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3:01 pm - 12/08/2012

Arashi's member annual income is only 20 million yen!




From movie to television to concerts, this year is a big success for Arashi. Their unprecedented nation wide dome tour mobilized 870,000 people. They ranked in the top 5 of CM income rankings.  From various activities, they contribute to about 20 billion yen to the economy.


Although there are some differences in annual income of each member, Arashi member is earning between 20 to 28 million yen (about US $242,000 to US $339,000) annually.  Or about 2 million yen (US $24,000) monthly.   That is basically it.  Even the lowest earning member of SMAP, Katori Shingo, earns more than the five of them combined.  Many showbiz people think this is not the hopes and dreams of Arashi (Advertising agency official).


For young men between 20 - 30 years of age, this kind of income is like a dream come true.  But Arashi members are top idols of the entertainment world.  From the list of richest celebrities that were published in 2005, the amount of tax paid, and annual income of these people were made public in the hundreds of million yen.  However, this treatment of Arashi is part of an "education" policy of Johnny's.


Not giving financial rewards to top entertainers is a dangerous act that could lead to the collapse of employer-employee relationship.  But Johnny's does not want Arashi to be "derailed" and "dropped" from being top idols.  For example, members of a certain music duo topped 2 million album sales and had received 200 million yen each in bonus money.  But their motivation had disappeared after they got handed the big check.  And now they almost disappear from the music world.  Johnny doesn't want the same thing to happen to Arashi.


Avex is a firm where the professional artists can rise above the office's policy.  Koda Kumi and Ayumi Hamasaki can say NO if the Office propose a plan that they don't like.  But it's absolutely impossible for Johnny's.  In Johnny's, the Office and the talent managers are above the talents.   Their popularity depends on the management system of the talent agency.   The "education" policy of Johnny's and the effort of Arashi members are what drive the steadfast popularity of Arashi.


Source: cyzowoman, johnnys-watcher translated by 4miu_miu
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ungalad 8th-Dec-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
For example, members of a certain music duo topped 2 million album sales and had received 200 million yen each in bonus money. But their motivation had disappeared after they got handed the big check. And now they almost disappear from the music world. Johnny doesn't want the same thing to happen to Arashi.

That made me think of Tackey and Tsubasa... XDDDD But have they sold more than 2 million records? :O As for the rest... that's obvious exploitation, but that's the agencies system, I guess. u_u
drigby 8th-Dec-2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
I think it's Kinki Kids.
2coco 8th-Dec-2012 11:54 pm (UTC)

aww...man..that sucks...

they work so hard...no sleep...they have no private life and that's all they make...

poor Japanese idols...Justin Bieber makes a ton more money than that and he's only 18..
chii1571 9th-Dec-2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
But Justin Biebers a rude brat.....
minam_shi 8th-Dec-2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Only 2 million monthly it's not that high BUT they receive clothes/cosmetics from brands and they can eat what the production gives them - at work or with the staff in an after shoot party for exemple. And when they move across the country it is also not from their own money.
So finally 2 million yens is a huge amount to live\(^_^;)
buttrflykis31 9th-Dec-2012 01:18 am (UTC)
but that's how all idols/celebs get treated... yes, compared to the average person, its not a bad salary, but compared to every other celebrity, they get paid close to nothing.
i mean, i'm sure they get a slight raise every year or so, but if you think about everything they did in 2010 alone (6 singles, 1 album, 1 DVD, CMs for all 5, Sho's drama, Ohno's drama, Jun's drama, Nino's movie, National Tour), it is a pretty crappy salary... And they have 3 regular TV shows!
cuddlebump 8th-Dec-2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
That is awful... they work so hard!

