On February 17th, Hey! Say! JUMP members Yamada Ryosuke, Chinen Yuri, and Nakajima Yutoofficially graduated from high school through a ceremony at Horikoshi High School.
The boys held a press conference after the ceremony, and reporters noticed that Yamada had tears in his eyes. Shaking his head, Yamada protested, “No no, it’s eye drops.” He also recalled a ‘cold’ memory from high school, “My teachers scolded me a lot. I had to sit in the hallway a few times. Sitting there in the winter was tough.”
Meanwhile, Chinen shared a cheerful memory from high school, saying, “I was happy I placed 4th on the tests in our grade level.” When asked, “When did you study?“, he quickly responded, “I just listened to the lectures.”
Nakajima also shared, “I always looked forward to eating onsen tamago (slow-boiled egg) curry with Chinen during lunch. Because of it, I became this big.”
Now that they’ve graduated high school, the three members plan to devote themselves entirely to their entertainment activities. “We’ll get employed by Johnny’s Entertainment,” they said in unison. Yamada added, “I want to take advantage of the time I’m not in school to build up my own abilities and mature as a member of JUMP.”
Hey! Say! JUMP will embark on their first Asia tour starting March 24th. They are scheduled to hold concerts in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangkok, and Seoul. Yamada said, “To make up for the language barrier, we want to show it in our performance.” Chinen also promised, “Let’s do some acrobatic stunts.”
Congratulations to the graduates!