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NEWS news (Aug 30 - Sep 16) - Part 1

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  • Rumours of “Bibitto” ending have been floating around for a while, and they have finally been proven true with the announcement of the details of the programme replacing it. The new programme begins Sep 30th, which means the last time we’ll see Shige on Friday mornings will be Sep 27th. (Source)

  • Massu will be appearing in the following programmes for the week of Sep 16th - “Ariyoshi Zemi”, “Odoru Sanma Goten” and “Downtown DX”. (Source 1 2 3)

  • Telecast dates for “Songs of Tokyo” on NHK-WORLD have been announced.
    Part 1 - October 26, 2019 (Sat) 8:10-8:58, 14:10-, 19:10-, 26:10- [JST]
    Part 2 - October 27, 2019 (Sun) 8:10-8:58, 14:10-, 19:10-, 26:10- [JST]
    Part 3 - November 2, 2019 (Sat) 8:10-8:58, 14:10-, 19:10-, 26:10- [JST]
    Part 4 - November 3, 2019 (Sun) 8:10-8:58, 14:10-, 19:10-, 26:10-[JST]
    No information on which artists will be shown in which part yet, we’ll update again when we have that information. (Source)

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  • NEWSRING (Aug 28) NR.jpg

    • It was Koyama’s turn to update

    • Koyama started off talking about how much anime he’s been watching and said that he’d talk about it on his solo radio show. For shiritori he picked ice tea because he was drinking it as he wrote the entry. He also picked a few other words such as: ice cream, saying that as a kid he liked cones but now he preferred cups; “ah, it’s Shige” because he happened to catch Shige on tv; “Ah, summer is ending, did you do your homework?” he said that he was the type to put it off till the end; “I love you” a sudden announcement. In the end there were too many options and he couldn’t pick just one.


  • Masuda Takahisa no Marumaru (Aug 31) M.jpg

    • 7th installation of his “Voice” related updates, including one that asked if Toru will be okay since he was in danger at the end of Ep 6. He replied “You just have to trust Toru”


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    • Masuda Takahisa no Koishite

    • He asked if everyone watched Ep 7 of “Voice”, that there’re only 3 eps left and that he’ll do his best till the end.
      He also wrote about “NEWS ni Koishite”, saying he hasn’t written about it in a while and asked if everyone’s still in love. He wrote again about how it feels strange to be inside a game but he’s really happy. Some staff have been telling him “Massu” said xx to them and he hopes the game can become a source of comfort to everyone.
      He ended the entry by thanking GREE.


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    • Koyama wrote about being sad that summer’s ending and also wrote about the Strawberry DVD coming out. He said that he hasn’t seen the other members’ interviews yet so he’ll watch them on the 11th like the rest of us. He talked about how it’s exciting to see the final product, because it makes him think about how it’s the same as what the fans will see.

    • He included a selfie of himself holding a bag with anime goods he bought.


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    • It was Tegoshi’s turn to update

    • Tegoshi wrote about going to Johnny’s “Owakarekai” in Tokyo Dome, and thanked those who came.
      He also said that he’s been having fun as usual, and just finished a dream job- when you say your dreams out loud they really will come true.
      For shiritori, he picked the word, “iraira” which means to be irritated. He talked about how he’s hardly ever irritated, and how though who do things like aggressive driving and complaining and targeting others… it’s because that’s the only way they can get relieve their stress and he feels sorry for them. He’s the type to put his all into work, and having fun, and exercising and that’s how he gets his stress out.
      He wrote about how people who stand out for shining brightly are like “the nail that sticks out” (a reference to a japanese phrase, “the nail that sticks out gets hammered down”) and are disliked. However, being the nail that sticks out fun, and those kinds of people are the kind to drive innovation.
      He talked about how the person who invented social media probably made it because they wanted to help others, but in reality people misuse it to hurt others. He said that he doesn’t pay any mind to it so he’s fine, but he feels bad for those who are hurt by it. He said that the reason he doesn’t get irritated is because he doesn’t care about it.
      He thanked Johnny for giving him such a great life. The staff, his family, and friends all make it possible, and he’s thankful to everyone.
      He said that he’s also looking forward to performing with NEWS on “Songs of Tokyo” for the first time in awhile.


