V6 is a very popular Japanese idol group, formed by Johnny & Associates. They debuted on 1 November 1995 with CD-Single "MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE".
Due to the age difference between the 6 members (the difference between oldest member, Sakamoto and youngest member, Okada, is 9 years), the band was separated into "20th Century" and "Coming Century".
There are many theories behind the meaning of the "V" in V6. It is said that it stands for Victory, but members have mentioned on TV programmes etc that it also means Volleyball (as their debut single was used in the World Cup Volleyball Tournament in 1995), Vegetable (as Sakamoto's parents own a green grocers), Vicycle (obviously means Bicycle - Nagano's parents own a Cycling store) and Veteran (as Inohara was told).
As they are 'idols', each member takes part in a variety of activities - as well as singing, they appear in TV dramas, variety shows, host radio programmes etc. 20th Century are usually associated with being on stage in plays and musicals, whereas Coming Century are more often in TV dramas (although every member has done both).
Leader Sakamoto Masayuki is especially famous for his roles in musicals such as 'Footloose', 'Blood Brothers' and 'The Boy from Oz'. Nagano Hiroshi and Inohara Yoshihiko also played the leading roles in the Japanese version of the hit musical 'The Producers' which proved to be a great success, being ranked as the No.1 musical of 2005 in a famous Japanese musical magazine.
Miyake Ken too has two stages under his belt (卒業 ~THE GRADUATE~ and 第32新海丸) and will be starring in yet another one coming February called 殺人者 (Satsujunsha). In 2005, Miyake finished filming a movie called 親指さがし(Oyayubisagashi) which was release in theatres across Japan in Summer 2006.
Okada Junichi is also currently making waves in the movie industry with successive hits such as "Kizarazu Cat's Eyes Nihon Series", "Tokyo Towers" and "Fly Daddy Fly". He is also set to star in a movie by the famous director Hirokazu Kore-eda called "Hana Yori Mo Naho"
V6 hosts two weekly TV shows as a group, "Gakkou e ikou"（学校へ行こう） and "Viva Viva V6". Along with their group shows, they also have individual TV shows, dramas or radio programs. Miyake is a regular in the TV show "Itou-ke no Shokutaku (The Itou Family Dinner)".
V6 celebrated their 10th year anniversary in 2005. They commemorated the event by holding about 30 concerts in sold-out arenas all over Japan, holding 3 major "Thank You Events", releasing a hit movie "Hold Up Down" and releasing a new album "Musicmind". They also had a rare "Handshake Session" with hundreds of thousands of fans in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.
Masayuki Sakamoto (坂本 昌行 Sakamoto Masayuki?) (born July 24, 1971, Tokyo)
Hiroshi Nagano (長野 博 Nagano Hiroshi?) (born October 9, 1972, Yamato, Kanagawa)
Yoshihiko Inohara (井ノ原 快彦 Inohara Yoshihiko?) (born May 17, 1976, Tokyo)
Go Morita (森田 剛 Morita Gō?) (born February 20, 1979, Kasukabe, Saitama)
Ken Miyake (三宅 健 Miyake Ken?) (born July 2, 1979, Kanagawa)
Junichi Okada (岡田 准一 Okada Jun'ichi?) (born November 18, 1980, Hirakata, Osaka)