Jun Matsumoto

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Jun Matsumoto
松本 潤
Born (1983-08-30) August 30, 1983 (age 35)
Musical career
Years active1996–present
Associated actsArashi

Jun Matsumoto (松本 潤, Matsumoto Jun, born August 30, 1983), often called by the portmanteau nickname MatsuJun (松潤), is a Japanese singer, actor, radio host, concertmaster, dancer and model. He is a member of the boy band Arashi, and produces Arashi's concerts. He invented the moving stage in 2005 which has been subsequently used by several Asian musical acts. He 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.[1][2]

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[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4][5]

Music career[edit]

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".[6]

Acting career[edit]


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.[7][8] 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.[9]


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.[10] 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.[11]

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%.[12] Matsumoto won Best Supporting Actor at the 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix for his role.[13] The same year, Matsumoto starred in Bambino!, which won him his first Best Actor award at the 53rd Television Drama Academy Awards.[14]

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%.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17][18]

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).[19][20] 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).[21] 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.[22]


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.[23]

In 2013, Matsumoto Jun played 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’ was filmed in January and to hit cinemas on October 2013.

In 2017, Matsumoto Jun played the role of Takashi Hayama in the Movie 'Narratage' along with actress Kasumi Arimura.

Other ventures[edit]


Matsumoto had his own radio show, Jun Style, on Nack5 from October 5, 2002 to September 2011.[24]


TV drama[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Hoken Chōsa-in Shigarami Tarō no Jikenbo Shunichi Yoneda TV special, "Sanuki Hito Jiken"
Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi Mori
Another Heart Tōru Kitamura
1998 BOYS BE...Jr Episode: "Hakunetsu! Ren'ai Shitai Shōkōgun"
Lead role
Hitsuyō no Nai Hito Takuji Ohno
1999 Nekketsu Ren'ai-dō: Retsu Nikaidō
Kōsuke Fukunaga
"Shishi-za no A-gata BOY"
"Futagoza no B-gata BOY"
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 Yūsuke Episode: "Poor Boy vs Rich Lady"
Lead role
2001 Mukai Arata no Dōbutsu Nikki Hajime Kindaichi Guest appearance
Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo 3 / Majutsu Ressha Satsujin Jiken Lead role with Anne Suzuki
Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo 3
2002 Gokusen Shin Sawada Lead role
Gokusen Returns: Sōshūhen & Shiwasu no Yankumi SP
2003 Yoiko no Mikata Episode 9 guest appearance
Gokusen SP Lead role, TV special
Kimi wa Petto Momo/Takeshi Goda Lead role
2005 Propose Satō Kōsuke Lead role, mini-drama, "Story One"
Hana Yori Dango Tsukasa Dōmyōji Lead role with Mao Inoue
2006 Yonimo Kimyona Monogatari Takada Kazuo Lead role, mini-drama, "Imakiyo-san"
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, TV special
2009 Smile Vito Hayakawa Lead role with Yui Aragaki
2010 Saigo no Yakusoku Nozomu Gotō Lead role with Arashi members, TV special
Wagaya no Rekishi Yoshio Yame Three-part TV 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 Lead role
2013 Lucky Seven SP
Hajimari no Uta SP Wataru
2014 Shitsuren Chocolatier Sōta Koyurugi
2016 99.9%-Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Hiroto Miyama
2017 Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi SP Mori (Mori Eguchi)
2018 99.9%-Keiji Senmon Bengoshi — Season II Hiroto Miyama Lead role
Hana Nochi Hare~Hanadan Next Season~ Tsukasa Dōmyōji Episode 1 guest appearance
2019 Eien no Nishipa~Hokkaido to Nazuketa Otoko Matsuura Takeshiro kara~ Takeshiro Matsuura Lead role, NHK TV special


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Shinjuku Shōnen Tanteidan Kentaro Kanzaki co-starring with You Yokoyama, Masaki Aiba, Kyoko Fukada, Ai Kato, and Ayana Sakai
2002 Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakedo Happy Rentarō Futaba (Bon)
2004 Pikanchi Life Is Hard Dakara Happy
2005 Tokyo Tower Kōji
2007 Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru Yori Yūki Lead role with Nana Eikura
Kiiroi Namida Yūji Katsumada Lead role with Arashi members
2008 Kakushi Toride no San’akunin: The Last Princess Takezo Lead role with Masami Nagasawa
Hana Yori Dango Final Domyouji Tsukasa Lead role with Mao Inoue
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


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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2002 33rd Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Gokusen Won[10]
2005 47th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Hana Yori Dango Won[11]
2007 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Winter) Best Supporting Actor Hana Yori Dango 2 Won[13]
53rd Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Bambino! Won[14]
11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring) Best Actor Nominated[25]
2008 GQ Japan Men of the Year 2008 Awards GQ Man Of The Year 2008[fn 1] Hana Yori Dango series Won[1][2]
2009 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring) Best Actor Smile Won[16]
61st Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Nominated[26]
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[27]
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[28]
2016 TV Station Awards Best Actor Won
2018 21st Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Winter) Best Actor 99.9 - Keiji Senmon Bengoshi — Season II Won
96th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Won


  1. ^ Matsumoto was one of the six honorees for GQ Men of the Year 2008.[2]


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  13. ^ a b "Winners of 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix". Tokyograph. 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  14. ^ a b 主演男優賞 [Starring Actor Prize] (in Japanese). Television Drama Academy Awards. 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
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  17. ^ 柴咲コウ、三谷幸喜氏と初タッグ!フジ50周年企画の大トリ (in Japanese). Hochi. 2009-09-10. Archived from the original on 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
  18. ^ "Kou Shibasaki leads star-studded cast in Koki Mitani drama". Tokyograph. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  19. ^ 嵐が10年ぶりにメンバー5人全員でドラマ出演! フジ新春ドラマ「最後の約束」 (in Japanese). Oricon. 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  20. ^ 新春スペシャルドラマ「最後の約束」 (in Japanese). Fuji Television News. 2009-11-11. Archived from the original on 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  21. ^ "Jun Matsumoto, Yuko Takeuchi star in next "Getsu 9" drama". Tokyograph. 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  22. ^ 松ジュン、怪物くんで怪演!最終話にゲスト出演 (in Japanese). Sports Hochi. 2010-05-29. Archived from the original on 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  23. ^ "HYD tops box office for third straight week". Tokyograph. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  24. ^ "Arashi Biography 2002" (in Japanese). Johnny & Associates. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
  25. ^ 第11回日刊スポーツ・ドラマグランプリ [11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix] (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. Archived from the original on November 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
  26. ^ 主演男優賞 (in Japanese). Television Drama Academy Awards. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
  27. ^ "ムービープラス・アワード 2013 映画専門チャンネル「ムービープラス」" (in Japanese). Movie Plus. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  28. ^ "第89回ドラマアカデミー賞・主演男優賞" (in Japanese). Television Drama Academy Awards. Retrieved 18 August 2016.

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