Japan’s boyband agency apologises for late founder’s sexual assault allegations

Japan’s leading boyband company has issued a public apology in response to sexual assault allegations against its late founder, Johnny Kitagawa. Fans are now urging the corporate, Johnny and Associates, to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.
In a current assertion, Kauan Okamoto, a Japanese-Brazilian singer, claimed that he was repeatedly molested by Kitagawa during his four-year tenure with the company, which started when he was 15 years previous. Kitagawa, who handed away in 2019 at the age of 87, was never criminally charged over these accusations.
Julie Fujishima, Kitagawa’s niece and current president of Johnny and Associates, addressed the allegations in a video and written assertion launched yesterday night. Fujishima apologised “sincerely” for any bother caused in connection to the allegations and to the accusers.
“Obviously, we do not believe there was no downside. As a business and as a person, I absolutely don’t tolerate these acts,” her written statement mentioned, referring to the documentary and Okamoto’s testament.
Fujishima additionally acknowledged the problem in determining the truth of particular person allegations, as Kitagawa is not alive to verify or deny them. Studies show added that she was unaware of the alleged abuse throughout her time as a long-term govt at the agency.
A fan group referred to as Penlight expressed dissatisfaction with the company’s determination to problem on-line statements as a substitute of holding a press conference, leaving many questions unanswered. The group is asking for a full investigation into the matter and for the company to take responsibility and apologise to the victims of sexual violence..

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