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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).

Source: Asahi.com
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?
liime_arix 24th-Oct-2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Do you want me to get the New York Times article?

The article is from 2000, the first article I gave you, which shows that the courts ruled that he did indeed molest the boys, and the magazine was right. Of course you can go onto to say he's innocent which is one of the reasons many victims of child molestation/rape/sexual harassment never come forward. Because they fear that they'll be ignored, called liars among other things.
crimsonbreeze 24th-Oct-2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Well, it's cool that you believe so. I'm not trying to convince you otherwise, so maybe you should stop trying to do so with me. I respect your opinion and the thousand sources you might provide, but I just don't believe it. That's all. I'm not saying the "victims" might be liars, but as a song I like says:
"There's 3 versions of the story, mine, yours and then the truth".
liime_arix 24th-Oct-2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
I'm not trying to convince you of anything, just saying, it's disgusting to think that way.
crimsonbreeze 24th-Oct-2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
Anybody is entitled to think any way they want.
harukakamiya 24th-Oct-2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
And anyone is entitled to call people out on their ways of thinking. You are not a special snowflake.
crimsonbreeze 24th-Oct-2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
*facepalm*
arashi_l 24th-Oct-2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
HAHAA HAS JOHNNY EVER ABUSE OF YOU?...BECAUSE YOU ARE ACCUSING HIM LIKE IF HE DID IT TO YOU...OR DO YOU KNOW ANY OF THE JOHNNYS? DO THEY TELL YOU ANYTHING?......JUST WONDER ....
liime_arix 24th-Oct-2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
WHY ARE YOU DEFENDING A CHILD MOLESTER? I HAVE COMMON HUMAN DECENY NOT TO DEFEND HIM WHETHER HE DID IT TO ME OR NOT......JUST SAYING....
liime_arix 25th-Oct-2011 02:08 am (UTC)
See how it works both ways?
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harukakamiya 24th-Oct-2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, are you twelve?
baka_tenshi 25th-Oct-2011 12:00 am (UTC)
UM, DOES IT MATTER IF WE'VE BEEN ABUSED BY HIM OR NOT - ESPECIALLY SINCE IT'S ON PUBLIC RECORD BY THE ONES WHO WERE ABUSED?

what's more important to you? your fucking boybands or these boys? but i'm pretty goddamn sure you don't give a flying fuck about these boys because of your supaa kawaii desu boybands.

Edited at 2011-10-25 12:02 am (UTC)
yume_no_yousei 25th-Oct-2011 03:51 am (UTC)
Just wondering if you actually read everything correctly, since your grammar's pretty bad. Just sayin'.
buyme_arashi PLEASE STOP TROLLING25th-Oct-2011 06:33 am (UTC)
I'M GOING TO REPORT YOU if you don't stop with these idiotic comments.
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