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10:27 am - 10/24/2011

"Don't want to lose to Broadway" Talk with Johnny Kitagawa

 「Most No 1 Singles Produced」「Most Concerts Produced」――。We asked Guinness World Record holder and Johnny's Jimusho President Johnny Kitagawa his thoughts on show business and raising idols, etc.

 ――Certified as Guinness World Record holder

 I think this record will be hard to break. I'll be turning 80 soon but this is a record that I've spent all those years making. Entertaining others while entertaining yourself, that is "Show business". As such, I want to continue on having fun forever.

 ――Inspiration to join show business was

 Having grown up in Los Angeles because of my father's job, I got to see many shows and musicals from very young. In my early teens, Hattori Ryoichi and Misora Hibari came to perform (in the States) and I was tasked as interpreter. We would make bromides and sell them and they would just fly off the shelves. Still being a child but having the trust of everyone, that was the point where I decided I wanted to enter the entertainment industry.

 ――After that, I started an agency in Japan

 After the war, Japanese products such as cameras and televisions were on the cutting edge. But for some reason, the entertainment industry remained in the stone age. It was a time when it was embarrassing for a guy to lift his legs while dancing. It was from there that I went forward. I planned to make men dancing commonplace.

 ――How did you raise so many idols?

 You can't succeed with just singing and dancing. You must be "All Mighty" [A/N: All-Around, good at everything]. To increase the chances (of succeeding), I wanted to stock up skills. SMAP's Nakai (Masahiro) couldn't talk at all at first, but now his specialty is talking (as MC). It is amusing.

 They call it the "Ikemen Boom", but there aren't any boys in Johnny's that are just there because they are good looking. Matchy (Kondo Masahiko) isn't even good looking. It's because what they're doing is cool that they're cool. More than looks, it is motivation that is important. When Hikaru Genji was formed and I told them that I wanted them to rollerskate, they replied, "We don't know how to skate. But it sounds fun, let's try it". And in one hour, they were all skating smoothly. It's because one likes something that one can become good at it.

 ――Future aspirations

 I went forward with the feelings that I don't want to lose to Broadway. They say our shows are very broadway-like, but I want to produce a Japanese show that is recognized by the world. Little by little, we're coming to the point where it would be strange for Japan not to be on the cutting edge (in show business).

Translation: Me

I don't know about you but I find this interview very interesting. It's revealing about how Johnny thinks.

"They call it the "Ikemen Boom", but there aren't any boys in Johnny's that are just there because they are good looking." Well I guess the other boys can't say anymore that "Elite" MatsuJun was only chosen because of his face XD
    And can someone say "ouch!" for Matchy?
crimsonbreeze 24th-Oct-2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
So was Michael Jackson and everyone loves him.
katzsong 24th-Oct-2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
I though Michael came out innocent after all?
tennyo29 24th-Oct-2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
So did Johnny. But in both cases money was paid out to the claimants so there is still questioning in peoples' minds.
katzsong 24th-Oct-2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
well, after MJ passed away, didn't the kid admit that he lied?
linzer_jello 24th-Oct-2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
I think so. That kid probably should've gotten in trouble then if he did
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crimsonbreeze 24th-Oct-2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
If you have a problem with me admiring a person that has worked hard, then I'm sorry. Until he really is proven guilty, I will continue supporting him.
liime_arix 24th-Oct-2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
The courts basically said that it was true though. However he was not convicted of it.
crimsonbreeze 24th-Oct-2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
When was he declared guilty of that?
crimsonbreeze 24th-Oct-2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
That is old. And people always suspected that other media outlets had something to do with that. Such as the book that the Hikaru Genji member wrote. I dunno, I'll always think someone's innocent until they are on jail or I see them doing the crime. Otherwise, I prefer to not judge.
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surchi 24th-Oct-2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
Everyone loves Michael cause he's innocent.
jeugd1 24th-Oct-2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
um MJ wasn't a pedo, don't make excuses for Johnny
crimsonbreeze 24th-Oct-2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
I'm not making any excuses. Everyone is innocent for me unless proven otherwise :)
retahdedtim 25th-Oct-2011 05:44 am (UTC)
I'm sorry...did you really make this comment and then later down thread say "I believe in innocent until proven guilty" in regards to Johnny's guilt? You do know that Michael Jackson was proved NOT guilty on his child molestation charges, right? You know what? STFU and STFD you are fucking up all over this thread.
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