How do people find out how much they earn? I would love to know how much momusu gets paid.
xanithofdragons 9th-Dec-2012 12:19 am (UTC)
Since this comes from a tabloid, it could just be made up (not true), or if it's based on fact, they might try to get someone from the agency spill the information to them.
chesutoberry 9th-Dec-2012 12:09 am (UTC)
well that's unfair!
Arashi worked so much
megamisama_ann 9th-Dec-2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Maybe, they keep unity as the name of friendship though their income is 'a bit' unworthy to pay their extremely toil..XD
koichiko 9th-Dec-2012 12:13 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if this is true.
Or if it's maybe just partly true.

Remember the kind of cars they drive, the kind of brand-stuff Sho and Jun wear?
You can't pay that kind of stuff on 24.000 a month IF you remember that they live in central Tokyo and the princes around there are hysterical.

I'm guessing either JE pays for a whole lot of other stuff for them (rent, cars etc.) and the 24.000 are just spending-money, or maybe they have a different account set up for them etc.

Because the way they talk about it here, this could totally backfire: Who has the motivation to work so hard for that little if you sell millions of albums, have sold-out tours and are always on TV?
I mean, in my opinion, if they don't see any way of earning more money, why on earth would the continue working even harder?
Not to mention, aren't they kind of getting snubbed? Isn't JE and Johnny the one who gets their money in the end? That seems hardly fair!

Also, during the HnA episode with Toda Erika (one of the first Share House), Jun told her how much he had in his savings account and she looked extremely shocked by the high number. Also, it has been rumored that especially Sho, but also the rest of Arashi earn insanely high amounts for CMs etc.

I'm guessing they are talking only about stuff that involved JE here (concerts, CDs etc.) and not about movies, doramas, etc.
But still, total snub. Me in their shoes, I would sue off JE pants for earning them millions of yen.
niwiwin 9th-Dec-2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Glad to read that it probably isn't true, based on their lifestyle and bits from TV show.
Agree very much with you, it could backfire. Also Arashi earn insanely high amounts for CMs etc I don't know how true it is, but in the drama Legal High, they dealt with a popular child actress and she said (in passing though) that a CM gets her 20 million yen.
niwiwin 9th-Dec-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
For young men between 20 - 30 years of age, this kind of income is like a dream come true.

Yeah but still, wow, that much work and popularity and not even half a million dollars a year??? Wow.
The thing about keeping their motivations....sounds logical, convincing enough. But I'd like to think that if people really want to do something money wouldn't be that much of a factor. Even if they're super rich if they have personal goals or whatever they would still be very motivated.
diale11 9th-Dec-2012 12:18 am (UTC)
I'm guessing that's only the salary they get from the company and they're not counting the money they get from endorsing products and appearing in commercials and what not. I don't think they're taking into account the money that they make for appearing in their respective separate jobs,which can vary from member to member. But this is all speculation, who knooowwwsss
asweetsymphony 9th-Dec-2012 12:53 am (UTC)
Lol cyzo. All idols earn a salary and bonuses when they get more popular. It's not just Johnny's tbh. The talent agency is really powerful in Japan. All talents are handled like that by their agency. I'm not saying its a good system (heck, I think the Japanese industry needs a union or something) but that's how they work. . I know from last year that Arashi got really big bonuses from all their endorsers so I doubt the fact that their salary is not even increasing.
naru_hime 9th-Dec-2012 01:05 am (UTC)
I think it sucks that they don't get what they are probably due. But I think at the same time their evident love for their job and dedication to their fans is a credit to them!
kurarpikt 9th-Dec-2012 01:16 am (UTC)
Arashians are really so naive ?! Lol.
Or maybe they are too young and believe that an idol don't care about business.. Lolol.
___varying 9th-Dec-2012 01:22 am (UTC)
IA with the commenters above that the sum mentioned is most likely only the basic salary J&A gives them, i.e. without individual activities (dramas, movies, CMs, Sho's rap-writing royalties) factored in. I wonder where the pay for their regular TV shows fit (i.e. Do the stations pay J&A a fixed sum? Or does it go straight to the members?). And the other activities they do as a group (CMs, Saigo no Yakusoku/Kiiroi Namida etc.).

