Johnny’s Jimusho, as a punishment for Akanishi Jin and his marriage to Kuroki Meisa without previous notice, has cancelled his 5 city Japan tour between April and May. Accompanying the punishment is for Akanishi to take the burden and to pay the full loss of expenses.
However, according to an entertainment pro, “If you think with some common sense, this penalty is unnatural. A company placing a full entertainment industry debt on its talent is legally difficult, and this is simply Johnny’s Jimusho’s made up apology performance”, they said, holding the decision in doubt.
“Normally, if you’re seeking damages from the talent, in this case, “A Without Notice Marriage”, you’d be charged with a breach of contract. Appearances might be cancelled, or commercials cut. However, without regard to that, the Jimusho cancelling the tour but treating it as damages is strange.”
According to a labor attorney, “To what extent Johnny’s Jimusho’s “debt” for Akanishi actually means isn’t clear, and in the first place just claiming canceling a tour as damages is strange. Even if Akanishi was to argue this in court, it’d be difficult for Johnny’s to establish the cause and effect between the marriage and cancelling a tour.”
Even further, a person related to music concerts supports this claim, “In the first place, the profits from Akanishi’s tours are solemn to begin with. The day before the opening day of last years tour, tickets were being sold for about 100 yen on online auctions, but buyers wouldn’t bite. Even I went to the concert but naturally, the vacancy of the place stood out, and every time, the raising of the curtain time was delayed. Even if you hold a concert for the preservation of the fans, I wouldn’t anticipate any real profits.”
At any rate, the cancelled tour’s date and locations were not announced, and even if you call it substantial damages, the expenses of the tour only stop at preparation. It can definitely be seen Johnny’s chose the part with comparatively little damage for the penalty.
A person related to Johnny’s Entertainment also details Meisa’s penalties, “It was decided Kuroki’s TV appearances and events be cancelled.” However, for merely form’s sake, there’s a possibility that the route with the fewest losses was chosen.
imo i do think there is a punishment of some sort, but the idea johnnys is "punishing" him as a cover-up to some other reason isn't really far fetched ~