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6:00 pm - 02/24/2013

Jin and Meisa in love and happily married despite career differences


As reported by Shukan Shincho,

On February 12th, Meisa appeared in a press conference for ongoing Taiga drama “Yae no Sakura” at the NHK broadcasting center. This is her first comeback drama after she gave birth to her daughter back in September, and she’s been participating in the filming for the drama starting on Feb 7th.  Meisa plays an important role opposite Ayase Haruka's character.  However, it's not a leading role.  So to have a media coverage of her appearance on the Taiga drama is really exceptional for NHK.

Meisa was due to start filming the series last December but NHK had to adjust the schedule so she can get back into shape after gaining weight from her pregnancy.   Since she was on maternity leave, she had gone back to her parents' home in Okinawa and returned to Tokyo at the end of November.   There was no way she could start filming in early December.  NHK had requested for Meisa for this role since December of 2011 before her marriage to Jin in February 2012.   And with her pregnancy, they had to adjust the schedule for her.  Takeko Nakano is an important role in the taiga drama.  She commanded a group of fighters and she is an expert in using naginata.   There was a scene in which Yae shoots a gun in the boshin war by the 1st  broadcast, Takeko Nakano was also going to appear in this scene.   So NHK had to change the script partially for Meisa to appear.

It's just to show that athough Meisa's role is not a leading role,  NHK is willing to make a press conference to announce her appearance and changing the script for her.  There seems to be hardly any criticism against her.  So Meisa's future work is very favorable.

As for Jin, he has not had any work for a year since their shotgun marriage last February.   And Jin is free to do whatever he wants in his daily life.  Before their marriage,  Jin was shooting for the movie 47 ronin starring Keanu Reeves.  But the movie has been delayed until December 2013.  At the end of last year,  Jin, Yamapi and Ryo were photographed by tabloids FRIDAY and Shukan Josei at Jin's brother birthday party in a club.  Johnny's Office was angry at the reunion of Akanishi Troop which further lead to Jin not having any work.  Now, the gap of income between Meisa and Jin is a big difference, and the gap is spreading steadily.  But what important is the direction of their marital relationship,   It has been said that since Jin is free, he's spending lots of time with his family.   Jin and Meisa were seen going shopping all happy and lovey-dovey.   Not having any work creates an ideal situation for Jin to devote his time to his wife and baby.  

People were surprised at the change in Jin when an entertainment insider overheard Jin at a cafe in Daikanyama praising how amazing Meisa is in Yae no Sakura.  And how Jin is pleased with Meisa's activities.  It is surprising to see Jin is not jealous of Meisa's career.  The "old" Jin would be jealous for sure.   Is Jin thinking of retiring from the entertainment industry?

Source: johnnys-watcher1 , johnnys-watcher2 translated by 4miu_miu
2hothere 25th-Feb-2013 01:15 am (UTC)

what? just because Jin said Meisa is amazing that he's going to retire from the entertainment industry? why should Jin be jealous of Meisa? she's his wife....they're husband and wife...

and Johnny, why are you mad at Akanishi Troop reunion?
kane_0306 25th-Feb-2013 02:05 am (UTC)
i bet it's not true. anyway Jin's brother birthday wasn't their first reunion tho lol
midori_akanishi 25th-Feb-2013 04:30 am (UTC)
i dont care if johnny is angree with the most important is jin is happy with his familya ...he always want this a wife and daughter right?
dramaticsurgeon 25th-Feb-2013 01:17 am (UTC)
It would be a little weird to be jealous of your own wife's accomplishments though, wouldn't it? "I love you honey, but hate the fact your new single is outselling mine. Go sleep on the couch."

At any rate, it's not so much a matter of Jin retiring as it is the fact his agency has effectively halted his career. In this instance, if he was a big name in Europe or America, he could probably jump ship to another agency who didn't give a damn about his personal life. (Although European and American agencies don't have a ban against dating/marrying, but I digress.) I'm not sure how that would work in Japan, though. Considering he's technically Johnny's property, and Johnny has a kind of stranglehold on idol promotions/J-drama roles, I can see why Jin has cooled his heels rather than trying his luck elsewhere.
royu_kiyo 25th-Feb-2013 01:23 am (UTC)
Housewife Jin seems to be making the most of his time.
myharu 25th-Feb-2013 01:30 am (UTC)
It is surprising to see Jin is not jealous of Meisa's career. The "old" Jin would be jealous for sure.

