Due to this, Matsumoto is frequently referred to as one of the elite within the agency.
Although the majority of Matsumoto's solos for albums and concerts are written by Arashi's staff, he has contributed lyrics for two of his solos: "La Familia" for the 2004 Arashi! and "Naked" in 2008 for the album Dream "A" Live under the penname "Jun".
In 20, Matsumoto was given his first lead stage play roles in Eden no Higashi .
Matsumoto gained further popularity as an actor in 2002 when he starred in the first season of Gokusen with Yukie Nakama, Shun Oguri, Tomohiro Waki, Hiroki Narimiya and Yuma Ishigaki.
His portrayal of the troubled but highly intelligent student, Shin Sawada, drew acclaim and won him Best Supporting Actor at the 33rd Television Drama Academy Awards..
, is a Japanese idol, singer, actor, and radio host.
He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi and is best known to Japanese television drama audiences for his portrayal as Tsukasa Dōmyōji in the Hana Yori Dango series, in which he won GQ Japan's Man Of The Year Award under the singer/actor category for his work in the drama.
Matsumoto began his career in the entertainment industry when he joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1996 at the age of 12.
Prior to his debut as a singer with Arashi in 1999, Matsumoto started an acting career when he was cast as Teddy Duchamp for the stage play Stand by Me, which was based on the film of the same name.
Since then, he has gone on to appear in numerous dramas and movies, receiving a number of awards and nominations for his roles.
Matsumoto was born in Toshima, Tokyo, as the youngest child in his family.
He has an older sister whose support of Kin Ki Kids influenced his decision to join Johnny & Associates in 1996.
Thinking it might bode good luck, he sent his application to the agency on his elementary school graduation day and received a phone call weeks later from president Johnny Kitagawa himself, inviting him to attend a rehearsal instead of being auditioned.