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- Birthday: January 25, 1982
- Siblings: One younger sister, One younger brother
- Education: Graduated Keio University in 2004
- Nickname: Sho-kun, Sho-chan, Sho-san, Sakusho, etc.
- Occupation: Singer(&Rapper), Actor, Newscaster.
Sakurai started his journey in the Japanese entertainment circle when he joined Johnny's Jimusho in October 1995. He was a Johnny's Jr until November 1999. Amongst the five in the group, Sakurai is the designated "rapper" of Arashi, his rap is known as "Sakurap"- he writes his own lyrics and has a very good English vocabulary. He was the first person from the group to hold a solo concert, called The Show, in 2006.
In 2004, he graduated from Keio University with a degree in Economics. With that, he has become the inspiration for younger Johnny's idols such as NEWS members Tomohisa Yamashita, Keiichiro Koyama, Shigeaki Kato, and Yuya Tegoshi to pursue a higher education after high school. Sakurai is also a known promoter of education for today's youth in Japan; he was a spokesperson for Jounan Yobiko, an enrichment cram school, back in early 2005.
Currently, he is a special newscaster for NTV's News Zero, with a segment every Monday. He was also the main sportcaster for the 2007 Volleyball World Cup . After which, he was given the task to be NTV's main caster for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
- Tokujou Kabachi!! (2010)
- Kobe Shinbun no Nanokakan (2010)
- Saigo no Yakusoku (2010)
- The Quiz Show (2009)
- Yamada Taro Monogatari (2007)
- Yankee Bokou ni Kaeru Special (2005)
- Gekidan Engimono: Eleventh Story - Ishikawa-ken Gosan-shi (2005)
- Tokio (2004)
- Gekidan Engimono: First Story - Unlucky Days: Natsume no Mōsō (2004)
- Nurseman Special (2004)
- Gekidan Engimono: Fourteenth Story - Haetori Kami (2003)
- Yoiko no Mikata (2003)
- Kisarazu Cat's Eye (2002)
- Shōnen Taiya: Third Story - Aoki-san Uchi no Oku-san (2002)
- Tengoku ni Ichiban Chikai Otoko 2 (2001)
- Otōsan (2000)
- V no Arashi (1999)
- Kamisama no Karute (2011)
- Yatterman (2009)
- Kiiroi Namida (2007)
- Kisarazu Cat's Eye: World Series (2006)
- Honey and Clover (2006)
- Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakara Happy (2004)
- Kisarazu Cat's Eye: Nihon Series (2003)
- Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakedo Happy (2002)
- The Beautiful Game (2006)
- West Side Story (2004)
by shitsuka matsumoto (search for me)
to all arashi's fans out there..im gonna make a arashi's t-shirt..so whoever interested to have one..please tell me before the end of March 2009..i will show you the design 'n' tell the details for 'em who interested..tq