|Born||November 5, 1985|
|Origin||Chiba, Chiba, Japan|
|Genres||J-pop, J-rock, Indie rock|
|Labels||Natural Ace Records (current), J Storm (former)|
|Associated acts||INKT, KAT-TUN|
|guitar, piano, shamisen|
Koki Tanaka (田中聖 Koki Tanaka?, born November 5, 1985) is a Japanese singer–songwriter, actor and former Japanese idol, he was a member of Jpop idol boyband KAT-TUN from their debut until September 30, 2013 when his contract with Johnny & Associates (the company that manages KAT-TUN) was terminated. When he was a member of KAT-TUN, he was recognized as the rapper in the group and has a hip-hop-influenced style. Out of the other members, Tanaka was most often paired up with Yuichi Nakamaru and they even formed a comedy duo 'TaNaka'.
On September 30, 2013 his contract with Johnny & Associates was officially terminated due to several contract violations. In November of the same year, he formed his own Indie rock band called INKT and they finally released their debut album on November 8 of 2014.
Tanaka can play several instruments, his main instrument is the guitar, he can also play the piano and the shamisen. He wrote most of the rap lyrics for KAT-TUN's songs and his solos, he went by the pen-name of "JOKER". Now with INKT, he writes all the band's songs under his name 'KOKI'.
As an actor, Tanaka has appeared in a string of Japanese TV series and movies and has won 2 awards for his acting work in My Boss My Hero.
Tanaka loves to design things and is very artistic, he has a talent for sewing and he designs his own apparels.
Born in Chiba, Chiba prefecture; Japan on November 5, 1985, Tanaka is the second oldest of 6 siblings, all brothers and raised by their single mother. His younger brother Juri is also an actor and signed with Johnny & Associates, Juri along with Tanaka's youngest brother Subaru even appeared alongside Tanaka in the first episode of the TV series Tokkyu Tanaka 3 Go in which Tanaka played the lead role. His younger brother Hyouga is also an actor, and Tanaka's older brother is named Kazunaru.
Before Tanaka was born, his mother thought he would be a girl, so she thought of the name Maria (Saint). But he turned out to be a boy instead, so the Kanji letter of his name '聖' was kept, but its pronunciation was changed to “Koki” (“Koki” also means “Saint” in Japanese). Furthermore, when he was little his face was so cute and feminine that he was often mistaken for a girl.
Tanaka joined Johnny & Associates in 1998, he once stated the reason why he applied was “My mother sent the application form behind my back. So I went to the audition without knowing anything at all. She told me it was because my cousin applied too. Therefore, we went to the audition together. But in the end, my cousin failed, while I passed.”
Tanaka graduated from Horikoshi High School, and eventually went to study at Josai International University, but he quit halfway. He loves animals so much that he originally wanted to become a veterinarian.
|Year||Album information||Chart position (debut week)||Sales|
This is a list of live concerts Tanaka performs in with his band INKT.
|Year||Title||Role||Venues & dates|
|2014||INKT Fan Meeting Vol.1||Lead performer||Shinagawa Prince Hotel Stellar Ball; Tokyo (November 6)|
|2015||INKT 1st Live ~ The Birth of INKT||Lead performer||TSUTAYA O-WEST; Tokyo (January 18),
BIGCAT live house; Osaka (February 21)
|2015||INKT one-man Live ~ Painting with INKT||Lead performer||EX Theater Roppongi (May 5),|
|2001 - 2003||Dream Boys||Dancer|
|2004||Dream Boys||Supporting role & dancer|
|2006||Summary of Johnny's World||Main cast|
|2007||Dream Boys||Lead role|
|2008||Dream Boys||Lead role|
|2011||Dream Boys||Lead role|
|2012||Ooku ~ Eien||supporting role|
|2014||Sanbun no Ichi (One Third)||main role|
|1999||NTV||Nekketsu Ren-ai Dou|
|1999||NTV||Kowai Nichiyobi ~Shinsho~|
|2000||NTV||Tenshi ga Kieta Machi|
|2000||NTV||Kowai Nichiyobi 2000|
|2001||TBS||Never Land||Shigehisa Iwatsuki (supporting role)|
|2006||NTV||Takusan no Ai wo Arigato|
|2006||NTV||My Boss My Hero||Kazuya Manabe (main role)|
|2006||NTV||Tatta Hitotsu no Koi||Kou Kusano (main role)|
|2007||NTV||Tokkyu Tanaka San Go||Ichiro Tanaka (lead role)|
|2009||TV Asahi||Hissatsu Shigotonin 2009||Ren (main role, episodes 13 - 22)|
|2012||TBS||Ooku ~ Tanjou||Gyokuei (main role)|
|Drama SPs (special TV movies)|
|2005||NTV||Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo 2005||supporting role|
|2007||TV Asahi||Byakkotai||Gisaburo Shinoda & Yusuke Shinoda (main role)|
|2010||NTV||Rikon Syndrome (Divorce Syndrome)||main role|
|2010||TV Asahi||Hissatsu Shigotonin 2010 SP||Ren (main role)|
|2012||TV Asahi||Hissatsu Shigotonin 2012||Ren (main role)|
|2013||TV Asahi||Hissatsu Shigotonin 2013||Ren (main role)|
- 50th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for My Boss My Hero (2006)
- 2006 TVNavi Awards: Best Newcomer for My Boss My Hero (2006)
- "Johnny associates cancels exclusive contract with Tanaka Koki". Tokyohive. 2013-10-09.
- "田中聖、5人組バンド『INKT』結成 公式サイト&ファンクラブも発足". Oricon. 2014-10-01.
- "INKT announces debut album". AramaJapan. 2014-11-08.
- Oricon Chart
- "INKT(初回生産限定盤)". Oricon. 2014-11-17.
- "INKT 2nd album 'Saisarisu' announcement". Ameblo.jp. 2015-03-17.
- "田中聖、所属バンドで初歌唱 今後の活動にも意欲「早くライブがしたい」". Oricon. 2014-11-06.
- "INKT 1st live concert announcement". Ameblo.jp. 2014-11-27.
- "INKT 1st live concert in Osaka announcement". Ameblo.jp. 2015-01-05.
- "'Painting with INKT' live concert details". Ameblo.jp. 2015-02-02.
- "第50屆日劇學院賞". Dorama.info. 2006-11-03.
- "TVNavi 2006 results". Tokyograph. 2007-04-15.