The BBC’s “Documentary on Mr. Kitagawa, Janney Kitagawa,” which was produced by the BBC, astonished the interview team with “two realities”: “He has been brainwashed…” and “He has been brainwashed.
Predator: The Secret Scandal of J-Pop,” a documentary produced by BBC Two, a British public service broadcaster, was broadcast in the early morning of March 8 (Japan time).
The documentary delves into the allegations of sexual assault made by the first president of Johnny’s, Janie Kitagawa (87 years old), as reported by the Weekly Bunshun in 1999, interviewing several former Johnny’s Jr. and reporters.
Among them, there were two places where the BBC reporter expressed his discomfort in strong terms, asking if he had been brainwashed. The first was in the middle of the program, when the reporter visited an idol goods store in Tokyo. In the store, where bromides of Japanese celebrities and other items were lined up, the reporter tried to interview a fan. Of course, privacy was taken into consideration. However, no fans agreed to be interviewed. The BBC journalist commented on this.
No one wanted to be interviewed. It seemed as if the Johnny’s office was controlling even the fans.
The other point is that the former Johnny’s fans who were interviewed were not interested in being interviewed.
Another point is the discomfort of the former Johnny’s Jr. While some of the victims were at a loss for words and unable to testify during the interview, most of them were of the stance that they “still do not dislike Mr. Johnny. In fact, a former Johnny’s Jr. who appears in the latter half of the program, when asked by a BBC reporter why he did not say what Mr. Kitagawa was doing was wrong, replied, “I don’t hate Johnny’s. Rather, I like him. I still love him.
The BBC reporter looked puzzled and said, “I don’t understand it at all.
The BBC reporter was puzzled, saying, “I don’t understand it at all,” and then said, “The person you just interviewed used the word ‘love’ to describe Mr. Kitagawa and said he still likes him. Mr. Kitagawa is ruling at such a high level.
Toward the end of the program, the author even interviews a researcher who is an expert on Japanese psychology, in an attempt to unravel the secret. There, he said, “Sexual abuse creates a special bond. That is what it means to be a guru,” was the explanation given by the BBC reporter, who looked reluctant but convinced.
The documentary program has been receiving a great response around the world, and in response to the BBC’s interview, Johnny’s responded that it would “ensure compliance without sanctuary by management and employees, and strengthen its governance system with the help of unbiased and neutral experts, in line with the times and the new environment. The true value of this commitment is now being tested. The true value of these efforts is now being tested.