Arama They Didn't

10:26 am - 11/24/2013

The politics within Johnny's

With all the year-end music shows announcing their participants, people have been talking about the lineup for NTV's Best Artist 2013, where only the groups from Julie Kitagawa's faction are participating. These include Arashi, TOKIO, and Kanjani8, among others, as well as the newly transferred Hey!Say!JUMP. The Iijima faction on the other hand is led by SMAP, and consists of Kis-My-Ft2, A.B.C-Z, and Sexy Zone to name a few. These 2 camps are battling it out for the right to succeed the agency in the future.

"People may see this as a power struggle between Julie's camp vs. Iijima's camp, but the general consensus among the media is that Julie's camp is much stronger. Of course there's Arashi, and the groups who can handle main shows such as TOKIO and Kanjani8 have fully developed. Iijima-san has SMAP, but despite bartering Kis-My together with them for 2 years now, they haven't quite soared yet to meet their expectations. Her camp also has Tomohisa Yamashita and Jin Akanishi, but they're not "variety show-friendly" talents, which is the specialty of Iijima-san" - (TV station staff)

These 2 factions are also split among the programs where they make their appearances, and seeing the members from each camp together on one show has become a rarity -- to the point that it might not even happen within the same year for other members. So what has made things as complicated as it currently is?

"The agency was most stable when SMAP was on top of the hierarchy. Johnny's wanted to maintain that stance, but all the plans have been affected because of Arashi shooting into stardom. The agency would have loved Arashi to become popular without overtaking SMAP, but now the agency did not expect them to go up the ladder this far. And because of this, the hierarchy structure within the agency has become distorted and unstable. They could only have one on top... Arashi or SMAP. Even the TV stations were troubled as to who they would use." - (showbiz pro staff)

They held their concert at the Kokuritsu, following SMAP's example. They even broke into the Kouhaku Uta Gassen (NHK) in 2009 which was dominated by SMAP and TOKIO until that point, and even made history by hosting the event as a group the following year. Arashi made surprising leaps and bounds up to the top, but who would've thought that their emergence has ironically broken the harmony within the agency.

Julie's camp may currently be the force to be reckoned with, but it seems that Iijima's side is showing new activity as well.

"Akanishi has now sided with the Iijima camp, but this was apparently a calculated move by Iijima herself. This is because of the various connections Akanishi has established within the industry as he befriended other talents outside the restraints of their respective agencies during his days of partying with his troop members. Burning Productions-affiliated talents such as Kyoko Koizumi have also taken a liking to him. Turns out that Iijima wanted this network that Akanishi possessed for herself. In other words, Iijima has turned to Burning Productions in her quest to overturn Julie's current advantage... and the key person she pinpointed was Akanishi. And that is why there are Burning talents in the dramas that have SMAP members as the lead." - (showbiz pro staff)

It may be hard to believe this, but the power struggle within Johnny's has turned into Julie vs. Iijima with Burning. It seems that the battleground has now inevitably spread out from the confines of the agency and is about to involve the entire entertainment industry with it. Will we ever see the day when all of these Johnny's talents come together in one event?

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k0dama 24th-Nov-2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
they should split up into two companies
2coco 24th-Nov-2013 11:15 pm (UTC)

Who's on the left? and who's on the right?

and don't underestimate Jin..He even has Hollywood connections..

but I'm really confused as what can Jin do for the Iijima's faction tho?

I do have a feeling if Julie becomes President, Iijima will take her faction and leave and she'll open her own company to compete with Johnny's...
fukkthedumbshyt 24th-Nov-2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
Julie is on the left and Iijima is on the right.
xlempickax 24th-Nov-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
this makes me sad :(
I wish they could all stay together :((((

I was secretly hoping that Takki or Nakamaru would one day (in the faraway future) become the boss xD
georgiaannaa 25th-Nov-2013 06:42 am (UTC)
I vote for Takki!
maimailove13 24th-Nov-2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Is there really a gap between the groups? I've seen interaction between SMAP and Arashi, I can't see anything wrong with them, they look close but not as close as Arashi with TOKIO.

Julie has Arashi, TOKIO, Kanjani8, Hey!Say!JUMP. I think she wins this,
inay91 24th-Nov-2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
Julie also has News, Kattun, V6 and Ikuta Toma. I believe Ikuta Toma is also in Julie faction as his stage play DVD is release by JStorm, he star in drama with Ohno Satoshi, Nagase Tomoya, etc which in Julie faction. The most recent evident is his upcoming movie theme song will be sing by Kanjani8.

