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|Native name||長瀬 智也|
|Born||November 7, 1978|
|Origin||Aoba-ku, Yokohama, Japan|
|Genres||Power pop, pop rock|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, harmonica, saxophone|
|Labels||Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Japan, J Storm|
Tomoya Nagase (長瀬 智也 Nagase Tomoya?, born November 7, 1978) is a Japanese singer and actor. He is a member of Tokio, a Johnny & Associates musical group. He is the primary vocalist, in addition to playing the guitar alongside Tokio's leader, Shigeru Joshima.
As an artist
He was inspired by bands Hikaru Genji and SMAP to answer a recruiting call of Johnny & Associates and was accepted. In 1992, he played several stage plays (Playzone and Mask) together with other Tokio members. He first played tambourine during Tokio's early performances as SMAP's background dancers. Just prior to Tokio's debut, the band's rhythm guitarist, Hiromu Kojima, left the band and was replaced by Tomoya Nagase.
In 1997, Nagase collaborated with American R&B group 3T to record the Japanese version of Eternal Flame, which was used as the theme song for the Japanese drama D×D, in which he starred. The single was released under the artist name "Tomoya with 3T" and reached number 12 on the Oricon charts. Nagase lists Guns N' Roses as his favorite band.
As an actor
Nagase has had parts in over 40 dramas. His first lead role was in Hakusen Nagashi (1996). More lead roles followed including Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Mukodono!, and Tiger & Dragon. Mukodono! was his first comedic role. In My Boss My Hero he had another comedic role. He received an "Ishihara Yuijiro Award" in 2002 as "The Best Newcomer" for his role in the movie Seoul. He also currently playing as a lead actor in a drama Unubore Deka
Nagase has endorsed many various brands with the band Tokio and by himself. He is currently a brand ambassador for Fujicolor and Lotte Toppo. With Tokio, he has endorsed among others Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Eneos, a brand for Nippon Oil. As an actor, he has also endorsed UFO Nissin noodles, Lotte Coolish drinks, Subaru, Morinaga, Suntory Dry beer, Mazda, All Nippon Airways, NTT docomo, Hitachi Wooo, and Uniqlo.
Nagase dated singer and former actress Ayumi Hamasaki from the beginning of both of their acting careers. In 2001, they publicly announced their relationship. In 2007, the media circulated rumors that the couple were about to get married; however, on July 13 of that year, Ayumi Hamasaki announced that they had broken up. Though Hamasaki did not explain the reason for the split, she stated that they had parted amicably and the two remained friends.
|1994||Ari yo Sabara||TV|
|1995||Saiko no Kataomoi||TV|
|Kakeochi no Susume||TV|
|1997||Ryoma ga Yuku||TV|
|Fuzoroi no Ringotachi 4||TV|
|D×D||TV||Shigeru Joshima and Tatsuya Yamaguchi also acted in this drama|
|Hakusen Nagashi: 19 no Haru||TV||Wataru Ookouchi|
|Love And Eros||TV|
|1999||Ringu Saishusho||TV||Ryuji Takayama|
|Hakusen Nagashi: Hatachi no Kaze||TV||Wataru Ookouchi|
|Sea Side Love (Suna no ue no koibitotachi)||TV|
|2000||Ikebukuro West Gate Park||TV||Majima Makoto|
|Hakusen Nagashi: Tabidachi no Uta||TV||Wataru Ookouchi|
|2002||Seoul||Film||Hayase Yutaro||Received Ishihara Yuijiro Award for Best Newcomer.|
|Big Money||TV||Norimichi Shirato|
|Yan Papa||TV||Yuusaku Mabuchi|
|2003||Mukodono 2003||TV||Yuichiro Sakuraba|
|Hakusen Nagashi: 25-sai||TV||Wataru Ookouchi|
|2004||Kanojo ga Shinjatta||TV||Hajime Ansai|
|2005||Akechi Kogoro VS Kindaichi Kosuke||TV|
|Tiger & Dragon||TV||Kotora Yamazaki|
|Hakusen Nagashi: Yume Miru Goro o Sugitemo||TV||Wataru Ookouchi|
|2006||My Boss My Hero||TV||Makio Sakaki|
|2007||Utahime||TV||Shimanto Taro, Akira Koizumi|
|Sword of the Stranger||Film||Nanashi ("Nameless")||Voice (Original Japanese version)|
|2009||Karei naru Spy||TV||Kyosuke Yoroi|
|Heaven's Door||Film||Masato Aoyama|
|2010||Miporin no Ekubo||TV|
- "Johnny's Net Tokio Profiles" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- "Tomoya Nagase on IMDB". Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- "PuDDiNG's Tomoya Nagase World!". Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- "Tomoya Nagase on Tomoya Online". Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- Takeuchi Cullen, Lisa (March 25, 2002). "Empress of Pop". Time. p. 1. Retrieved January 18, 2008.
- "Network Officials Announce: Hamasaki Could Not Escape Seven-Year-Itch, Broke up with Tomoya Nagase" (in Chinese). The Epoch Times. July 14, 2008. Retrieved November 18, 2008.[dead link]
- "Ayumi Hamasaki and Tokio's Tomoya Nagase break up". Japan News Review. July 14, 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2008.
- Tokio Official Website
- Tomoya Nagase at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Tomoya Nagase at the Internet Movie Database