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PostSubject: Johnny Kitagawa   Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:47 am

Johnny Kitagawa
ジャニー喜多川
Birth name Hiromu Kitagawa
Born October 23, 1931 (1931-10-23) (age 79)
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Pop, electronic dance
Occupations Record producer
Years active 1968–present
Associated acts Johnnys, Four Leaves, Shonentai, SMAP, NEWS, V6, Arashi, Tackey & Tsubasa, KAT-TUN, KinKi Kids, Tokio, Kanjani8, Hey! Say! JUMP, Yuma Nakayama w/B.I.Shadow, NYC boys

Website www.johnnys-net.jp

Johnny Hiromu Kitagawa (ジャニー喜多川, Janī Kitagawa?), born Hiromu Kitagawa (喜多川 擴, Kitagawa Hiromu?, October 23, 1931, in Los Angeles, California), is the founder and president of Johnny & Associates, a production agency for numerous popular boy bands in Japan. Kitagawa assembled, produced and managed more than a dozen popular bands, including SMAP, Arashi, Kanjani8, Hey! Say! JUMP, V6, NEWS and KAT-TUN. Kitagawa's influence has spread beyond music to the realms of theatre and television. Regarded as one of the most powerful figures in the entertainment industry, he has held a virtual monopoly on the creation of boy bands in Japan for more than 40 years.

From 1988 to 2000, Kitagawa was the subject of a number of claims that he had taken advantage of his position to engage in improper sexual relationships with boys under contract to his talent agency. Kitagawa denied these claims, and in 2002 was awarded an 8.8 million yen judgment against the newspaper that had published such allegations. An appeal by the newspaper followed, resulting in a partial reversal of the judgment. In the years following the judgment, Kitagawa and his production company have continued to produce entertainment acts that have enjoyed a high degree of commercial success.

Early life

Born in the United States, Kitagawa was raised in California through high school. In the early 1950s, he traveled to Japan to work at the United States Embassy. While walking through Tokyo's Yoyogi Park he encountered a group of boys playing baseball. He recruited them to form a singing group, acting as their manager. He named the group "The Johnnies". The Johnnies achieved a measure of success by using a then-novel formula of mixing attractive performers singing popular music with coordinated dance routines. The Johnnies were the first all-male pop group in Japan, and set the pattern that Kitagawa would follow with his subsequent acts. Indeed, the term "Johnnies" would come to apply generically to any of the performers under Kitagawa's employ.

Major success

In 1968, Kitagawa achieved wider success with a four-member boy band known as Four Leaves (フォーリーブス, Fō Rībusu?). The song and dance group met with success, as reflected by seven consecutive appearances on the annual invitation-only Kōhaku Uta Gassen (紅白歌合戦, Red White Song Battle?), beginning in 1970.Four Leaves performed together for ten years before disbanding in 1978. Later, in 2002, Kitagawa oversaw the band's reunion. Kitagawa went on to assemble, produce and manage many of the top boy bands in the country, including acts such as SMAP, Tokio, V6, Arashi, Tackey & Tsubasa, Kanjani8, NEWS, KAT-TUN, KinKi Kids, Hey! Say! JUMP and among many others. Kitagawa was able to expand his sphere of influence to include television, as his performers regularly appear on television, with many appearing on their own variety programs. They also regularly act as pitchmen for commercial products, and appear in movies.The success of Kitagawa's performers led to increased profitability, as Johnny & Associates generated 2.9 billion yen in annual profits at the height of the boy band boom. During 1997, performers belonging to the talent agency appeared in more than 40 television programs and another 40 commercials. The success of his company has made Kitagawa one of the richest men in Japan.

The formula

Kitagawa repeatedly has employed a standard formula in the development and marketing of his acts.Johnny & Associates holds open tryouts for potential performers. The production agency recruits boys as young as ten into a talent pool known as Johnny's Juniors.Successful applicants live in a company dormitory and attend a company-run school. They train to hone their showmanship in the form of singing, dancing and acting.Kitagawa holds an annual summer festival known as "Johnny's Summary".

"I'm not very interested in records. Once you release a record, you have to sell that record. You have to push one song only. You can't think of anything else. It's not good for the artist."
—Johnny Kitagawa, June 1996

Promising members of Johnny's Juniors appear alongside of established members of Kitagawa's fold. The junior members act as background dancers for the major acts to allow for name recognition prior to being launched as a separate group.The members of the Juniors also appear in on "Hachi-ji da J", a weekly television variety show. Members sing, dance, and perform in comedic sketches as they further develop the skills to graduate to a major act.Kitagawa's focus is on the development of his group as complete entertainers. Shonentai, for example, did not release a single until it had been together for more than seven years. "I'm not very interested in records," Kitagawa said in a 1996 interview. "Once you release a record, you have to sell that record. You have to push one song only. You can't think of anything else. It's not good for the artist."