I also think Julie faction is stronger as Mary, Julie's mother is also on her side.
fukkthedumbshyt 24th-Nov-2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
Interesting read. That's all I got...
katzsong 24th-Nov-2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
I don't really know about how Japanese entertainment behave, but after few years following the news, I've never heard a big agency split up or break up just like that. Which is why I think this is kinda ridiculous. Sure there will be competition. But they cannot control on who's going to be popular and who's not (that case of Arashi and SMAP's popularity). It depends on the market.
ui_2024 25th-Nov-2013 01:07 am (UTC)
dyan1219 24th-Nov-2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
Wow I never would have thought that Arashi catapulting to fame has that kind of repercussion to the company. TBH I don't get why there should only be one "No. 1". Isn't it ultimately for the good of the entire company if there are two no. 1's?
dyan1219 24th-Nov-2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
Aand it's still interesting to me how all the boys and men are to an extent controlled by these two women.
narqissa 25th-Nov-2013 12:12 am (UTC)
This is why I hate politics. Why don't they just all shut up, do their job properly without kicking each other butts, and let Mr. Johnny talk his decision in the end. Heck, if I were him, I would rather choose Takki as the succesor rather than any of those who already seems planning on breaking the huge agency he built for more than...what..? 40 years? 50 years?
edneichon 25th-Nov-2013 12:20 am (UTC)
This is a rumor, but this old ladies faction thing is always getting on my nerves ¬.¬

I can't wait to see the day that ARASHI and SMAP could interact in one of their shows. They host the most entertaining programs in fuji-tv(SxS & VSA) yet they have never been part of it, and if Tomo is included it would be totally PERFECTION .random rant(i'll always complain though)

Anyway, this is a common rumor at the end of the year sp around kouhaku.

Edited at 2013-11-25 12:24 am (UTC)
charingyu 25th-Nov-2013 03:16 am (UTC)

I've been waiting for some SMAPxArashi cross over for so long, it's driving me crazy
midori_akanishi 25th-Nov-2013 12:24 am (UTC)
jin with ijima? really??? o.o

oh that sounds interesting but jin is not idol now he continues in johnnys?

hmm that means the why jin akanishi appears in SMAPxSMAP tomorrow !!!! with keanu and kou shibaki :D :D

2coco 25th-Nov-2013 12:27 am (UTC)
yes, he is...he's going to be on SMAPxSMAP tomorrow

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lanysakurai 25th-Nov-2013 02:06 am (UTC)
maclou 25th-Nov-2013 02:11 am (UTC)
It is so obvious that Arashi, K8 and HSJ are in the same faction, I used to think that a lot of this stuff was mainly rumor but it has just become more and more clear that there is a separation. What makes me most curious is what happens when a new group debuts? I'd like to see a Kansai junior group debut so I wonder who is it who decides who debuts? And who is it who decides what faction the group should belong to? Like do Julie and Iijima look at the juniors and decide who they want? Or do Johnny and Mary still make these choices? I just find that part interesting. In the end I hope that they're able to come together and keep Johnnys like it is.

Edited at 2013-11-25 02:11 am (UTC)
chicemj 25th-Nov-2013 02:11 am (UTC)
ooohhh..i think imma follow this topic... JE should just make a reality show... it'd be more interesting than watching the Kardashians..

Edited at 2013-11-25 02:12 am (UTC)
sawsan88 25th-Nov-2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
LOL! If only a reality show is possible ... I'll be the first to watch it!!!!!!
rim1789 25th-Nov-2013 02:13 am (UTC)
Then there was a change, because Sexy Zone was under Johnny. Not Ijima and not Julie. And ABC-Z was with Julie...Though seeing they re getting lots of release and promotion and work, they may have changed from Julie to Ijima. I can get behind that and would totally support it if they indeed changed management.

Julie has also KAT-TUN, NEWS, and HSJ, but girl sure isn't making a great job with the boys and hadn't for years. Honestly, at this point, I wish they would get shifted to Ijima. At least, she seem to give made promo, releases and work.

And no-one can honestly say it s not working for Kisumai. When you look at their sales number, it's crazy for a band that debuted 2 years ago.

Edited at 2013-11-25 02:15 am (UTC)
aquacraze 25th-Nov-2013 04:57 am (UTC)
as far as I know, HSJ was previously under Johnny as well.
I'm guessing they just got transferred to Julie (as per OP post).
gigabytexx 25th-Nov-2013 04:51 am (UTC)
pls let nakayama yuma arise
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