Johnny’s is Takarazuka’s next… “Cover-up and Harassment” Behind Takarazienne’s Sudden Death | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Johnny’s is Takarazuka’s next… “Cover-up and Harassment” Behind Takarazienne’s Sudden Death

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Takaraziennes sang the national anthem at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. They are Japan’s leading revue troupe, but behind the scenes ……

It looks like they are finally getting serious.

While the Johnny’s office has been under fire for the sexual assault of Johnny Kitagawa, Takarazuka Revue President Takeyuki Kiba announced on October 7 that an “investigation team” would be formed, inviting outside lawyers to join.

The incident began around 7:00 a.m. on September 30, when Kii Ai (25 years old), a member of the Takarazuka Revue, was found dead on the top floor of an 18-story high-rise apartment building in Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture, on the premises.

According to local police and other authorities, the death is believed to be a suicide, given the conditions at the scene, etc. A handbag belonging to Ms. Ai was found on the 18th floor and her identity was confirmed.

In its February 9 issue, Shukan Bunshun reported that Ai had been bullied by Mineato Amanzai of the Space Group. Amanzai told Aria

I will teach you how to make bangs.

and then she pressed a hot hair iron against her forehead, causing burns.

In addition, two of Ai’s classmates left Takarazuka because they had doubts about the organization’s structure, and it seems possible that Ai had reached the peak of her emotional distress.

Takarazuka is a thoroughly vertical society, and the underclassmen cannot even express their opinions to their seniors. There is a rule, just like in the military, that the underclassmen must sense the situation and make the first move before the seniors do, and civility is extremely strict.

Any misbehavior on stage can lead to not only harsh instruction but also insidious bullying. In the dormitories, there are no outside eyes, so the upperclassmen have absolute power, and the place is a black box. It seems that underclassmen are also unable to report damage for fear of retaliation.

On the 2nd, the Takarazuka Revue Company announced on its website in the name of its president, Takeyuki Kiba, that the following statement was made by the company’s president, “The Takarazuka Revue Company will consider the safety of its students, including their physical condition, first and foremost.

The Takarazuka Revue Company will consider the safety of the students, including their physical condition, as its first priority, and will consider future measures after confirming the safety of the students. For this reason, we will have specialists come in and take time to provide emotional care for each student and attend to his or her feelings.

The only thing it said was.

On September 29, Ms. Ai appeared on the first day of the Sorugumi’s performance of “PAGAD,” but is believed to have committed suicide the following day. Her fellow actors were shocked, and a number of them became ill, and the performance was announced to be canceled until the 8th, but it was postponed until the 22nd.

The company announced that the performance had been canceled until the 8th, but it was postponed until the 22nd. “Even now, Yua’s name is on the website and she is listed in the cast list for the performance (as of the 7th). What will the opera company do now? The company has been accused of a “cover-up” and has not thoroughly disclosed the scandal, but even though an actor has passed away, it is not possible for them not to release any details under the guise of “consideration for the bereaved family. However, even though the actor died, the company could not just not disclose any details under the guise of “consideration for the family.

The evidence of bullying and power harassment is said to have been reported to the weekly magazines one after another, so it is only a matter of time before something even more serious happens. The Johnny’s office has been accused of sexual assault, but no deaths have been reported. Next to Johnny’s, there is a good chance that the Takarazuka Revue will become a problem.

Why did Yua choose to die at the young age of 25? We hope that the Takarazuka Revue, which has a long history, will not hide the results of the “investigation team” as the Johnny’s’s did, but will take responsibility and tell the truth at a press conference.

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