Japanese singer who gained popularity as an associate from the idol group Hey! State! Leap. He was kicked from the music group in 2011 after photos surfaced of him smoking cigarettes while underage. He performed around the range display Ya-Ya-Yah at nine yrs . old. He was robbed at knifepoint by way of a seventeen-year-old stalker in June 2009. His more youthful brother is vocalist and acting professional Shintaro Morimoto. He and Yamada Ryosuke both became popular as users of Hey! State! JUMP.