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Early life: Born in Tokyo, Japan, Matsumoto is the youngest child of his parents. He has an older sister whose support of KinKi Kids influenced his decision to join Johnny`s Entertainment in 1996. Thinking it might bode good luck, he sent his application to the agency on his elementary school graduation day and received a phone call weeks later from the president himself, Johnny Kitagawa, inviting him to attend a rehearsal instead of being auditioned. Due to this, Matsumoto is frequently referred to as an elite within the agency.[3] Matsumoto began his career in the entertainment industry as a back-up dancer for other groups like many other Juniors in the agency before he was drafted into a five-member group named Arashi in 1999 at the age of 16. He graduated from Horikoshi Gakuen, a renowned high school known for its many performing arts alumnae, at the age of 18 with other contemporaries Kyoko Fukada and Ai Kato whom he counts as his high school senior.[4] [edit] Recording and hosting career [edit] 1999–present: Arashi The group`s debut was announced with much fanfare aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Honolulu, Hawai`i on September 15, 1999. The group`s name, chosen by the agency, means "storm" and is meant to represent the group`s ambition of "creating a storm throughout the world" through music. Arashi`s debut single, "Arashi", was a massive success upon its release reaching number 1 on the charts and selling over 970,000 copies at the end of its chart-run setting a new record for the highest first-week sales. A fan favorite, the group still performs the song during their live concerts to this day. Arashi`s record would only be broken almost 7 years later by fellow JE boy band KAT-TUN`s debut single, "Real Face", in March 2006. Almost all of Arashi`s singles, album and DVD releases have been successful chart performers. Their 2008 single, "Truth/Kaze no Mukô e", is their most successful release since their debut single and has sold over 600,000 copies as of October 2008.[5] In addition to music, Arashi are also prominent television personalities having hosted 12 different variety shows since 2001. Their first program, Mayonaka no Arashi ("Midnight Arashi"), lasted 38 episodes. Currently, the five are the hosts of three variety programs, Arashi no Shukudai-kun ("Arashi`s Homework"), Himitsu no Arashi-chan ("Arashi-chan`s Secrets") and a game show, VS Arashi. [edit] Acting career Matsumoto made his television debut as an actor in 1997 in the mystery-thriller series, Bokura no Yûki ~Miman Toshi~, opposite both members of KinKi Kids and bandmate Masaki Aiba.[6] He appeared on the silver screen for the first time a year later in Shinjuku Tanteidan Shônen[2] but his breakthrough did not come till 2001 when he was cast as Hajime Kinda`ichi in the third season of Kinda`ichi Shônen no Jikenbo, taking over the role from senior Tsuyoshi Domoto and co-starring opposite Anne Suzuki.[7] Arashi`s single, "Jidai", was used as the theme song for the drama and was named "Best Theme Song" at the 30th Television Drama Academy Awards.[8] Matsumoto gained further popularity as an actor in 2002 when he starred in the first season of Gokusen with Yukie Nakama, Shun Oguri, Tomohiro Waki, Hiroki Narimiya and Yuma Ishigaki. His portrayal of the troubled but highly intelligent student, Shin Sawada, drew acclaim and won him "Best Supporting Actor" at the 33rd Television Drama Academy Awards.[9] He later returned with most of the original cast to star in the special epilogue episode in 2003.[10] His character also made a cameo in bandmate Shô Sakurai`s comedy series, Yoiko no Mikata, in the same year.[11] Matsumoto took another high-profile role in the live-action adaptation of manga series, Kimi wa Pet, as Takeshi "Momo" Goda, starring opposite Koyuki the same year.[12] Arashi starred in their first film together in 2002 entitled Pika*nchi Life Is Hard Dakedo Happy and came together again for its sequel, Pika**nchi Life Is Hard Dakara Happy, in 2004. He also starred in the film Tokyo Tower as a womanizer with a preference for older women with senior Junichi Okada in the same year. In 2005, Matsumoto took the most prominent role of his career to date when he was cast as Tsukasa Domyôji in the live-action adaptation of shôjo manga Hana Yori Dango. Co-starring opposite Mao Inoue, Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda and Tsuyoshi Abe, the series was a success with an average viewership rating of 19.6%. Matsumoto`s portrayal as the air-headed and arrogant leader of four heirs to billionaire business empires won him "Best Supporting Actor" again at the 47th Television Drama Academy Awards.[13] The show`s success spawned a second season which aired in 2007 and was an even bigger hit with television audiences with an improved viewership rating of 21.7% at the end of its run. The second series were lauded with more

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Jun Matsumoto (松本 潤 Matsumoto Jun, born August 30, 1983), often called by the portmanteau nickname MatsuJun (松潤), is a Japanese idol, singer, actor, and radio host. He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi and is best known to Japanese television drama audiences for his portrayal as Tsukasa Dōmyōji in the Hana Yori Dango series, in which he won GQ Japan's Man Of The Year Award under the singer/actor category for his work in the drama.


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