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PR firm says it made Johnny's press conference reporter 'blacklist'

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No surprises there.

14 ( +20 / -6 )

Smile, you are in blacklist!

Those BBC people can make another sequel that shows this practice still exist, when they make their several years after Johnny is no longer alive. They surprised with people still afraid to talk publicly about that company. Even now suppression still exist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmF6mDZjZZw

-10 ( +7 / -17 )

Why is this only just in the English news today? It was all over the Japanese news yesterday morning. Surely it doesn’t take that long to translate the details.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Yesterday morning's news did not include comments from the company that organized the press conference.

Why is this "male talent agency" such a big deal that you have to write about it every single day? Does anybody actually care?

-17 ( +4 / -21 )

I've heard that such a black list is used to suppress any surprise questions at news events about the early to mid Showa period around August time.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

To show that male can become a victim too #MeToo

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

Time for another name change?

5 ( +8 / -3 )

"absolutely no involvement in the creation of the list"

That is absolute BS, and just proves that they have no desire for accountability

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Enough already.

Just shut down Johnny's Mk 2 - SmileUp or whatever nonsense it is. We all know the culture that existed for years - that so many in the company knew about - cannot be erased just because a decrepit old pedo is now (fortunately) dead.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

Nothing Johnny's have done since the scandal blew up has demonstrated the tiniest bit of remorse or responsibility for the crimes they commited.

"We are unaware of the abuses Johnny commited. . . actually, yeah we did know"

Julie Fujishima steps down as company president, remains on the board, still owns 100% of the company, assigns someone who is accused of sexual abuse as the new president.

Starts a new company under a different name to whitewash the scandal.

You could sum up Johnny's reaction in one sentence. "Sorry we got caught. Sorry, not sorry." How about actual legal repercussions for their crimes? Is it too much to ask?

7 ( +13 / -6 )

Just shut down Johnny's Mk 2 - SmileUp or whatever nonsense it is.

Did you miss the fact that that is just a temporary name for the entity while they sort out the compensation and then a new name will be chosen/selected by fans? The company will continue with a new name and some new management and staff and hopefully without their old ways but whichever leopards remain may find it hard to change their spots.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

It seems Johnny's way of doing things is too ingrained to be successful in becoming better, it appears it only does business with other companies that also have reprehensible practices but until now have gotten away with them.

Maybe the press should begin to search into every other company still in good terms with Johnny's (including media outlets), maybe they can find other examples of shoddy practices in them.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

So, we are expected to believe that a charitable PR firm just happened to present Johnny's with a list of less tame journalists, which was largely abided by in the Q and A session, but that Johnny's itself is absolved of all complicity? The very same Johnny's that has been involved in marketing, PR and advertising to a manipulable audience and having its way with journalists for decades.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Yeh totally believable...not!

When are they going to shut this company down! Nothing has actually changed! Johnny's nice still owns 100% of the company and was shown to be involved in the cover up of his pedophillic behaviour. At the same time how's the police investigation going?? Oh that's right it's not... absolutely shameless!

0 ( +5 / -5 )

So much for freedom of the press in this country.

Yeh totally believable...not!

When are they going to shut this company down! Nothing has actually changed! Johnny's nice still owns 100% of the company and was shown to be involved in the cover up of his pedophillic behaviour. At the same time how's the police investigation going?? Oh that's right it's not... absolutely shameless!

Totally agree. I'm sure that the company just shuffled the staff into different positions within the company, along with further cover ups, and name changes. The company itself is pretty much business as usual.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Anyone who attended the conference and did not make that blacklist should hand in their notebook and pens.

The shame.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Can you imagine a publication like Private Eye existing in Japan? One that actually takes part in investigative journalism and is not afraid to expose all manner of nasty, powerful people. It would never be allowed to publish in "free press" Japan.

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

Can you imagine a publication like Private Eye existing in Japan?

Shukan Bunshu, Friday and even Playboy (not that one, the katakana one) do a pretty good job of digging where the dailies would not dare. They're not held in the same high regard as Private Eye though.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Is this revelation that "PR firm says it made Johnny's press conference reporter 'blacklist'" in any way a surprise ?

