Yuto Nakajima

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Yuto Nakajima
Native name 中島 裕翔
Born (1993-08-10) August 10, 1993 (age 23)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Japanese Pop, R&B, Electropop, Dance-pop, Electronic, Hip hop, Dance, Electronic dance
Years active 2004 – present
Labels Johnny & Associates, J Storm
Associated acts
  • Hey! Say! 7
  • Hey! Say! JUMP
  • Hey! Say! 7 (temporary group)
  • Tap Kids
  • J.J. Express

Yuto Nakajima (中島裕翔?, Nakajima, Yūto, born 10 August 1993) is a Japanese idol, actor, dancer, model, and singer of Hey! Say! JUMP.[1] He played Koji Kiritani in the 2005 Japanese television drama, Nobuta wo Produce.


2004: Joined Johnny's Entertainment[edit]

Nakajima joined Johnny's Jr. on March 28, 2004, in his 5th year of elementary school. After joining Johnny's Jr., he began performing together with J.J.Express as one of the five original members along with Kouhei Matsumoto, Takumi Yamashita, Yuta Tamamori, and current Hey! Say! JUMP member, Kei Inoo.

2005-2007: Debut with Hey! Say! JUMP[edit]

In 2005, he made his debut as an actor and had appeared in a couple of dramas including the drama special for 24 Hour Television, and Nobuta wo Produce[2] with two of his agency seniors, Kamenashi Kazuya, and Yamashita Tomohisa. He also appeared in Engine along with current bandmate, Daiki Arioka. He continued his junior work and was cast in the drama Primadam in 2006, and towards the end of the year, he was chosen to be part of Tap Kids, a Johnny's Jr. group, along with Kanda Noriyuki.

In April 2007, he was chosen to be a member of the temporary group, Hey! Say! 7 with four others, and made his CD debut on August 1, with their single "Hey! Say!", which hit number one on the Oricon charts. On September 24 of that same year, during a live television event from the Johnny's Jr's concert in Yokohama Arena, it was announced that the group would debut under a new name, Hey! Say! JUMP, with the five from Hey! Say! 7, plus five others. The debut single was released on November 14, titled Ultra Music Power, and also took first place on the Oricon charts.

2008-2011: Acting career and JUMP No. 1[edit]

On April 12, 2008, Nakajima got his first lead role on the drama Sensei Wa Erai along with his co Hey! Say! JUMP member Daiki Arioka, Ryosuke Yamada, Yuri Chinen.

On October 11, 2008, Nakajima played another lead role in the drama called Scrap Teacher.[3] The theme song used in the drama was Hey! Say! JUMP's fourth single "Mayonaka no Shadow Boy". Daiki Arioka, Ryosuke Yamada, Yuri Chinen also co-star in the drama.

During their press conference at Yokohama Arena, current bandmate, Kota Yabu announced that Hey! Say! JUMP would release their debut album in the summer, in which members would write songs and lyrics.[4][5] One of them was Nakajima who wrote the lyrics of "Dash!!", which was track number 15 on the album JUMP No.1.


Nakajima appeared as Koji Kobayashi in NTV's comedy drama Perfect Son with his band mate Ryosuke Yamada, which started on January 14, 2012.[6] On February 17, it was reported that Nakajima together with Yamada and Chinen had officially graduated from Horikoshi High School.[7]

On July 10, 2012, his appearance on the August issue of Fine Boys Magazine also marked his entrance in the professional world of modelling. Later that year, too, it was announced that he would participate in Hey! Say! JUMP's upcoming April 2013-April 2014 annual calendar as a photographer.


In January 2013, he co-starred in the TV drama Sharehouse no Koibito alongside Mizukawa Asami and Oizumi Yo. He then played another supporting role in the summer TV drama Hanzawa Naoki starring Masato Sakai, which started on July 7, 2013. He also had a small role in Tokyo Bandwagon that fall.


In the spring of 2014, Nakajima was announced as part of the big-cast drama series Yowakutemo Katemasu starring his agency's senior and Arashi member Ninomiya Kazunari. That summer became another big break for Nakajima as he got his first starring drama role in Suikyu Yankees. Yuya Takaki also co-stars in the drama.


Nakajima started 2015 with a hit romantic comedy drama Date starring Watanabe Anne and Hasegawa Hiroki. That same month, it was announced that he will star his very first movie, Pink to Gray, a novel adaptation written by his agency's senior and NEWS member Shigeaki Kato. The movie was directed by renowned director Yukisada Isao.

