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Jun Matsumoto
松本 潤
Also known as MatsuJun
Born August 30, 1983 (1983-08-30) (age 26)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, actor, radio host
Years active 1996 (1996)–present
Labels Pony Canyon (1999–2001)
J Storm (2002–present)
Associated acts Arashi

Jun Matsumoto (松本 潤 Matsumoto Jun ?, born August 30, 1983), often called MatsuJun, is a Japanese idol, singer, actor and radio host. He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi, who is under the management of Johnny & Associates, along with Masaki Aiba, Kazunari Ninomiya, Satoshi Ohno and Sho Sakurai. He 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.[1][2]


Early life

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Matsumoto has an older sister whose support of KinKi Kids influenced his decision to join Johnny & Associates 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 one of the elite within the agency.[3]

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 seniors.[4]

Recording career

Johnny's Jr.

Matsumoto began his career in the entertainment industry as a back-up dancer for other groups like many other Johnny's Jr. in the agency. He was a member of temporary Johnny's Jr. units such as M.A.I.N. with fellow Arashi members Aiba and Ninomiya before he was drafted into a five-member group named Arashi in 1999 at the age of 16.


On September 15, 1999 aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, it was announced that a new Johnny's group named Arashi, the Japanese word for storm, would make their debut on November 3, 1999. Their debut single, "Arashi", was used as the image song for the 8th World Cup of Volleyball hosted by Japan in 1999 and the group served as special supporters for the competition.[5] The single went on to become a major hit, selling 557,430 copies in its first week[6] and almost a million copies by the end of its chart run.

Although the majority of Matsumoto's solos for albums and concerts are written by Arashi's staff, he has contributed lyrics for two of his solos: "La Familia" for the 2004 Arashi! Iza, Now Tour!! and "Naked" in 2008 for the album Dream "A" Live under the penname "Jun".[7]

Acting career

Matsumoto made his television debut as an actor in 1997 in the mystery-thriller series, Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi (ぼくらの勇気 Our Courage: Miman City ?), opposite both members of KinKi Kids and bandmate Aiba.[8] He appeared on the silver screen for the first time a year later in Shinjuku Tanteidan Shōnen (新宿少年探偵団 Shinjuku Boy Detectives ?) but his breakthrough did not come until 2001 when he was cast as Hajime Kinda'ichi in the third season of Kinda'ichi Shōnen no Jikenbo, taking over the role from senior Tsuyoshi Domoto and co-starring opposite Anne Suzuki.[9]

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.[10] He later returned with most of the original cast to star in the special epilogue episode in 2003.[11] His character also made a cameo in bandmate Sakurai's comedy series, Yoiko no Mikata (よい子の味方 Ally of Good Children ?), in the same year.[12] 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.[13] Arashi starred in their first film together in 2002 entitled Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakedo Happy (ピカ☆ンチ Life is HardだけどHappy Pikanchi Life is Hard But Happy ?) and came together again for its sequel, Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakara Happy (ピカ☆☆ンチ Life is HardだからHappy Pikanchi Life is Hard Therefore 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 Domyōji in the live-action adaptation of shōjo 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.[14] The show's success spawned a second season, which aired in 2007 and was an even bigger hit with television audiences with a peak rating of 27.6% on the final episode and an average rating of 21.57%.[15] The second series were lauded with more accolades when it was named Best Drama and Matsumoto won Best Supporting Actor at the 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix.[16] TBS decided to end the series through a film, Hana Yori Dango Final, which hit the big screen on June 28, 2008 in Japan and became a box office hit.[17]

In 2007, Matsumoto starred in Bambino! which won him his first Best Lead Actor award at the 53rd Television Drama Academy Awards.[18] In the same year, Arashi starred in their third film together entitled Kiiroi Namida while Matsumoto was cast in his most controversial role to date when he co-starred with Nana Eikura in the independent film Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru as the lead character, Yūki Yori, who falls in love and develops a romantic relationship with his younger twin sister. Matsumoto also continued to choose more varied characters when he took on his first jidaigeki role in a 2008 re-make of Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin: The Last Princess, with other award-winning actors Hiroshi Abe, Kippei Shiina and Masami Nagasawa. He also re-united with Bambino! co-star, Karina, in the special television movie, Myū no Anyo Papa ni Ageru (みゅうの足パパにあげる Myū will Give Daddy Her Legs ?), which aired as part of the 24-hour Television charity special in 2008. He portrayed a man diagnosed with CIDP struggling to recuperate and return to normal life with his wife and young daughter. This tanpatsu was highly rated with a viewership rating of 25.6%.[19]

Due to his highly acclaimed role as Tsukasa Dōmyōji in the Hana Yori Dango trilogy, Matsumoto was awarded GQ Man of the Year under the singer/actor category in 2008.[2][1]

