Kanna Hashimoto, Suzu Hirose. Why “Office-Approved” Relationships are Spreading in the Entertainment Industry
It has been revealed that Kanna Hashimoto and Daishi Nakagawa are dating–.
The “Josei Jishin” (women’s magazine) caught Hashimoto visiting Nakagawa’s apartment with her dog. According to the article, Hashimoto was on her way to work from Nakagawa’s apartment, where an office car was there to pick her up. From this, it is clear that their relationship is officially approved by the office.
The magazine “Josei Jishin” interviewed the offices of both Hashimoto and Nakagawa, but at the time of the magazine’s release, the offices had not commented on the relationship, which suggests that the two are in a strong relationship. The reason for this is that Hashimoto has been announced as the host of NHK’s “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (Red and White Singing Contest), which attracts a great deal of attention from the public.
The office would like to avoid any scandal. If there is no basis in fact, they will issue a complete denial. When interviewed by a sports newspaper later in the day, he commented, “I leave his private life to him. This is a standard comment made by an office when a relationship is revealed. It is neither an affirmation nor a denial, but in the eyes of the industry, it is a comment taken as an affirmation.”
Nakagawa played the role of Shigetada Hatakeyama in the NHK historical drama “Kamakuradono no 13-nin,” which is currently being broadcast, and he died a spectacular death in the episode broadcast on September 18. He died a spectacular death in the episode broadcast on September 18. The revelation of their relationship was expected to generate a great deal of excitement, but after one week, the situation appears to have subsided.
Shortly before the Hashimoto/Nakagawa dating news came out, there was a dating report in which the agency made a similar comment.
The report was about Suzu Hirose and Kento Yamazaki’s semi-living together relationship.
It did not take long for the public to be excited by the fact that they were both very popular actors, but it did not take long for the public to calm down. There have been no follow-up reports since then, and recently they have not been mentioned in the news.
The reason why the two dating reports were settled in such a short period of time is as follows.
“I leave my private life to him.”
The office admitted the fact that they were dating. The fact that the office acknowledged the fact of their relationship means that their relationship was “officially approved by the office.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the “Hana no ’82” idols, most of whom at that time had a “no romance” policy.
These days, it is not unusual for an agency to include a “no romance” clause in the contract, but back then, even if it was not in the contract, it was an unspoken understanding that “idol romance was not allowed. Therefore, managers kept a close eye on idols in the studios of TV programs to make sure that they did not exchange contact information.
Idols in the past often talk about how they were able to escape such scrutiny and enjoy their youth on talk shows and the like. Recently, in an interview with “FRIDAY,” Yu Hayami looked back on the old days.
One day, a boy who was a singer of my generation secretly handed me an album in my dressing room and said, ‘Listen to my new album. When I went home and listened to it, I found a phone number written in the corner of the lyric card that said, ‘Please call me. And of course, letters, etc., more than once.”
It seems that there were many talents who saw an opening and gave out their phone numbers. At that time, cell phones were not yet widespread. There were car phones, but no one had one unless they were a big shot, and the only phone they had was a landline at home.
Even if you could make contact and start dating, it was extremely difficult to get a date.
In those days, when television was the top form of entertainment, more people knew the faces of idols than ever before. If you walked down the street, people would immediately point out your face.
If you were underage, you couldn’t even go to a hideout bar. Many celebrities were prohibited from driving their own cars, so dates were often at each other’s homes.
Needless to say, this was convenient for the weekly photo magazines that were being launched one after another at the time.
If they received information about a couple in a relationship, they could take pictures of the couple by staking out either of their houses. At that time, there were few condominiums with the same level of security as today’s high-class tower condominiums, and even if there were, they were auto-locked at best.
It was not so difficult for photographers to capture them. How could idols be protected from the attacks of the weekly magazines? The offices tried all kinds of tricks to escape from the weekly magazines, but they could not find a way, and the struggle between the offices and the magazines continued.
Even idols are young men and women. It is natural for them to want to fall in love. If the agency were to suppress it, and in the unlikely event that one of their star idols decided to quit, the loss to the agency would be huge. In the past, there was such a thing as a “love escapade” with two people holding hands, but if they did that, it would be a big deal.
Once they were reported, the number of offices admitting their relationship gradually increased. It would be a natural progression. If the office approves, they can use the office car for transportation, and the manager and office staff will guard them well, making it difficult for the weekly magazines to catch them in the act.
The times have changed drastically. The original reason for banning idol romance was concern that it would alienate fans, but nowadays, no one would object to young people falling in love, and fans are more tolerant. Especially in the case of two highly likable personalities, few people quit being fans because of it, even if they regret it. On the Internet, the opinions are generally more favorable. Furthermore.
In the case of two highly favorable and popular personalities, there is no bad impression of their relationship, and even if it is discovered, as long as their image is not damaged, it will not affect their work. Since it is better for the office if the relationship does not affect their work, it is better for them to admit it and follow up on it than to oppose it and have their navels caved in.
(A manager at a well-established entertainment company).
If they deny their relationship, the weekly magazines that reported it, as well as other magazines, will start to interview them in an attempt to find new evidence. The reporters are not rewarded for their efforts.
The reporters are no longer interested in the story, so they do not follow the story as closely as they used to. Especially these days, young people are not that interested in celebrities’ love lives and relationships. There is no longer any point in writing about them.
So, it is clear that when an office approves of a relationship, the media coverage dies down quickly. In short, “office approval” protects the celebrity and is the best countermeasure against the mass media.
Interview and text by： Hiroyuki Sasaki (Entertainment Journalist)
Born in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Hiroyuki Sasaki became a reporter for FRIDAY at the age of 31, reporting numerous scoops during his time with FRIDAY and later working mainly for the weekly magazine. Currently he also appears on TV and radio as a commentator
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