Once launched, Kitagawa has been known to use his established groups to induce television stations to report on his newer acts, and ensure favorable press coverage for his acts and himself.Programs that give unfavorable coverage do not receive interviews or television appearance from popular stars managed by Kitagawa.Kitagawa maintains a high degree of control over his acts, to the extent that their images do not appear on the company website. Performers are expected to maintain a public image that is conducive to marketing to young women; as a result, members of bands produced by Kitagawa avoid public mention of their private lives. Kitagawa himself avoids the public spotlight as well. He rarely permits his photograph to be taken, and does not make public appearances with his groups.


Sexual harassment claims and libel suit

Rumors concerning Kitagawa and possible sexual harassment of the youth in his employ had surrounded the agency since 1988, when Koji Kita (北公次, Kita Kōji?), a former member of Four Leaves, published a series of diaries under the title Hikaru Genji e (光Genjiへ, To Hikaru Genji?). Kita claimed that Kitagawa had used his position of influence over the group to make unwanted sexual advances towards the boys under contract to him.Similar allegations were made in a book published in 1996 by Junya Hiramota, a former member of another of Kitagawa's bands. Hiramota alleged that he had seen Kitagawa force a boy to have sex with him in one of the talent agency's dormitories.[3] Later, in 1999, the weekly newspaper Shukan Bunshun (週刊文春?) printed a ten-part series that detailed numerous allegations of sexual improprieties. The accusers were a dozen teenage boys who had been recruited into the Johnny & Associates organization, who spoke on condition of anonymity. In addition, the series also accused Kitagawa of permitting minors in his employ to drink alcohol and smoke. The accusations prompted international newspaper coverage.

The controversy resulted in Yoshihide Sakaue, a member of Parliament, holding a hearing on the matter in April, 2000. Sakaue said that as a result of the media coverage, and in response to a request from a constituent, he wanted to examine whether government officials had properly investigated complaints about Kitagawa. Officials of the National Police Agency acknowledged that they had investigated Kitagawa's agency, but had not determined that sexual harassment had occurred. Officials did indicate that Kitagawa's company was warned about permitting minors to use alcohol and smoke cigarettes.The National Police and Welfare Ministry indicated that under the Ministry's understanding of the law, even if the allegations against Kitagawa were true, the acts could not be considered child abuse because Kitagawa was neither parent nor guardian to the boys in his employ. In addition, officials testified that neither the boys nor their parents had pursued a criminal complaint against Kitagawa.Kitagawa denied any wrongdoing, and his attorney characterized the claims as being from disgruntled former employees voicing discontent.Kitagawa sued Shukan Bunshun for libel. Other than Shukan Bunshun, none of the major Japanese media covered the story of the allegations against Kitagawa, the hearing in Parliament, or the Kitagawa lawsuit. The New York Times attributed this lack of coverage to Kitagawa's influence over the popular media.Once Shukan Bunshun began publication of the series, Johnny & Associates denied the newspaper, and the other media owned by its parent organization, access to any of its performers.

After protracted litigation, in 2002 the Tokyo District Court awarded Kitagawa an 8.8 million yen judgment against Shukan Bunshun, finding that the articles defamed him. Shukan Bunshun appealed the ruling. In a partial reversal of the district court, the Tokyo High Court in 2003 ruled that the Shukan Bunshun series did in fact defame Kitagawa; however, it ruled that the defamatory content of the articles was limited to the allegations that Kitagawa had provided minors with alcohol and tobacco products. The court found that the Shukan Bunshun had sufficient reason to accept as trustworthy, and publish, the sexual allegations by Kitagawa's former clients. Kitagawa appealed this decision to the Supreme Court, but in 2004 it rejected his appeal.

Post-litigation activities

In 2006, the boy band KAT-TUN was promoted to major band status and has all their ten singles, DVD releases and four studio albums as number one today. In 2007, Hey! Say! 7, another group within the Kitagawa stable, debuted as a temporary act. Shortly after its debut, the band became the youngest boy band to chart a number one single, with an average age under 15. Kitagawa, as of September, 2007, continued to be involved in the regular operation of Johnny & Associates.


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PostSubject: Re: Johnny Kitagawa   Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:02 am

I kind of hate him... Nu numai din cauza zvonurilor, dar si pentru ca le impune niste reguli asa de stricte idolilor. Si asta fac sa para si mai reale zvonurile...