he has no reason to, her jobs are what paying the bills and feeding his ass

wapiko 26th-Feb-2013 01:25 am (UTC)
I'm kind of amused by that caricature considering it should be the other way around...
jell_o_jello 25th-Feb-2013 01:35 am (UTC)
If this is true, I'm happy that things are working out for them. Never a Jin fan anyway but from this he seems like a cool guy with no 'I'm the man I have to provide for my family' kind of attitude. There's nothing wrong with being a stay-at-home dad. Hope they stay happy together.
kisschuu 25th-Feb-2013 01:55 am (UTC)
If my husband was annoyed that I was working and making money since he can't, I wouldn't want to be married to him. Glad that they're happily married though.
hadashi_no_eden 25th-Feb-2013 02:22 am (UTC)
Having a kid completely changes the way some people view life. Maybe he decided that there are other things more important than work.

Really, he probably is just waiting out his JE contract so he can move on. What is there he can really complain about anyway? It's not like he's starving.
jae_bias_bitch 25th-Feb-2013 02:47 am (UTC)
japanese media still making them relevant wtf,gtfo jin & meisa,give me yamada yuu & oguri shun gossip!
anyway,i do find jin and meisa cute togther

Edited at 2013-02-25 02:58 am (UTC)
midori_akanishi 25th-Feb-2013 03:02 am (UTC)
jin and meisa they are a sexycouple haha

BUT I WANT A PIC OF THE BABY!! WHEN??????? *maybe paparazzi?*

I WANNA KNOW THE NAME TOO..Tina?? Kiara?? Tiara?? >__
tokyocinema 25th-Feb-2013 03:18 am (UTC)
ugh I wasn't aware Jin and Meisa were still relevant
anyway, there is a such thing as Murphy's Law, so the dethroned Monarch of Arama could still mess shit up~
kameshotajunki 25th-Feb-2013 03:58 am (UTC)
the old Jin will also happy for his wife =.=" WTH? Was Jin that selfish in the past? As i remembered, Jin has a generous mind, so i never think that he could envy with his wife career, and as i remembered, Jin loves music so retired for a while? Fine, no problem! But retirement for the whole life and leave the entertainment industry? Hell, No!!
our_scars 25th-Feb-2013 04:51 am (UTC)
they wanna believe he's the greatest asshole, when in reality having a family of his own has always been his dream. and jealous? Jin?!? what a joke
whyxjennifer 25th-Feb-2013 05:40 am (UTC)

I think Jin is composing music in his own free time. He may not be a performing artist at the moment but he can always compose and write music. That's a talent that Jin always has.
endohmiyako 25th-Feb-2013 06:45 am (UTC)
agree with u. Jin is so in love with music. I dun think he will retired but definitely will do anything to share his music to the world...
stole_away 25th-Feb-2013 04:00 am (UTC)
kids change people's lives I guess. Good to see they are happy ^^
iheartkimura 25th-Feb-2013 04:24 am (UTC)
Aww Jin Papa is growing up^^

And I don't care if Jin stays low for a little bit (although I do miss him) long as he wants, just let Meisa continue to do her thang ;D

Meisa x Jin x Baby Girl (has her name been stated yet?) I SUPPORT! 2nd fav family right after MIYAVI x Melody x Lovelie x Jewelie fam^^
(And that's a cute fanart!)
whyxjennifer 25th-Feb-2013 05:37 am (UTC)

Just because Jin doesn't work for Johnny's doesn't mean he's not doing ANYTHING. He can always compose music with his friends and Jin's Mom has an online mail order firm he can help them with. The possibilities are endless. Lots of people work in jobs other than the entertainment industry and still able to raise their kids and have a family. Having a family is always Jin's first priority more than his idol career.
atelierlune 25th-Feb-2013 05:48 am (UTC)
This doesn't seem commensurate with prior displays of ambition - not to say that Jin's priorities can't change or anything, just that this is a 180 from the way he had been premarriage.
yutorinislove 25th-Feb-2013 06:04 am (UTC)
This is really nice. I mean, I'm not that much of a fan of both, but I think that even though their decision to get married is a good idea. I think Jin is already changing for the better. I understand that many of us are not pleased, but if it's a good effect on both persons, then maybe, it is a good thing, ne?
crystalluvshun 25th-Feb-2013 06:04 am (UTC)
well, considering Jin's current doomed career, being a full-time househusband & stay-at-home dad seems to be the more likely and logical path to go for him at the moment. His career is going nowhere & is hardly getting any jobs, while Meisa's career is still going quite strong, so naturally she's going to be the breadwinner of the family. Their daughter is only a few months old, so Jin has to take on the role of the stay at home parent.

