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Yamashita Tomohisa

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Yamashita Tomohisa promoting UNLEASHED (2018)

Yamashita Tomohisa (山下智久) is a Japanese pop singer and actor. On October 7th, 2011, it was announced that he would be leaving the band NEWS and in January 2012, he switched labels to Warner Music Japan.


  • Name: Yamashita Tomohisa (山下智久)
  • Real Name: Aoki Tomohisa (changed when father left family)
  • Nicknames: Yamapi, YamaP, Pi, Tomo-chan, TOMO
  • Birthday: April 9, 1985 (1985-04-09) (age 34)
  • Birthplace: Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Height: 175cm (5'9")
  • Weight: 60kg
  • Blood Type: A
  • Family: Mother,Rina (younger sister)
  • Favorite Phrase: Maji de? (Really?)
  • Favorite Band: Southern All Stars
  • Hobbies: Listening to music, baseball, skiing, going to the beach
  • Favorite Colors: Black, white, red
  • Groups:

Vocal Profile


Yamashita Tomohisa (2005)

Yamashita Tomohisa entered Johnny's Entertainment at age 11 in September of 1996. From there he became a very popular Junior, eventually coming to be the leader of the Juniors. He was a member of the group B.I.G. as well as Four Tops, the former hosts of the Shounen Club television program. He was pulled from Four Tops into NEWS when the group was formed.

In NEWS, Yamashita is often in the front and center as he is the most popular member. Despite this attention he maintains a silly personality which occasionally prompts his band mates to question whether he is actually human or not. He is good friends with Akanishi Jin of KAT-TUN and Jin's family, as well as Nishikido Ryo, Shirota Yuu of D-Boys, and Ikuta Toma, formerly of Four Tops.

In 2005 he appeared in the dorama Nobuta wo Produce with KAT-TUN's Kamenashi Kazuya. The two released a single as the duet Shuuji to Akira acting as their characters from the dorama.

During NEWS' hiatus, he released a solo single for the dorama Kurosagi which sold remarkably well for a solo release. He also became a regular columnist of Seventeen magazine.

Yamashita Tomohisa (2006)

In summer of 2006, he was put into the promotional group Kitty GYM where he and the Thai duo Golf & Mike were the principal members.

On the 7th of June 2007 there were news about that Kurosagi would be made into a movie and that Yamashita Tomohisa would star again as Kurosaki. Other former cast members were Horikita Maki and Ichikawa Yui. The movie premiered in March of 2008.

In September 2008, Yamashita graduated from Meiji University, with a major in Business.

On October 7, 2011, it was announced that along with fellow bandmate Nishikido Ryo he would be leaving the band NEWS and that Yamashita would be pursuing a solo career. In January 2012 he switched labels to Warner Music Japan.

"Ai, Texas" is Yamashita’s first single under Warner Music Japan, and it was released on February 29th, 2012.


Yamashita Tomohisa (2009)
Yamashita Tomohisa (2010)
Yamashita Tomohisa promoting SUPERGOOD, SUPERBAD (2011)
Yamashita Tomohisa promoting "LOVE CHASE" (2012)

Studio Albums


  • [2014.08.20] Asobi (遊)

Compilation Albums


Digital Singles

Video Releases

Compilations / Other





Variety Shows




Akanishi Jin
Kitty GYM
Kame to YamaP
Shuuji to Akira


Akanishi Jin
Kame to YamaP
Kitty GYM




  • [2009.12.xx] Arena 37 Degree 2010 January Issue (Feature)
  • [2010.07.xx] Gekkan Songs August 2010 (Cover & Feature)
  • [2011.01.xx] POTATO February 2011 Issue (Feature)
  • [2011.06.xx] Popolo August 2011 Issue (Feature)

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