Johnny’s & Associates president Johnny Kitagawa announced the formation of a new group on September 5, reports Asahi Shimbun and Chunichi Sports.
Kitagawa was at the opening of the latest Johnny’s Jr. stage show “少年たち 格子無き牢獄 (Shonentachi: Koushi naki Rougoku)” in Tokyo yesterday where he revealed his agency’s new group: a seven member group centred around the already exisiting four member group A.B.C-Z (excluding Kawai, who is currently out with a leg injury).
“(A.B.C-Z is a) group that has singing, dance, and acting talent. I wouldn’t be afraid to let them go overseas. It might be good to add a few members and call them ‘ABC-xyZ’. The ‘xy’ comes from ‘sexy’,” he said.
The group first began as A.B.C in 2001, and then in 2008, Ryosuke Hashimoto joined in. It has been reported although the group have not made their CD debut, their sharp dance moves and acrobatics have made them become an essential part of stage performances.
Yesterday, A.B.C.-Z member Fumito Kawai appeared on stage in a wheelchair, as he is still recovering from a leg injury from July.
“I can’t stay still, I want to dance,” he said.
It has been reported it will be October before Kawai can make a full recovery.
As for the new group, Kitagawa had hinted things could get going by 2012.
“Kawai has to get better first,” he said.