Announcer Masu Taichi tops “Morning Face” Ranking 2017

These popular announcers are seen every morning on television, “A day can’t start without seeing this face”, Oricon has announced its survey results for “Morning Face” ranking 2017.  Whether it’s their smile, language, or friendliness, there are several reasons why these announcers are liked.

NTV ZIP!’s Masu Taichi topped the list for the second consecutive year. Do you know that Masu is a Tokyo University graduate and is geeky about clams? He introduces a variety of organisms every Wednesdays on his corner “Naruhodo Massu College”.

The duo of NHK’s Asaichi program, V6’s Inohara Yoshiko and Udo Yumiko ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively. At 4th place is Hatori Shinichi who gained popularity as NTV’s announcer and maintained so after becoming a freelancer in 2011. FUJI TV’s Mezamashi  TV program has 3 announcers on the list – Miyake Masaharu, Karube Shinichi and Nagashima Yumi.

1.  Masu Taichi


“He gives an image of a refresing morning ” (Aichi/teens/female)
“He has no sense of intimidation and stress” (Tokyo/30s/female)
“His language is polite and likeable” (Fukui/30s/male)

2. Inohara Yoshihiko


“He has such a friendly smile making me feel gentle in the morning.” (Mie /teen/female)
“His smile is lovely, I am healed from morning” (Kanagawa/20’s/female)
“He gives the impression of a friendly, fresh face in morning.” (Tokyo/20’s/male)

3. Udo Yumiko

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“I am always looking forward to her comments on asadora. I want to see it every morning.” (Kyoto/teens/female)
“There is a sense familiarity and watching her can give you peace of mind.” (Tokyo/30’s/female)
“She is capable, stable and a favorite” (Osaka/30s/male)

4. Hatori Shinichi


“He is easy to understand and not intrusive” (Kanagawa/20’s/female)
“He has good communication with commentators in the show” (Hyogo/50’s/female)

5. Miyake Masaharu


“He has an easy listening and lively voice, suitable for morning shows” (Kanagawa/20’s/female)
“I am healed by his smile” (Osaka/50s/female)

6. Natsume Miku


7. Takase Kozo


8. Wakuda Mayuko


9. Karube Shinichi


10. Nagashima Yumi


(via Oricon)

  • Comments

    • light

      You go Masu-ana! Happy for Inocchi too, he’s got a great smile =)

    • Juri

      Inocchi and Udo are amazing on their own but their chemistry as a duo is brilliant. It’s like they’ve been working together for decades, not just 7 years. It makes them a lot more fun to watch.

    • Ben

      I swear Japan has the weirdest polls ever… “Morning face.” “Best jeans” etc

      • K

        It’s just a poll asking which announcer you think represents the “morning”, aka the best suited. It’s not as bad as some others.

        • Ben

          Not as weird but It is still weird.

          • Clams

            What’s so weird about having a poll on the nation’s favorite morning announcers?

      • Morning Peace

        It’s actually one of the most reasonable (?) polls I’ve seen in a while. Considering the positive impact morning shows have on a person’s mood (an overall happy, colourful and still professional atmosphere), I think it makes sense they make this ranks.
        Still, it makes me wonder how true they are since sometimes it is to promote shows. Some ranks may have been guaranteed by sponsors, while for others it may significantly improve the number of sponsorships they have.

    • Morning Peace

      I think it is a positive thing that people find some sort of happiness and comfort through them. Morning shows should be fun and easy to watch and have a “polite and likeable language” to give people an extra (and many times, their only) positivity boost to give a “peace of mind”.

    • Ahaha

      Whenever I see Karube Shinichi I think about his “relationship” with Britney Spears lol.

    • YasuhiraRin

      Inohara Yoshiko? I thought his first name was Yoshihiko?

      • H

        It is. Yoshiko is a female name. lol

    • TruthSpeaker

      Reileen,Please change Inohara’s given name to Yoshihiko