Johnny & Associates is one of the largest Japanese talent agencies. Formed by the late Johnny Kitagawa in 1962, they debuted several successful boy bands such as Hey! Say! JUMP, Kis-My-Ft2, Arashi, and more.
It is now at the center of the media world for a more sinister reason. On August 30, an investigation determined that the sexual assault charges surrounding Johnny Kitagawa were credible.
The investigative panel contacted 23 victims over a three month long period. It was found that Kitagawa (born in 1931) sexually assaulted and abused boys as far back as the 1950s. He also targeted at least several hundred others.
The panel slammed Johnny & Associates for their poor handling of the allegations including covering up the sexual abuse happening under their roof.
The company’s coverup led to the sexual abuse continuing unchecked for so long. There were many opportunities to take action.
— Investigative Panel
They added that the talent agency must give a formal apology, strengthen compliance measures, and educate their workers and board members on human rights. Chief Executive Julie Keiko Fujishima was also required to resign due to her lack of action over the matter.