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Accusers in Johnny's sex scandal say they hope for apology, compensation

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By YURI KAGEYAMA

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Accusers in Johnny's sex scandal say they hope for apology, compensation

At least Japanese execs are good at bowing during press conference.

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Nothing will come of it.

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The UN working group said that the Japanese media were also to blame, and rightfully so. They all turned a blind eye just to book the boy groups onto their shows for the ratings. Even now, I have yet to see any active member of any of the boy groups come out and comment on this, nor do any of the media even ask them. They all probably have a gag order from the boss.

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Mainstream media stayed silent.

As did the gov't, the advertisers, the sponsors, the recording industry, the TV industry, and the millions of fans.

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Another accuser, Kauan Okamoto, spoke at the Foreign Correspondents Club in April, saying he trusted foreign media more than Japanese media. 

Unfortunately, Mr Okamoto is correct.

There is significant pressure to disallow or suppress information which is embarrassing or against the political narrative.

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Instead of apologies and compensation in this order, be honest and say compensation, and apologies if you ever wish.

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The U.N. Working Group on Business and Human Rights has urged the Japanese government to act

in the Labor Inspection Bureau, when women claim sexual harassment, the inspector replies that there is nothing we can do.... the inspector only makes pseudo-investigations when people die.

NOTHING WILL CHANGE with this TATEMAE society!!!.

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So, it all comes down to money.

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Show me the money for my services.

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Simple solution boycott this company and everything it touches and you'll get a reaction or a shake-up. I'm sure other institutions will fill the void. I just hope they aren't just as seedy. Seems there are many wolves in sheep's choosing in this industry.

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In an ideal world the whole business would be dissolved.

In reality none of the victims will see a dime.

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So, it all comes down to money

The guy is dead. How else can these victims get closure?

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So, it all comes down to money.

What it all comes down to is a bunch of kids being raped by a serial pedophile. If it was an option then I’d be all in favor of travelling back in time and stopping him from committing crimes. Since Courts can’t do that, yeah, as far as I’m concerned every Yen that sleazy company made while letting that monster rape kids should go to his victims. No problem whatsoever for me.

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Definitely who doesn't want some extra cash. That's the main noise and the other things follow. Show me the money and it will be well .

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Tooooo Late,

The man is dead and so is this case, should have come forward while he's still alive but didn't have the guts !!?

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It is impossible that Johnnys sister and mother of the current president, Mary is not aware that her brother is a pedophile since she was with him from the start they ruled the Japan idol scene.

Aside from compensation and support for the victims, they should change the name of the company and then the current president resign along with other top executives.

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I wonder if Johhny pimped the kids out to his pedo friends...what an absolutely disgusting human which also shines a light Japan's pitiful record of protecting children and women from sexual predators!

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Tooooo Late,

The man is dead and so is this case, should have come forward while he's still alive but didn't have the guts !!?

Many did way back in the 90's, the Japanese media shut them down. It was only the BBCs documentary that blew this scandal open. The talents, JMedia, the sponsors and the fans know that Johnny was a pedo.

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I have yet to see any active member of any of the boy groups come out and comment on this, nor do any of the media even ask them. They all probably have a gag order from the boss.

You can be sure that even after all that has been exposed, any working member of any entertainment group, not only Johnny's, who spoke out on this would find themselves swiftly unemployed. Much as I love Japan in so many ways, this corporate refusal to face up to such crimes absolutely rankles.

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Go for it! But what's the reason so many generations never went forward? Sicko is dead after a life of abusing children.

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This child sex-trafficking ring disguised as an "entertainment agency" should be liquidated, it's stakeholders left without a single yen and any remaining assets distributed to victims too numerous to mention.

And the companies that used these boys for ads (and knew but looked the other way) and the numerous TV shows that promoted these boys (knowing what was going on but doing nothing to stop it) should be held financially liable as well.

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Sorry for these guys. Justice delayed is justice denied.

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what kind of abuse are they claiming??

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what kind of abuse are they claiming??

Read the article. Or maybe even just the first sentence.

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Cards fanToday  10:10 am JST

sexual abuse means nothing, we need detailed and precise allegations!

In Japan, words have different meanings.

When I sat down next to a woman during a business meeting to show documents, other staff claimed sexual harassment just because of the proximity of my body with the other woman.........LOL

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indigo......

Most news outlets in Japan are not being explicit, JT included. The Asahi Shinbun broke the mold by mentioning Johnny's exploits in detail. Johnny was a giver and a taker.

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He has since passed. Time to move on.

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Mainstream media stayed silent. I wonder why? That was a rhetorical question, by the way.

This silence by the mainstream can be extended to so many other things. And you all think you live in a democracy with a free press?

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toraToday  11:24 am JST

tip of the iceberg....

Check Japanese court judgments, all is censured...

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How about this?

NHK buys the rights to the hard hitting BBC documentary about rapist Johnny, and has it properly translated and subtitled for the Japanese market?

They then air this at prime time to show how seriously they are taking the awhile affair.

Yeah….thought not.

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Tooooo Late,

The man is dead and so is this case, should have come forward while he's still alive but didn't have the guts !!?

Are you accusing child rape victims of being cowards?

I truly hope not. That would be low.

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Unfortunately, Mr Okamoto is correct.

No he isn't.

Honest media is hard to come by no matter where you are. And foreign media loves to bash Japan so a case like this they will try to make worse than it actually is.

Everything you read, everything you hear, you have to use your own judgement based on prior knowledge of what you have established to be true.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

He has since passed. Time to move on.

If he did it, his reputation deserves all the sullying.

