Tomohisa Yamashita is a member of the J-pop group NEWS from Johnny’s Entertainment, Inc. He entered Johnny’s Entertainment (JE) and became a member of Johnny’s Juniors when he was 11 years old.
He is affectionately called Yamapi (short for Yamashita and pink) by his friends, which is a nickname given to him by Hideaki Takizawa (Tackey & Tsubasa). His closest friends call him Pi, which was first used by Jin Akanishi (KAT-TUN).
Since joining JE, he has been a member of Jr. groups B.I.G., Four Tops, and most recently NEWS. Yamashita began to appear in television dramas soon after he joined JE. In 2000, at age 15, his performance in Ikebukuro West Gate Park earned him an award for “Best Supporting Actor”. That same year, he was voted first place in the Annual Junior Awards for “Best Boyfriend”, “Most Beautiful”, etc. for the first time.
Since his leading roll in the drama “Producing Nobuta”, Tomohisa Yamashita has been splashed across the big screen, CD covers and televisions. As a result, his fame has been spread worldwide. Producing music that ranges from pop to electronic, he has quickly been taking the world by storm with his new solo works.
Yamashita, known as Yamapi by friends and fans, has never been far from the lime light. A Johnny’s boy since the tender age of 11, Yamashita has worked his way to stardom through multiple musical units, acting and multiple endorsements; even appearing with David and Victoria Beckham in a commercial in 2005.
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