Arama They Didn't

10:20 am - 01/04/2013

Follow up, the real reason for Arashi's annual income of 20 million yen revealed!

As reported, Arashi was the host of NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen for the third year in a row.  They also ranked in the top of 2012 CM income rankings with 12 CMs for Sakurai Sho, 10 CMs for Matsumoto Jun, Kazunari Ninomiya, Masaki Aiba and 9 CMs for Ohno Satoshi.  ARASHI LIVE TOUR Beautiful World sold 714,000 copies amount to 4.09 billion yen and became the top music DVD in Oricon sales ranking for 2012.

Then why are they only earning an average of 24 million yen a year?  A certain well-informed person exposes the trick on condition of absolute anonymity.  According to this person, it is called Johnny's welfare system which will guarantee performance fee payments to Johnny's talents with high interest rate of 5%.  And only a handful of Johnny's talents can meet the condition to receive this treatment.  He has heard that it is restricted to people of annual sales of 100 million yen or more only.  And the people who met this condition are:  Arashi, Kanjani8, TOKIO, Kinki Kids and Yamashita Tomohisa.  SMAP is not included in this line up.  SMAP is an exception because all of SMAP incomes are going through SMAP's Chief Manager, Ms. Iijima. Only SMAP is the exception  (the above-mentioned well-informed person).  As a result, a gap arises between annual incomes of other Johnny's talents and SMAP members like Masahiro Nakai who makes 600 - 700 million yen a year and  Kimura Takuya  who makes 500 - 600 million yen a year.

Why has Johnny adopted such a welfare system ?  It would become a remarkable burden with the 5% of high interest rate.  The reason is Johnny does not retire his talents.  It's possible for them to pay the talents in tens of million yen a year during the span of their careers.  It is said that a great number of talents will slack off of work, or not carrying out their workloads if hundreds of millions of yen performance fee is suddenly given for an annual income.  He has heard that it is a plan of President Johnny Kitagawa who also got this from experience  (the well-informed person above).  However, it is said that  those qualified Johnny's talents will receive payments in hundreds of million yen once they return to private life or when cash becomes necessary suddenly for marriage or a family.
[Tokyo Sports]

Source: johnnys-watcher translated by 4miu_miu

I don't know how reliable this is since it's from Tokyo Sports..
2coco 4th-Jan-2013 06:14 pm (UTC)

SO, he's saving for their retirement of a lump sum payment...that still sucks....SMAP way is better..
shunluv 5th-Jan-2013 08:25 am (UTC)
off topic but Satoko<3333333333
so cute, pretty, and more lady like than me lol xD
i can't even walk in that kind of boot xD

well as long as Ohno can still afford having his own home, paying for all his expensive hobby and still live comfortable live then im fine with it..
maybe someday he can save enough money to buy boat xD
i hope all of Arashi does live comfortably..
beside im sure they also get extra payment from the CM, solo work like drama etc..
inachan89 4th-Jan-2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
Well they've still got money


Ok i need a gif of this pic
inachan89 4th-Jan-2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
your pic XD he totally got into it when making purikura lol

Edited at 2013-01-04 07:46 pm (UTC)
inachan89 4th-Jan-2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
I didn't think that he looked that much like a girl face-wise,but his way of walking was really good,even if his feet were totally hurting XD
kazuninomi 4th-Jan-2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
i just find it hard to believe....
tweedesire 4th-Jan-2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
I dont really get it ..? can someone pls help explain it to me .. :/
2hothere 4th-Jan-2013 11:02 pm (UTC)

they get a fixed income in the tens of million yen a year until they become old men..then they'll get a big payment in the hundreds of million yen when they get married or retire from showbiz.
cheesemon 4th-Jan-2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
I kinda like it like that. While entertainment and the arts are important, many other occupations, like doctors and teachers, are just as, even more so. So I think salaries for entertainers should reflect that, rather than, say, the huge million-dollar gaps you sometimes see elsewhere. And hey, you could live pretty comfortably in Japan on 10 million yen, let alone 20 million. The only thing I'd change is that if entertainers are getting paid more reasonably, then I think studios should too and pass the "savings" back to its fans, making music, merch and concerts more affordable. ;)

Besides, can you really put a price tag of having a spotlight, gazillions of fans, television shows, travel, your own Wikipedia page, etc? The experience of a top singer adds another bajillion yen onto their salary, maybe more since it's really priceless. Heck, I'd do it for FREE over being paid to sit in a mundane office with a desk lamp as my spotlight. :P
weiss_kreuz101 5th-Jan-2013 12:17 am (UTC)
This comment seriously deserves an award!
ralatoindah 5th-Jan-2013 06:09 am (UTC)
Super agree, wise comment :D

But here's the thing bothering me : when will they get married? <-- nevermind this XD
urubaby21 5th-Jan-2013 07:43 am (UTC)

