Jin Akanishi leaving KAT-TUN

Jin Akanishi will officially graduate from Japanese boy band KAT-TUN later this year. According to his agency’s president, the final decision will be made after Akanishi’s US tour this fall, but it’s almost a certainty.

Japanese pop star Jin Akanishi

Akanishi has been in the United States working on his solo career since May 2010. Meanwhile, KAT-TUN has been continuing as a 5-member group, just as they did when Akanishi temporarily left in 2006 to study abroad.

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Kame plays wine taster

Japanese pop star Kazuya Kamenashi recently released a photobook with a wine tasting theme, identical to his role in Kami no Shizuku, a Japanese drama he starred in early 2009.

Japanese artist Kazuya Kamenashi

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Jin Akanishi to make movie debut

Japanese star Jin Akanishi from pop group KAT-TUN will make his movie debut with Bandage. Akanishi has starred in quite a number of TV dramas, but this will be his first appearance on the big screen.

Japanese artist Jin Akanishi

The movie is about the story of a rock band in 1990s. Filming will start filming in November 2008; it’s scheduled to premier in 2010.