GQ Japan has released their picks for Men of the Year. Find the influential list below!


Masaki Suda (Actor)

The 23 years old actor has appeared on 9 movies this year, including Death Note: Light Up the New World, and Oboreru Knife. Masaki also received the prestigious 60th Elan d’or Award for Newcomer of the Year, an award given by All Nippon Producer Association to the person who is considered to be the most promising actor through the year.


Mashu Baker (Judoka)

Mashu or Matther Baker won the gold medal in under 90 kg division in 2016 Rio Olympics, and currently ranked No. 1 in the world (as of 28 November 2016). As the “millennial generation”, Mashu Baker is now preparing himself to win the second consecutive title at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.


Trendy Angel (Comedy Duo)

After winning the M1 Grand Prix (an annual manzai competition in Japan) last year, Trendy Angel has expanding their activities by appearing not only on comedy and variety shows, but also in commercials and drama. Consists of members Tsukasa Saito and Takashi, they’re well known for their comedy skits which often including their 7 years age gap as a joke.


Koji Kikkawa (Musician/Actor)

In the end of 2015 Koji Kikkawa gave a great performance in Shitamachi Rocket as a good rival of the dorama heroine. And in 2016, during his national tour for his new album WILD LIPS, he also became national topic for his song “Over the Rainbow” that became Japan’s official supporting song for the Poseidon Japan, the national water polo team.


Rio Olympics Silver Medal-Winning Relay Team (Ryōta Yamagata, Shōta Iizuka, Aska Cambridge, and Yoshihide Kiryu.)

These four young men stunned the world by capturing the silver medal in the men’s 4×100-meter relay at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.  Their achievement shone exceptionally because it’s Japan first relay medal in history. Their performance that stunned the world is a result of a 6 months practice and a great teamwork.


Ken Watanabe (Actor)

Ken was nominated for the Tony Award fo Best Actor in 2015, and he also shines this year. In March, he flew to New York to starred in Broadway’s musical King and I, and in April his Hollywood movie The See of Tress was premiered in Japan. Also this year in September, his latest Japan movie Okori hit the cinemas. Ken Watanabe is an active as international actor who is going back and forth between the screen and the stage.


Seiji Ozawa (Conductor)

Early this year, Seiji Ozawa won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording Award for Ravel’s “L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges” and “Shéhérazade.” In addition, he also received the title of honorary member and honorary citizen from The Berliner Philharmoniker.

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