On October 1, 2015, Nakajima, along with co-star Suda Masaki and director Yukisada, flew to Korea for the world premiere of the said movie in Busan International Film Festival.

Nakajima again appeared in the TV special of his earlier drama Date.


Solo songs[edit]

  • "D.N.A"
  • "Ai wa Hitotsu"
  • "Uruwashi no Bad Girl"

Group participations[edit]

  • J.J. Express (August 2005 – 2007)
  • Small but Big (January 2006)
  • Tap Kids (August 2006)
  • J.J.Express ちびっこチーム (January - September 2007)
  • Hey! Say! 7 (Temporary) (April 3 - September 30, 2007)
  • Hey! Say! JUMP (September 24, 2007–present)
  • Hey! Say! 7 (September 2007–present)


For Hey! Say! JUMP-related concerts, see Hey! Say! JUMP.



Year Title Role Director
2016 Pink and Gray Shiraki Rengo Isao Yukisada
2017 Bokura no Gohan wa Ashita de Matteru Hayama Ryota Masahide Ichii


Year Title Role Channel
2005 The Little Engineer's Dream SP Tomohisa Nishida NTV
Engine (TV series)[8] Shuhei Kusama CX
Nobuta wo Produce Koji Kiritani NTV
2006 Primadam[9] Haruo Kurahashi NTV
2008 Sensei wa Erai![10] Sota Matsuki NTV
Scrap Teacher Shusaburo Kusaka NTV
2012 Perfect Son Koji Kobayashi NTV
2013 Share House no Koibito Nagi Tsuyama NTV
Hanzawa Naoki Eiji Nakanishi TBS
Tokyo Bandwagon Masutani Yuta NTV
2014 Yowakutemo Katemasu Tsuyoshi Shirao NTV
Suikyuu Yankees Naoya Inaba CX
2015 Date Yutaka Washio CX
2016 Nobunaga Moyu Mori Ranmaru TX
2016 Keiji Ballerino Usushima Kurumi NTV
2016 Hope: Kitai Zero no Shinnyu Shain Ayumu Ichinose CX

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Channel
2004–present The Shonen Club[11] NHK
2006-2007 Youtachi NTV
2007-2008 Bakushō Hyappun Terebi Heisei Families (爆笑100分テレビ!平成ファミリーズ) NTV
2008-2009 Jikuukan Sedai Batoru Shōwa x Heisei Sho wa Hey! Say! (時空間☆世代バトル 昭和×平成 SHOWはHey! Say!) NTV
2011-2013 Yan Yan JUMP TV Tokyo
2015 Star Wars Marugoto Nakajima Yuto NHK
2015–present Itadaki High JUMP Fuji TV


Year Title Venue
2005 Endless Shock -
2006 DREAM BOYS Imperial Theatre
Takizawa Enbujo Shimbashi Theater
One!-The history of Tackey- Nissay Theatre
2007 Takizawa Enbujo 2007 Shimbashi Theater

Other Ventures[edit]

Music Videos[edit]

Year Song name Artist
2005 "Jibun no Tame ni" Tokio
"Seishun Amigo" Shuuji to Akira

TV Commercials / Advertisements[edit]

Year Sponsor
2005 Bennese Getting ready for secondary school
2010 Lotte
2014 Nippon Life Insurance Company
2015 AOKI business suits


  1. ^ Nakajima, Yuto. "Biography". Johnny's Entertainment. Retrieved 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Nobuta wo Produce Official Site". NTV. Retrieved 2005.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Scrap Teacher Official Site". Retrieved 2008.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "[2010.05.05] Hey! Say! JUMP announce their first album in Summer". ZygnetXTaka.Moto. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  5. ^ "Hey!Say!JUMP 1st Album!". Kamichan. Retrieved 05-04-2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "An Ideal Son". NTV. 
  7. ^ "Yamada, Chinen and Nakajima from Hey! Say! JUMP graduate from high school". momoedgewood. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Engine Official Site". Fuji TV. Retrieved 2005.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ "Primadam Official Site". NTV. Retrieved 2006.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ "Sensei wa Erai! Official site". NTV. Retrieved 2008.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ "ザ少年倶楽部". NHK. Retrieved 2004.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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