On an evening in early August, Tatsuro Yamashita, 70, emerged from Tokyo Station.
He is currently in the midst of an 18-city, 39-show national tour. Yamashita appeared at Tokyo Station after returning to Tokyo from Yamagata on that day. Despite the sweltering heat, he was in perfect disguise, wearing denim, leather shoes, a long-sleeved black shirt, a hat, and a large mask. The staff members walking in front and behind him looked around, and in the middle of them, Yamashita walked with his eyes looking down throughout the event.
Speaking of Yamashita, amidst the current controversy over the sexual assault of Johnny’s founder, Mr. Kitagawa, music producer Kiyoshi Matsuo, whose contract was terminated by the Smile Company, the music agency to which Yamashita belongs, wrote on his X (formerly Twitter),
Tatsuro Yamashita agrees with the company’s policy.
Yamashita was caught up in the commotion when he posted on his X (old Twitter), “Tatsuro Yamashita agrees with the company’s policy. Yamashita posted on his radio program TOKYO FM, “Tatsuro Yamashita’s Rakuten Card Sunday Songbook,
I am completely unaware of the inner workings of the Johnny’s’s office, as I am in a corner of the music industry. I have absolutely no way of knowing about the sexual assault.
He explained that he had no way of knowing about the sexual assault. By the end of the book, he said, “Well, this is my attitude,
Well, if you interpret my attitude as a discovery or being wrapped up in something long, that’s fine. I am sure those people don’t need my music.
This caused a firestorm on social networking sites. He was criticized even by his longtime fans.
When the incident occurred, the band was about to start a nationwide tour, and those involved in the tour were fearful that there would be heckling and cancellations during the live performances.
SPACY” and “CIRCUS TOWN,” the fifth and sixth albums in the “TATSURO YAMASHITA RCA/AIR YEARS Vinyl Collection,” respectively, dominated the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Oricon Album Daily Ranking as of August 1, 2012. The albums were sold out immediately at some stores, and the uproar was quickly dispelled.
Since then, Yamashita has made no mention of the Johnny’s sordid affair on the radio. On the other hand, on July 30, Higashiyama Noriyuki (56), the MC of “Sunday Live! (TV Asahi) reported that Yamashita released his 53rd single “Sync Of Summer” on July 26 after a four-year absence.
Higashiyama introduced the song by saying, “It’s a perfect song for summer. On social networking sites, there were comments such as “Did he want to prove that TV Asahi, Johnny’s, and Yamashita have a close relationship?” and “It was a cover shot for Johnny’s,” but it was the right timing to make people think so. (Sports newspaper reporter)
Perhaps it was worth mentioning that “Sync Of Summer” was ranked No. 3 in the top 10 of the “Nationwide No. 1 FM Hit Chart” announced by TOKYO FM’s radio program “JA Zen-Noh COUNTDOWN JAPAN” (dated Saturday, August 19). Both single and album sales, as well as live performances, have been strong.
Yamashita walked out of the concourse at Tokyo Station with his head down and got into the car that picked him up, but the staff was in a tense mood from start to finish. But according to a source,
Yamashita-san always looks like that during the tour to take care of his health and throat, even in the middle of summer, so I don’t think he is consciously wearing a disguise…”
I don’t think he is consciously wearing a disguise,” he said. It seems that his relationship with Johnny’s is solid.