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Entertainers mourn death of Johnny Kitagawa at Tokyo Dome memorial event

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Will there be an investigation into rumors of sexual misconduct with minors?

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Concerned citizen - Not rumours. Facts.

His defammation case failed in the High Court.

Like other slimy sexual predators at the top of the hunting chain in the entertainment world - Jimmy Saville in England, Rolf Harris in Australia / England, Harvey Weinstein in US etc etc - all have been protected by the Media & Associates until recently.

However in Japan Johnny-I-like-young-boys, has not only been shielded by a fawning media, but in fact Idolized and celebrated.

Good riddance to the slime bag.

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Even though my wife loves ARASHI, and loved SMAP, I never liked or trusted "Johnny" Kitagawa. He did terrible things to those poor boys. Will the truth finally come out.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

What a disgrace. The men who he abused will not come forward - the media will question and/or shame them if they do.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Flocked to say good riddance to a serial pedofile.

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Revolting how all these "talents" are fawning over the loathsome old perv. Reminds me of why I never watch Japanese TV.

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Japanese Twitter: I love Johnny! What a genius! Thank you for all the idols I love!

English/Japan Twitter: He's a pedophile - end of story.

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He was a pedofile and now thankfully a dead pedofile.

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He also held three Guinness World Record titles for the most No. 1 artists, the most No. 1 singles and the most concerts produced by an individual.

Irrelevant records.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Still waiting for his Jimmy Savile moment

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DaveAllTogetherToday  08:51 pm JST

Still waiting for his Jimmy Savile moment

The entertainment industry executives who turned a blind eye will make sure you're waiting a long time.

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Extremely satisfying to come here and to see all of these right-minded comments when all you get from the Japanese you speak to is nods, awkward smiles and hushed comments. Like so much else in Japanese society, these allegations - which we all know to be true! - are too uncomfortable for them to face and they would all rather ignore their existence. Shameful, as are the parents who presumably saw fit to put their young sons in harm's way for the promise of possible stardom...

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One mother was quoted as saying that if her 15-year old son had to 'do things' with Johnny in order to get into 'showbusiness' it was OK with her! Whatever it takes to get in. With such an attitude, it is hard to see any cleansing of the entertainment industry in Japan.

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@Concerned Citizen

Will there be an investigation into rumors of sexual misconduct with minors?

No investigation of a dead man.

Furthermore, sexual misconduct with minor is not a big deal in Japan like it is elsewhere.

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I do not have any respect for this guy who molested many kids.

He left poor taste in mouth.

Let the truth come out, but...

now it is too late...

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Japans jimmy saville

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