Famous People in Japan


Name Utsunomiya Takashi Komuro Tetsuya Kine Naoto
Date of Birth 25 October 1957 27 November 1958 26 September 1957
Place of Birth Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo

TMN had been one of the most popular rock bands among young people, and their creative style of music using computers led them to become one of the top rock bands in Japan.

In 1984 their music activity as a band started under the name of TM Network,which was short for Time Machine Network. What gave them a chance for the debut was the win of the Fresh Sound Contest in 1985 and they made their debut in the next year publishing an single phonograph, "Kinyobi no Lion".

They became popular with the hit "Get Wild" which they published in 1987 and took part in "Kohaku Uta-gassen (NHK)" for the first time in 1988. In the same year, before the present of their brand-new LP CD, Kine published a novel titled the same as the CD,"Carol," and it was epochal enough to notice in those days.

In 1990 they changed the name of the band to TMN, and since then each of them started their personal activities one after another, as an actor, writer, songwriter, and so on.

On April 21st, 1994 they announced the close of the "TMN project," actually their dispersal, with their last single phonogram CD "Nights of the Knife." TMN was ended with the final concert in Tokyo Dome on May 18th and 19th, but they had never used the word "disperse."

Now they take active parts in different fields of their own speciality and we can see them on TV. Utsunomiya Takashi continues to be a vocalist in a new rock band named "Boyo-Bozo," and Komuro Tetsuya become the most popular songwriter as well as the composest of dance music, and also a member of a band named "Globe." Kine Naoto deals with the sound-track of an animation movie which follows a fantastic novel he wrote several years ago, and the M.C. in a TV program, "Nichiyo Soriton" as well.

Lastly, I'll mention the more popular songs which had presented as single phonograph CDs.

Love Train
Ichizu na Koi

References: Gendai Nihonjinmeiroku, 1994

Reported by: Yumi Okuno
Data verified by: Kaori Nagato
Date of Report: November 1995

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