On May 14, President Keiko Fujishima released a video apology and answers to questions from the public, but some people are not convinced. On May 14, a video of President Keiko Fujishima apologizing and answering questions was released.
Some industry insiders have pointed out that there may be a lack of communication between the upper management of the office and the frontline managers.
On January 14, Johnny’s apologized on its official website, saying, “We sincerely apologize for the disappointment and anxiety caused by the sexual assault by our founder, the late Johnny Kitagawa.
In addition, he also apologized for the contents of “Predator: The Secret Scandal of J-Pop,” a documentary produced by BBC Two and broadcast in March of this year, as well as for the press conference held in April by former Johnny’s Jr. and the point that he complained about the damage.
I don’t believe that there was no problem at all. In addition, both as a company and as an individual, I believe that such an act itself is unforgivable.
He expressed his opinion that the company would not tolerate such an action.
President Julie then renewed her resolve, saying, “Once again, I felt that we must confirm the facts thoroughly and respond to the matter sincerely. Much attention is focused on how Johnny’s will deal with this issue in the future.
On the other hand, there was a growing criticism among Internet users of the media’s failure to report positively on the allegations of sexual assault by Mr. Janney. However, in response to Johnny’s official apology, NHK and some information and news programs of commercial broadcasters also reported the story” (entertainment writer).
Behind the scenes, a staff member at a local TV station revealed in a hushed voice: “The media’s attitude toward Jr.
A Jr. boy is appearing on one of our station’s programs, and the manager on the spot has asked us softly, “Please don’t cover President Julie’s apology too much.”
In addition, a person involved in the entertainment industry also shared the following story about the Johnny’s office and former Johnny’s. “The person involved in the entertainment industry said that he was shocked to hear the news about the Johnny’s office.
In the January season of this year, former SMAP member Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, who left Johnny’s in September 2005, played the lead role in the drama series “Trap’s War” (Fuji TV). It was the first time in six years that Kusanagi had starred in a commercial drama series, and the latest in the “revenge series” following “Sen no Senso” (’15) and “Uso no Senso” (’17), so it attracted a great deal of attention. However, the manager of the debutant group, perhaps dissatisfied with the decision to cast Kusanagi as the lead in the drama series, has complained to the station staff.
Considering the current situation in which the office is in a tight spot, this kind of “pressure” seems counterproductive.
The “pressure” seems counterproductive in light of the current predicament of the office, but the following is a good example: “It’s hard to believe that this was directed by President Julie or the vice president in charge of PR. If this is the case, then the “pressure” is being exerted at the sole discretion of the managers. I believe that Mr. Julie’s side and the front-line staff are not communicating properly, and that there is a misunderstanding between them. Even if the current crisis is overcome, unless this kind of system is improved, there is a possibility that there will be some kind of trouble again.
Johnny’s has supported the Japanese entertainment industry by producing many talented talents. I hope that President Julie will take the lead in resolving the sexual assault problem and fundamentally rebuild the company itself.