Koyama commented on The Music Day on the July 3rd broadcast of news every. He said that performing on The Music Day feels like the start of summer for him, and that it feels fresh because there are only a few times a year that he gets to perform with sempai and kohai on the same stage. (Source)
Koyama commented for the first time on a stalking incident that happened to him when he was a junior during the July 5th broadcast of ‘Hashimoto Tooro to NEWS Koyama Jitsuroku! Sekai no Ikari Houtei’:
“Speaking from my own experience, when I was a junior in Johnny’s, I commuted by train. Someone was following me without me realizing it. I don’t know if that was when [the location] of my house was discovered, but [things would happen like] all the mail disappearing from the mailbox. One day, there was a rattling noise coming from the door to my house. (said while miming someone shaking a door handle) When I went to go peek outside to see what it was, there were two women outside saying things like ‘We know you’re in there!’
I’ve had that kind of thing happen [in the past]. Now, a lot more of our private lives are out there in the open. So, where we live can be even more easily discovered. I think finding a way to counteract it is difficult.”
NJP mods: While this may be an episode from a long time ago, similar things are probably happening to them all the time. That’s why we think that this is a timely reminder to fans about how important it is to protect the privacy of NEWS, and that as much as we are all interested to find out more about their private lives, keeping them safe is what should be of utmost importance.
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KEIICHIRO (4 July)
Koyama updated his jweb to wish Massu a happy birthday and said that he acted really happy when everyone congratulated him in their group chat after midnight. He praised Massu and said that he respects him.
Masuda Takahisa no Marumaru (4 July)
Masuda Takahisa’s Birthday
He thanked everyone for the birthday wishes, expressing how thankful he was to receive birthday messages from so many people.
MADE ni Omakase (4 July)
Akiyama Taiga, a member of MADE, a group that has back danced in many of NEWS’ tours, updated his jweb. He mentioned that he is quick to cry when touched or when others cry and that he most recently cried on June 11th, the last day of the NEVERLAND Tour. He expressed how thankful he was to the NEWS members, tour staff, and other juniors.
He also mentioned it was Massu’s birthday and congratulated him.
Aitsu no Page (4 July)
In the “Principal’s Room” under Nakamaru Yuichi’s jweb, somebody wrote in to ask why nobody from KT went to watch NEWS’ concert when Massu went all the way to the Kyocera Dome for 10Ks last year. The “principal” asked where she’s coming from, and replied that their relationship is a good one which will not be affected by whether or not they go to each other’s concerts.
NEWS Ring (5 July)
It was Koyama’s turn to update this week.
He promoted his program, ‘Hashimoto & NEWS Koyama jitsuroku! Sekai Ikari no Hotei’, that aired the same day.
He also talked about how recently Tegoshi has been coming up to him when they’re changing and pointing out that he’s wearing the underwear Koyama bought him during the tour. He said that it was cute and pondered what kind of underwear he should buy next time.
Masuda Takahisa no Marumaru (5 July)
Masuda Takahisa’s down jacket.
He talked about how even though it’s been hot out recently he was able to go shopping before meeting up with Inaba (MADE) and some staff for dinner. Inaba was really sweaty from how hot it was out there, and as soon as they made it into the cool restaurant he asked Massu what he had bought, and he said, a down jacket.
Omoide no Ryuku (6 July)
Matsushima Sou (Sexy Zone) wrote in his jweb about NEWS’ songs. He talked about listening to ‘Anthem’ before bed and then being unable to sleep enough from wanting to watch soccer. He praised NEWS’ soccer songs and said that NEWS’ songs are really addictive.
Masuda Takahisa no Marumaru (8 July, 1st entry)
Masuda Takahisa’s record
He posted a short entry talking about how he made it his goal to update everyday for about a week but then forgot on the 3rd day.
Masuda Takahisa no Marumaru (8 July, 2nd entry)
Masuda Takahisa’s Updating Record
He said how the weather’s hot, and Shindo Itsuki, a junior who likes clothes, suddenly told him that he wants to see Massu shopping.
Massu will be appearing on the September issue of “Souen” (releasing on 28 July), the fashion magazine he also appeared in the May issue earlier this year, talking about NEWS’ concert costumes. (Source)
her0ism, who wrote both the lyrics and music for Endless Summer, tweeted about the response to The Music Day performance saying he was really happy about the big reaction and he’s glad if the song was able to reach many people. (Source)
Massu Birthday Messages:
The NEWS Na Futari Staff twitter posted a message to ‘The always smiling Massu-san’ wishing him a happy birthday. (Source)
The official twitter account for the TV Asahi Mascot, Go-chan, tweeted a birthday message to Massu. They commented that many things have started since the time they spotted Massu wearing the mascot while performing on the last year’s Music Station, and that they are looking forward to meeting him again. (Source)
On the same day, Go-chan tweeted again to share a photo from one of the followers, giving the mascot red hair, with 2 other plushies wearing miniature NEVERLAND tour Tshirts. (Source)
Yamapi wished Massu a happy birthday on his radio show. (Source)
Jinnai Tomonori, a Japanese comedian who appears on Netapare with Massu, tweeted about celebrating Massu’s birthday after filming and going out to eat with him and two of his juniors. He included a picture of Massu’s birthday cake with his tweet. (Source)
Miyajima Sakura, the co-host for TM’s radio, said she happened to tweet at exactly midnight on Massu’s birthday about her favourite topic of super power rangers, and apologised for adding impurities on everyone’s timelines when everyone was wishing Massu happy birthday. She then wished him happy birthday. (Source)
Netapare’s official account posted a photo of the full birthday cake they prepared for him when they had filming for the program a few days ago (Source)
NEWS ranked in at #9 on a ranking of artists with ‘The power to influence spending,’ moving up from being unranked last year. The ranking is a part of surveys conducted by the media and public relations companies, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners and Hakuhodo. Other Johnny’s groups that made the list include Arashi at #1, Kanjani8 at #6, and Hey!Say!JUMP at #8. (Source)
NEWS sent flowers to Yamashita Tatsuro’s concert at Tokyo, in NEWS colours. NOTE: Yamashita Tatsuro is the original singer of “FOREVER MINE”, the song Massu covered for his solo song in NEVERLAND. (Source)
Quartetto ranked in at #9 on CDTV’s Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray for the first half of 2017. (Source)
There will be a birthday post going up for Shige tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that and share all your well wishes and birthday messages there!
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