Singurul lucru pentru care il admir este faptul ca a reusit sa lanseze atatea formatii de succes...
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PostSubject: Re: Johnny Kitagawa   Mon Nov 01, 2010 3:20 am

hm... cred ca eu is ciodata dar l-as lua ca bunic XD adicaaaa imaginati-va in ce bani se scalde omu ala ~~~ si adica tind sa cred ca sub orice om rau se afla un suflet moale si usor de modelat XD si astea de cele mai multe ori se adevreste si chiar si tatal meu mi-a spus ca aia chinuiti din cauza ca sunt grasi sau orice altceva au un suflet pur...apoi ca are dreptate sau nu nustiu =]] de asemenea nustiu daca e la subiect...anywayz pentru toate porcariile care le-a facut si inca face.i le-as ierta =]] bine atat timp cat nu se leaga de Arashi dar anyway :X go johnny si deie bunul Dumnezeu sa mai faci multe formatii XD
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PostSubject: Re: Johnny Kitagawa   Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:56 am

mda sa lanseze multe trupe dar sa nu mai impuna atatea restrictii ... adica din cate am aflat Jin e inca sub eticheta Johnny's ...adica el face ce vrea si restul stau sub reguli... nu mi se pare corect,ca sa nu mai spun de reguli care mi se par absurde.
Oricum vreau sa imi cer norocul si de mult ma bate gandul si mai am timp de gandire =]]] vreau sa ma angajez la Johnny's chiar si femeie de servici Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Johnny Kitagawa   Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:41 pm

hai merem de femei de servici cine stie :> poate ajungem sa-i si cunoastem =]] oricum m-am gandit impreuna cu mama si o zis ca ma va sprijini cu japoneza si sunt sanse destul de mari in stadiul in care sunt acuma sa merg la cluj pe japo Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Johnny Kitagawa   Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:05 am

OOOOOOO O____________O Ohmiya what good news I love you deci si eu i-am spus la mama ca vreau la Cluj si o zis ca nu prea am eu sanse acolo si am vorbit cu o fata de acolo si spus ca se intra cu medie peste 9 si de aceea Gambarimasu ^^
Deci am zis ca slujba part time sau asa dupa facultate ma duc la Johnny's jur Laughing pt. ca e imposibil doar esti in cladire cu ei trebe sa ii intalnesti ... si sa mor de nu le cer si autograf Laughing

Omg ce vise ....sper sa devina realitate

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Our voices from those days are calling
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You can hear it too, right? We don't need a reason
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PostSubject: Re: Johnny Kitagawa   Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:36 am

Uhmm, unde vreau sa merg eu, adica Babes Bolyai, catedra Lb si lit japoneza, s-a intrat si cu 7.30, deci nu trebuie sa-ti faci griji, Matsumoto-chan...

Ohmiya: nu stiu unde vrei tu sa mergi, dar aici se incepe de la zero, deci nu prea conteaza in ce stadiu esti...
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PostSubject: Re: Johnny Kitagawa   Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:55 am

OMOOO O____O 7.30 esti sigura kyaaaa <33333333 m-am scos oricum pana acum 8.70 adica anul trecut sa vad anul asta <333 ...
hmmm dar stai pentru bursa de studiu in Japonia se intra cu aceeasi media ... ca am inteles ca trebuie sa aplici separat si iti trbuie mai mare ...apropo face off vedeti ca deschid topic legat de facultate la A-cafe ^^ ne vedem acolo :]

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Our voices from those days are calling
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PostSubject: Re: Johnny Kitagawa   Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:08 pm

eu...stiu Razz ca se incepe de la zero. e logic ca doara nu exista liceu la care sa se faca japoneza inca... si nu prea cred ca e media asa mica... adica bine oricum mai essstteeeee pana absolvim noi. se mai pot schimba multe.eh oricum reusim noi cumva. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Johnny Kitagawa   Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:31 pm

la plata atat e Ohmiya... adica in jur de 7.40... poti sa cauti pe net daca vrei... la buget e adevarat ca ultimul intrat are 9.36...
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PostSubject: Re: Johnny Kitagawa   Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:57 pm

Aha deci cum am spus trebuie sa dau tot ce pot sa scot peste 9... ce n-as da sa pot fura media verisoarei mele ... a avut 9.80 si s-a dus la geografie ... duh acolo ma duceam din prima daca aveam media ei =]]

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PostSubject: Re: Johnny Kitagawa   Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:50 pm

am auzit ca multi au mers la geografie in anii astia Smile am vazut si la TV..eh anyway undeva tot imi voi gasi locul =]] si eu am scos media 8,80 de intrare la liceu Neutral daah anyway sa speram ca nu vor mai fi multi doritori si astfel vom avea sanse mai mari XD
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