Yuto Nakajima

Yuto Nakajima (Japanese: 中島 裕翔, Hepburn: Nakajima, Yūto, born August 10, 1993) is a Japanese singer, actor and model. He is a member of Hey! Say! JUMP.[2] He played Koji Kiritani in the 2005 Japanese television drama, Nobuta wo Produce.

Yuto Nakajima
中島 裕翔
Born (1993-08-10) August 10, 1993 (age 27)
Tokyo, Japan
NationalityJapanese
EducationHorikoshi High School
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actor
  • model
Years active2004–present
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • drums
Labels
Associated acts
Japanese name
Kanji中島 裕翔
Hiraganaなかじま ゆうと

CareerEdit

2004: Becoming an artist for Johnny's EntertainmentEdit

Nakajima joined Johnny's Jr. on March 28, 2004, in his 5th year of elementary school. After joining Johnny's Jr., he began performing together with J.J.Express as one of the five original members along with Kouhei Matsumoto, Takumi Yamashita, Yuta Tamamori, and current Hey! Say! JUMP member, Kei Inoo.

2005–2007: Initial acting experience and first Hey! Say! JUMP appearanceEdit

In 2005, he made his debut as an actor and had appeared in a couple of dramas including the drama special for 24 Hour Television, and Nobuta wo Produce[3] with two of his agency seniors, Kazuya Kamenashi, and Tomohisa Yamashita. He also appeared in Engine along with current groupmate, Daiki Arioka. He continued his junior work and was cast in the drama Primadam in 2006, and towards the end of the year, he was chosen to be part of Tap Kids, a Johnny's Jr. group, along with Noriyuki Kanda.

In April 2007, he was chosen to be a member of the temporary group, Hey! Say! 7 with four others, and made his CD debut on August 1, with their single "Hey! Say!", which hit number one on the Oricon charts. On September 24 of that same year, during a live television event from the Johnny's Jr's concert in Yokohama Arena, it was announced that the group would debut under a new name, Hey! Say! JUMP, with the five from Hey! Say! 7, plus five others. The debut single was released on November 14, titled Ultra Music Power, and also took first place on the Oricon charts.

2008–2011: Leading role at drama Sensei Wa Erai and debut group album JUMP No. 1Edit

On April 12, 2008, Nakajima got his first lead role on the drama Sensei Wa Erai along with his co Hey! Say! JUMP member Daiki Arioka, Ryosuke Yamada, Yuri Chinen.

On October 11, 2008, Nakajima played another lead role in the drama called Scrap Teacher.[4] The theme song used in the drama was Hey! Say! JUMP's fourth single "Mayonaka no Shadow Boy". Daiki Arioka, Ryosuke Yamada, Yuri Chinen also co-star in the drama.

During their press conference at Yokohama Arena, current groupmate, Kota Yabu announced that Hey! Say! JUMP would release their debut album in the summer, in which members would write songs and lyrics.[5][6] One of them was Nakajima who wrote the lyrics of "Dash!!", which was track number 15 on the album JUMP No.1.

2012–present: Rise to popularity and prominenceEdit

Nakajima appeared as Koji Kobayashi in NTV's comedy drama Perfect Son with his groupmate Ryosuke Yamada, which started on January 14, 2012.[7] On February 17, it was reported that Nakajima together with Yamada and Chinen had officially graduated from Horikoshi High School.[8]

On July 10, 2012, his appearance on the August issue of Fine Boys Magazine also marked his entrance in the professional world of modelling. Later that year, too, it was announced that he would participate in Hey! Say! JUMP's upcoming April 2013 – April 2014 annual calendar as a photographer.

In January 2013, he co-starred in the TV drama Sharehouse no Koibito alongside Mizukawa Asami and Oizumi Yo. He then played another supporting role in the summer TV drama Hanzawa Naoki starring Masato Sakai, which started on July 7, 2013. He also had a small role in Tokyo Bandwagon that fall.

In the spring of 2014, Nakajima was announced as part of the big-cast drama series Yowakutemo Katemasu starring his agency's senior and Arashi member Ninomiya Kazunari. That summer became another big break for Nakajima as he got his first starring drama role in Suikyu Yankees. Yuya Takaki also co-stars in the drama.

Nakajima started 2015 with a hit romantic comedy drama Date starring Watanabe Anne and Hasegawa Hiroki. That same month, it was announced that he will star his very first movie, Pink to Gray, a novel adaptation written by his agency's senior and NEWS member Shigeaki Kato. The movie was directed by renowned director Yukisada Isao.

