisakusen (Fuji TV)Iwase KenRegular series; Lead
2008Proposal Daisakusen SP (Fuji TV)Iwase KenSpecial; Lead
2008Code Blue (Fuji TV)Aizawa KosakuRegular series; Lead
2009Code Blue SP (Fuji TV)Aizawa KosakuSpecial; Lead
2009Buzzer Beat (Fuji TV)Kamiya NaokiRegular series; Lead
2010Code Blue 2 (Fuji TV)Aizawa KosakuSecond season; Regular series; Lead
2012Saikō no Jinsei no Owarikata: Ending Planner (TBS)Ihara MasatoRegular series; Lead
2012Tomohisa Yamashita Route 66: Tatta Hitori no America (NTV)As himselfSerial travel show
2012Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi: Akai Tsume (Fuji TV)Ishida Akiyoshi[77]Special
2012Monsters (TBS)Saionji KosukeRegular series
2013Summer Nude (Fuji TV)Mikuriya AsahiRegular series; Lead
2013Dokushin Kizoku (Fuji TV)As himselfEpisode 7


1996Shinrei no Surfer ShiExtra
2008Eiga: KurosagiKurosaki
2011Ashita no JoeYabuki Joe
2014Kinkyori RenaiSakurai Haruka


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