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3:01 pm - 12/08/2012

Arashi's member annual income is only 20 million yen!

From movie to television to concerts, this year is a big success for Arashi. Their unprecedented nation wide dome tour mobilized 870,000 people. They ranked in the top 5 of CM income rankings.  From various activities, they contribute to about 20 billion yen to the economy.

Although there are some differences in annual income of each member, Arashi member is earning between 20 to 28 million yen (about US $242,000 to US $339,000) annually.  Or about 2 million yen (US $24,000) monthly.   That is basically it.  Even the lowest earning member of SMAP, Katori Shingo, earns more than the five of them combined.  Many showbiz people think this is not the hopes and dreams of Arashi (Advertising agency official).

For young men between 20 - 30 years of age, this kind of income is like a dream come true.  But Arashi members are top idols of the entertainment world.  From the list of richest celebrities that were published in 2005, the amount of tax paid, and annual income of these people were made public in the hundreds of million yen.  However, this treatment of Arashi is part of an "education" policy of Johnny's.

Not giving financial rewards to top entertainers is a dangerous act that could lead to the collapse of employer-employee relationship.  But Johnny's does not want Arashi to be "derailed" and "dropped" from being top idols.  For example, members of a certain music duo topped 2 million album sales and had received 200 million yen each in bonus money.  But their motivation had disappeared after they got handed the big check.  And now they almost disappear from the music world.  Johnny doesn't want the same thing to happen to Arashi.

Avex is a firm where the professional artists can rise above the office's policy.  Koda Kumi and Ayumi Hamasaki can say NO if the Office propose a plan that they don't like.  But it's absolutely impossible for Johnny's.  In Johnny's, the Office and the talent managers are above the talents.   Their popularity depends on the management system of the talent agency.   The "education" policy of Johnny's and the effort of Arashi members are what drive the steadfast popularity of Arashi.

Source: cyzowoman, johnnys-watcher translated by 4miu_miu
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randomtasks 9th-Dec-2012 02:10 am (UTC)
I wonder if this is just album/concert sales then this makes sense.
taciturndream 9th-Dec-2012 02:31 am (UTC)
I highly doubt this article...Arashi is not just another JE group, it's THE cash cow of the company. And if it is true, I'm sure they aren't taking into account movies, dramas, cm, etc.

Anyway, true or not, it's been so many years that I guess if they would have hated the payment, they would have voiced their opinions ages ago.
ohprecioustime 9th-Dec-2012 02:44 am (UTC)

and no royalties for you ~
2hothere 9th-Dec-2012 03:19 am (UTC)

say what? that sucks..

so only SMAP members can earn in the hundreds of million yen a year now? It does make sense since SMAP has been on top for over a decade but still...

omg, i hope Arashi is not gonna sue Johnny's like JYJ did to SM..
u_chai 9th-Dec-2012 05:23 am (UTC)
Dbsk, supposed,y, got a deficit. And if they're happy with Johnny's, they won't. The three former toho weren't happy anymore so they sued to escape the exclusivity, I think it wouldn't have escalated to such extremes b/w jyj and sm if only the company gave in a little. But of course, in SM's perspective, they created dbsk. They shouldn't be the one to keep their heads down to the boys.
dyan1219 9th-Dec-2012 04:12 am (UTC)
Probably just the salary they get from J&A, solo works excluded.
love323able 9th-Dec-2012 04:54 am (UTC)
well well well don't know what to think....
maybe they didn't calculate right XD

but if it's true, then it's just J&A being greedy
arashic5 9th-Dec-2012 05:21 am (UTC)
LMAO as if.

I can see nino or riida just shrugged when they received their salary. But not sho. And isn't sho one of the highest tax payer in the entertainment industry or something? Why would he pay high taxes with such low income?

Edited at 2012-12-09 05:22 am (UTC)
hpswf1 9th-Dec-2012 06:15 am (UTC)
How Goro who mostly the least popular in SMAP and who have just 2,5 show and don't have solo CM earn more money than Shingo? O_o
exdream1999 9th-Dec-2012 07:55 am (UTC)
And that's pretty much how you can tell right off the bat that this article is bullshit.
unbroken_glass 9th-Dec-2012 06:21 am (UTC)
I believed this at first till I saw it was from cyzowoman. Don't think this is true imo. Unless it's their base salary without any of their endorsements, concerts, etc. I mean, look at the line for arashi goods. Do you honestly think they only earn 20 million? Unless it's the agency taking the money away.
eskarina77 10th-Dec-2012 10:55 am (UTC)
As you say, irrelevant source gives irrelevant article...
stole_away 9th-Dec-2012 07:28 am (UTC)
I believe they do get paid more than this
airavu 9th-Dec-2012 07:45 am (UTC)
my first reaction - EEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ?????

and affter learning the fact that it was tagged under rumors - ehhh ~
lelomew 9th-Dec-2012 07:55 am (UTC)
Meh. We're not them (or their tax man/accountant) so who knows what they really earn. If anything, everyone else is overpaid.
kazuninomi 9th-Dec-2012 08:37 am (UTC)
how much is 2million yen in pounds??

airavu 9th-Dec-2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
£ 15123.4297 .
The exchange rate as of 9 December 2012 is 0.0076 . I'm only using Yahoo currency converter though .
kameshotajunki 9th-Dec-2012 08:37 am (UTC)
ARASHI earns most of money for the company this year and that's all they've got o.O???? I wonder if others Johnny's talents have salary
ralatoindah 9th-Dec-2012 09:56 am (UTC)
Those men gotta eat... Please, all those hard works and that's all they got? X(
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