No one knows what the future holds, so if Jin wants to make a comeback to showbiz in the future, then he could still do so...but I honestly doubt that time is the present, right now, it seems their roles as parents is quite obvious.
jennyhime 25th-Feb-2013 07:29 am (UTC)
Why should be be jealous, there are many women ho earn more then their husbands.
His career is going nowhere so I think Jin being a stay at home dad is the best choice, if he would have been more successful then he could have maybe worked as a producer or a manager.
But it's a good think that they are happy.
abyssinian13 25th-Feb-2013 08:49 am (UTC)
and here we thought it was meisa whose going to fade into oblivion..
not that i don't think jin can't make a comeback, i hope he could..his talents shouldn't go to waste, i bet he's got lots of songs composed now..

at least jin's there with their child while meisa's currently busy with her career..its nice that at least one parent is available while their baby is growing up..
___varying 25th-Feb-2013 10:13 am (UTC)
This sounds like cleverly-placed PR, but aww it'd be nice if it's true. Nothing wrong with Jin making the best of a bad situation, or with being a stay-at-home father.
asth77 25th-Feb-2013 10:24 am (UTC)
Pointless article is pointless.
Pretty sure he's gonna make his come back once Johnny calms down anyway, and good for him.
Idk why everyone thinks they have to stop living once they get married or they have to change their whole life because they got married.

miamaimi 25th-Feb-2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
they have to change their whole life because they got married.

Women do it all the time in the entertainment business thought. Countless of stars have become stay-at-home moms after marriage. Maybe he wants to be there for the baby for the first years and then come back

asth77 25th-Feb-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
Yes and it's not right.
They should have the choice, but they don't have it because of this sexist society.

And no I don't think it has anythikng to do with him wanting it or not wanting it, he doesn't work because he's punished for his thoughtless behaviour.
aures 25th-Feb-2013 11:07 am (UTC)
maybe Jin will be a stay-at-home father and Meisa will have a career, it's not uncommon for a woman to have the career and the man to stay at home! and maybe after a while, when Johnny isn't angry anymore, Jin can start singing again.. if he wants. Or maybe he just really wants to do something else, having a family now is very different so he can't just do whatever he wants anymore, he has to think of his family now, too!
but i'm very happy that they are happily married! im excited to see Meisa again too, i love her so much and i really hope she'll get more work again in the near future!
anduril_narsil 25th-Feb-2013 12:27 pm (UTC)
This statement is wrong:-

However, it's not a leading role. So to have a media coverage of her appearance on the Taiga drama is really exceptional for NHK.

It's normal for NHK to do press conference whenever key character on their taiga drama started filming, or to even introduce them. Takei Emi has that last with Taira, Ashida Mana the year before Gou. These two are not the lead, but NHK still do a press conference. This is one of the way for the network to keep the hype, since it's going to be a long year and you have to attract people to stay and watch.

Edited at 2013-02-25 12:30 pm (UTC)
loveyourself6 25th-Feb-2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
The 'old' Jin, ahahaha. I love how the media thinks they've known Jin so well in the past and still know him now.

Glad to hear he's devoting all the time he has to his family! I thought he'd be the type! :D
miamaimi 25th-Feb-2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
ugh if the genders were reversed nobody would act like this a big thing. Women giving up their careers for the family, the same old, the same old.

If this it's true and Akanishi it's comfortable with her wife being the main breadwinner while he cares for the home and baby without feeling emasculated then I applaud him. Both roles are equally important.

Edited at 2013-02-25 03:37 pm (UTC)
botanbutton 25th-Feb-2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
If anything, I'm just glad to hear they are both doing well. It's nice.
sawsan88 25th-Feb-2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
I'm not a Jin fan but all I can wish for him is complete happiness!
But with a child there will be more responsibilities to come, so if this situation continues this will bring more stress to the marriage!
mizumi10 25th-Feb-2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
i love how these articles always assume the worst of the worst like retirement from the industry. XD as long as he's happy, it's okay. as long as meisa doesn't mind, it's okay. there's nothing wrong with a stay-at-home dad either. there are many of these as of recent.

but talk about gender roles. ugh...really?
rosesnwine88 26th-Feb-2013 11:09 am (UTC)
It's good to hear that they are happy. Anyway, why should Jin be jealous? Work is work, and there's nothing wrong with women being the breadwinner of the family. On the other hand, I want to see the baby of these beautiful people.
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