Johnny’s fans probably know by now that a part of Marching J’s proceeds are going towards renting two pandas from China. Well, make that 5 billion yen worth of proceeds from their various charity events and donation boxes are going towards that cause.
Fans have been really displeased with that decision, some even accused the agency of fraud. There have been various speculations on why so much money is going towards renting pandas. (I can’t deny that they’re damn cute… but what does that really do for the disaster stricken areas?) Some fans are going as far as boycotting any future charity events unless they promise to put the money towards something more productive.
One is that Matchy was put in charge and this was just him showing the world that he has power within the agency. We all know Old Man Johnny is going to keel over sooner or later and a heir has not yet been decided, and Matchy seems to be part of the candidate list for taking over.
Another reason is that JE is looking towards expanding to other Asian countries in the coming years and this is all part of the grand plan to build up a good image for their potential markets. So really, the money wasn’t spent for the good of the Japanese people, but for the good of the company.
Either way, people are hoping that future proceeds won’t go towards such projects and instead be put towards rebuilding.