On October 1, 2015, Nakajima, along with co-star Suda Masaki and director Yukisada, flew to Korea for the world premiere of the said movie in Busan International Film Festival.

Nakajima again appeared in the TV special of his earlier drama Date.

DiscographyEdit

Solo songsEdit

  • "D.N.A"
  • "Ai wa Hitotsu"
  • "Uruwashi no Bad Girl"
  • "Waiting for the Rain"

Group participationsEdit

  • J.J. Express (August 2005 – 2007)
  • Small but Big (January 2006)
  • Tap Kids (August 2006)
  • J.J.Express ちびっこチーム (January – September 2007)
  • Hey! Say! 7 (Temporary) (April 3 – September 30, 2007)
  • Hey! Say! JUMP (September 24, 2007–present)
  • Hey! Say! 7 (September 2007–present)

ConcertsEdit

For Hey! Say! JUMP-related concerts, see Hey! Say! JUMP.

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Title Role Director
2016 Pink and Gray Shiraki Rengo Isao Yukisada
2017 Our Meal for Tomorrow Hayama Ryota Masahide Ichii

DramasEdit

Year Title Role Channel Note
2005 The Little Engineer's Dream SP Tomohisa Nishida NTV
Engine (TV series)[9] Shuhei Kusama CX
Nobuta wo Produce Koji Kiritani NTV
2006 Primadam[10] Haruo Kurahashi
2008 Sensei wa Erai![11] Sota Matsuki TV movie
Scrap Teacher Shusaburo Kusaka
2012 Perfect Son Koji Kobayashi
2013 Share House no Koibito Nagi Tsuyama
Hanzawa Naoki Eiji Nakanishi TBS
Tokyo Bandwagon Masutani Yuta NTV
2014 Yowakutemo Katemasu Tsuyoshi Shirao
Suikyuu Yankees Naoya Inaba CX Lead role
2015 Date Yutaka Washio TX
2016 Nobunaga Moyu Mori Ranmaru TX TV movie
Keiji Ballerino Usushima Kurumi NTV TV movie; Lead role
Hope: Kitai Zero no Shinnyu Shain Ayumu Ichinose CX Lead role
2017 Haha ni Naru Shuhei Kino NTV
2018 Suits (Japanese TV series)[12] Daiki Suzuki CX Lead role
2019 Boku wa Doko Kara Kaoru Takeuchi TX Lead role
2020 Suits 2 (Japanese TV series)[13] Daiki Suzuki CX Lead role

Variety showsEdit

Year Title Channel
2004–present The Shonen Club[14] NHK
2006–2007 Youtachi NTV
2007–2008 Bakushō Hyappun Terebi Heisei Families (爆笑100分テレビ!平成ファミリーズ)
2008–2009 Jikuukan Sedai Batoru Shōwa x Heisei Sho wa Hey! Say! (時空間☆世代バトル 昭和×平成 SHOWはHey! Say!)
2011–2013 Yan Yan JUMP TV Tokyo
2015 Star Wars Marugoto Nakajima Yuto NHK
2015–present Itadaki High JUMP Fuji TV

TheatreEdit

Year Title Venue
2005 Endless Shock -
2006 DREAM BOYS Imperial Theatre
Takizawa Enbujo Shimbashi Theater
One!-The history of Tackey- Nissay Theatre
2007 Takizawa Enbujo 2007 Shimbashi Theater

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Yûto Nakajima". IMDb. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  2. ^ Nakajima, Yuto. "Biography". Johnny's Entertainment.
  3. ^ "Nobuta wo Produce Official Site". NTV.
  4. ^ "Scrap Teacher Official Site".
  5. ^ "[2010.05.05] Hey! Say! JUMP announce their first album in Summer". ZygnetXTaka.Moto. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
  6. ^ "Hey!Say!JUMP 1st Album!". Kamichan. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  7. ^ "An Ideal Son". NTV.
  8. ^ "Yamada, Chinen and Nakajima from Hey! Say! JUMP graduate from high school". momoedgewood. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  9. ^ "Engine Official Site". Fuji TV.
  10. ^ "Primadam Official Site". NTV.
  11. ^ "Sensei wa Erai! Official site". NTV.
  12. ^ "SUITS/スーツ". フジテレビ (in Japanese). Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  13. ^ "SUITS/スーツ2". フジテレビ (in Japanese). Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  14. ^ "ザ少年倶楽部". NHK.

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