On the 10th, the TV personality Devi updated her X (formerly Twitter) account and announced that she would retract and apologize for her comments defending the late Johnny Kitagawa regarding Johnny's sexual assault issue.
[See photos] [Johnny's sexual assault issue] Mrs. Devi apologizes for her previous comments on X: "I sincerely apologize to those who were hurt or angered by my comments."
Mrs. Devi said to X, ''The other day, I expressed my support for Mr. Johnny Kitagawa to X, but I was surprised and horrified to learn of Mr. Kitagawa's foolish behavior in various media reports, which I was completely unaware of.'' I confessed. ''I would like to retract my previous statements, and I sincerely apologize to those who were hurt or angered by my words.''
Mrs. Devi posted several times on X on July 18, mentioning the issue of sexual assault by the late Johnny Kitagawa. When it was announced that the United Nations Human Rights Council would visit Japan in response to this issue, he declared, ''This situation where an international organization is coming to investigate the problems of a Japanese entertainment agency is completely unacceptable.''
On the 12th, Kanjani Eight posted a video on a website for fan club members, reporting that they had narrowed down the candidates for the new group name to two.
In the video, they reported that they had narrowed down the group names they were recruiting for to two and would consult with the agency. Yutaka Yokoyama (42) revealed, ''We are negotiating to arrive at a result that everyone will be satisfied with.''
At a press conference held on the 2nd, President Noriyuki Higashiyama revealed that ''everything with Johnny's on it will disappear,'' including the group name and the names of affiliated companies, and Kanjani Eight was also publicly soliciting group names.
Johnny's Office announced on the 14th that Johnny's Jr. has announced that it will remove the word Johnny's from the name of its fan club ''Johnny's Junior Information Bureau'' and change it to ''Junior Information Bureau''.
This was a response to the issue of sexual assault by the firm's founder, Johnny Kitagawa (who passed away in 2019). Along with the company name being changed to "SMILE-UP." on the 17th, the fan club name will also be changed from the same day.
Also, Johnny's Jr. The variety show ''Johnny's Jr. Land NEO,'' in which he appears, changed its title from the 13th episode to ''Juniran NEO,'' without Johnny's. Also Johnny's Jr. The NHK/BS Premium music program ``The Shonen Club'' (Fridays, 6pm), in which he appears, is scheduled to end by the end of the fiscal year (by March next year). It has already been announced that the fan club ''Johnny's Family Club'' for all groups and talents to which they belong will be changed to ``Family Club.''
Regarding the sexual assault issue caused by Johnny Kitagawa, the ``Johnny's Association for Sexual Assault Issues'' will be held on SMILE-UP on the 16th. (Smile Up, formerly Johnny's Agency) has released a seven-item request.
The request states that the profits from Kitagawa's estate should be used to compensate and provide relief to the victims. They requested that the rights, real estate, and other assets held by Smile and its group companies should not be inherited by a new company that will act as a negotiating agent for talent jobs.
They also argue that compensation and relief should not be limited to former talent and former trainees, but should include all victims, including those who were sexually assaulted on the day of the audition and did not enter the facility. They also called for the prompt publication of compensation standards.
At a regular press conference, NHK Chairman Inaba said of the testimony that he was sexually assaulted by Johnny Kitagawa inside the broadcasting center in Shibuya, Tokyo, saying, ''We take this very seriously, and this is an issue that cannot be overlooked.''
In addition, SMILE-UP., the former Johnny's office, will not accept new requests until it steadily compensates the victims, and reiterated its intention to apply this policy to the "Kohaku Uta Gassen" held on New Year's Eve.