V6 is a very popular Japanese idol group, formed by Johnny & Associates. They debuted on 1 November 1995 with CD-Single “MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE”.
Due to the age difference between the 6 members (the difference between oldest member, Sakamoto and youngest member, Okada, is 9 years), the band was separated into “20th Century” and “Coming Century”.
There are many theories behind the meaning of the “V” in V6. It is said that it stands for Victory, but members have mentioned on TV programmes etc that it also means Volleyball (as their debut single was used in the World Cup Volleyball Tournament in 1995), Vegetable (as Sakamoto’s parents own a green grocers), Vicycle (obviously means Bicycle – Nagano’s parents own a Cycling store) and Veteran (as Inohara was told).
As they are ‘idols’, each member takes part in a variety of activities – as well as singing, they appear in TV dramas, variety shows, host radio programmes etc. 20th Century are usually associated with being on stage in plays and musicals, whereas Coming Century are more often in TV dramas (although every member has done both).
Masayuki Sakamoto (born July 24, 1971, Tokyo)
Hiroshi Nagano (born October 9, 1972, Yamato, Kanagawa)
Yoshihiko Inohara (born May 17, 1976, Tokyo)
Go Morita (born February 20, 1979, Kasukabe, Saitama)
Ken Miyake (born July 2, 1979, Kanagawa)
Junichi Okada (born November 18, 1980, Hirakata, Osaka)
Official Website: http://www.johnnys-net.jp/j/artists/v6/
Johnny’s & Associates. Official Website: http://www.johnnys-net.jp/