A 14-year-old ex-Johnny’s Jr. talent has been arrested by police for assaulting his school teacher, reports gossip magazine Shukan Josei.
The magazine, which went on sale today, reports on September 14, a 53-year-old junior high school teacher in Kawagoe city, Saitama prefecture, was punched by one of his school’s students. It has been reported the student had frequently received warnings from teachers for bad behaviour and untidy uniforms in the past.
It has been reported a representative at Johnny’s & Associates has said the talent has not been actively working lately.
“He seems to be referred as a Johnny’s Jr. talent, but he has not been working for us since June this year, and we are yet to confirm that he was the one actually involved.”
Cyzowoman has reported the ex-talent had been featured on an episode of variety show SMAP x SMAP and many fans have already narrowed the list of Jrs down to a possible name. It has also been reported the incident began after one teacher gave the student a warning. The student then confronted the teacher, prompting another teacher to jump in and stop the argument, only to be punched twice in the chest. Police were called in and the student was arrested on the spot. It has been reported the student had told police he punched the teacher because they surrounded him, which made him angry.
Rumour has it Johnny’s is not happy about Leo Akanishi uploading a photo of him hanging out with Kanjani8’s Ryo Nishikido and ex-Johnny’s talent Hironori Kusano, reports Johnny’s Watcher.
Gekiura! Geino Japan reports the Twitter photo uploaded on September 4 shows Leo with his friends, two of who look very much like Nishikido and Kusano.
“I’ve heard that the executives at Johnny’s are really mad, and that they’ve asked Akanishi to tell his brother to delete the photo. But Nishikido’s photo is still on the internet because Leo thinks he doesn’t have to delete it if it’s on his own personal account. With his movie in trouble, a shotgun wedding, and this, Jin Akanishi’s Johnny’s career might be over now,” one popstar magazine editor said.
Johnny’s have a strict rule against publishing any unofficial photos of their talents. But it has been reported the photo might have been uploaded deliberately to help ex-NEWS member and former Johnny’s talent Kusano. A few days ago, Kusano had launched his website, and he also belongs to an agency set up by people with connections to Akanishi. It could be possible the photo was a publicity stunt.
But either way, it is very possible Jin Akanishi will get punished in some way. Even if the agency does not fire him, is it too much to say Akanishi might start thinking about leaving the agency himself?
Cyzowoman has reported the two had been spotted on dates since 2007, and had been caught going on holiday to Hawaii in 2009.
A July issue of weekly gossip magazine Shukan Josei had reported the couple were pretty much living together in Taguchi’s apartment in Tokyo, and have been seen together taking their dog for a walk.
But ever since the first scandals came out about Komine and Taguchi, Komine had been fading from the public eye. By October last year she had even stopped writing in her blog.
It has been reported things started to change for Komine on July 15 this year when she re-launched her blog, and announced she had opened up her own beauty salon ELEMENTS OF FOUR SEASONS. The salon offers organic makeup products, organic foods, and even gives customers the chance to create their own power stone bracelets.
It has been reported Komine’s next move is to start thinking about settling down.
“Rena Komine hasn’t had any acting jobs lately and she doesn’t seem to have any regrets about it either. Apparently she’s thinking about marrying Taguchi as soon as her beauty salon business gets on track. The only problem is that he’s a Johnny’s talent so it won’t be easy. Taguchi’s only options could be to either leave KAT-TUN or leave the agency altogether. Taguchi doesn’t have too many jobs himself so it’s highly likely,” one source said.
Another source said Komine is already threatening Taguchi’s career.
“A number of times Johnny’s have warned Taguchi to break up with Komine. Not because he’s a pop star, but probably more because Komine is a bad influence. Some information indicates she used to work in something similar to the adult-entertainment business, and she’s been spotted walking down the streets wearing skimpy outfits. The staff who work with Taguchi are worried these things could damage his reputation,” an publicity agency leader said.
Although neither have admitted to being in a relationship, for many Taguchi fans, Komine’s presence is not exactly welcoming. Things might be different if she retires from the public eye completely, but in the mean time, all fans can do is wait and see what happens.
I wasn’t planning on writing this story, but because I’ve read stories about Rena Komine in a few different places, I thought I might as well – Momo.
