Thursday, June 17, 2004

SMAP's Kimutaku beats Beckham as ideal father in poll

Sunday, June 13, 2004 at 06:23 JST
TOKYO Takuya Kimura, an actor and singer in the hugely successful Japanese pop band SMAP, has won the unofficial title of the ideal young father over British soccer star David Beckham in a poll ahead of Father's Day on June 20.

Sanford Japan Ltd, which imports and sells Parker-brand pens, said Saturday its recent poll to decide "the most wonderful papa" put Kimura, popularly known as Kimutaku in Japan, on top with 406 votes of 1,312 valid responses from Japanese.Beckham came a distant second with 74. (Kyodo News)

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