TOKIO Frontman, Guitarist Shigeru Joshima Announces Marriage
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Shigeru Joshima, the frontman and guitarist for the rock band TOKIO, announced to his fanclub on Saturday that he has married. The news of the 48-year-old performer's marriage was first published in Shūkan Bunshun Digital and Nikkan Sports reported that Joshima and his 24-year-old girlfriend and gravure model Risa Kikuchi were married on Friday.
The couple began dating several years ago and plan to submit their marriage registration soon. Joshima wrote on his fanclub website, "I have spent half my life as a member of TOKIO, and I've been working as a senior in the group. As a leader and to be proper man, I thought I should report [the marriage]." The couple lived separately but are now living together in Tokyo.
Joshima joined the Johnny & Associates talent agency in 1986 and made his CD debut with TOKIO in 1994. Over the course of his career he has garnered fans across generations. Kikuchi was first scouted by the entertainment industry whens he was just in junior high.
Just a day prior to the marriage announcement, Johnny & Associates issued a statement on its website on Friday that it has introduced new executive personnel. Following the passing of the agency's founder Johnny Kitagawa, film producer Julie K. Fujishima (Fullmetal Alchemist) will take over as president of the company. Fujishima is the late Kitagawa's niece. Former actor and singer Hideaki Takizawa (Tackey & Tsubasa) was appointed vice president. Fujishima's mother and Kitagawa's sister, 92-year-old Mary Y. Kitagawa was appointed chairman of the board.