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I'd be completely stunned if it were only three perverts in that child-molesting organisation. It seems like it was basically a paedophile ring.

The two employees of Johnny & Associates were "firmly dealt with" last year, the company, which has changed its name to Smile-Up, said.

Firmly dealt with? Wrong.

Jail time is needed. "Smile-Up" needs to be shut down permanently.

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Firmly dealt with, should mean arrested and named

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Ridiculous. What a society.

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Body count so far 1000 victims, thanks to BBC coverage.



Only one news outlet in Japan media cover this, in the past, the rest just silent.


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"None of those who have reported to us sexual abuse (by Kitagawa) have made detailed complaints against" the two, it added. "But should complaints arise in future, we will investigate them and sincerely redress the survivors."

Your ONLY job should be compensating the victims, forwarding the perps over to the public prosecutors, and seeing that this company is shut down once and for all!

Saddest part is that there were a lot of popular and well loved actors and artists to come out of this agency, and their legacies have been tarnished forever because of this BS.

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Looks like just changing the name isn’t gonna do the trick.

Heres an idea, close the doors. Liquidate the assets. Compensate the victims to the extent possible. And burn the building to the ground.

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When all this blew up, Japanese media for whatever it was worth admitted that they shared responsibility for not pursuing the stories when it was known and treating Johnny with kid gloves. Once again, it was the BBC that broke this story, so Japanese media is once again, Johnny come lately.

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Saddest part is that there were a lot of popular and well loved actors and artists to come out of this agency, and their legacies have been tarnished forever because of this BS.

Being a victim of a ring of paedophiles in no way "tarnishes" their legacy. They were child victims.

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Imagine how much worse things are in the agencies which recruit and manage gravure/AV “actresses”.

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The two employees of Johnny & Associates were "firmly dealt with" last year, the company, which has changed its name to Smile-Up

Firmly dealt with? They may have enjoyed this.

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But as Kimutaku says "Show must go on"

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There has been serious criminal activity in our organization, but we're handling it internally.

How is that even possible? Get these awful people off my tv and out of my living room.

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Remember, "Smile up!"

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 Johnny & Associates, the depravity of a disgraced music mogul Johnny Kitagawa.

However the refusal of government not to fully investigate, to carry out a drains up, open judge led inquiry is further proof over the hold from the poisonous, toxic control a corrupt few have over an entire industry lacking in quality and innovation.

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You just know that the big agency(s) that manages and produces all those girl idol groups (xyz48 and such) is just as bad and more likely worse than Johnny's, considering the ingrained and systemic treatment of women and girls in general here.

I wish someone would start investigating that side of the business. But, I'm not gonna hold my breath waiting for the J news media to do it. It will probably have to be the foreign press, again. Come on BBC. It's time for Part 2.

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Whatever something that behind you, just keep smile.

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Jail time right?

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Why is no one in jail? Why are these people still having jobs? Why is this company allowed to exist and polute Japanese TV?

Self punishment is useless, there needs to be some serious consequences to the company and reparations to the victims.

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These, lets call them society scandals, weather they are political, within government, the alleged slush funds, it is far simpler to create a panel of experts, some most would contend like minded to waffle to their hearts content.

The public the electorate are given the illusion of leadership devoted to change.

Lurking under the floorboards is a wealth of smelly putrid corrupt practices that refuses to accept an era that demands change, a new means of choosing how Japan elects a politician that truly represents his or hers constituents.

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A culturally conditioned acceptance, even preference, for the smell of decay also explains the reluctance to do anything about it until events conspire to render it no longer possible to pretend the stench is tolerable. The pederast Johnny and his cronies banked on society’s capacity for self deception and not wanting to let go of something that beneath the glitter was rotting and beyond salvation.

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Why does this company still exist?? It is becoming obvious that it has been grooming young boys for many years for sexual abuse, yet the same people still work there and doing WHAT?

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This isn't a case of the Japanese entertainment industry suddenly finding out about Johnny and his sodomy of young boys. It was well know by all in the music and TV business. You want to get a step up to stardom? Service Johnny or his helpers. A UK documentary brought it into public notice. SMAP and Arashi knew this was coming, thats why they took their hiatus.

I'm waiting for the exact same stories to come out with the girl idol groups.

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Nothing but a pedophilia ring. Shut it down.

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Absolutely disgusting.

Japan is a shame-based nation where nearly everything unpleasant is swept under the carpet.

The Japanese media is so complicit in this sexual abuse scandal.

Have said it before and will say it again.....Japan has a really dirty underbelly.

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Yubaru Today  07:47 am JST

Saddest part is that there were a lot of popular and well loved actors and artists to come out of this agency, and their legacies have been tarnished forever because of this BS.

No, the saddest part is that boys were sexually abused.

And that would be a horror even if no "well loved actors and artists" were involved in any way.

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"firmly dealt with" last year, right, and that means what exactly? So, ok they have been dealt with internally, so it's the police and courts time to deal with them, just because a company deals with it internally it does not over ride the law of the land,

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It is worth considering the Japanese public don't actually care about sexual abuse. Smile-Up group Travis Japan are in at no.2 in this weeks Billboard top 40.

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It makes one cringe, the unashamed tolerance for ambiguity and preference for pretending not to see what’s staring them in the face. The same ‘see, hear, speak no evil’ mentality operates to condone and excuse all manner of egregious abuses elsewhere.

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This company should've been shut down when the kiddy fiddling scandal related to this pedophile factory broke out in the late 90s.

I blame the media, police and lawmakers for not pursuing and putting an end to them.

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Japanese TV channels is about to restart "relation" with "former-johnny's" as if scandals was nothing, many fans still repeat insult or slander against victim, part of victim are cornered even to suicide.

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