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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
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!
eskarina77 10th-Dec-2012 10:53 am (UTC)
It looks like this is what they earned this year...
Plus, they didn't tell if this was their salary as a whole, or if they receive some extra money for anything (like bonus...)
buyme_arashi 9th-Dec-2012 01:23 am (UTC)
still pretty crappy if they can't keep those perks for life or actually own them. Cosmetics turns to dust, food turns to shit no matter how expensive it is. After party? I've been to my share of after parties, not all these celebs enjoy attending.
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