Johnny Kitagawa, 81, the founder and president of Johnny & Associates (Johnnny’s Jimusho) talent agency, is to make a rare TV appearance on a special NHK program.
Kitagawa runs the agency that assembled, produced and managed more than a dozen popular bands, including SMAP, Arashi, Kanjani8, Hey! Say! JUMP, V6, NEWS and KAT-TUN, and is regarded as one of the most powerful figures in Japan’s entertainment industry. Kitagawa’s influence has also spread to theater and television. Johnny’s has held a virtual monopoly on the creation of boy bands in Japan for more than 40 years.
Sports Nippon reported Thursday that the NHK program is to take the form of an interview that is intended to publicize the stage show “Johnny’s World” which is currently on tour. The program will be titled “Johnny’s World: Top of the J-Pops.”
Kitagawa is a mysterious figure who rarely gives interviews and has never been the subject of a TV show before.
“Johnny’s World: Top of the J-Pops” will be broadcast online via the NHK homepage from Jan 27 at 8:10 a.m.
Asahi, Sankei, and other news organizations reported on Friday that Kodansha is under investigation by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department for possible child pornography charges due to AKB48 idol Tomomi Kasai's photo collection book. The police called Kodansha to request an account of the incident on January 11, and Kodansha's staff in charge of legal compliance provided an account to the police on Thursday.
The book's one-page promotion in the January 12 issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine (pictured top) featured an "inappropriate" photo of Kasai, and that led to the issue's delay and recall. The cover of the Tomo no Koto, Suki? photobook, as previewed inside Young Magazine, would have featured Kasai nude from the waist up with a child standing behind her and concealing her nipples. The photo book was originally scheduled to ship on February 4, but now has no definite release date as it is being revised.
The police will take into consideration Kodansha's decision to delay the magazine issue and book. According to Sankei, the investigators said that since a boy of European descent was used as a model, they are considering the possibility that this may be an international matter because some countries have stricter child pornography laws than Japan. Kodansha's public relations office declined to comment on the police investigation because it could not confirm the information.
The maximum sentence for distribution of child pornography in Japan is five years in prison and a 5-million-yen fine (about US$56,000) fine. Sankei reports there is also a possibility of a child solicitation charge, which carries an additional maximum sentence of five years and a 3-million-yen (US$33,000) fine.
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Jan 16 2013
The February issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine is announcing on Wednesday that the Ghost in the Shell Arise anime will launch in 2013. Kazuchika Kise will serve as the chief director, and Tow Ubukata is supervising and writing the series scripts.
According to IEEE802.11, Monthly Young Magazine also revealed Cornelius as the composer. Director Kenji Kamiyama confirmed that he is not involved in the new project.
Production I.G has launched an official website for the new anime, as well as Twitter and Facebook accounts. Production I.G has also released a full image of the main character Motoko Kusanagi.
The website confirms the staff information, and announces that a "Ghost in the Shell Arise Production Presentation" will be streamed live worldwide on February 12 at 9:00 p.m. in Japan (7:00 a.m. EST) on Niconico, Bandai Channel, and YouTube. The event itself will be held at the nicofarre event hall in Tokyo.
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The publisher embroiled in a scandal over an “inappropriate” photo of a member of pop group AKB48 may face a host of problems, reports Yukan Fuji (Jan. 13).
Comic book weekly Shukan Young Magazine, which is published by Kodansha, announced on January 11 that the issue originally scheduled to hit newsstands the following day would be delayed. The problem was the suitability of including an image featuring a topless Tomomi Kasai being fondled from behind by a young boy.
The magazine offered readers an apology on its Web site. “The photo contains an inappropriate expression,” read a statement from the editorial staff.
The photo in question — which utilizes what is referred to as a te-bura (or hand bra) pose — comprises the cover shot for the 21-year-old’s debut photo collection called “Tomo no Koto, Suki?” (Do You Like Tomo?), which is scheduled to be released (also by Kodansha) on February 4. A promotion for the book was what was supposed to appear in Young Magazine.
As a result, one journalist expects Kodansha to suffer a substantial monetary loss. “With a circulation of 650,000 copies, losses in terms of printing, advertising, and subscription fees will be over 300 million yen,” says Masaaki Hiruma.
Publishing in recession-stricken times is already troublesome enough, continues Hiruma. “So manga comics like Young Magazine are cash cows for Kodansha,” the journalist says.
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Mizushima Hiro (28) is making his comeback as an actor after a 3 year absence. He will play the demonic butler Sebastian Michaelis in the live-action movie adaptation of Toboso Yana's manga 'Kuroshitsuji' (Black Butler). The enigmatic Sebastian serves Ciel Phantomhive, the young head of a noble family, bound to him by a contract. The movie adaptation is an original story set about 130 years after the manga.