But: when they mention SMAP's pay, are they also referring to their basic salary? If so, that's quite a big gap.
lettace 9th-Dec-2012 01:27 am (UTC)
That's great though, with that -- and possibly earning more -- they'd feel really accomplished.
Kind of odd though, given their popularity...
Also incredibly suspicious as to where the rest of their earnings are going (J&A better be donating or I will blow a gasket)
haruno21 9th-Dec-2012 01:29 am (UTC)
╮(╯▽╰)╭ ...

they work all day long, still sm ppl earn more for less worked hours (not necessarily refering to show bsns btw)and there are some other ppl who work all day and still live in poverty so idk... this world is not fair

stil, idg why there are ppl here comparing with artists in other countries indutry.. LMAO, NO
arara_chan 9th-Dec-2012 01:35 am (UTC)
I hope it's not true^^
I can't even imagine all this money they get but for all the work they are doing and money they are earning it's not enough!
berripie 9th-Dec-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
odd, bc in early 2010, it was reported that Sakurai's income was around 300 million yen.
xanithofdragons 9th-Dec-2012 03:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, lol, the reports are all so conflicted, they're probably all made up...
randomtasks 9th-Dec-2012 02:10 am (UTC)
I wonder if this is just album/concert sales then this makes sense.
taciturndream 9th-Dec-2012 02:31 am (UTC)
I highly doubt this article...Arashi is not just another JE group, it's THE cash cow of the company. And if it is true, I'm sure they aren't taking into account movies, dramas, cm, etc.

Anyway, true or not, it's been so many years that I guess if they would have hated the payment, they would have voiced their opinions ages ago.
ohprecioustime 9th-Dec-2012 02:44 am (UTC)
LMAO

and no royalties for you ~
2hothere 9th-Dec-2012 03:19 am (UTC)

say what? that sucks..

so only SMAP members can earn in the hundreds of million yen a year now? It does make sense since SMAP has been on top for over a decade but still...

omg, i hope Arashi is not gonna sue Johnny's like JYJ did to SM..
u_chai 9th-Dec-2012 05:23 am (UTC)
Dbsk, supposed,y, got a deficit. And if they're happy with Johnny's, they won't. The three former toho weren't happy anymore so they sued to escape the exclusivity, I think it wouldn't have escalated to such extremes b/w jyj and sm if only the company gave in a little. But of course, in SM's perspective, they created dbsk. They shouldn't be the one to keep their heads down to the boys.
dyan1219 9th-Dec-2012 04:12 am (UTC)
Probably just the salary they get from J&A, solo works excluded.
love323able 9th-Dec-2012 04:54 am (UTC)
well well well don't know what to think....
maybe they didn't calculate right XD

but if it's true, then it's just J&A being greedy
arashic5 9th-Dec-2012 05:21 am (UTC)
LMAO as if.

I can see nino or riida just shrugged when they received their salary. But not sho. And isn't sho one of the highest tax payer in the entertainment industry or something? Why would he pay high taxes with such low income?

Edited at 2012-12-09 05:22 am (UTC)
hpswf1 9th-Dec-2012 06:15 am (UTC)
How Goro who mostly the least popular in SMAP and who have just 2,5 show and don't have solo CM earn more money than Shingo? O_o
exdream1999 9th-Dec-2012 07:55 am (UTC)
And that's pretty much how you can tell right off the bat that this article is bullshit.
unbroken_glass 9th-Dec-2012 06:21 am (UTC)
I believed this at first till I saw it was from cyzowoman. Don't think this is true imo. Unless it's their base salary without any of their endorsements, concerts, etc. I mean, look at the line for arashi goods. Do you honestly think they only earn 20 million? Unless it's the agency taking the money away.
eskarina77 10th-Dec-2012 10:55 am (UTC)
As you say, irrelevant source gives irrelevant article...
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