Every aspect of this so called soul searching PR charade, just adds insult to injury to the victims of what I believe are still at the mercy of the J talent, idol industry rotten sordid exploitative practices.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Can you imagine a publication like Private Eye existing in Japan?

Only if it has a schoolgirl in a miniskirt on the front cover

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Miura - exactly.

The weeklies have been digging dirt for decades.

Especially Shukan Bunshu - the most hated by the conservative world.

It was S.B. that first broke the story of Johnny's Slug in Chief Kitagawa and court case over 20 years ago.

The reason the whole Johnny's saga was unknown to the majority of folks in Japan was the Japanese media never touched the story of the 2001 at all.

Sontaku rules in Japan.

And S,B. reporting was considered to be a rumour-mongering rag and not to be trusted. Fast forward - heh!!!

Investigative English media did report on it - but hey who reads English media in Japan?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Would anyone here trust those 4 men in the top photo, and are they new incoming directors or just the same old ones? If they were part of the old company under that disgusting pedophile, how much did they know what was happening, any guess's? This pedo ring needs to be shut down now, there must be hundreds still working there, and who were in on it all but did not care.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Would anyone here trust those 4 men in the top photo,

Nope. Wouldn't turn my back on them for even 20 seconds if there were any boy under 18 in the room.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

The list was made so the press conference "would run smoothly with the limited time the venue was available," it said.

The late founder just doing what the politicians do, to the tee. Lie straight to peoples face about their intentions to run from any confronting questions or reality that makes them uncomfortable. The ‘good’ journalists will play along too.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Hear, see, speak no evil as the saying goes

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Can you imagine a publication like Private Eye existing in Japan?

Only if it has a schoolgirl in a miniskirt on the front cover

This cracked me right up.

Thank you Chabba.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

We have the money, shut up, smile and turn back, seems the message sent by this orgnization at that event.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Really running the checklist of how to make a scandal worse huh?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

If it’s sounds fishy,looks fishy and smells fishy, the. Clearly they have learnt and still want to wield power. Pedophilic company that abused boys and they all covered it up.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

No awkward questions please! In case the ears of executives get beetroot red :3 Dame!

if it was Usa or Europe those people would have to answer prosecutors questions.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

@virusrex

Maybe the press should begin to search into every other company still in good terms with Johnny's (including media outlets), maybe they can find other examples of shoddy practices in them.

Investigative journalism in Japan? That'll be the day!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

That "press conference" was clearly farce.

Japan's powers dislike and continue to ignore or eliminate ordinal Journalists who continue tough questions, and pro-Johnny's media had insulted or sneered journalists who never stop tough question as example to silence criticism against Johnny's. on the other hand, one reporter of Johnny's fan used many minutes for thanks comment to Johnny's, not question.

Such farce or harassment has been done at also press conference of PM or cabinet office secretary bigger or smaller since start of LDP Abe regime.

And, press freedom index of Japan is still around 70th during recent decade.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

And, press freedom index of Japan is still around 70th during recent decade.

Yeah gee wonder who reinstated conservative war criminals to power post 1945...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Nothing Johnny's have done since the scandal blew up has demonstrated the tiniest bit of remorse or responsibility for the crimes they commited.

"We are unaware of the abuses Johnny commited. . . actually, yeah we did know"

Julie Fujishima steps down as company president, remains on the board, still owns 100% of the company, assigns someone who is accused of sexual abuse as the new president.

Starts a new company under a different name to whitewash the scandal.

You could sum up Johnny's reaction in one sentence. "Sorry we got caught. Sorry, not sorry." How about actual legal repercussions for their crimes? Is it too much to ask?

Good one!

Total PR sideshow from day one. So obvious.

"So called" reporters try pretend to report, clapping on command for jonnys pinstripes. Lame.

Probly makes sory not sori kinda jealous too. Made his wife talk more, then had to face 16 seconds of music…

Shoulda hired these guys pr writers and news stations.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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