Mizushima's last acting role was in the movie 'Beck' which opened in September 2010. He commented,"I do feel a little surprised about my decision to go back to acting but I came across this great piece of work and up to this moment, it's the one that has moved me..."
Kuroshitsuji's producer Matsuhashi Shinzo (MW, Paradise Kiss) said,"No one but Mizushima Hiro can play this role." He approached Mizushima one and a half years ago, got him to read the original material and met him multiple times to persuade him into taking it up. Since then, Mizushima has also contributed to writing the script for the movie. "Unlike most actors, he has been included right from the preparation stage and has also given ideas for the script," commented Matsuhashi. He hopes to style the movie in the vein of the Sherlock Holmes series, full of mystery and suspense. He promises plenty of action too and Mizushima is currently undergoing training in preparation for the crank-in.
Filming will begin in April and the movie is slated to open within the year.
[left]Actor Oguri Shun (30) and model Yamada Yu (28) who registered their marriage last March held their wedding reception on the small Hawaiian island of Lanai on 5th January. The garden reception at the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay was presided by Shoufukutei Tsurube and Kinashi Noritake. About 100 guests attended, including many of Oguri's former co-stars and Yamada's model friends. Reporters were at Honolulu airport where the 4 times daily flights to Lanai were boarded mainly by actors and models. Yamada's brother, Yamada Shintarou, model Nishiyama Maki and actor Koide Keisuke were approached by reporters but all revealed little about the reception. Among the guests were also Tanaka Kei, Yamada Takayuki and Inoue Mao.[/left]
[left]Update: Other celebrities in the guest list according to entertainment news mobile site 'Inoue Kozo Geinou':-[/left]
Arashi's Matsumoto Jun (29), Ikuta Toma (28), Katsumata Kunikazu (47), Katsuji Ryo (26), Kasahara Hideyuki (29), Asari Yosuke (25), Yabe Kyousuke (39), Takahashi Tsutomu (34) and Haruna Ai (40).
Dec 20 2012
Even with the anti-hallyu crisis in Japan, Psy still ranked number 1 on YouTube Japan.
Japan internet news RBB Today revealed that Psy's "Gangnam Style" had ranked number 1 for most clicked video on YouTube Japan.
Also, Big Bang was seen on the chart at number 3 and Girls' Generation at number 8.
Film journalist Hiroo Otaka reported on Monday that One Piece Film Z earned 1,372,050,000 yen (about US$16,339,700) this past weekend, and thus topped Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo for the highest opening weekend box office in Japan this year. The latest One Piece film sold 1.14 million tickets on 300 screens.
One Piece Film Z's opening weekend box office was 132% higher than the last One Piece film, One Piece Film Strong World. That earlier film earned 1.038 billion yen (US$11.7 million) in its first weekend, December 12 to 13, 2009.
One Piece Film Z is also the fastest domestic film to sell 1 millon tickets this year. It took the manga-based live-action film Brave Hearts Umizaru three days and Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo four days to accomplish that feat. One Piece Film Z already sold 600,000 tickets for 750 million yen (US$9 million) on its first day.
Otaka reports that the film distributor Toei is projecting a final box office of over 5 billion yen (US$60 million) or even 6 billion yen (US$70 million).
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Dec 15 2012
TOKYO: Oscar-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's first film in five years - a wartime romance - will be released next year, its distributor has said.
Miyazaki, who created "Spirited Away", which won Best Animated Feature in 2003, and "Ponyo" (2008), will release "Kaze Tachinu", based on the novel of the same name, usually translated as "The Wind Has Risen", distributor Toho said on Thursday.
The film's hero is modelled on flight engineer Jiro Horikoshi, who designed the Zero fighter, Japan's best known World War II fighter aircraft.
In a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has achieved critical and commercial success around the globe, blazing a trail for the genre of Japanese cartoons - known as anime.
Miyazaki collaborator Isao Takahata will also release his first new film in more than a decade next year. "Kaguyahime no Monogatari" will be based on Japan's oldest novel "Taketori Monogatari" (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) believed to have been written more than 1,000 years ago.
Actor and singer Kim Hyun-joong’s first full album “Unlimited” has gotten off to a smooth start by ranking first on the Oricon daily chart in the album category with total sales of 56,473 albums on the first day of its release in Japan on Dec.12.
The album includes 14 new songs including the title song “Your Story”, “Save Today” and “I’m Yours” and other hits.
Earlier Kim ranked in the first place on Oricon daily and weekly chart with sales of his second single “Heat”, which was released in July, reaching 140,000 on the first day and 183,000 in the first week.
According to Kim’s official site in Japan (kimhyunjoong.jp), Kim will hold premium autograph sessions in eight Japanese cities starting in Tokyo and Nagoya on Dec.21 to mark the release of the album.
He will then tour 10 cities and have 12 concerts starting in Kobe on Jan. 6 and finishing in Hiroshima on March 24.