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Singer 'Matchy' Kondo suspended from work after admitting to affair

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Veteran singer Masahiko Kondo has admitted to an extramarital affair and will be indefinitely suspended from activities as punishment, his management agency said in a statement released early Tuesday.

The 56-year-old singer, also known as Matchy, was "thoughtless" and "lacked awareness and a sense of responsibility" as an adult and married person, said Johnny & Associates Inc, one of Japan's most powerful talent agencies.

Kondo himself offered to step back from work, according to the agency, which has produced a large number of famous boy bands.

According to a report by the Shukan Bunshun weekly magazine that hit newsstands last week, Kondo had been in a relationship with a 31-year-old woman who runs a company making tailored suits.

Kondo is marking the 40th anniversary this year of his debut as a singer with the single "Sneaker Blues" in 1980. He was among the most popular male idols in Japan in the 1980s.

The indefinite suspension of entertainment activities is the "right" punishment for "the oldest" talent belonging to Johnny & Associates, the agency said, adding Kondo will reflect on his position as the agency's most senior talent during the period of suspension.

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''Kondo will reflect on his position as the agency's most senior talent during the period of suspension.''

Retire, then release a book accompanied by a DVD and a song....Gold Mine.

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Is this even news?

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Matchy is a legend.  Johnny must be gutted having to suspend him for what is normal behavior among the rich and famous (and plenty others).  Poor him having to reflect......

We need a kiss and tell next.

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This is one of the things that I hate about Japan. And I don't just mean interfering in celebrities' personal lives, but the whole set of cultural drivers that allow this sort of thing to materialize and it be acceptable to interfere in people's personal lives and restrict their ability to earn because of legal decisions they make.

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its a joke that a deceiving, manipulating evil company like Johnny’s could judge another person on their misdeeds ?

21 ( +21 / -0 )

Hmm. common story everywhere. in Japan wife forgives husband and stay married. mainly for economic reason.

I always wonder why many young single wonen choose to be in relationships with married men. There are so many single men around.

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There are so many single men around.

Yah but so many of them are self absorbed sooshoku danshi without much communication skills, lmore interested in playing games and dressing up like sissies than in chasing girls, it reduces the available pool considerably.

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The 56-year-old singer, also known as Matchy, was "thoughtless" and "lacked awareness and a sense of responsibility" as an adult and married person, said Johnny & Associates Inc, one of Japan's most powerful talent agencies.

This is the same agency whose founder faced more sexual harrasmant and assault claims against children than......well probably anybody in history.

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Ahh the horror, chain him and stone him to death, this abominable criminal

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 Johnny & Associates Inc, one of Japan's most powerful talent agencies.

I don't see it newsworthy. But it is more interesting that the Johnny's office is no longer able to suppress such scandals involving its belonging members (they used to do quite successfully even by means of intimidation.... it's an open secret!). Johnny Kitagawa, the charismatic office founder is now dead, several key members have recently quit the office. The empire in Japan's entertainment scene is showing a sign of decline.

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The empire in Japan's entertainment scene is showing a sign of decline.

Hopefully, it's true. These kinds of talent agencies and management companies that take advantage of talent by signing them to unfair contracts that make the agency rich off the backs of the talent, while treating the talent like chattel, have mostly disappeared in the US.

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This is one of the things that I hate about Japan. And I don't just mean interfering in celebrities' personal lives, but the whole set of cultural drivers that allow this sort of thing to materialize and it be acceptable to interfere in people's personal lives and restrict their ability to earn because of legal decisions they make.

It seems obvious, tho', that Matchy is agreeing for the so called greater good of Japanese group thought, be it wrong or right, legal or not. He should stand up for his rights, but he won't.

This is where the line of loyalty to the Japanese way and cowardice gets blurred. When manipulation of group power over rides personal integrity, the loss of true individualism is palpable, and to many of us foreigners, the failure of a narrow Japanese culture.

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This will be another non-news that will dominate the TV talk shows the next few days. Like that young actor that hit a bicycle rider few weeks ago and that Olympic medalists swimmer and his extra marital affairs.

Japanese media can be brutal sometimes. Depending on your popularity, one slip and your career will be over.

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I guess "Matchy" couldn't find a good match with the opposite sex, maybe next time 今度....................no?

Terrible and horrible joke, right?

Well, not as terrible as that name.....Matchy. Who is this guy? lol

I'm sure the world will be able to sleep just fine tonight.

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I remember when I first came to Japan and understood almost no Japanese, watching a comedian do an impression of Matchy and not knowing which was the singer and which was the comedian taking the mickey. He was a terrible singer. Marginally worse than Go Hiromi if that's possible.

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Who really cares?

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The 56-year-old singer, also known as Matchy, was "thoughtless" and "lacked awareness and a sense of responsibility" as an adult and married person, said Johnny & Associates Inc, one of Japan's most powerful talent agencies.

Johnnys is one of the most immoral companies out there, in my opinion. There have been numerous stories of them taking advantage of their 'talent', many of them children. Johnny's think they own people, and that is a much bigger issue than someone having an extra-marital affair.

Johnny's is a company that 'lacks awareness and a sense of responsibility' towards their employees, and makes them reprehensible.

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Who cares what two consenting adults do? It’s a private matter and none of our business.

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Matchy Matchy no touchy touchy other woman! So if you want a break from the grind, you cheat and Johnnie Boy Co. comes in and creates "reflection time"? Sounds appetizing.

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So can he still keep seeing his gf?

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Honestly, who cares. Get a life those that thrive on watching people subjagate themselves to the scornful mass.

In fact, when you think about it, does your average Jo Tanaka care? Or is it just just some warped overbearing ideas of company image propagating this parody? the group identity trumps all reason. Surprise , surprise.

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Gonna have to introduce an Australian style "bonking ban" for married,famous tv talent/performers.Not mentioned here is that they've been hanging out for five years! And only now,he gets busted.His ol' lady probably knew.

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WOW any other country the management company would get sacked. The singer would just find another manager and sing on.

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He’s being punished by his employer for having an affair? WTF!

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Is slavery still on in Japan ? Do they own the freedom of sex of their employees ?

I know well it is the case that's why Japan cannot be considered aq a true democracy.

Poor Matchy.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Isn't this the guy who was dating Akina Nakamori and Matsuda Seiko at the same time?

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This will be another non-news that will dominate the TV talk shows the next few days. Like that young actor that hit a bicycle rider few weeks ago and that Olympic medalists swimmer and his extra marital affairs.

The actor deserved to be shamed for his hit-and-run. I wouldn't compare that to an affair, which is none of other people's business.

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Every time I hear the name "Johnny's," I cringe. Their founder was as shady as they come. Who appointed them moral police?

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The "Matchy" affair exposes once again the unmatched chutzpah for rank hypocrisy endemic throughout the meretricious and thoroughly corrupt Japanese entertainment branch. This is just another indication that Japanese society is in sore need of self-renewal through a cultural revolution.

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Matchy Kondo is a has-been and must be punished for soiling the squeaky clean image of Johnny Inc. by having an affair. His life must be ruined. Major star Kusanagi-kun of SMAP got nothing for getting drunk and running around a park naked and shrieking like a maniac. ("Stress") Makes sense.

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Bizarre.

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