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Jin Akanishi will leave KAT-TUN!

09:47 JST July 17, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Johnny’s president Johnny Kitagawa revealed yesterday Jin Akanishi (26) will leave KAT-TUN and become a solo artist, reports Sankei Sports.

Mr Kitagawa had said a final decision will be made after Akanishi’s US tour.

“My only thoughts are that he (Akanishi) succeeds in the United States.

“Having him return to KAT-TUN is not an option right now.”

While Akanishi’s US tour in September and October had been made official, KAT-TUN had begun the second leg of their Asia tour in Tokyo.  Mr Kitagawa had appeared at the group’s concert and had revealed to the press about plans to have Akanishi work in America next year.

The Johnny’s president had said it was a decision made in the same way a father lets his son pursue his dreams.

“I can’t be lenient on him and say that he can re-join KAT-TUN if things go badly in the US.

“I can only give him the chance to do what he wants to the fullest extent,” he said.

In the past, Mr Kitagawa had allowed Akanishi to temporarily leave KAT-TUN in 2006 so that he could study English in Los Angeles, and let him to re-join KAT-TUN the following year.  He had said making the same move would be unfair on fans.

“(The fans) would not not accept such a move,” he said.

Mr Kitagawa had said this does not mean KAT-TUN is breaking up.  Although the group’s name had been made up from letters from each member’s name, Akanishi’s ‘A’ would be taken over by the beginning two letters from Kazuya Kamenashi’s (24) name, or “KA”.  He said the group had been going strong even without Akanishi, and had taken in the decision well.

It had long been known that Johnny Kitagawa had had a personal connection with the American entertainment industry, having spent his teenage years working there, and keeping in touch with stars such as Michael Jackson over the years.

“I would be more than happy if Akanishi succeeds in the US,” he said.



Sorry, but I just couldn’t help but put in a scream in this post.

  1. zhanta
    12:53 JST July 17, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    no he cant leave!!!!!!!!!! please no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. zhanta
    13:03 JST July 17, 2010 at 1:03 PM



    • 13:59 JST July 17, 2010 at 1:59 PM

      The final decision will be made after Jin’s US Tour, so there’s still a glimmer of hope 🙂
      I guess Mr Kitagawa is waiting to see how Jin feels about working as a solo artist by giving him a chance to go on tour by himself

  3. jinjane
    15:09 JST July 23, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    oh no!!!
    i dont want jin to leave kat-tun!!
    please make him stay!!!
    we want jin to stay!!
    we love him and we’re not giving up on him…
    please do some other way and not like this..

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