In the middle of Golden Week, NTV announcer Miyu Kuroda, 24, was enjoying a bowl of pasta alone at a restaurant chain in Ginza, Tokyo, after finishing a live broadcast of “DayDay.
After finishing her meal with a blank expression on her face, a man wearing a Prada cap rushed up to her as she was leaving the restaurant. Upon spotting the man, Anna Kuroda flashed a cute, bubbly smile that was a complete turnaround from her previous appearance.
With the end of the 17-year-long flagship program “Sukkiri! which lasted for 17 years, started in April of this year. Kuroda, who has been with the company for three years, was selected as the main MC along with Ryota Yamasato (46) of “Nankai Candies” and former NHK announcer Shinichi Takeda (55).
It is no exaggeration to say that Nippon TV, which missed out on the triple crown in household viewer ratings last year, is betting its corporate fortune on “DayDay. Kuroda was chosen as the partner of Takeda, who just became a freelancer, because of the high expectations placed on her. Kuroda is always cheerful in the program, but behind the scenes she is an extremely hard worker. She is already being called the next “post-Mizuto” ace at the station.
Who was the man at the beginning of this article who instantly made the ace candidate, who must have been tired from the morning’s live broadcast, smile?
He is Mr. A, a director who joined the company in the same year as Kuroda. He is currently in charge of the daytime information program “Hirunandes! Mr. A is from Osaka, a graduate of Kyoto University, good-looking like Taiga Nakano, and a funny guy who used to belong to a comedy club. Although he has only been with the company for three years, he is a young director with high expectations from within the company.
After meeting up, the two men chatted and laughed as they walked to a nearby café. While waiting at a traffic light, Mr. A touched Kuroda’s bangs and patted her head as she peered at her phone. Then she looked up and smiled at him. Kuroda grabbed Mr. A’s arm for support (second photo), and the atmosphere was very good.
One is a popular announcer, the other a young director of a TV station. They must have taken time out from their busy work schedules to go on a date. They talked for about an hour at a café and then broke up.
Kare’s Love at First Sight
At a social gathering when they were both still university students, Mr. A fell in love with Anna Kuroda at first sight. They made a fierce attack and ended up dating. They both went to university in the Kansai region, so I think they must have met over there before joining the company. They introduced each other to their friends, and for a time they almost lived together in Mr. A’s apartment in Tokyo. Kuroda, who is from the Kansai region, loves comedy so much that his hobby is watching it, and since Mr. A once participated in the M-1 preliminary round when he was a student, it is understandable that Kuroda was attracted to Mr. A.” (source)
Three days after their Ginza date, FRIDAY caught the two enjoying lunch at a Korean restaurant in Yurakucho, with Kuroda repeatedly laughing hysterically at Mr. A’s stories. After lunch, as they walked along the concourse leading to the subway station, Mr. A grabbed Ana Kuroda firmly around the waist and she said, “C’mon! Stop it already!” and bashing her boyfriend. Their happy voices echoed throughout the concourse.
Again, they broke up after about two hours, and Mr. A got back on his rented bicycle and headed back to Shiodome, where the station was located. It seems to be their regular pattern to meet up after her broadcast and have a cafe or lunch date …….
To confirm the dating rumors, we later directly interviewed Anna Kuroda as she hurried home.
–Kuroda-san, it’s Friday.
–I would like to ask you about your relationship with Mr. A. ……
“Oh, I’m sorry. May I ask you to go through the public relations department?
He did not change his expression and seemed calm when asked the question, but he did not stop until the end and ran at a high speed through the rain.
When we later interviewed NTV, the response was, “We do not answer questions about our employees’ private lives.
Kuroda, who carries all the expectations inside and outside the company as “post-Mizuto-chan,” had her first romance with a handsome director who was her classmate. I wish the best for the future of these two young people!
From the June 2, 2023 issue of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Sota Shima