Taichi Kokubun

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Taichi Kokubun
Native name 国分 太一
Born (1974-09-02) September 2, 1974 (age 39)
Origin Higashikurume, Tokyo, Japan
Genres Rock
Occupations Keyboardist, actor
Instruments Electronic keyboard, piano
Years active 1988–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Japan, J Storm
Associated acts Tokio

Taichi Kokubun (国分 太一 Kokubun Taichi?, born September 2, 1974) is a Japanese keyboardist and actor.[1][2] He plays keyboard for Tokio, a Johnny & Associates musical group.

Early life[edit]

Taichi Kokubun was born in Higashikurume, Tokyo.

Career[edit]

As an artist[edit]

Before debuting with Tokio, Kokubun, like other Tokio members, was a backup-dancer for Johnny's Entertainment boy bands, including Hikaru Genji.[3] In 1990 he became the keyboardist of Tokio, but it was not until 1994 that the band debuted.[3]

In 2004, Kokubun took a break from Tokio to form a temporary group with KinKi Kids member Tsuyoshi Domoto.[3] Together they released the theme song to Fantastipo, a movie in which they starred.

As an actor[edit]

Kokubun began his acting career with a role in Abunai Shōnen III, a 1989 Japanese drama. Since 1993, he has played parts in drama shows and movies such as Fantistipo and Shaberedomo Shaberedomo.

He has hosted Gachinko! with other Tokio members.[2] Currently Kokubun hosts Kaitai Shin Show and Shonen Club Premium on NHK, Tetsuwan Dash and Guruguru Ninety-Nine on NTV, R30 on TBS, Mentore G on Fuji TV, and Aura no Izumi on TV Asahi.[4]

In April 2009, Kokubun became a sportscaster for the Fuji TV show Sports!.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, it was revealed that Taichi Kokubun has dated Japanese singer-songwriter Aiko from 1998. However, the two broke up in 2007.[4] In 2009, Kokubun announced in an interview that he began a new relationship.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Year/s Title Medium Role Notes
1989 Abunai Shōnen III TV Uncredited role
1993 Dousoukai TV Ushio
1994 Otōsan wa Shinpaisho TV
Yagami-kun no Katei no Jijo TV Koji Yagami
1995 Haruyo, Koi TV
The Chef TV Taichi
1996 Glass no Kakeratachi TV
1997 Kin no Tamago TV
Kenshui Nanako TV Shinya Aramaki
1998 Oshigoto Desu TV
1999 Yonigeya Honpo TV
Shin Oretachi no Tabi TV Episode 10 only
2000 Bus Stop TV Kyugo Abe
2001 Omae no Yukichi ga Naiteiru TV
2002 Otōsan TV Jiro Yamaguchi
Engimono TV Lead role
2004 Tokio TV Takumi Miyamoto Lead role
2005 Hiroshima Showa 20 nen 8 Gatsu Muika TV Michaki Shigematsu
Fantistipo Movie Toraji Starred with KinKi Kids member Tsuyoshi Domoto, whom he released the theme song to the movie with
2006 Dance Drill TV Wataru Ishibashi
2007 Inochi no Iro Enpitsu TV Lead role
Shaberedomo Shaberedomo Movie Mitsuba Award a Mainichi Film Award for Best Actor[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Johnny's Net Tokio Profiles" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  2. ^ a b c "Taichi Kokubun on IMDB". Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  3. ^ a b c "TOKIO - artists - JaME U.S.A.". Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  4. ^ a b c "Kokubun completes conquest of major networks". TokyoGraph. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  5. ^ "国分太一 3歳年下"普通の女性"と交際中". Sponichi Annex. Retrieved 2009-12-21. [dead link]

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