Mr. Kawasaki recalled, “The sexual assaults by Mr. Janney were not limited to former Jr. Mr. Johnny’s did not only sexually assault former Jr. members, but also boys who were not members of the Johnny’s office, like myself.
Makoto Kawasaki, 59, a pseudonym, says he was once subjected to unwanted sexual acts by the late Mr. Janie Kitagawa. Mr. Kawasaki, who now works in the construction industry, had been working as a child actor at a Tokyo entertainment agency since he was 12 years old.
When he was 15 years old, a female acquaintance, Mrs. U, invited him to join her, saying, “There is someone I would like to introduce you to” and “She is a very powerful person,” which was the beginning of the abominable incident.
Ms. U was Mr. Kawasaki’s former manager. He was about 10 years older than Mr. Kawasaki and had already retired from the office at that time. He had already left the agency and started his own small entertainment agency. At the time, Mr. Kawasaki and Mr. U were close friends. In the summer of the year he turned 16, she took him to a bar called “C” in Shinjuku’s Ni-Chome district.
She said, “I could feel the strong stares of the male customers, and the bar had a strange atmosphere. It was a uli-sen bar, a place where men buy men, and Mr. U had brought along, besides me, a teenage boy from his office, Mr. A. Neither Mr. A nor I were interested in homosexuality, and it was the first time we had ever been to such a bar.”
After a while, two men appeared in the store and sat down next to Mr. Kawasaki and others. One was the owner of the restaurant. The other was a “powerful man,” namely, Mr. Janney Kitagawa. It was only a few hours later that I learned that he was Mr. Janney.
He asked, “How old are you?” What are you doing now?
Mr. U interrupted and asked, “How old are you? Mr. U interrupted him and began to explain that he was a kid from our office.
I was underage, but at the restaurant they gave me many drinks of Remy Martin poured over crushed ice. Mr. Janney asked me, ‘How long have you been working (in the entertainment business)?’ I remember Mr. Janney asking me questions like, ‘How long have you been working (in show business)?
Before midnight, the five of us left the restaurant and went to a series of gay bars nearby.
It was Mr. Janney who suggested, “Why don’t we go to our room and have a drink again soon?
Mr. Janney was the one who started the conversation.
The owner got into the driver’s seat of a four-seater RX-7, with Mr. Janney in the passenger seat and myself and Mr. A in the back. We passed through Shibuya and arrived at an apartment at the top of a hill. The room was a maisonette type, with a living room on the first floor and two rooms and a bath on the second floor.
In the living room, there were many photos of Mr. Janney himself, and as we talked, Mr. U told me, ‘He is Janney Kitagawa.
We drank again in the living room, and uncensored pornography was playing loudly on the TV. Eventually, Mr. U was so drunk that he went upstairs and fell asleep. Then Mr. Janey whispered to me, ‘You should take a shower.
Even a man could cum.”
Mr. Kawasaki took a shower as recommended. Suddenly, Mr. Janney entered the bathroom.
I was surprised,” he said. He suddenly said, ‘Let’s wash your body,’ and touched my back with his hand. I said, ‘No, thank you! I refused and rushed out of the bathroom.
Kawasaki recalls feeling a sense of unease, but also a sense of security knowing that Mr. U was upstairs.
I went into the second floor room to go to sleep myself,” he said. There was one mattress on the floor, so I lay down in my underwear.
Because I was drunk, I fell asleep quickly, but I felt him fumbling with my crotch. Eventually, he took off the trunks I was wearing. I assumed that Mr. U was touching me. Suddenly he sucked me and when I opened my eyes, I saw …… with his face between my legs.
I was extremely surprised, but I came in a flash. Then Mr. Janie spoke to me from between my legs, saying, ‘Even a man could come, right?'”
Feeling a mixture of disgust and embarrassment, Mr. Kawasaki said, “I’m going home,” and ran out of the room. Then Mr. Janney handed him 20,000 yen from behind, saying, “Taxi fare. The next day, she called Mr. U and reported what had happened last night. She then replied, “Oh, that’s right.” “So, what do you want to do?” He simply replied, “I’m sorry, I didn’t know that.
I think the events of that day were planned and arranged by Mr. U, the owner, and Mr. Janney. In fact, about six months later, I received a job offer from Mr. U saying it was Mr. Janney’s case,” said Kawasaki.
So Mr. Janney was using his superior position in the entertainment industry to have the boy offered to entertainment people like Mr. U who wanted the job. Wasn’t that caretaker the owner of “C”?
FRIDAY tracked down the then owner of “C” and directly interviewed him. He did not deny that Mr. Janney had been at the restaurant, but said that he “had no recollection” of the night of the incident.
He continued, “I was certainly driving an RX-7 at the time. Ah, so you are investigating various things. For my part, thanks to Mr. Janney, I don’t want it to fly over here. I don’t want this to be a front page story.”
The Johnny’s office responded to the fact that there are victims like Mr. Kawasaki who have no history of affiliation, saying , “At this time, we are not aware of any victims of sexual assault (sic) in connection with our company’s business.
Mr. Kawasaki said, “There may be many other boys other than the former Jr. who were sacrificed by Mr. Janney.
The Johnny’s office should take such victims seriously.
Interview and text by Hironori Jinno (nonfiction writer)
From the September 29, 2023 issue of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Hironori Jinno (Mr. Kawasaki) Takao Kawakami (Mr. Janie Kitagawa)