Utada Hikaru Official Website

MESSAGE from Staff

  • 2000.11.12

    Introducibg our staff -Michiru Emori-

    Here's another staff member in charge of advertising, introduced by Tsuruta Fukubucho!
    Name: Michiru Emori
    Birthday: May 21. Gemini. Blood-type B.
    Birthplace: Miyazaki (where Seagia is)
    Division/Title: Just an employee (Soldier No.2)
    Job Description: Advertising

    Q1: What animal are you compared to? Why?
    A1: Hasty koala (so written in the "animal fortune-telling").

    Q2: If you weren't doing this work, what would you have wanted to become? Why?
    A2: Hacker. I saw the movie "War Games" around the time I was studying for university entrance exams, and I don't know why but I lost my mind and majored in programming. It's not made use of, though. What was that C-language, assembler, etc. that I learned then? Or maybe a "pachi-pro" (pachinko professional). I don't play any more but I mastered all models made by the N company! After all it's man-made, and I can't be beaten! Maybe I'm quite competitive...

    Q3: What would you do if you were Hikaru Utada now?
    A3: I'll go into space!! I'd hold a live show for the whole world on a ship like Star Trek's Enterprise.

    Q4: What is the most impressive thing related to your work with Hikaru Utada so far? And, please reveal one thing you couldn't tell Hikaru Utada so far (about work or yourself).
    A4: Impressive thing: Her duet with her mother at the Sapporo concert!! (It was so awesome I had goose pimples.)
    Confession: I had to go home early even though there was work left for an interview. It was because our one-year-old daughter had locked her father, who was hanging laundry, out on the balcony! (When I got home, I not only was scolded by my daughter and husband, who were both totally excited, but ended up taking them out for dinner! What am I?)

    Q5: Please draw your portrait.
    A5: [no comment]

    Q6: Your message to fans.
    A6: Those who couldn't come to the concert and even those who could, please buy the VIDEO!!

    Q7: Please introduce the next staff member.
    A7: Mr. Takeshi Hara in charge of sales promotion.

  • 2000.10.30

    Introducing our staff -Masato Tsuruta-

    We're delighted that more and more people come to the "Staff Diary" page thanks to the message from Hikaru Utada. This week, again we'll introduce a staff member. This guy was introduced by Kaji last week.
    Name: Masato Tsuruta
    Birthday: Latter 20th century, just before the U.S. Independence Day.
    Birthplace: Shanghai, Fukuoka, about an hour by plane from Seoul.
    Division/Title: Fukubucho (lit. long belly; role played by those whose belly got fatter.)
    Job Description: Bully Kaji, get pushed around by Mikaye, laugh with Okita,
    cry with Emori and so forth -- all for Hikki.

    Q1: What animal are you compared to? Why?
    A1: Female orangutan of Borneo. No nails on my big toes. Also unexpectedly good guy.

    Q2: If you weren't doing this work, what would you have wanted to become? Why?
    A2: Master of "Tsuru-Tsuru," a handmade udon restaurant. Get up early in the morning, knead flour, make deliciously textured noodles and move customers.

    Q3: What would you do if you were Hikaru Utada now?
    A3: I'd run for the U.S. president! I'd aim to become the first female president in American history.

    Q4: What is the most impressive thing related to your work with Hikaru Utada so far? And, please reveal one thing you couldn't tell Hikaru Utada so far (about work or yourself).
    A4: Impressive thing: I've made the acquaintance of people working for wide shows and pictorial magazines.
    Confession: I've developed a soft spot for women named "Hikaru."

    Q5: Please draw your portrait.
    A5: [no comment]

    Q6: Your message to fans.
    A6: Let's enjoy together our good fortune of living in the same age as Hikki.

    Q7: Please introduce the next staff member.
    A7: I'll introduce Emori who is in charge of advertising with Kaji.

  • 2000.10.25

    Introducing our staff -Nozomu Kaji-

    Now, we'll introduce another staff member this week again -- the member introduced by last week's Mr. Okita!
    Name: Nozomu Kaji
    Birthday: June 9, 1971
    Birthplace: Shizuoka Prefecture
    Division/Title: Toshiba EMI Ltd., Virgin Headquarters, Domestic A&R, A&R 1 Group
    Job Description: Advertising

    Q1: What animal are you compared to? Why?
    A1: A small animal. You know, when I was a student, a big heap of salad was always placed in front of me at get-togethers and my friends would say, "Here's your grass. Eat it!"

    Q2: If you weren't doing this work, what would you have wanted to become? Why?
    A2: Urban development consultant (I graduated from college majoring in civil engineering, but never used it! Sorry, teachers! [laughs])

    Q3: What would you do if you were Hikaru Utada now?
    A3: I'll give a nice follow-up to the comment from Mr. Okita, saying "Kaji is not so smug!"

