Jun Matsumoto 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.
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.
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.
Matsumoto was once designated the "Comedy Leader" of Arashi but has more or less lost that image as he grew upNow 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.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. 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. 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. He also enjoys surfing and drives to the beach alone whenever he has free time.
>>RECORDING CAREER<<JOHONNY'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.ARASHI
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. The single went on to become a major hit, selling 557,430 copies in its first week 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".
Matsumoto made his television debut as an actor in 1997 in the mystery-thriller series, Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi, opposite both members of KinKi Kids and bandmate Aiba. He appeared on the silver screen for the first time a year later in Shinjuku Tanteidan Shōnen 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.
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. He later returned with most of the original cast to star in the special epilogue episode in 2003. His character also made a cameo in bandmate Sakurai's comedy series, Yoiko no Mikata same year. 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. Arashi starred in their first film together in 2002 entitled Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakedo Happy and came together again for its sequel, Pikanchi 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 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. 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%. 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. 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.
In 2007, Matsumoto starred in Bambino! which won him his first Best Lead Actor award at the 53rd Television Drama Academy Awards. 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, 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%.
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.
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.