- Category : Singer - Popular
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX The Clarion 1
Tomohisa Yamashita ( Yamashita Tomohisa?, born April 9, 1985), also widely known as Yamapi, is a Japanese idol, actor, and singer.
Yamashita joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1996 at the age of 11 and made his official CD debut with NEWS in 2004. He debuted as a solo artist in 2006 with the hit single "Daite Senorita". Yamashita graduated from Meiji University's faculty of commerce in the fall of 2008 with a degree in marketing.
His first solo album, Supergood, Superbad, was released on January 26, 2011. Like all of his previous releases, the album debuted on top of the Oricon weekly charts. Yamashita left NEWS to pursue a career as a solo artist on October 7, 2011. It was announced on January 6, 2012 that Yamashita would be releasing a single entitled I, Texas under Warner Music Japan.
His recent works as an actor include the 2011 movie Ashita no Joe, the winter 2010 series Code Blue 2, and the summer 2009 series Buzzer Beat. Code Blue 2 and Buzzer Beat aired in Fuji TV's prestigious getsuku (Monday 9 p.m.) time-slot in Japan, making Yamashita the first person to have starred in two Monday night dramas with only a single drama season in between. Yamashita returned to the small screen with the winter 2012 drama serial Saik? no Jinsei no Owarikata: Ending Planner. He has been cast in TBS' upcoming autumn 2012 drama serial Monsters.
From January to March 2012, NTV aired Yamashita Tomohisa Route 66: Tatta Hitori no America, a travel documentary chronicling Yamashita's cross-country trip across the historic Route 66.
Yamashita began hosting the weekly Tokyo FM radio program Yamashita Tomohisa Cross Space on April 6, 2012.
Yamashita was born in Funabashi, Chiba. Yamashita's parents separated when he was very young and both Yamashita and his younger sister were raised mainly by his mother.
Yamashita graduated from Horikoshi Gakuen's performing arts course for high school students in 2004. At Horikoshi, he shared a classroom with celebrities such as Koki Tanaka, and Koike Teppei, along with Yu Shirota who would go on to become one of Yamashita’s closest friends. After graduating from high school, Yamashita was accepted into Meiji University's School of Commerce. He graduated with a Commerce degree (major in marketing) in autumn 2008, a semester late.
Yamashita was motivated to send in his application to the talent agency Johnny & Associates after watching one of Takizawa Hideaki's dramas and aspiring to appear on television. He sent in applications to many agencies but only Johnny & Associates called him for an audition.
In September 2003, Yamashita and eight other boys from Johnny's Juniors were chosen to form the group NEWS. NEWS made its formal debut on May 12, 2004. Yamashita was often referred to as the leader of NEWS but members of the group, including Yamashita himself, have stated at times that he was not the de facto leader.
Industry watchdog Nikkei Entertainment placed him at the top of their annual ranking of under-30 celebrities in 2008 due to his achievements in multiple entertainment fields that year. Nikkei later christened him the 'twenty-something ratings man', singling him out as one of the rare young actors who could successfully lead romance dramas and who possessed a stable ratings record despite the declining drama industry.
During the early months of 2010, Yamashita starred in Code Blue 2. Days after filming for Code Blue 2 was wrapped up, Yamashita began filming for Ashita no Joe, a live-action adaptation of the manga of the same name. In July 2010, Yamashita released his third solo single "One in a Million" which debuted atop the Oricon charts.
His first full fledged solo tour, "Supergood, Superbad: Asia Tour 2011" kicked off on January 29 in Hong Kong.
On October 7, 2011, Johnny & Associates announced that Yamashita and Ryo Nishikido were no longer members of NEWS, and Yamashita would henceforth be concentrating on his solo projects. Yamashita later published a message through the Johnny's web (Jweb) subscription service stating that this was a decision taken after much consideration on his part, and he was grateful to the members of NEWS for being understanding.
It was revealed on November 9, 2011 that Yamashita had been cast in the TBS winter 2012 drama Saik? no Jinsei no Owarikata: Ending Planner as the second of five siblings who reluctantly inherits a funeral service dealing with bodies brought in by the police. Saik? no Jinsei is described as a family drama with mystery and romance elements. According to Producer Iyoda Hidenori, Yamashita wanted to appear in a drama dealing with the warmth of a family.