In 2009, Matsumoto starred as Vito, a half-Japanese, half-Filipino young man who always faces life with a smile in the drama Smile. Matsumoto subsequently won Best Actor for his role in the 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix.[20]

Personal life and personality

Matsumoto was once designated the "Comedy Leader" of Arashi but has more or less lost that image as he grew up.[21] Now known more for his frank nature and sharp tongue, he has been called "DoS" (ドS Extreme Sadist ?) by his bandmates and openly admits to being rather neurotic and methodical.[22] Despite this, all of Arashi have stated that he cares most for the members and the group itself. He is close to his bandmates and has stated that they have never properly fought since they were brought together by the agency, mostly in part to the peaceful nature of the group's leader Ohno and bandmate Aiba—a claim supported by bandmate Sakurai.[23][24] He is also known for his serious work ethic—often juggling several projects (music, television, film and radio) at the same time.

Matsumoto is a huge fan of American superstar Janet Jackson, often referring to his opportunity to meet his idol during several of his media interviews. He is also a fan of American actors Johnny Depp, Kevin Spacey, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt and enjoys kabuki.[3] He is near-sighted and usually wears contacts on stage and screen but reverts to glasses when he's not working. He has expressed a deep admiration for his agency's president, Johnny Kitagawa, describing him as the biggest influence in his life.[3][23] He also enjoys surfing and drives to the beach alone whenever he has free time.[22]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi Mori
1998 Hitsuyou no Nai Hito Takuji Ohno
1999 Kowai Nichiyoubi: Furugiya S Episode 10 guest appearance
V no Arashi Jun Matsumoto
2001 Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo 3 Hajime Kindaichi Lead role
2002 Gokusen Shin Sawada
2003 Yoiko no Mikata Shin Sawada Episode 9 guest appearance
Kimi wa Pet Momo/Takeshi Goda
2005 Hana Yori Dango Tsukasa Dōmyōji
Propose: Story One Mini-drama (1 episode)
2006 Yonimo Kimyona Monogatari: Story Five - Imakiyo-san Mini-drama (1 episode), lead role
2007 Hana Yori Dango 2 Tsukasa Dōmyōji
Bambino! Shogo Ban Lead role
2008 Myu no Anyo Papa ni Ageru Hayato Yamaguchi Television special, lead role
2009 Smile Vito Hayakawa Lead role
2010 Wagaya no Rekishi[25][26] Yoshio Yame 3-part television special
Saigo no Yakusoku[27][28] Television special
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Shinjuku Shônen Tanteidan
2002 Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakedo Happy Rentarou Futaba (Bon)
2004 Pikanchi Life Is Hard Dakara Happy Rentarou Futaba (Bon)
2005 Tokyo Tower Kōji
2007 Boku wa Imouto Ni Koi wo Suru Yori Yūki Lead role
Kiiroi Namida Yūji Katsumada
2008 Kakushi Toride no San’akunin: The Last Princess Musashi Lead role
Hana Yori Dango Final Tsukasa Dōmyōji
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Stand By Me Teddy
2004 West Side Story Bernardo
2005 East of Eden Carl Trask Lead role
2006 Byakuya no Valkyrie Sasuke Kūhibi Lead role

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Work Result
2002 33rd Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Gokusen Won[10]
2005 47th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Hana Yori Dango Won[14]
2007 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Winter) Best Supporting Actor Hana Yori Dango 2 Won[16]
53rd Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Bambino! Won[18]
11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring) Best Actor Nominated[29]
2008 GQ Japan Men of the Year 2008 Awards GQ Man Of The Year Award 2008[fn 1] Hana Yori Dango series Won[1][2]
2009 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring) Best Actor Smile Won[20]
61st Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Nominated[30]


