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4:43 pm - 10/11/2013

Kamenashi's interviews about Koki's withdrawal & messages to fans

On the morning of October 11th, Kamenashi Kazuya appeared in front of the cameras of “ZIP!” (NTV) for the first live appearance of any member of KAT-TUN since they announced their recent formation and then continued the interview on Sukkiri (NTV)


Masu Taichi (Announcer): Kamenashi-san, it has been reported the news about Tanaka Koki-san’s withdrawal from KAT-TUN, and a new beginning for the remaining four people, please share a message to the fans.
Kamenashi: We are really concerned about all the inconvenience and worry we’ve caused to a lot of people. We’re very sorry (bows). As members, this is a very serious matter and we properly faced it as the group that we are, also we’ve thought about our fans who are always there to cheer for us, we would like to continue as one and be able to protect our fans from now on too. Thank you for continue supporting us warmly in the future.
M: We’re looking forward to the new KAT-TUN from now on too.
K: Thank you very much. (bows)

This appearance is part of the PR campaign of Kamenashi’s new drama, “Tokyo Bandwagon”.


**At the beginning, they showed a small intro about the official announcement**

Kamenashi: I’m sorry for causing so much trouble so early in the morning.
Kato: There’s something I’d like to ask to Kamenashi-kun. Could you please express your honest feelings when you heard about the news?
Kamenashi: I think we felt really frustrated. At first we lost one, we thought we could continue as five and do it forever but I guess we feel now that we couldn’t make it, and that’s very frustrating.
Kato: about the decision of terminating his contract, was that decided by the agency and members at once or you thought a lot about it?
Kamenashi: For the members, of course we stumbled upon decisions like lives and singles, a lot of discussions were built around that (N/T: he didn’t say it like they were arguing but more about having different opinions). Around that time, Tanaka’s behavior caught the attention of agency officers. The members gathered and wanted to make suggestions, “You should do this and it will be good”, “I think we should do it that way”, of course because of our ways, we felt like imposing on the others several times. This time it was a lot more difficult. Honestly, I regret not thinking more about what we could’ve done to fix it, maybe I could’ve done more.
Kato: About these talks, did Kamenashi-kun give advises like “You should do this instead?” or did you talk about this subject?
Kamenashi: Of course, we talked about it.
Kato: How did Tanaka-kun reacted during those moments?
Kamenashi: Of course during that time he would say, “I know” and he also talked with us about “reflection”, though I think he was saying this to himself as a way to face his thoughts properly, but there’s always a portion of this that we cannot reach or improve and as a result of that part… Well, truth is we’re not the type who meets all the time in private but we’ve been doing this for more than 10 years, we don’t have that type of relationship where we can say; “Ah, so this was the reason”. I think we were only able to carry a relationship based on trust until some extent.
Kato: Did Kamenashi-kun ever feel like Tanaka-kun wanted to do something different?
Kamenashi: Hmmm…. I’m certain that in the past he was interested in quite a lot of things

