Sep 19, 2023

Johnny Kitagawa: Japan firms cut ties with scandal-hit talent agency

Major Japanese brands are cutting ties with the country's biggest talent agency after it was engulfed by a sexual abuse scandal. Johnny and Associates is Japan's biggest J-pop and boyband talent agency. Last month, an independent investigation into the agency found its late founder, Johnny Kitagawa, had abused hundreds of boys and young men over a six-decade career as one of the most powerful entertainment figures in Japan. Nissan Motors told the BBC: "Due to conduct by Johnny & Associates that contravenes our Human Rights Policy Statement, we will refrain from developing new sales promotion materials using that talent agency until further notice." The male-only talent agency dominated the entertainment industry until recently, with TV stations afraid to lose access to Johnny's talent, industry observers say.

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