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12:38 pm - 03/21/2012

Controversial Johnny's Entertainment blogger being investigated

The extremely popular Johnny's Entertainment blogger Kamichan, whose site boasts almost 5 million hits, has gone on an indefinite hiatus due to a storm of criticism that had arisen in recent weeks. 

Kamichan was scheduled to publish a book about the Johnny Entertainment fandom, specifically concerning his treatment as a man in a predominantly female fandom. However, criticism of his alleged support of pedophilia arose, and it is now being reported that PayPal will no longer allow him to have an account.

In addition, WebGains, owner of YesAsia, an affiliate of Kamichan, received an enormous amount of complaints about his behavior and now claim to be investigating him through a form letter. PlayAsia has also decided to remove Kamichan from their affiliation program, with the link on his site being disabled and only linking to the PlayAsia homepage.

A release date for the book has yet to be announced. 

We didn't start the fire, it was always burning since the worlds been turning
We didn't start the fire, no we didn't light it but we tried to fight it~

WebGain's Form Letter
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chibi_hime 21st-Mar-2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, just wow at all the comments defending him.

All I have to say is that although just thinking about/fantasizing about young boys isn't a crime, it is a sign of something that can escalate into a serious crime. This applies to men AND women. Those who are genuinely concerned about him, so try to get him to met with a therapist.

What I'm concerned about is that if he isn't blogging, where is he going to channel the energy to?
amerikanjin 21st-Mar-2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
I'm really disturbed by the people defending him. Pedophillia, if supported like many of them do, can escalate to child molestation.

kachuusha 21st-Mar-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
wow, and people are defending him? i just hope he gets help and doesn't do anything rash now that he's not blogging. i'm off to a better place now concerns me.

Edited at 2012-03-21 07:11 pm (UTC)
niav 21st-Mar-2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
To be honest, most of Kamichan's fans are quite young (as in, the same age of the boys he talks about). That, coupled with how people have said before that in the earlier days he would talk to them telling them he was a 14-16 year old girl like themselves, makes me genuinely concerned about his influence over his younger fans.
niwiwin 21st-Mar-2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Someone actually reported him? Whoa.
I did not know that being an affiliate can put a website to be under investigation.

I've known him for some years now, but just as a Johnny's Jr fan. I have zero interest in Jrs or the young groups, only visit his site when there's news or something big going on. I had no idea about his comments, tendencies, and whatnot until that arama post. I've felt that this guy gets a little too detailed in his fanboying, but it's his blog, so I just thought he can say whatever he wants to say.
chibi_hime 21st-Mar-2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
I just realized that most of the people defending him are throwing the "YOU DON'T KNOW HIM" card.

Raise your hand if you actually met kamichan before. As in, in person, shook his hand and had a nice conversation. in real life.

We all can be someone else online. Just saying.

mimi_kamenashi 21st-Mar-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
gigglestorm 21st-Mar-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
I'm in shock people are actually bothering to defend him. Maybe if I open up a blog, make some shady comments but provide videos and act really nice, a brigade will come to defend me too!
loverboy 21st-Mar-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
I do not get the people defending him. You guys are being so obtuse, pull your heads our of your asses, kthx.
breathless31 21st-Mar-2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
sexualising young boys is disgusting, it's time he actually gets properly called out for it
itskimbitches 21st-Mar-2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
2012 is so scandalous! Cant wait till april.
yampanda 21st-Mar-2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
I remember back in the day (when you could still buy candy for a penny and there were no cars yadda yadda ya) he kept talking about that book of his but insisted it was a novel about something fictional or something?? (Then again, the ~oppression~ of fanboys is more fictional than realistic~).

I never knew it was basically a novel-length "BUT WHAT ABOUT US MEN!!!!"-rant.

I'm actually surprised it took this long.

I'm glad Paypal/WebGains actually pay attention to who they're working with.
dollfacesaori 23rd-Mar-2012 04:45 am (UTC)
well, i think he metioned once, he was writing a fictional book about some boys creating a boyband, i don't know, i really think he said something like that... maybe it's two different books he's writing? or he is writing a fictional story, but showing some points of guys in mostly girl-fandoms or something like that...
lillie_frost 21st-Mar-2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
I went through Kamichan's blog, read some of his posts and his "about me" page, looked at some of his tweets and... Now I don't know what to think.

What I do know for sure is that these Arama posts about him are framed to make him look bad, but I also have no idea if what Kamichan says can be trusted. He's an incredibly effective writer. For all I know, he could be a fangirl pretending to be a fanboy. Or he could be exactly who he says he is.

I just wish people would stop trying to dissect the psychology of an online blogger. I don't care how many blog posts he's made - no one has any concrete proof about him unless you've actually met him and spent long periods of time with him. If the info on his "about me" page is true, then this is a much more complicated issue than whether or not he should be judged for his hobbies.
calcetinita 21st-Mar-2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
He posted as a fangirl for years before he had to admit who he was when other fans found out that things didn't add up.

Also, if you'd follow your logic than cyber crime couldn't exist because only long-term, personal observation would be proof. And we both know that that's not true.
9reen4pple 21st-Mar-2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Kamichan is NOT a pedophile. He never has been and he never will be. period.
calcetinita 21st-Mar-2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Ugh this whole thing is giving me such a headache. I'd have to go through tons of things on kamichans journal to check each and every quote of his and judge the context if I wanted to be 100% fair. But I don't have the time nor the nerves for that.

