July 28th, Tomohisa Yamashita had his first leg of "ERO-P Tour" in Osaka. During the MC part of the said tour, a letter written by Yamashita was shown on the screen while Yamashita's voice can be heard reading the said letter.
Yamashita shares his thoughts from leaving NEWS, facing the anger of some fans, and not being able to clinch the top spot after going solo.
Here is the translated contents of the letter, translated by A-chan.
Today I am going to tell you what I've always wanting to tell you
And I am going to say it specially in front of all the people who have come to support you
You left NEWS
If you had the strength to unite the 6 people
If you had the strength to pull everyone together
Not only you'll be able to let the fans stay happy
You might not even have to leave NEWS
The choice which you've made now
Is the result of what you've been pondering over the last 3 years, right?
However, I think that with your departure
Among the fans of NEWS, some are angry, some are shocked, some hate you
Even if you want to apologize to these fans
Before you could find the right time to do that, time has slipped away
If you were more capable
Not only you could carry out your solo work
You would also be able to prevent emotions like these from developing and continue to move on
3 years ago
NEWS had their regular TV variety show for the first time
But during that time
You were continuously filming "Buzzer Beat" and then "Code Blue", so you had to decline appearing in the variety show
Before you made that decision,
you blamed yourself
Could you go on like this?
You've caused troubles to the members
You couldn't convince yourself too
What ordinary folks could do, you couldn't
Between group and individual work, you couldn't balance them well
Therefore you decided to leave yourself out
Began the journey on your own
The road ahead was tougher than you thought
I think you've realized it by now
When you were with NEWS
you were always first in Oricon ranking
The Yamashita Tomohisa in NEWS were also first then
But now you're not with NEWS anymore
Yamashita Tomohisa's song is also not first anymore
Do you have any regrets?
However, after you've accepted this reality
You should also realize that you are now able to accept more challenges ahead
"You only have one lifetime"
You strongly believe in this phrase
To those who decide to support the you who are restarting,
To those who are appearing in front of you today,
In order to let them believe that what you have chosen is what is best for everyone
You have to put in a lot more effort to work harder
Therefore, the you who are always not good at spoken words only have this to say to everyone
Afterwards, Yamashita went out of the stage, and said, "Everyone of you ,uou believe in me, you've come here today , I thank you from the bottom of my heart. From now onwards ,please continue to watch over me".