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Jun Matsumoto
Japanese idol

Jun Matsumoto

Jun Matsumoto
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Quick Facts

Intro Japanese idol
Is Actor Singer Dancer
From Japan
Field Dancing Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 30 August 1983, Toshima-ku
Age 38 years
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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.
Matsumoto began his career in the entertainment industry when he joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1996 at the age of 12. Prior to his debut as a singer with Arashi in 1999, Matsumoto started an acting career when he was cast as Teddy Duchamp for the stage play Stand by Me, which was based on the film of the same name. Since then, he has gone on to appear in numerous dramas and movies, receiving a number of awards and nominations for his roles.

Early life

Matsumoto was born in Toshima, Tokyo, as the youngest child in his family. He 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 president Johnny Kitagawa himself, 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.

Matsumoto graduated from Horikoshi Gakuen, a renowned high school known for its many performing arts alumnae such as Kyoko Fukada and Ai Kato, in March 2002 at the age of 18.

Music career

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".

Acting career


In 1997, Matsumoto was cast in his first stage play, which was based on the American coming of age film Stand by Me with future bandmates Masaki Aiba and Kazunari Ninomiya. He did not return to do any major stage productions for nearly seven years after Stand by Me, instead focusing on dramas and movies. However, in 2004, Matsumoto appeared in the stage play West Side Story with bandmates Satoshi Ohno and Sho Sakurai. In 2005 and 2006, Matsumoto was given his first lead stage play roles in Eden no Higashi (エデンの東 East of Eden) and Byakuya no Onna Kishi (白夜の女騎士 Valkyrie of the White Night) respectively.

It was announced on July 21, 2011 that Matsumoto will star in Yukio Ninagawa’s production play, Aa, Kōya (あゝ, 荒野 Ah, Wilderness). This will be his first stage play in five years.


Like bandmate Sakurai, Matsumoto made his acting debut as a television actor in April 1997 in the TBS drama special Hoken Chousain (保険調査員 Insurance Investigator). A few months later, he co-starred with the members of KinKi Kids and future bandmate Masaki Aiba in the mystery-thriller series Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi (ぼくらの勇気 Our Courage: Miman City).

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. Soon after, his character also made a cameo in Sakurai's comedy series Yoiko no Mikata (よい子の味方 Ally of Good Children). In the 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.

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 rich heirs won him Best Supporting Actor again at the 47th Television Drama Academy Awards.

In 2007, due to the success of Hana Yori Dango, it spawned a second season, which was an even bigger hit with television audiences as it had a peak rating of 27.6% on the final episode and an overall rating of 21.57%. Matsumoto won Best Supporting Actor at the 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix for his role. The same year, Matsumoto starred in Bambino!, which won him his first Best Actor award at the 53rd Television Drama Academy Awards.

In 2008, he re-united with Bambino! co-star Karina for the drama special 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 telethon in 2008. He portrayed a man diagnosed with CIDP struggling to recuperate and return to normal life with his wife and young daughter. The drama special received a viewership rating of 25.6%.

In 2009, Matsumoto starred in his first drama series in nearly two years. He portrayed Vito Hayakawa (早川ビト Hayakawa 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. Fuji TV announced on September 10, 2009 that Matsumoto would star in a three-part drama special called Wagaya no Rekishi (わが家の歴史 History of our Family) scheduled to air for three consecutive days in the spring of 2010.

In January 2010, Matsumoto co-starred with the other members of Arashi in their first drama in nearly ten years in the human suspense drama special Saigo no Yakusoku (最後の約束 Last Promise). Matsumoto portrayed Nozomu Gotō (後藤 望 Gotō Nozomu), a 27-year-old motorcycle courier rider who is caught up in a building hijack. Matsumoto co-starred with Yūko Takeuchi in his first Getsuku drama titled Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku (夏の恋は虹色に輝く Summer Love Shines in Rainbow Colors). He also made a guest appearance on the final episode of bandmate Ohno's drama Kaibutsu-kun (怪物くん Little Monster), which is based on the Fujiko Fujio's Kaibutsu-kun manga and anime series.


Matsumoto appeared on the silver screen in the 1998 film 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 Tsuyoshi Domoto and co-starring opposite Anne Suzuki.

In 2002, Arashi co-starred in their first movie together called Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakedo Happy (ピカ☆ンチ Life is HardだけどHappy Pikanchi Life is Hard But Happy). They 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 Junichi Okada the same year.

In 2007, Arashi starred in their third movie together Kiiroi Namida while Matsumoto was cast in the independent film Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru with Nana Eikura as his co-star. He portrayed the lead character Yori Yūki (結城 頼 Yūki Yori), a high school student who falls in love and develops a romantic relationship with his younger twin sister.

In 2008, Matsumoto took on his first jidaigeki role in a re-make of Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin: The Last Princess, with award-winning actors Hiroshi Abe, Kippei Shiina and Masami Nagasawa. Soon after, TBS decided to end the Hana Yori Dango series through a film. Hana Yori Dango Final, which hit the big screen on June 28, 2008 in Japan, became a box office hit.

In 2013, Matsumoto Jun will be playing the role of Okuda Kosuke in the movie ‘Hidamari no Kanojo‘(Her Sunny Side) along with actress Ueno Juri in the latest movie of director Miki Takahiro (‘Solanin’, ‘Boku ga Ita’).‘Hidamari no Kanojo’ is slated to begin filming in January and to hit cinemas on October 2013.