As long as you have a wiki page, you have the entire world.
kat_desu 6th-Jan-2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
A++++++ comment
crimsonbreeze 4th-Jan-2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
I think this is ok. I mean, if you add to their payment all the extras they get for sponsorships, gifts from everyone and stuff, I guess they can live pretty decently.
raatkerani 4th-Jan-2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
while it's probably not from a reliable tabloid, the story makes sense to me, because i have always thought of this payment scenario. these people might have a share in the company too, which will make them work more, otherwise it'll make them loose money if the company got bankrupt. i mean, even if the management is pulling a lot of strings on them, they're given pretty much freedom to decide their own shows once they got big and know more about the industry. but yeah, that's just my thought.
24 million yen a year is a good luxury, indeed.... but i wonder if that amount is enough to compensate the loss of their privacy.
koichiko 4th-Jan-2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
Still sucks for them.
Seriously, if you had a job as stressful as theirs and got next to nothing of what you actually should get?
I'd throw in the towel!
jell_o_jello 5th-Jan-2013 12:16 am (UTC)
Wait, does Yamapi generate THAT MUCH income?
eevaleena 5th-Jan-2013 01:24 am (UTC)
That's my thought exactly!
ueda_suki 5th-Jan-2013 02:34 am (UTC)
MTE! I was also shocked when Yamapi's name appeared beside Arashi and Kanjani8 :))
hana_ra 6th-Jan-2013 09:38 am (UTC)
Yamapi did his asian tour alone then also Japan tour. His solo cd/dvd release , dramas and show then the sub unit. His income probably higher because he did everything alone ,no need to share with other LOL
hpswf1 6th-Jan-2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
Because he is popular, or he was very popular. I mean most likely he was put in this system in the past, when his dramas got high ratings. I guess now he make enough money to be still in this system.
dramaticsurgeon 5th-Jan-2013 01:42 am (UTC)
The entertainment industry has always been a strange animal, so this doesn't surprise me. I suspect nearly every Johnny joins the agency knowing full well that, even if they make it big, they won't ever see a Tom Cruise-size paycheck. It's probably a big reason Nino has always saved his money--even though he now uses the fact for comedic effect.

Also agreeing with the commenter who said the industry should "pass the savings" onto the fans, but the entertainment world has never been about saving fans money. ;)
akillarian 5th-Jan-2013 01:58 am (UTC)
What if the company is bankrupt (not that it's likely to happen), there will be no payment when they retire.
cugami 5th-Jan-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
If this is true, then Kanjani8 must be getting pocket change in comparison... I remember Yoko saying Arashi gets paid higher than he/Kanjani does (for obvious reasons).
lady_mercury 5th-Jan-2013 07:59 am (UTC)
I wouldn't doubt it then again I don't think K8 is making less than 100k a year (USD). I mean, Ryo and Ohkura roll around in D&G, LV, and Burberry like it's nothing.

then again ohkura is the son of a wealthy franchise owner so then again...
cugami 5th-Jan-2013 08:25 am (UTC)
Unless everything they get is free from the clothes/items they model, including the car and the flat, I find 24m (Yen) or less to be small for a lifestyle of D&G, etc. Their apartment rent can't possibly be cheap along with how expensive everything is in Tokyo.

There was this segment which I can't remember where, but it mentioned how much money they carry around everyday and when do they start to panic. Ohno's about 30k yen a day and I think Matsujun's about 50k and panic line is 10k. It makes me wonder if that's the normal pocket money in Japan. I certainly wouldn't be carrying that much everyday.
sekainostar 5th-Jan-2013 09:11 am (UTC)
That was on Utaban of 2010.02.03 :)
exdream1999 5th-Jan-2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
Oh that's totally normal in Japan, it's still a very cash oriented society. You can easily find places in Japan that don't get credit cards. Checks never existed in Japan and debit is even more rarely excepted in Japan. (Also, people pay for down payments for things like cars and homes in cash.)

I usually take out between 25k yen to 35k yen whenever I got to an ATM.

Japan, even Tokyo, has very little crime, it's really common to see when carrying tote bags as purses where you can easily see into their bags.
niwiwin 5th-Jan-2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
I agree. To be wearing designer items daily, 24m won't cover it.

Panic line is 10k? Hahaha Sounds normal though? They use cash all the time. Yoko made a fun of Hina about carrying about 100K all the time once. But that's Hina 8D
lady_mercury 6th-Jan-2013 06:08 am (UTC)
D&G, LV, and Burberry is not that expensive if you're making 24m a year, which is pretty much a quarter million in USD. Also, if you factor in that they go on a lot of foreign vacations outside of Japan, like to Korea and HK, it even becomes cheaper. lol

Japan is a cash based society. Even our bank cards are not debit cards, they can only be used at the ATMs. I personally don't feel comfortable walking around with 10k + in my pocket so I make a lot of trips to the bank, but this past new years holiday I had 80k in my pocket because all the banks in my area were closed for like that week. Its completely normal.
whited_79 5th-Jan-2013 12:12 pm (UTC)
And all those vintage clothes Subaru owns, those are freaking expensive since compared to other members, he's the one with the least solo jobs except for his radio show...
lady_mercury 6th-Jan-2013 06:10 am (UTC)
People make sacrifices in other parts of their lives to sustain things that interest them. Subaru seems very frugal and can survive on minimalist of things so XD
urubaby21 5th-Jan-2013 07:50 am (UTC)
I didn't read the article..all my knowledge on the subject came from the comments section. Thanks for summing it all up. Anyways, 20 million seems like enough to me so I don't see why it matters, and they seem not to mind so whatever.
Did you guys know beyonce gets paid 50 million dollars just to be seen around with pepsi. I would never have to work another day in my life with that job. Now that is ridiculous.

P.S. Love the t-shirts.
asaphira_sachi 6th-Jan-2013 11:12 am (UTC)
I would still take this with grain of salt tbh.
botanbutton 7th-Jan-2013 12:28 am (UTC)
Shooooooooooooooooot, more than I make.
stole_away 11th-Jan-2013 11:41 am (UTC)
retirement money? okay..
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