  • Masuda Takahisa no Marumaru (Sep 7) M.jpg

    • 8th installation of his “Voice” related updates, including one where someone asked him to describe Episode 8 in 8 characters, to which he wrote “ha chi mo ji ta ri nai” = 8 characters aren’t enough


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    • Koyama posted about Strawberry going on sale, and how he remembered the feeling he had at ajinomoto stadium and the faces, kindness, and voices of the fans. He expressed his gratitude to everyone, and said that he would work hard to give back. He also hoped for his feelings to reach those who couldn’t make it to the concerts.
      He also expressed how the members have been special to him since the start. He wondered at the end which interview he should start watching from and included a selfie of himself with strawberry.


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    • It was Shige’s turn to update

    • He wrote about Strawberry’s release and how the theme of the interview for the bonus feature was a good opportunity for him to face his past self. He said that watching the other members’ parts there were things he learned that he didn’t know before.
      He said that, as usual, he’s spending a lot of time at home working, and even when he goes out for work his brain is constantly working thinking of different descriptors of the things he sees around him. It probably makes him look suspicious. He’s often told that he’s spacing out or asked if he’s tired, and usually it’s because of this, but he can’t say that so he just says he couldn’t sleep the night before, even though he’s actually sleeping a lot.
      He also said that he’s been hooked on herbal tea recently, so he drinks chamomile tea before bed and it helps him sleep well.
      He commented on how summer is over but there still some time before the end of the year so he’s giving it his all through the end of the year. He also encouraged everyone not to push themselves too hard.


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    • 9th installment of his “Voice” related updates. Someone asked him if Toru will be okay in Ep 9, and he replied with just “orz”.


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    • He thanked the fans and everyone involved with NEWS and said “Congrats” to the members.
      He wrote that he’s on the shinkansen on a solo trip and that he’s listening to Kinki Kids’ “Anniverary”.
      He ended the entry with a photo of himself, where the hair peeking out from under his cap looks blond...


  • Masuda Takahisa no Marumaru (Sep 16) M.jpg

    • Masuda Takahisa no NEWS ga 16 shunen (NEWS’ 16th anniversary)

    • He wrote an entry to say he received lots of congratulatory messages for their 16th anniversary and thought he should write about it. He’s sorry he didn’t write on the actual day, and wrote some messages thanking the fans.
      He ended by asking fans to continue supporting them for their 17th year too.


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  • Suzuki Keita, who appeared in the 6th episode of “Voice” as the person sent to kill Higuchi’s son, mentioned Massu in his instagram post on Sep 3rd. He thanked Massu, and said he always feels Johnny’s are really good at presenting themselves. Massu’s really athletic, and managed to stay perfect under the sweltering heat while Keita perspired buckets and had his hair and make up ruined. He ended by saying that stars are different, as expected.

  • Details for the 3rd and 4th projects for “STORY” were released on Sep 5th.
    Both ask you to share your dreams, with Project 3 being a text based one - to write about your dreams within 30 words. E.g “I wanna be a doctor”.
    Since one of the examples given was in English, it seems to suggest non-Japanese entries can be accepted too. There are no official instructions on these though, so it’d be safer to keep the entries to Japanese, or very simple English.
    Project 4 is an audio project, where they ask for you to send a recording of you talking about your dreams. Please keep the duration to 7 seconds and the file size to 5MB. Formats accepted - .m4a, .mp3, .wav, .aac
    The deadlines for these projects are the same as Projects 1 & 2, Sep 30th 23:59 JST. (Source)

  • her0ism tweeted about the release of “Strawberry”, saying while he goes to all their concerts, “Strawberry” is special as it’s filled to the brim with works he’s proud of, especially “Ikiro”. (Source)

  • air:man tweeted on pre-release day asking if everyone has gotten their (pre-ordered) copies, and that of course he has. (Source)

  • Yamada Mihoko, a TV writer and commentator, wrote about “Strawberry” and Massu in her blog entry on Sep 11. She said she likes the designs of the logo and photos, and mentioned that Massu will be appearing in next week’s “Odoru Sanma Goten” (a programme she writes for). When she told Massu “Voice” is really interesting and she wrote in her column how Massu’s really good in “Voice”, he beamed a “Massu Smile”. (Source)

  • On Sep 16, Go-chan tweeted a photo of him with a strawberry designed umbrella, with a line from “Strawberry” and said he ate 16 strawberries the day before. (Source)

  • To keep up to date on NEWS’ activities don’t forget to check out the NEWS Schedule at the top of the sidebar!

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