Other ventures


Matsumoto had his own radio show, Jun Style, on Nack5 from October 5, 2002 to September 2011.


TV drama

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Hoken Chōsa-in Shigarami Tarō no Jikenbo Shunichi Yoneda Supporting role
Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi Mori Supporting role
Another Heart Tōru Kitamura Supporting role
1998 BOYS BE...Jr: Hakunetsu! Ren'ai Shitai Shōkōgun Lead role
Hitsuyō no Nai Hito Takuji Ohno Supporting role
1999 Nekkentsu Ren'ai-dō: Second Story - Shishi-za no A-gata BOY Retsu Nikaidō Lead role
Nekkentsu Ren'ai-dō: Eleventh Story - Futagoza no B-gata BOY Kōsuke Fukunaga Lead role
Kowai Nichiyōbi: Furugiya S Episode 10 guest appearance
V no Arashi Jun Matsumoto Lead role with Arashi members
2000 Shijō Saiaku no Dēto: Second Story - Poor Boy vs Rich Lady Yūsuke Lead role
2001 Mukai Arata no Dōbutsu Nikki: Aiken Roshinante no Sainan Hajime Kindaichi Guest appearance
Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo 3 / Majutsu Ressha Satsujin Jiken Hajime Kindaichi Lead role
Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo 3 Hajime Kindaichi Lead role
2002 Gokusen Shin Sawada Lead role 3D Class Leader
Gokusen Returns: Sōshūhen & Shiwasu no Yankumi SP Shin Sawada Lead role 3D Class Leader
2003 Yoiko no Mikata Shin Sawada Episode 9 guest appearance
Gokusen SP Shin Sawada Lead role 3D Class Leader
Kimi wa Petto Momo/Takeshi Goda Lead Role
2005 Propose: Story One Satō Kōsuke Lead role, first story of mini-drama
Hana Yori Dango Tsukasa Dōmyōji Lead role
2006 Yonimo Kimyona Monogatari: Story Five — Imakiyo-san Takada Kazuo Lead role, first story of mini-drama
2007 Hana Yori Dango 2 Tsukasa Dōmyōji Lead role
Bambino! Shogo Ban Lead role
2008 Myu no Anyo Papa ni Ageru Hayato Yamaguchi Lead role, television special
2009 Smile Vito Hayakawa Lead role
2010 Saigo no Yakusoku Nozomu Gotō Lead role with Arashi members, television special
Wagaya no Rekishi Yoshio Yame Three-part television special
Kaibutsu-kun Kaibutsu-kun's butler Episode 9 guest appearance
Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku Taiga Kusunoki Lead role
2011 Bartender Himself Guest appearance
2012 Mou Yuukai Nante Shinai Shuntarō Tokita Guest appearance
Lucky Seven Shuntarō Tokita Lead role
2013 Lucky Seven SP Shuntarō Tokita
Hajimari no Uta SP Wataru
2014 Shitsuren Chocolatier Koyurugi Sōta
2016 99.9%-Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Miyama Hiroto Lead role


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Shinjuku Shōnen Tanteidan Kentaro Kanzaki Supporting role
2002 Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakedo Happy Rentarō Futaba (Bon) Supporting role
2004 Pikanchi Life Is Hard Dakara Happy Supporting role
2005 Tokyo Tower Kōji Supporting role
2007 Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru Yori Yūki Lead role
Kiiroi Namida Yūji Katsumada Lead role with Arashi members
2008 Kakushi Toride no San’akunin: The Last Princess Takezo Lead role
Hana Yori Dango Final Domyouji Tsukasa Lead role
2013 Girl In The Sunny Place / aka "Hidamari no Kanojo" Okuda Kosuke Lead role
2014 Pikanchi Life is Hard Tabun Happy Rentarō Futaba (Bon) Lead role with Arashi members
2017 Narratage Takashi Hayama Lead role with Kasumi Arimura


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Stand By Me Teddy
Kyo to Kyo
2004 West Side Story Bernardo Supporting role
2005 East of Eden Carl Trask Lead role
2006 Byakuya no Valkyrie Sasuke Kūhibi
2011 Aa, Kōya Shinji Shinjuku

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Work Result
2002 33rd Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Gokusen Won
2005 47th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Hana Yori Dango Won
2007 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Winter) Best Supporting Actor Hana Yori Dango 2 Won
53rd Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Bambino! Won
11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring) Best Actor Nominated
2008 GQ Japan Men of the Year 2008 Awards GQ Man Of The Year 2008 Hana Yori Dango series Won
2009 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring) Best Actor Smile Won
61st Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Nominated
2010 VOCE Beauty Awards Grand Prix 2010 Best Beauty CM Award Kose Fasio "Mascara Liner" Won
14th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Summer) Best Actor Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku Won
2012 72nd Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Lucky Seven Won
2014 Movie Plus Awards 2013 Best Actor Girl In The Sunny Place Won
Best Couple (with Ueno Juri) Won
80th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Shitsuren Chocolatier Won
17th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Winter) Best Actor Won
2016 89th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor 99.9 - Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Nominated
2016 TV Station Awards Best Actor 99.9 - Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Won

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