    Q4: What is the most impressive thing related to your work with Hikaru Utada so far? And, please reveal one thing you couldn't tell Hikaru Utada so far (about work or yourself).
    A4: Impressive thing: At an interview around the time when her single "Automatic/time will tell" was a bit hit, she was asked, "Have you changed somehow?" She answered, in a very carefree manner, "Are there people who change just because one single has good sales?" I thought, "What a great artist!"
    Exposure: I may be a short-haired nice young man now, but my hair used to reach my back, which I once talked about. Well, I'll show you at last how I looked in those days!

    Q5: Please draw your portrait.
    A5: Comment: I was young ten years ago. Hmmm... who is this person? (laughs)

    Q6: Your message to fans.
    A6: Thank you very much for your kind support. At "Bohemian Summer 2000," fans gave their full cooperation to our task of recording their messages for Hikki's regular program. I think the communication with fans through the Net is also fantastic! Don't misunderstand me seeing the above photo. I'll continue to do my best (so that I won't be smug), so please continue to support Hikaru Utada!

    Q7: Please introduce the next staff member.
    A7: Next is Assistant Manager Tsuruta, my senior, chief of advertising and someone whose fashion sense is getting much attention!

  • 2000.10.16

    Introducing our staff -Hidenobu Okita-

    So, here we are introducing staff members one after another! This week, we interviewed Mr. Okita, Production Director, who was introduced by the previous interviewee, Mr. Miyake.
    Name: Hidenori Okita
    Birthday: Feb. 21, 1967
    Birthplace: Tokyo
    Division/Title: Toshiba EMI Ltd., Virgin Headquarters, Domestic A&R, A&R 1 Group
    Job Description: Production director

    Q1: What animal are you compared to? Why?
    A1: A pigeon = peace symbol. But it's also said to be a vermin.

    Q2: If you weren't doing this work, what would you have wanted to become? Why?
    A2: A person of religion (because I was thinking I had to save the world. I was drunk, though.)

    Q3: What would you do if you were Hikaru Utada now?
    A3: I'd buy university credits with cash. (I hate studying.)

    Q4: What is the most impressive thing related to your work with Hikaru Utada so far? And, please reveal one thing you couldn't tell Hikaru Utada so far(about work or yourself).
    A4: Impressive thing: Every time she completed lyrics. I get dizzy and wonder, 'What's happening in your head?!' Confession: At Minneapolis. We were supposed to meet at noon, but it was noon when I woke up. My excuse was 'Jet lag,' but it was a lie. I was drinking until 9 a.m.! Sorry.

    Q5: Please draw your portrait.
    A5: Comment: A one-dimensional character.

    Q6: Your message to fans.
    A6: Thank you very much for supporting Hikaru. Your support of artists always encourages us staff members.

    Q7: Please introduce the next staff member.
    A7: Let me introduce Nozomu Kaji in charge of advertising, who is a bit smug because he has become popular recently.

  • 2000.10.10

    Introducing our staff -Akira Miyake-

    Hi, All!
    I was sorry to get messages commenting on the infrequency of the updates.
    So, We're starting a "staff member introduction" which had been on our mind for some time. The idea is to regularly introduce the fun staff members surrounding Hikaru Utada. If necessary, we will force staff members to come out for the interview, so please give your support!
    To start things off here's an interview with Mr. Miyake, who works with President Utada of U3Music in producing Hikaru Utada.
    Name: Akira Miyake
    Birthday: July 20, 1955
    Birthplace: Fukuoka Prefecture
    Division/Title: Production Manager (Toshiba EMI Ltd., Virgin Headquarters, Domestic A&R, A&R 1 Group)
    Job Description: Supervision of production/advertising

    Q1: What animal are you compared to? Why?
    A2: Dolphin = generosity.

    Q2: If you weren't doing this work, what would you have wanted to become? Why?
    A2: Counselor. It's perhaps not so different from my current work.

    Q3: What would you do if you were Hikaru Utada now?
    A3: I'd be writing songs.

    Q4: What is the most impressive thing related to your work with Hikaru Utada so far? And, please reveal one thing you couldn't tell Hikaru Utada so far (about work or yourself).
    A4: When I first met her she had a school uniform on. When I introduced her to our staff, she was in uniform (though her new school didn't have uniforms). I don't have a Lolita complex at all!

    Q5: Please draw your portrait.
    A5: Comment: A new face of a new age facing the future.

    Q6: Your message to fans.
    A6: While giving your warm and long support, be sure to buy her CDs.

    Q7: Please introduce the next staff member.
    A7: Let me introduce Production Director Okita, who, though we once worked together for such artists as Eikichi Yazawa and Sachiko Kumagai, is very slow in reporting his marriage.

  • 2000.09.26

    Hikaru has become a university student!

