Hey!Say! JUMP ex-member, Ryutaro Morimoto makes his return to the entertainment world after a four year hiatus. He was originally the youngest member of Jump but left JE after his underage smoking scandal emerged. Since his departure, he has opened an account on Twitter and occasionally uploaded YouTube videos. Today was the launch of his official LINE blog.
More details after the jump!
In his first post, he expressed his gratitude for all the support over the years and his intent to do his best from now on. Ryutaro will be the main vocalist and producer of the new group, ZERO. The dance and vocal unit consists of five members including himself and four others: KENTO, Ryo, T_Y, and Ta2ya. The group’s name comes from the idea that all things start from 0 and how they will always treasure their original intentions. The group already has held fan meetings in Tokyo and Osaka earlier this month and plans to hold one in Yokohama later in May. More announcements about the group are expected to come soon through the group’s official twitter. Furthermore on April 24th, Ryutaro will participate in the live LINE broadcast event for Pancrase 277, a mixed martial arts competition.
The first official group image can be found on the blog and features all members and the group’s event producer known as Sakai.
The members are active on Twitter and individual links can be found below.