  1. ^ Matsumoto was one of the six honorees for GQ Men of the Year 2008.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "GQ's Men of the Year: NIGO, MatsuJun, and more". Tokyograph. December 17, 2008. http://www.tokyograph.com/news/id-4191. Retrieved September 4, 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c (Japanese) "GQ Men of the Year 2008". GQ. December 16, 2008. http://www.gqjapan.jp/event/menoftheyear08/details/02.html. Retrieved October 19, 2009.  
  3. ^ a b c "POP! Goes the MatsuJun (or Lessons Learned from a Japanese Idol)". Asia Pacific Arts; University of California in Los Angeles. May 2, 2008. http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/080502/article.asp?parentID=91652. Retrieved October 29, 2008.  
  4. ^ (Japanese) Arashi no Shukudai-kun. NTV. 2007-03-17.
  5. ^ "Sho Sakurai appointed as Volleyball World Cup caster". Tokyograph. 2008-10-03. http://www.tokyograph.com/news/id-1827. Retrieved 2009-05-07.  
  6. ^ (Japanese) "1999年11月第3週の邦楽シングルランキング情報". Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/search/result.php?kbn=js&types=rnk&year=1999&month=11&week=3&submit4.x=23&submit4.y=6. Retrieved 2009-09-24.  
  7. ^ (Japanese) "Dream "A" Live album information". J Storm. http://www.j-storm.co.jp/arashi/disco/album/a_11.html. Retrieved 2009-12-24.  
  8. ^ "DramaWiki: Bokura no Yuuki -Miman Toshi-". http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Bokura_no_Yuuki_%7EMiman_Toshi%7E. Retrieved October 17, 2008.  
  9. ^ "DramaWiki: Kinda'ichi Shounen no Jikenbo Season 3". Dramawiki. http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Kindaichi_Shonen_no_Jikenbo#Season_3. Retrieved October 18, 2008.  
  10. ^ a b "助演男優賞". Television Drama Academy Awards. June 26, 2002. http://blog.television.co.jp/drama/academy/2002/06/post_235.html. Retrieved October 15, 2009.   (Japanese)
  11. ^ "DramaWiki: Gokusen Season 1". Dramawiki. http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Gokusen#Season_1. Retrieved October 17, 2008.  
  12. ^ "DramaWiki: Yoiko no Mikata". Dramawiki. http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Yoiko_no_Mikata. Retrieved October 18, 2008.  
  13. ^ "DramaWiki: Kimi wa Pet". Dramawiki. http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Kimi_wa_Pet. Retrieved October 15, 2009.  
  14. ^ a b (Japanese) "助演男優賞". Television Drama Academy Awards. January 25, 2006. http://blog.television.co.jp/drama/academy/2006/01/post_66.html. Retrieved October 15, 2009.  
  15. ^ (Japanese) "Hana Yori Dango 2 Ratings". Audience Ratings TV. http://artv.info/ar0701.html#hanadan2. Retrieved 2009-12-04.  
  16. ^ a b "Winners of 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix". Tokyograph. 2007-05-05. http://www.tokyograph.com/news/id-989. Retrieved 2009-10-15.  
  17. ^ "HYD tops box office for third straight week". Tokyograph. 2008-07-15. http://www.tokyograph.com/news/id-3517. Retrieved 2009-12-29.  
  18. ^ a b (Japanese) ["主演男優賞". Television Drama Academy Awards. 2007-07-24. [http://blog.television.co.jp/drama/academy/2007/07/post_28.html. Retrieved 2009-10-15.  
  19. ^ (Japanese) "錦戸亮も好演! 24時間テレビの感動ドラマ4作が一挙リリース". Livedoor. 2009-09-06. http://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/4334053/. Retrieved 2009-12-04.  
  20. ^ a b (Japanese) "第13回ドラマGP 春投票 「スマイル」がノミネートされた全4部門を制す". Nikkan Sports. http://www.nikkansports.com/entertainment/dramagp/dgp-result_spring.html. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  21. ^ (Japanese) "Arashi no Shukudai-kun". December 8, 2008. http://www.ntv.co.jp/arashi/.  
  22. ^ a b (Japanese) Matsumoto, Jun. Interview with Shinya Ueda. Oshareism. 2007-04-22. Retrieved on 2009-12-04.
  23. ^ a b (Japanese) Matsumoto, Jun. Interview with Kokubun Taichi. Shōnen Club Premium. 2008-02-17. Retrieved on 2009-12-04.
  24. ^ (Japanese) Sakurai, Sho. Interview with Shinya Ueda. Oshareism. 2008-08-24. Retrieved on 2009-12-04.
  25. ^ (Japanese) "柴咲コウ、三谷幸喜氏と初タッグ!フジ50周年企画の大トリ". Hochi. 2009-09-10. http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/entertainment/news/20090910-OHT1T00021.htm?from=yol. Retrieved 2009-09-10.  
  26. ^ "Kou Shibasaki leads star-studded cast in Koki Mitani drama". Tokyograph. 2009-09-10. http://www.tokyograph.com/news/id-5249. Retrieved 2009-09-12.  
  27. ^ (Japanese) "嵐が10年ぶりにメンバー5人全員でドラマ出演! フジ新春ドラマ『最後の約束』". Oricon. 2009-11-11. http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/movie/70541/. Retrieved 2009-11-11.  
  28. ^ (Japanese) "新春スペシャルドラマ『最後の約束』". Fuji Television News. 2009-11-11. http://wwwz.fujitv.co.jp/fujitv/news/pub_2009/091111varashi.html. Retrieved 2009-11-11.  
  29. ^ (Japanese) "第11回日刊スポーツ・ドラマグランプリ". Nikkan Sports. http://www6.nikkansports.com/entertainment/drama/2007/result-drama11-1.html. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  30. ^ (Japanese) "主演男優賞". Television Drama Academy Awards. 2009-07-22. http://blog.television.co.jp/drama/academy/2009/07/post_338.html. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  

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