If he wanted to be understood, if he wanted to distance himself from pedophelia, if he had any real interest in being a healthy part of fandom - he could've done that. He could have made clear statements, he could've stopped making weird comments, he could've considered the criticism. It's not like his name was unknown in fandom before this whole ordeal. But he didn't. I find his statements extremely sketchy and the fascination with young teens and preteens very very creepy. I'd say the same about anyone else in a similar age bracket as him.

I also find the whole donation process weird because he mostly offers material that isn't his to begin with. He made money from things that didn't belong to him in the first place and I won't shed a tear because paypal dropped him.

I will say that I found it weird that the first article about him highlighted his sexuality (and did in that post). That created a straw argument for all the defenders and had nothing to do with the issue. Pedophiles are pedophiles no matter their sexuality. There is no link between pedophilia and homosexuality and it makes me sick to think that people still believe that.

So that's it. I was asked why I didn't comment on this issue, so here is my comment. It makes me sick and sad and very tired. I think this could've been done better and with a clearer head but I have very little compassion for kamichan or anyone who defends him on the grounds of "pedophile or not I love him". <- That's a real quote.

chibi_hime 21st-Mar-2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
I'm getting tired too... I never signed up to be in the neighborhood watch.

There's never going to be a conclusion to this. I know how I feel and that's that. I don't think anyone can sway me from it.

All I can hope is that there won't be an post on the news with the headlines "Foreign male fan arrested at HSJ concert for inappropriate behavior" or something along those lines.
edneichon 21st-Mar-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
ehh? i just found out about this guy last week..
vvmatsui 21st-Mar-2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
can the fat pressed white girls at sf_drama stop cross breeding over to arama, people are seriously having issues on the definition of pedophilia.

nobody even likes that livejournal, like literally.

and nice sockpuppet account

Edited at 2012-03-21 08:49 pm (UTC)
calcetinita 21st-Mar-2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
You know nothing about the race or weight (or even gender) of any of the people on sf_drama. And a person with an empty journal shouldn't be surprised if other people use socks either.
yuma_daisuki 21st-Mar-2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
jeugd1 21st-Mar-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Let me add to this post
I see that some of y'all used older fangirls as an example but even that doesn't work. I can't really speak for all but for some. When I first started liking HSJ (when they came out 2007)I was a teen but there were some older girls in the fandom who liked Chinen. They use words such as cute to describe him, but they didn't view him in a sexual way. They saw him more as a cute little brother which is complete different from the way Kamichan use to describe Chinen & Keito...I didn't know how old he actually was.

I will be praying for errbody in this post

sadistic_dance 21st-Mar-2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
To me it's like when SHINee fans were calling themselves pedo noonas or whatever. It wasn't really meant to signify a genuine, serious sexual attraction but apparently that wasn't made obvious enough.
asth77 21st-Mar-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
where are you guys taking your psychological theories from?
I think it's much more complicated than saying with 3 posts that he has to see someone because he said Yamada looks sexy, LOL. Esp since we all know those underage boys are sexualized to appeal to a market. Being attracted to an adolescent doesn't make a you a pedophile.
Pedophilia is actually for children. Which is not the case of the Jrs.
mikilove13 21st-Mar-2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
That's ephebophilia. However, he's also made comments in the past regarding kids in a sexualized way. That's makes him a pedophile.
seelenlicht 21st-Mar-2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Really, I was SO damn happy, when I read that thing with paypal and yeasasia, because this guy is really sick -.-
But who is much more sicker are the people, who try to defend and support him, saying that he isn`t pedophiliac. Go and read a definition, if you don`t know what this word means, because he IS one.

scubajr 21st-Mar-2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
What if he was a woman? He would not be called a pedophile then.
ohprecioustime 21st-Mar-2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
lol idk anything about JE fandom safe my like 1 year obsession with Tegoshi

anyway I am so surprised he writes in English XDDD
all this time,I thought it was some Japanese blogger,should click on sources more often
yume_no_yousei 21st-Mar-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
I feel the same towards him as the last post. I'm neutral to all this. I don't read his blog and I don't know him at all, except for everything that's been written in this post and the last one about him.

I think that while Kamichan does not deserve this kind of hate (no one does), the way he's dealing with this almost brings the hate onto himself. Probably even more than his haters, he's emphasizing the point that he's male a bit too much. And that just fuels the haters even more.

Personally, I think Kamichan is a really strong person. It's extremly hard to come out as not only male, but gay and a fanboy. And probably even harder to express a love for idols half, or even a quarter his age. I applaud him for being so strong all these years, and I hope he picks up his blog to show others that these hateful words and people can't bring him down.
scubajr 21st-Mar-2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
scubajr 21st-Mar-2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
This is so stupid I can't even. If he was a woman, he would not have to go through all this shit.
yasmine2009 21st-Mar-2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
Not defending this dude, but from what I read he is just one of many. This man can not be the only man (or woman as they participate in fandom also) that looks at these super young idols (male or female) in this sexual way. Main difference is that this dude wrote out how he feels on a blog.

It's scary that this dude isn't the only one thinking what he is thinking.
gloris 22nd-Mar-2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Most people in fandom translates their preference for all thing underage either as fanfiction, fanart or the likes.
asweetsymphony 21st-Mar-2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
I have always gotten that tingly creepy feeling from reading his blog. That's why I stopped going there. I find him creepy as hell but I don't think we should treat him as a criminal. As long as he didn't act upon his really creepy fantasies. I remember reading a disturbing post about his dream with Shoon. Oh gawd, that really creeped me out. I don't think its fine for a grown ass man to blog about his sexual fantasies about underage boys who usually have a following of very young girls (both the group and his blog). Also, from what I've read from his site, he tend to have this manipulative sneaky side. It's hard to explain but that creeps me out too.
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