    Sorry for the delay in updating this page -- thanks for your patience.
    On Sept. 3, we left Japan and at 6 p.m. on the same day (since we crossed the date line) arrived safely in NY.
    University started the following day. There was lots to do for freshmen on the first day -- signing up for classes, preparing documents for a student ID, and so forth. We went back and forth across the vast campus where we were strangers, while being chased by the Japanese media, which had been eagerly waiting for us. Despite the prohibition of media activities within the school (the campus is mostly open to the general public, except for those who pursue activities disliked by students), the cameras kept chasing us, which was really devastating.
    The university people seemed amazed that the Japanese media would come all this way to cover a singer who wished to be left alone.
    Well, if we were to succumb to such an incident, Hikaru would not be worthy of the name! She has taken a firm stance and attends classes unfazed. Now that Hikaru is a university student, I think her thoughts must be rather complex, though the situation with the media was not unexpected.
    What we can do now, I think, is to quietly lend our support so that Hikaru can spend a happy student life as much as possible, and the experience will be reflected in her music in a favorable way. Our being around her all the time may be annoying to Hikaru, I guess.
    Every day is still a busy day for a freshman, like going all over New York to find a textbook. The number of books she must read as homework is immense! At American universities, students have to read so many books. I myself graduated from a college in New York -- though it's been 30 years -- and I clearly remember those four hard years.
    The university student's life has just begun. What will she study, where is she heading -- I'm quite excited about it. In any case Hikaru is doing very well. I would like to keep you posted with progress reports; consider this the first one. So till next time,
    DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. (something Hikaru often says)

    Teruzane Utada/U3MUSIC

  • 2000.05.25

    About "fake tickets"

    We at U3 MUSIC, hosts of the concert as well as Concert Management Office, would like to express our anger against those who issued "fake tickets" -- a clearly criminal act which was reported in a recent evening edition of the Mainichi Shimbun.
    Some people will do anything so long as it benefits themselves, even if others are hurt in the process. We're very angry that this happened and that innocent fans suffered as a result.
    At present we have requested various agencies to strengthen their control over fraudulent conduct in Net auctions, and we urge you to be cautious when and if you participate in such auctions.
    If you are a victim of such fraud despite your caution, please report it to the police promptly.

    Keiji Ozawa,
    Bohemian Summer Concert Management Office

  • 2000.04.20

    To those who inquired about tickets of "BOHEMIAN SUMMER 2000"

    To those who inquired about tickets:
    The following is for those who have bookmarked the "Message From Hikki" page.
    Information about the tour and ticket purchases can now be reached from the Home page. Please access: http://www.toshiba-emi.co.jp/hikki
    Thank you.

    Nozomu Kaji,
    A&R 1 Group, Domestic A&R Section,
    Virgin Headquarters, Toshiba EMI

  • 2000.04.14

    About Hikaru Utada's analog disc REMIX:Fly Me To The Moon(In Other Words), to be released on May 10

    Release of Hikaru Utada s analog disc REMIX: Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) is just around the corner. The initial production of this product is limited, so we urge those wishing to purchase it to make reservations at record stores.
    For your information, the product is a compilation of four tracks of Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) remixed by various DJs, an original version of which was included in the single CD Wait & See ~Rick~ released on April 19. (For details, see the NEWS section; please note that the original version included in the single CD is not included in this analog disc). Thanks for your continued support of Hikaru Utada!

    Shigetake Haratake, Sales Promotion 2 Group, Sales Division, Toshiba EMI Ltd.

  • 2000.03.17

    About Hikaru Utada at the Japan Gold Disc Award Presentation

    We received various inquiries regarding Hikaru Utada's presence at the Japan Gold Disc Award held on March 15, and we thought we should inform you of what happened.
    We were in the midst of completing a new song that was to be given to the producer on that very day, and so priority was put on the recording work.
    Hikaru Utada attends school from morning to evening and so, she was only free after completing the recording. Her school is far from Tokyo, and in the evening, a large traffic jam was expected.
    Also, live broadcasts require the presence of the participants not just during the broadcast, but earlier for sound checks, camera rehearsals, and other preparations. In fact, it was just before the scheduled appearance of Hikaru that the rehearsal was finished. Given the situation, and Hikaru Utada's wish to respond to fans with a live performance and not just recorded comments, we think we made the best decision. Instead of appearing, Hikaru sent her comments and a live performance from the studio where she was finishing the above-mentioned recording.
    In this connection, we might add that the studio she sang "First Love" (for the Gold Disc Award) is where we heard her singing for the first time, and where such hits as "Automatic" were born as well.
    I think everyone will agree that in the end, the decision was in the best interest of Hikaru Utada and her music.

    Akira Miyake, General Manager, A&R 1 Group, Domestic A&R, Virgin Division, Toshiba EMI Ltd.
    Teruzane Utada, U3MUSIC (production & management)