(pic was taken several years ago)
On Nov 26, the artist lineup for the 63rd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen has been announced. With the addition of Kanjani8 to Kohaku along with SMAP, TOKIO, Arashi and NYC, a pattern of who is in control has been established.
Kis-My-ft2 and Sexy Zone are the 2 newly debuted groups last year but it's Kanjani8 who celebrated their 8th anniversary this year that had a very busy and successful year with concerts, dramas, Eight Ranger movie, CD releases, TV shows.
The crescendo success of Kanjani8 is credited to Julie Keiko Fujishima, currently Vice President but is now seen as the future President of J&A. TOKIO and Arashi are groups that are under Julie faction and this year Kanjani8 has joined Julie faction also.
Ever since the beginning of the year, Kanjani 8 and Arashi have been linked together in TV shows and magazine appearances, this year end Kohaku event is to cap off a successful year. (weekly entertainment reporter).
However, it is unusual for NHK to invite that many Johnny's groups to attend Kohaku. Arashi is the host so their appearance is a must. Low sales TOKIO should be cut but they're still there. SMAP is under Iijima's faction. NYC is under Johnny Kitagawa. And now, Kanjani8 has been added to the lineup with the other 4.
Three of the 5 groups who will be participatimg are under Julie's faction. It's just to show Julie is certainly in charge of a new system in Johnny's.
Source: johnnys-watcher translated by 4miu_miu
Thank you 4miu_miu for the translation