Kato: Among Johnny’s, even among KAT-TUN members, he had this amazing heterogeneous feeling, would you say that’s the case?
Kamenashi: But, when we started working in this group our minds were the same, we expected the same and were moving towards the same direction, while doing our group activities, we were like “Oi, Koki….”, because otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to do this job for such a long time.
Kato: Did he feel the amount of pressure in the activities of KAT-TUN? Did he work as hard as any other member of KAT-TUN?
Kamenashi: Yes. The time we spent working in this was because we expected to come together as one and make KAT-TUN our top priority.
Kato: In the press it has been reported that “repeated violations to the rules of the agency” were the reasons. Can we call that speculation? Is it possible for you to answer in that matter?
Kamenashi: It is not necessary for me or any other member to explain the details cause I’m sure they have been described already, since there’s a lot of things attributed to the agency and Tanaka, I’m really sorry but it’s not my place to clearly say, “It was this thing or the other”. Nonetheless, as it has been reported, our agency has rules, even if they’re not stated we can all honestly say, “I think I’ve done a little too much”.
Kato: by “overdoing” it you mean there are things you can’t say or do?
Kamenashi: I’m sure you all know this but things that appeared in the news like the store he has. Things like that and also the fact that it was repeated again and again.
Kato: but these rules have already been stablished for a long time right? Meaning, it’s known that it’s not allowed to own shops or business or doing side jobs.
Kamenashi: Well yes. After all, it is stablished in our contracts, the firm we work for gives us different types of works because they are exclusive, we can’t do some things but there’s some we could if we ask for permission first.
Kato: I think this is a painful situation for Kamenashi-kun, but you plan to continue as 4, am I right?
Kamenashi: That’s right. Really, at any rate, we feel like that’s the only thing we can do, as for how many of us will be left, I think this sort of thing won’t ever happen again, absolutely, for KAT-TUN this is a start point, at any cost we want to protect this KAT-TUN, there’s a lot of fans who had the kindness to keep supporting us, we will treasure them and keep them in our minds, we feel responsible of giving this group a good direction this time, we would like to make more time to talk about details and things we might be overlooking, because we want to express our sincere gratitude… Well, our feelings are very strong but this happened in an unsolicited way and because we’ve been working together for more than 10 years, we’re talking about us but I think Koki also has feelings of guilt, I think this is a very tough situation so I’d like you to look after him warmly, please. Yes.
Kato: That’s right. I think Tanaka-kun wants KAT-TUN to work hard and KAT-TUN wants the same for him, good luck standing as four, I’ll be expecting you!
Terry: As for Tanaka Koki-kun I think he should be proud of his work in KAT-TUN, he will move on with his life not ashamed of his past in KAT-TUN but maybe stay active and work hard to not damage their name.
Kato: In fact, since I have discussed and talked with Tanaka-kun many many times as part of the agency, I think this formation will be perfectly satisfying for both parts. Even for Tanaka-kun himself.
Kamenashi: Yes. We received the report of the agency 2 days after it was decided, so we felt like, “Is that so?” and we weren’t able to comprehend that it was done. I got in touch with Tanaka, “Would you come as a member and meet us all?”. Then he came and all five of us talked for hours. We all said what we thought about KAT-TUN, things we didn’t want to change, we also listened to everything he had to say, we properly addressed each matter until the last moment.
Kato: I’m guessing you also talked about going for a different path.
Kamenashi: Well yes, I think we all thought about pursuing different things but when we formed KAT-TUN more than ten years ago, we wanted to make it a place where members would like to be… treasure it. This time too, we feel like we’ve caused a lot of problems to the staff and all our production team for a second time, we would like to challenge this together as one, at any rate, “I want to make this group bigger and louder”, with this in mind we will chase our future.
Kato: Kamenashi-kun is admirable. Amazing. Because I mean, it would’ve been ok if you didn’t come out at all. It would’ve been ok to appear and not talk. It would’ve been ok if you had said that you didn’t want to answer. But the fact that you accepted to speak so frankly about this. Amazing, and you’re also listening.
Kamenashi: Thank you very much.
Kato: Finally, please send a message to the fans.
Kamenashi: I’ve truly expressed a lot of my thoughts and I’m sorry for that. I’m sorry. In the future, Taguchi Junnosuke, Ueda Tatsuya, Nakamaru Yuichi and Kamenashi Kazuya, this 4 would like to continue progressing firmly with our fans as one, as KAT-TUN. If possible we would like to spend a lot of time with you in our future activities. Thank you always for your warm support.

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akame_koi13 11th-Oct-2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
sunakoyue 11th-Oct-2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
I love Kame, and how he expresses himself in public; a true idol.
chizzyrei 11th-Oct-2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
OP, the first interview was Sukkiri, His 1st interview in there is mainly to address Koki's withdrawal. Then he came to ZIP! for the drama promo and came back to Sukirri for the drama promo.

All the respect to you Kame, for addressing this like this, very strongly. You didn't have to do this.
This is so heartbreaking to watch. Of all people really, you don't deserve this.
I wanna hug KAT-TUN and Koki :/

Edited at 2013-10-11 07:02 pm (UTC)
yuuki_saya 11th-Oct-2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
Probably it would be better if all of them stood up and explained, but... Still, it's heartbreaking, I cried in the end of Sukkiri. He's so unlucky to always come first to public eye after big troubles.
partiallyhydro 11th-Oct-2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Kame talked more about what goes on in the company, I feel like it's always shown as a company that's always full of happinesss and rainbows. I hope there aren't any bad feelings between Koki and KAT-TUN.
fikusss 11th-Oct-2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
Why it is always Kame who covers everyone's shit in public? Leave him alone already for god sake. Don't let KAT-TUN become his lifetime cross.

