Tomohisa Yamashita, also widely known as Yamapi, is a Japanese idol, actor, singer, and TV host. Yamashita joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates as a trainee in 1996 and made his acting debut in NHK's Shonentachi in 1998. He recently starred in the summer 2013 series Summer Nude and the autumn 2012 series Monsters. Other notable works include: Proposal Daisakusen, Kurosagi, Buzzer Beat and Nobuta wo Produce. He made his official CD debut as part of boyband NEWS in 2004 under the Johnny's Entertainment label and later debuted as a solo artist in 2006 with the hit single "Daite Senorita". He released his first solo album in 2011 and left NEWS in the same year. His first post-NEWS single, I, Texas was released under Warner Music Japan in 2012. He is the co-host of the primetime television show Shogeki! Sansedai Hikaku TV: Generation Tengoku and the host of the late night Tokyo FM radio show Yamashita Tomohisa Cross Space.