[J-Pop] Yamashita Tomohisa, Nishikido Ryo leave NEWS
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Posted 10/7/11 , edited 10/7/11

Yamashita Tomohisa, Nishikido Ryo leave NEWS

Johnny's Jimusho announced on Friday that NEWS members Yamashita Tomohisa (26) and Nishikido Ryo (26) have both left the group. Yamashita will be focusing on his solo career, while Nishikido will focus on his activities with Kanjani8. The remaining members – Koyama Keiichiro (27), Kato Shigeaki (24), Masuda Takahisa (25), and Tegoshi Yuya (23) – will continue as a 4-person group.

NEWS originally made their debut in 2003 as a 9-member group. Moriuchi Takahiro left shortly after that, and members Uchi Hiroki and Kusano Hironori were later forced to leave the group after it was revealed that they were guilty of underage drinking.

Yamashita made his solo CD debut in 2006, and he completed an international solo tour in 2010.

Nishikido has been a member of Kanjani8 since 2002.


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Yamashita Tomohisa & Nishikido Ryo withdraw from NEWS

On October 7th, Johnny & Associates Inc. announced that two NEWS members, Yamashita Tomohisa and Nishikido Ryo, withdrew from the group on the same day. Yamashita will pursue his solo activities, and Nishikido will focus on his activities in Kanjani∞. Consequently, NEWS will continue their activities with four members: Koyama Keiichiro, Kato Shigeaki, Masuda Takahisa, and Tegoshi Yuya.

Yamashita commented, “It will be a challenge all on my own from now on. There may be inconvenient or hard things which I have never felt before, however, I would like to strive in every project with the precious experiences that I received with NEWS.”

Koyama, who will stay in NEWS, expressed positively, “Although we will be going on different paths, the four members of NEWS will continue the legacy of the eight years we walked together.”

Nishikido, who belonged to both Kanjani∞ and NEWS, revealed that the reason behind his withdrawal was that his schedule adjustments for both groups didn’t work well. He said, “Please continue to support this new NEWS with Koyama, Kato, Masuda, and Tegoshi.”


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Posted 10/7/11
that is not a surprise for me. Yamapi is more active in his own music and drama activities and so is ryo with kanjani 8. so, best of the luck to both of them.
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Posted 10/7/11
Less work for Nishikido Ryo. Now he can focus more with Kanjani8 and acting. ;D
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Posted 10/21/11
Best Luck to all of them
Posted 10/22/11
It's okay. I am sure the other four will still be successful and be supported along with the other two withdrawals. Good luck, my once obsession.
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