P.S. Koki is a moron. It serves him right.
yuuki_saya 11th-Oct-2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
Because has the bad luck to be the first one to appear in media. When they announced Jin's withdrawal, they were all together in it as the presscon was before concert, but after that they weren't so lucky. They could held a presscon regarding Koki, but I think it would be too much, after all Jin went to pursue solo career, so in positive meaning, right?
stereo_ty 11th-Oct-2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your words, Kame. Stay strong everybody!!

Edited at 2013-10-11 08:14 pm (UTC)
lolufailhard 11th-Oct-2013 09:17 pm (UTC)

ughh I wish none of this happened.... I'm not sure how much longer they'll last like this. I hope that koki at least releases some solo material cause I'll be extremely frustrated if I don't hear much from him.... :'''''(
sawsan88 11th-Oct-2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
It really looks like Kame was holding back the tears during the interview ..
It's so heartbreaking :(

Always stay strong KAT-TUN <33
aibada 11th-Oct-2013 10:08 pm (UTC) kame, disappointed
aye_no_jinsei 11th-Oct-2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
disappointed with kame? or koki?
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hyosshi 11th-Oct-2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
I just had a personal situation in a 5 person leadership group I work with where one person decided to leave suddenly. Of course there are differences as well, but after watching this I totally understand how the members are feeling and how hard this all is for them. I think they are all handling this fairly not only to Koki but to themselves as well.
Stay strong KAT-TUN.
ungalad 11th-Oct-2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Well, I hope that this unites the four members even more and that they resurge stronger and better than before in this new stage of their career. I'm not a fan, but I wish them all the best. Or they can get together with NEWS and for K-NEWS, a unit of Johnny's misfits. XD
aneternalchain 12th-Oct-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
I'd vote for this, but their styles are SO different. :D Still be fun to see~
aneternalchain 11th-Oct-2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
I just can't. I heard the news and I was so shocked. I've been a hyphen since 2010, not the longest time - but these boys were the ones who got me into J-Pop & JE. I can't even.. As weird as it is, the news shook me pretty damn hard. Like, I don't really cry over idols, but I was just proven wrong.
I was actually listening to Real Face... Koki is irreplaceable.
Oh well, this happens in fandoms - I wish them both the best of luck in their lives.
Kame is so professional, I've always known that, this interview pretty much confirmed it.
But still, Koki... He... I thought he'd stay till the end for sure.
chizzyrei 12th-Oct-2013 12:22 am (UTC)
I thought I don't cry over idols too. But this got me into a daze and before I knew it I was already crying
aquacraze 12th-Oct-2013 12:59 am (UTC)
He's holding back tears as the interview went on.
Kame's such a great speaker too.
It must be really frustrating for all 5 of them.. they wanted to stay together forever but it didn't turn out that way.
exdream1999 12th-Oct-2013 01:48 am (UTC)
I was watching this live on TV, and on ZIP!, it was mostly just normal drama PR, but right at the end, when Masu asked him for a comment, I was bracing myself. And then, to see them go right into it on Sukiri...

And, I really believe what both Itoh and Katoh said, that Kame didn't have to do this, he could have just done his drama PR (Itoh's comment is right towards the beginning of the interview.) I think that not only Kame, but probably the other four, wanted to say something, and Kame just had the, unfortunate, luck to be first in line, because Tokyo Bandwagon starts today.
eevaleena 12th-Oct-2013 01:53 am (UTC)
Actually, no. It seems like Kame the one who asked to apologize on all programmes, but it was impossible (they didn't let him, I think). He only got to do it on 3 programmes.
lady_mercury 12th-Oct-2013 02:40 am (UTC)
i dont give a fuck about kat-tun, but watching kame live on zip and sukkiri deliver those statements and explanations, it was sort of like. damn son, that sucks ass. koki should be on tv explaining himself.

the fact that the group warned koki against pursuing his activities and he still did w/e the fuck he wanted to do really speaks volumes on that situation.
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