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I would love to see all the major TV stations bow, apologize and pay compensation for being complicit in all this.

Any station that brought this up was threatened with having all the Johnny's acts being withheld from ever being on them again.

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Basically nothing is changing in the company though. The current sister/mom president is staying in the company, there will be a new head of the company but the two who deny knowing any of the issues are still there… in a family owned company… I’m sure they will have no power still

sadly I expect the payouts to be minimal and probably reduced even more as courts here like to do.

Bigger issue is the silence from everyone involved in the media. I know every network and piece of media has one or more Jonny’s members on it and they don’t wanna sour the deal, but dang have your peoples backs. Granted Japan media tosses their talent under the bus constant at the drop of a hat when scandal breaks but here the silence spoke volumes.

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Extremely shameful. The usual window dressing and nothing will come of this.

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There’s two much media surrounding this case it is world wide and now the UN involved. I think Johnny boy niece will resign and the boy toys will get compensated as more reveal they two were molested and promised careers. Johnny is dead but he left fortunes time for the niece to appear and disappear.

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Interesting that certain people are willing to defend Woody Allen but are not doing the same here.

What's with the double standard, Polanski, Allen, Johnny all the same men with too much power that their victims are too frightened to say anything and if they did it they would get destroyed because of the power these Men had and the blind support by those too frightened to lose their careers and livelihood.

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After all, it was their decision. They were willing to stoop to the lowest level for easy way to fame&glory. When they realized that nothing would come of it, they are now demanding money. Come on!

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finally rich

Today 09:31 am JST

Go for it! But what's the reason so many generations never went forward? Sicko is dead after a life of abusing children

If you knew how the industry here works or paid attention to the news the answer is quite obvious.

Look at what happened to SMAP when all they did was try and get away from Johnny's.

The Agency did everything to try and black list them and anyone willing to work with them.

They did finally succeed in a way but only because they had become so well known so popular and powerful on their own.

People had spoken out before but got thoroughly crushed by Johnny's and the power they had/have.

Many accusations were made books were written and in every case with the power of Johnny's everyone was forced into silence.

No TV station would risk reporting on any of it because that would mean being cut off from all Johnny's acts which were the most popular!

The one publisher that was willing got sued and lost.

The boys are parents were silence by the threat of lawsuits, the police could do nothing because "child abuse" under the Japanese law at the time only applied to parents or guardians and Johnny was neither!

The system failed, the industry failed to protect these boys even after many spoke out .

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Mirchy

Today 02:23 pm JST

After all, it was their decision. They were willing to stoop to the lowest level for easy way to fame&glory. When they realized that nothing would come of it, they are now demanding money. Come on!

Way to go blaming the children that were the victims!

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@Antiquesaving

If they were children, he would be convicted of pedophilia. A sixteen-year-old boy/man, must already think for himself a little...

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Mirchy

Today 02:39 pm JST

@Antiquesaving

> If they were children, he would be convicted of pedophilia. A sixteen-year-old boy/man, must already think for himself a little.

Wow you are special!

Obviously you have never heard of pressure, abuse and don't know Japanese laws on the subject of that until this year the "age of consent" the fall back of every pedophile was 13.

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The guy was sick and everyone around knew what was going on and the kids did it to get the slots in the bands. His accomplices go on with life. Really not much sympathy now when frankly speaking the successful ones have kept quiet and only the ones that probably wouldn’t have made it on skill alone are seeking money. An apology from a dead persons family doesn’t mean much. The government hasn’t gone after any of the accomplices and until they do this really is a non-story.

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the kids did it to get the slots in the bands.

Are you blaming 11 and 12 year olds for being raped by a paedophile? You do realize these minors could not give consent? Rape is RAPE.

I've heard it all now. Unbelievable.

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Fighto!

Today 03:06 pm JST

the kids did it to get the slots in the bands.

> Are you blaming 11 and 12 year olds for being raped by a paedophile? You do realize these minors could not give consent? Rape is RAPE.

> I've heard it all now. Unbelievable

It seems a few here have the same " blame the victims" attitude.

Wonder if they would make the same comments under their real names.

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It seems a few here have the same " blame the victims" attitude.

Wonder if they would make the same comments under their real names.

One can only wonder at their sick lifestyle choices and lack of moral compass.

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i wonder which ones are keeping quiet.

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So Noriyuki Higashiyama (東山 紀之) has been appointed president of Johny's. He was a member of the boy's band Shonentai (少年隊) back in the 80s when I was a little kid. I really loved the group. I trust that he will handle this well. Are they sending a message by appointing someone who may have been a victim of Johny as president of the firm.

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Money

Go figure

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PS I should have mentioned in my post that Shonentai was a Johny's group.

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First it is essential to be aware of Japan's Judicial system.

The Japanese Judicial System

https://japan.kantei.go.jp/judiciary/0620system.html

The most direct course of action would be to purse the allegations through the Civil litigation cases procedure namely civil conciliation.

A civil conciliation is a procedure in which a conciliation committee, composed of a judge and two or more members, mediate between the parties concerned, with the aim of resolving the civil dispute based on the actual circumstances, in a reasonable manner. When the two parties reach an agreement on the dispute resolution, and the contents are entered into the court records, the entry will have the same validity as a final judgment.

The Japanese government, at least appears reluctant to instigate a statutory judicial inquiry as the Code of Criminal Procedure doesn't appear to countenance such actions.

I have accreditation in law pertaining to the financial services industry however such alleged criminal behavior is over my head.

These men deserve a full hearing, judge lead with the necessary powers to compel all parties to give evidence under oath

Anything less is a charade, a gross dereliction of a duty of care to the most venerable children/minors

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