Johnny’s is in a further predicament.
On August 4, experts Damiora Olawi and Pichamon Yeofanton of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights held a press conference at the Japan Press Club on the issue of sexual assault stemming from the company’s founder, Janie Kitagawa. The subcommittee had visited Japan at the end of last month to conduct hearings with parties and others who had been sexually victimized by Mr. Kitagawa.
Mr. Pichamon said.
Pichamon pointed out that “deeply disturbing allegations have come to light that hundreds of the company’s celebrities have been involved in sexual exploitation and abuse.”
He pointed out that A “Special Recurrence Prevention Team” consisting of third parties is conducting an investigation into Johnny’s, but “there remain doubts about the transparency and legitimacy of the investigation,” he said.
“Doubts remain about the transparency and legitimacy of the investigation.
“There are also reports that the response to the victims is inadequate,” he said.
The working group will meet in June next year to discuss human rights issues. The working group is scheduled to submit its report to the Human Rights Council next June.
The press conference was followed by a meeting of the seven members of the “Association of Parties Concerned with the Sexual Assault of Johnny’s.” The vice president of the association, Ishimaru Ishimaru, is a member of the Association.
Mr. Shimon Ishimaru, vice president of the group, said
described the incident as “the worst case of sexual abuse in the history of mankind.
and Mr. Kenri Nihonju also described it as “the worst sexual abuse case in human history.
“The worst sexual abuse in the history of mankind.
Mr. Kitagawa has been a sex abuser for about 70 years. Mr. Kitagawa is said to have been a sexual abuser for about 70 years.
Johnny’s plans to hold a press conference at the end of this month or early next month. This is said to be in consideration of the airing of NTV’s “24-Hour TV” on August 26-27, in which the “Naniwa Boys” will be the main personalities.
The theme of this year’s 24-hour TV program includes “The Future of Children,” and it has been getting a lot of flak on the Internet. If the press conference is held before the 24-hour TV program, it will add to the confusion.
Behind the scenes, the movement to “get rid of Johnny’s” is gaining momentum, especially in news programs.
One of the TV station insiders mentioned above said
“When it becomes this big a deal, sponsors start to worry about their image. In particular, news programs may send the wrong message if a Johnny’s celebrity is the anchor when a similar sexual assault case occurs.
He pointed out.
In May, when the issue of Mr. Kitagawa’s sexual assault was becoming more and more widespread, Sho Sakurai of “Arashi” fame, who also anchors NTV’s “news zero,” disappeared from the screen and was replaced by Yumiko Arido, who gave her opinion.
This caused a huge firestorm, and Sakurai later explained the situation. There is no guarantee that this will happen again.
One of the most likely candidates to step down is Noriyuki Higashiyama, the main anchor of TV Asahi’s “Sunday LIVE! TV Asahi’s “Sunday LIVE! Higashiyama is the oldest in the office and is well versed in the inner workings of the company. Despite this, he completely ignored the issue of Johnny’s sexual assault in the August 6 broadcast.
The UN working group held a press conference on August 4, and the media covered it extensively. If Mr. Higashiyama does not speak, it is still impossible for the news to not mention it at all” (sports newspaper reporter).
In contrast, NTV’s “Shuichi,” in which Yuichi Nakamaru of “KAT-TUN” regularly appears, carried the top news story.
There is an external investigation team set up by Johnny’s, but even though this is in fact a third-party committee, I wonder if it is 100% transparent.
Nakamaru himself questioned, “There is an external investigation team set up by the Johnny’s office.
Nakamaru himself questioned, “There is an external investigation team set up by the Johnny’s office, but even if this is in fact a third-party committee, I wonder if it is 100% transparent.
The above-mentioned sports newspaper reporter said, “I hope that the UN’s participation will supplement that part of the investigation. A reporter for a sports newspaper commented, “I admire Mr. Nakamaru.
Mr. Nakamaru has been praised. On the other hand, there are whispers that Mr. Higashiyama, who did not speak, “may already have it in his head to quit the board. On the other hand, Higashiyama, who did not speak, is being asked if he already has it in his mind to leave the board. He may be trying to settle his affairs as the “eldest brother” of Johnny’s.
The “Mere Old Man” is not so sure.
Johnny’s has been strengthening its policy of having its talents be newscasters for the past few years. However, a series of sexual assaults have put a stop to that plan. In addition, they are facing a crisis of “total replacement.
PHOTO.： Ippei Hara (Higashiyama), Yusuke Kondo (Sakurai)