(to be updated)
Q: 6 December is the day of sound! What sound or song calms you down?
A: I can’t think of any.
Q: 12 December is the day of battery! Please tell us your favourite famous battery combination.
A: Katsuo and Nakajima (from Sazae–san).
Q: If there’s only one book you’d want to keep in printed version, what would it be?
A: The Drifting Classroom.
Q: What dream you wanted to see as your first dream this year?
A: A dream of being a police officer who got killed and turned into a robot.
Q: The film Bohemian Rhapsody was the talk of the town! Who’d you call a star singer?
Q: Who comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘literary master’?
A: Isasaka-sensei. (A character from Sazae–san who is a novelist)
Q: 28 January is the day of copywriters! Please tell us the most memorable catchphrase for you!
A: No-pants calligraphy classroom (redacted). (A quote from Japanese comedian Kendou Kobayashi)
Q: 14 February is the day of fundoshi (Japanese traditional loincloth)! Tell us which character or real person that would look good wearing a fundoshi.
A: (Former hammer thrower) Murofushi Kouji. (Previously in Q&A Business Trip Edition, Noda-sensei has also shown his admiration of Murofushi.)
Q: 20 February is kabuki day! Tell us a traditional culture that you don’t want to lose.
A: Sominsai. (A festival held in February, when semi-naked man pour cold water on themselves for good harvest and luck.) (See also YJ33/2017)
Q: 27 February was the day Pocket Monster was released for the first time! What comes to your mind when you hear the word “popular series”?
A: Police Academy.
Q: 7 March was the day Abeno Harukas opened for public! What impressive building is a landmark for you?
A: Tower of the Sun (The building created by Okamoto Tarou and which has become a symbol of Expo ’70.)
Q: 13 March is Shinsengumi Day! Name us an organisation, either fiction or non-fiction, that you think is cool.
A: The A-Team.
Q: The Heisei era is ending soon! Tell us what you think of as something retro from the Heisei era.
A: Human beatbox.
Q: Spring is the season of encounters! Tell us what or whom that you encountered that made you glad.
A: Nothing. Every day is boring.
Q: 18 April is day of fragrance! What smell can make you feel relaxed?
A: The smell of napalm in the morning is the best. (A quote from Robert Duvall’s character Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse Now.)
Q: 25 April was the day (legendary Chinese-Japanese baseball player) Oh Sadaharu hit his first home run as a professional player! Please tell us about your “first achievement” moment.
A: I can’t think of anything special.
Q: Please tell us where you feel “The scenery from here is the best!”
A: Lake Mashuu in the winter.
Q: 25 May is Terminator day! Please tell us which character that you think can rely on when they’re next to you.
A: Matt (son of Kuwata).
Q: Please tell us which commercial or advertisement is memorable for you.
A: Yes Takasu Clinic.
Q: 6 June was the day the first Tetris was released! Please tell us about any game or hobby that makes you absorbed so much that you forget about the time.
Q: Please tell us about the joint fight scene from manga, anime, or film that moves you deeply.
Q: What would you choose if you could tame only one creature, either real or fictitious?
A: Miyazaki Hayao.
Q: Zombies attack your home! With what weapon would you fight them with?
A: I have a bayonet.
Q: What’s the most painful thing for you so far?
A: Recently, it’s when I got an upset stomach.
Q: If you were a comedian, with which famous person or character do you want to form a combo with?
A: Tom Cruise.
Q: Half of your life is being made into a bioepic. Who would you cast as yourself?
A: Justin Bieber.
Q: If you could have a printed T-shirt made and wear it, what would you have to be printed on it?
A: Uzumasa’s Daian Yuusuke. (Member of manzai duo Daian.)
Q: Please tell us your favourite local specialty from any place.
A: Hokkaido’s yakikamaboko (a kind of grilled fishcake) is delicious.
Q: Tell us about a dream that impressed you.
A: I don’t remember anything.
Q: If you got an uninhabited island, what would you use it for?
A: I will sell it to Sada Masashi. (A Japanese singer/actor who bought an uninhabited island in Nagasaki in 1979 for 20 million yen, and only started building it again almost three decades later after he finished paying off a huge debt.)
Q: Tell us something that you wanted to eat just now.
A: Choco Monaka Jumbo.
Q: Which musician do you want to go to karaoke with?
A: Chage. (Of Chage and Aska fame.)
Q: Tell us the dream match you want to watch.
A: Atsu atsu ankake taiketsu between Murakami Haruki vs Murakami Ryuu. (Both are Japanese writers, while the ‘showdown’ mentioned was from popular fights between Yamazaki and Moriman that used to be broadcasted from 1996 to 2009 in a variety show, Downtown no gaki tsukai yaarahen de!)
Q: What work and character do you want to see a spinoff of?
A: Ste-Casse King (from Kinnikuman).