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Kamenashi Kazuya

Kamenashi Kazuya promoting "EXPOSE" (2013)

Kamenashi Kazuya (亀梨和也) is a Japanese pop actor, singer and member of the Johnny's Entertainment.


  • Birth Name: Kamenashi Kazuya (亀梨和也)
  • Nicknames: Kame, Kame-chan, Kazuya, Kazu-chan
  • Date of Birth: February 23, 1986 (1986-02-23) (age 35)
  • Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan
  • Blood Type: B
  • Entered Johnny's: November 8, 1998
  • Bands / Groups:


Kamenashi Kazuya (2005)

Kamenashi Kazuya, or Kame as he is often called, is part of Johnny's Entertainment group KAT-TUN. Although he is the youngest member of KAT-TUN, he is considered the group's unofficial "leader". He is good at public speaking, and often speaks as MC for KAT-TUN on television programs and concerts. Together with Akanishi Jin, they are the two most popular members and are the main vocalists of the group. They are often referred to as Akame (or Akakame by Japanese fans). In 2005 they also starred in the drama Gokusen 2 together.

Kamenashi is passionate about baseball. He started playing when he was in the first grade and had represented Japan in the junior world leagues. Although he was later forced to give up the sport due to lack of spare time, Kamenashi had stated in interviews that Kitagawa Johnny, president of Johnny's Entertainment, was supportive of his passion.

In late 2005, Kamenashi, along with Yamashita Tomohisa, starred in Nobuta wo Produce. The two released their single "Seishun Amigo" under the name Shuuji to Akira, their character names in Nobuta wo Produce. The single is the No.1 best selling single on the Oricon Yearly Single Rankings for 2005. A few months later, KAT-TUN debuted with "Real Face" which broke a million nine weeks later, making "Real Face" Kamenashi's second million seller single.

In early May of 2006, the rumor magazine Friday Magazine claimed that he was having an affair with the twenty years older Koizumi Kyoko. Johnny's Entertainment denied the claims and Kamenashi officially apologized for the misunderstanding, though Koizumi's team neither denied nor confirmed the claims. Being arguably one of the busiest and most in-demand artist of KAT-TUN, if not in the Japanese entertainment industry, it is not unexpected that Kamenashi is exposed to various rumours and scandals. He has been known to suffer abusive attentions not only from the tabloids, but also from some of KAT-TUN's more aggressive fans and non-fans alike.

Kamenashi claimed to be bad at songwriting but he has written both "Special Happiness" (duet with Taguchi Junnosuke) and his popular solo "Kizuna" (ending song for Gokusen 2) under the pen name K².




Kamenashi Kazuya (2008)
Kamenashi Kazuya in "Duet" magazine (2011)




  • [2005] Nintendo Gamecube's Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix (with Akanishi Jin)
  • [2005] Oronamin C (with Akanishi Jin & Ueto Aya)
  • [2005] NTT DoCoMo FOMA 902i
  • [2005] The Television
  • [2005] Lotte Gum
  • [2005] Crunky Chocolate
  • [2006] SKY PerfecTV!
  • [2006] NTT DoCoMo Mobile Suica
  • [2006] Rohto Zi
  • [2007] NTT DoCoMo
  • [2007] Zio Eye Drops
  • [2010] Panasonic Lamdash Shaver
  • [2010] Panasonic Doltz Toothbrush
  • [2010] Aoki 3D Slim Suit
  • [2011] Suzuki Solio
  • [2012] Entag!
  • [2012] Kirin Gogo no Kocha Tea
  • [2013] Sours Gummies
  • [2015] RAIZIN


Plays & Musicals




  • [2011.08.xx] BEST STAGE October 2011 Issue (Feature)
  • [2011.09.xx] POTATO October 2011 Issue (Cover & Feature)
  • [2011.09.xx] FREECELL Vol.8 (Cover & Feature)


  • 8th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix: Best Supporting Actor for Gokusen 2
  • 44th Television Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for Gokusen 2
  • 47th Television Academy Awards: Best Actor for Nobuta wo Produce
  • 23rd Best Jeanist Award: Best Male Jeanist
  • 1st Annual 2006 NTV Commercial Award
  • 1st Astar TV Drama Awards: Best New Asian Star of 2007 for Japan
  • 24th Best Jeanist Award: Best Male Jeanist
  • 12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Jan-Mar 2009): Best Actor for Kami no Shizuku
  • 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Jan-Mar 2010): Best Actor for Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
  • January-March 2010 TV Navi Drama Awards (2010): Best Actor for Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
  • 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix: Best Actor for Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
  • 15th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Oct-Dec 2011): Best Actor for Youkai Ningen Bem
  • 71st Television Drama Academy Awards (2011): Best Actor for Youkai Ningen Bem
  • 15th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix: Best Actor for Youkai Ningen Bem


  • Eyesight: 2.0
  • Favorite Colors: Black, White, and Blue
  • Favorite season: Fall
  • Family: Parents, Yuichiro (older brother), Koji (older brother), Yuya (younger brother)
  • Pet: Dogs named Ran and Jerry
  • Favorite food: Squid
  • Disliked food: Pepper, Tomatoes, Raisins, and Pickled Plums