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Johnny's sex abuse victim dies in apparent suicide

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the group had received torrents of online abuse since it was formed

Nihongi has since received around 100 abusive messages online, calling him a "liar" or framing his actions as a "publicity stunt."

This is so disgraceful. When truth conflicts with what people want to believe the truth must be crushed.

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has died in a possible case of suicide, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday.The man in his 40s was found dead in Osaka Prefecture in mid-October, the sources said. His death comes amid a barrage of online slander against the group

Johnny started abuse from 1970s so how many victims are there that already commit suicide after 1970s because of trauma they suffer?

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2023/08/6c54fe165ba3-johnnys-talent-agency-probe-urges-apology-aid-to-sex-abuse-victims.html

received around 100 abusive messages online, calling him a "liar" or framing his actions as a "publicity stunt."

That abuse from Johnny alone is not enough, many Japanese who don't believe abuse didn't happen still tell victim as liar, that another abuse.

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RIP.

Molested by a filthy paedophile, covered up by his accomplices at Johnny's who turned a blind eye for decades - and then harassed by Johnny's fans (who are, also, perverts, weirdos and sick kidults).

I suspect he won't be the last.

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That new company name. A Freudian Slip?

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Johnny himself he's already dead.

Why didn't people start criticizing him before his death but now in the first place?

Now they're criticizing person who suffered by the molesters?

The one who killed himself is a pure victim.

Those who attacked him are insane because there are a lot of obvious evidence that Johnny was a pedophile and a criminal.

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Why didn't people start criticizing him before his death but now in the first place?

New to Japan? Welcome! This story has been around for like at least a generation, and there is so much information out there about the "why" that it would take a wall of text to explain it all.

Google the guys name and you can educate yourself.

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 the idol group Kis-My-Ft2

whomever came up with that group name AND green lit it, should also be fined and put in jail.

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New to Japan? Welcome! This story has been around for like at least a generation, and there is so much information out there about the "why" that it would take a wall of text to explain it all.

The story has been around for decades but mainstream media coverage has not. Now all mainstream outlets have finally hopped on the bandwagon but way too late.

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Like I said before Johnny & Associates Inc was pedophile central and now the victims of his abuse are victimized again by pedophile lovers. It was obvious what Johnny was just by watching any of his productions! Also name such as "Kis-My-Ft2" and "Sexy Zone" are absolutely disgusting!

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Or maybe a legitimate, proactive, unbiased legal system?

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Japanese news is identifying him as Nagata Kouji. (長渡康二). He was a member of Kansai Juniors.

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Poor fellow. Systemic abuse will do that to a boy. Of course it was only Johnny Kitagawa. He was the one man molester. Just kidding, think of the the enablers in all the media companies. It has been common knowledge for years. I have even heard (surprise, surprise) even politicians are involved. Oh, I am not surprised.

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The new management of Japan's talent agency Johnny & Associates unveils the company's new name, Smile-Up at a news conference in Tokyo on Oct 2

Not a smile in sight. Not even a grimace. This disgusting organisation should be forced to shut down.

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Believers of Johnny's still deny past of sexual exploitation that Kitagawa had repeated during decades, have hostility against victims who accused, and repeating to discredit or insult against victims day by day.

besides, Japanese far-rightists are approaching to believers of johnny's through SNS.

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Judging from the downvote pattern, it seems like there are some who might defend one or more of: Johnny himself; Johnnys, the agency, and/or the system, media, judicial and political, that caused this (and are thus perhaps a little more in sympathy with the online abusers). Don't keep your views to yourself. It is cathartic to open up.

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As a young woman who was sexually abused when 13, 11yrs ago, these things never leave you, there is hardly a day when I do not think about it. The pedophile, Kitagawa, was known by the authorities for what he was doing, but they took no action, they all covered for him, as did the other members of that skummy company, and many are still there. And the real truth is that it is going on right now, every where, SA abuse of young girls, boys, and women is not a modern phenomena, it has been going on since the ancient Greek and Roman times and it will not stop. But the really horrible conclusion I have come to, is that, do people really care? If it does not affect them they usually just ignore it.

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The online bullies should be held accountable for the death of the victim.

Not any different from physical abuse. It's totally unactable.

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I know that it was not the open online bulling why this man took his own life. It goes deeper than that. What Kitagawa he's done is use a method to control his victims. He secretly video the act and hold the victims to blackmail. He than cut a deal with a larger manager % cut if they good money earns. He also tell the victim If you pressure me I will send the video to our closest love one.

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No doubt Smile Up is going to hire its own internal investigation to find no wrong doing and then blame it on the dead (Johnny or the victim). Oh, it'll be a "shame" and "very sad", but these people won't do a thing about it except deflect any blame.

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RIP young man. What an awful way to end your life.

This organization needs to be dissolved. But sadly this is Japan and we will look the other way and say as Takuya Kimura says on behalf of Smile Up "Show must go on"

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This has been said plenty of times, but still... how is there not an uproar over the name "Smile-Up."? What a horrific, tone-deaf name that insults every one of the victims that it's supposed to be helping.

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whomever came up with that group name AND green lit it, should also be fined and put in jail.

Indeed. Sexy Zone is the worst Johnny Associate name ever. They debuted age 14 ish. I think the name is quite sick considering

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexy_Zone

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"Smile UP" to who Johnny? What a disgraceful name. Should be "Smirk Up" or Frown "Down".

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The victims of this abuse need validation. They need to know what happened to them was not their fault, that the person who used them for their personal gratification was a sick, but well connected person, and that striving and working towards your dream career should not involve being abused. This pedophile is dead, but many that carry this heavy weight with no way to relieve it, still live. This poor soul needed a support group, and some thread to cling to that said he was not at fault,

and his life has value.

And where is this? This despicable agency needs to take a large chunk of its money earned off the backs of its victims, and start counseling for them, immediately. All the minions in media should be made into donors. Not one more person

should be this low without a place to turn. Japan Inc allowed this abuse to flourish, now it should do the right thing.

RIP, tortured soul.

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Stay off social media. No one can withstand that malice.

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Why does'nt the Japanese government shut the new company spinoff down and prosecute every past and former employee as they all must have seen or known about these sexual abuses.

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