Kanjani Eight’s Murakami Shingo Explains a Night Out To Matsuko Deluxe, “Of course I’m the Real thing, You Fool”

On Nippon TV’s, April 18th episode of the “Monday Late Show” Kanjani Eight’s Shingo Murakami (34) provided Matsuko Delux (43) with a scoop of him appearing alone with a woman in public.

On that day, he was invited to a meal by a friend who came to look at his stage. They enjoyed Chinese food as a group of 5, 3 men and 2 women, in Shibuya. After the meal was over, one woman returned because  she “had work the next day.” They were invited to drink, but his two male friends caught a taxi and headed home.

Read what else Murakami and some netizens had to say about the incident below!

Murakami and the woman had been left alone in Shibuya. He thought this was bad and tried to return her home by taking her to the station. He put on a cap and wore a mask, but as expected, people recognized him, asking “Hey? You’re Murakami-san right?”

Further, someone almost took a picture of him and he said, “Are you completely foolish? You know I’m the real thing” and refused. Somehow, he was able to send her to the station safely. Matsuko appeared joyful that Murakami was able to vindicate himself on the show. Surprisingly in this age where people are always uploading pictures on the net, nothing surfaced of the incident. Did the fan abide because Murakami asked them to? Was this all just a honey trap?

2016/04/20(水) 07:49:36.03
Wow, what a fool!
2016/04/20(水) 07:54:25.17
If he didn’t get out of the taxi, this would not have happened.
2016/04/20(水) 07:55:17.45
If a Kansai dialect brat says something like this, hit him hard. lol
2016/04/20(水) 08:25:49.40
What you write would not change this fellow or his childish behavior.
2016/04/20(水) 07:56:52.74
Matsuko is probably busy, but it looks like she’s wearing the same clothes each week.
2016/04/20(水) 07:57:35.34
A guy who can’t break through his youth is junk.
2016/04/20(水) 07:58:16.03
He’s already 34?
2016/04/20(水) 08:04:34.54
No one cares!
2016/04/20(水) 08:09:24.75
Don’t use that dirty Kansai dialect in Tokyo.
Tokyo’s character will fall.
2016/04/20(水) 08:11:32.86
This guy looks dirty.
2016/04/20(水) 09:06:19.47
It’s proactive.

Naturally, not everyone agreed with the negativity of these netizen comments, creating a stark contrast with some international fans that saw this as a chivalrous act.

One said, “He’s a very frank person so I’m not surprised he was okay with sharing the story, and since he didn’t do anything wrong and instead helped a friend, it’s clear it’s netizens overreacting, that’s all.”

While another agreed with, “Good for him for getting that girl home safely. She’s lucky to have found someone who didn’t take advantage of her in a vulnerable state.”

The difference in response to the incident provides an interesting look on how Western and Japanese perspectives differ as one fan pointed out, “They seemed to be more about criticizing Hina’s appearance than the actual incident.” Telling another poster that they’re “right about it being an overreaction because of Shin-chan’s popularity or what we call ‘tall poppy’ syndrome.”

Other comment’s include, “I’m sure all the members are cautious, I mean Friday even followed Maru when he was buying snacks at a conbini by himself they know they’re being followed from time to time but that didn’t stop him to help his friend. If anyone is hating on something like that, well, you can tell they’re just hating bcos they have nothing to do as home.”

And “The sacrifice for being a celebrity… I agree with you guys. They have friends, girlfriends, family or whatever they want. I don’t understand who just hating them for being humans first, come on…”

And Lastly, “With this Hina thing, it bugs me sometimes when Japanese fans get upset in general about their favorite idols seen with girls. It’s almost as if they can never be happy with someone else  to please fans at the same time. Kimura does it! It’s not impossible! And we still love him just the same. I applaud Hina for being a gentleman because in America, not many guys would be that nice to a drunk woman. Sadly…”

So Arama, what do you think? Do Japanese celebrities get a hard time for no reason? If you spotted one of your favorite celebrities and they asked you not to take a picture of them would you listen? Or would you try to sneak a pic? Let us know in the comments below!


  • Comments

    • Owatari

      I want to thank all of the Kanjani Eight fans over on OneHallyu for their help with this! :)

    • NoName

      This really isnt a big deal lol… Like we all know how fans get when their idol is with a girl, so might as well put an end to it before someone would actually take those pictures and spread them
      Plus that person taking that picture is dumb, why take a picture of an idol with a girl when you know it could possible hurt their reputation? (Even though he’s a Johnny’s and wont hurt him too much) I would call that person a fool also lol…

    • guest

      Do Japanese celebrities get a hard time for no reason? Well, in this case yes. Here’s a guy who actually did something nice and he’s being dragged for his appearance and the way he speaks. These netizens must have sad, little lives if that’s what they hate on people for.

    • jiiko

      I’m confused about why any of this is news.

      • maguro

        As far as I can see, it’s just a story this guy told about himself on his own talk show.

      • Toreii

        Well, he shared it himself just in case something surfaced it seems. The prelude to what could have been a scandal lol

    • the groupie who

      One of the reasons why I love Hina is because he never follows the stereotypes that 99% of the jimusho talentos have to follow …. he’s confident on what he is , how he looks , his hometown ( and accent ) and obviously his money XD.

      Am I ugly? well, I date beautiful girls ….. Is my accent dirt? well, imma speak in kansai-ben in all my shows …. am i unpopular? haaaaaa! I’m one of the richest johnnys , I host 7 shows and have the most number of CMs within my group . I just love this guy XDD

      He has the confidence to tell a fan that it’s not right to take pics of him on his time out of work and he was considerate enough to help a friend to get home safely even tho he knew there was a chance to get caught by people or paparazzi …. is that something to criticize? for real? pfffffft

    • kjlm

      J-nets are miserable people, outdone only by K-nets who are miserable and batshit crazy.

    • Reileen

      Compared to the notorious paparazzi of TW/HK and the sasaeng culture in Korea, Japanese celebs have it easier
      Sure, they are still afraid of getting Friday’d, but most Japanese fans are respectful when it comes to giving them space. They don’t mob lol and they think twice before asking for even a handshake and the no photo rule is generally followed.

      • NoName

        Dont forget that Japan also has yarakashi…

    • Hina speak his mind and do him. So they hatin’. Simple.

    • kimi5432

      so what was the problem?? what was wrong with what Hina did?? Eito members are known for being normal human beings when not working, for not having the ‘idol’ iamge at all…. They could freaking talk about boobs on recomen…so what’s wrong?….-.-

    • Twinkle Kilara

      Well, they’re Japanese celebrities first…what Japanese netizens say counts the most, too then. Too bad they are severe though.

    • kashiyuka

      “Matsuko is probably busy, but it looks like she’s wearing the same clothes each week.”


    • Angeline Carista

      Johnny’s never let their artists pic taken by fans without their consent… if Murakami didn’t refuse the pic and it was circulated online, he might get into legal problem with Johnny’s , fans wouldn’t want that either don’t they?