Another movie delay and leaked photos of his wife with another Johnny’s talent, rumour has it Jin Akanishi’s future is clouded, reports Cyzowoman on September 4.
It has been reported Akanishi’s upcoming movie 47 RONIN was supposed to be released in the US this November, but has since been delayed twice because of financial issues, having to re-shoot scenes with lead actor Keanu Reeves, and technical delays in processing the movie’s 3D effects. At the moment the movie is aiming for a Christmas 2013 release in the US. However, this could mean Japanese fans would have to wait until 2014 before the movie hits Japanese cinemas.
“I’ve heard that the Universal wasn’t happy that there weren’t many scenes with Keanu Reeves in them, which is why they’re re-shooting some scenes. Apparently the new version will feature more of Keanu while a lot of the samurai scenes will be edited out. Rumour has it that this includes Akanishi’s scenes too. He didn’t have many scenes to begin with so everyone’s worried about what to do if he gets edited out completely,” said one entertainment reporter.
It could spell trouble for Akanishi, who has had his fan club terminated, his US music career put on hold, and very few magazine or TV appearances.
“He’s becoming a person from the past. When his jobs had been cut, he could’ve stayed in contact with his fans using his twitter or facebook pages, but he’s done nothing so far. He will undoubtably get some media attention when Meisa has their baby in October, but if he continues on like this he will disappear. At the moment it doesn’t look like Johnny’s is looking for jobs for him either,” said one source.
His wife and baby could motivate him to work, but the same source had said recently leaked photos of Meisa with another man might have hurt Akanishi’s feelings.
“Gossip magazine FRIDAY had published private photos of a woman with Kis-My-Ft2 member Hiromitsu Kitayama. They’re old photos, but one of them shows the woman, who is supposedly Meisa, trying to kiss Kitayama who’s asleep in bed. It might just be something that happened in the past, but I don’t think Akanishi would be too comfortable with seeing his wife with a Johnny’s talent his agency has been giving a lot of jobs to,” said the same source as above.
Fans have been left shocked by a move to ban uchiwas from Hideaki Takizawa’s summer concerts, reports Cyzowoman.
A must-have item at Johnny’s concerts is an uchiwa. Fans can use uchiwa bought from a merchandise shop to show Johnny’s talents who they are a fan of, while homemade uchiwa give fans the chance to put in private messages such as “blow me a kiss” or “give me the peace sign”.
It has been reported fans going to Tackey’s SUMMER LOVE CONCERT 2012 show in Tokyo on July 26 got an email a week before, asking them to support Tackey with “only pompoms and penlights, please”. Some fans had called the ticket office to ask whether it meant uchiwa were banned, and were told an “uchiwa ban” had not been stated. But one fan painted a different picture.
“When I got to the concert venue, they were checking bags, and they asked anyone with an uchiwa to store it away. Some fans managed to get through the checkpoint with their uchiwa, but when they took them out inside the hall, a staff member told them off. There were arguments going on here and there, it was awkward at one point,” said one fan at the concert.
There are some Johnny’s groups who ask fans to keep uchiwas at a minimum, like TOKIO, because the group is considered to be more a band than a pop star group. Another Johnny’s talent who asks fans to refrain from bringing uchiwa and penlights is Tsuyoshi Domoto, whose concerts are less like a typical pop star’s concerts. But why would Tackey concerts, which fit into neither category, suddenly ban uchiwas?
“Apparently a lot of Johnny’s Jr. fans go to Tackey’s solo concerts or stage shows because he has talents like Snow Man dancing behind him. Some junior fans are really dedicated so sometimes it looks like the number of uchiwas for junior talents outnumbers those for Tackey… Maybe they’re banning uchiwa to avoid this kind of sad situation.
“There’s also talk that maybe the ban is a strategic move to get ready for Tackey’s 10th anniversary concert tour with Tsubasa Imai, which starts in September. The duo are going to perform in Tokyo Dome, but I don’t think the two have enough fans to fill up that huge venue. Other fan club fans have apparently been sent information on this concert because it’ll have guests like KAT-TUN and Hey! Say! JUMP. Unless they do something now, there’s risk the dome will be full of uchiwas for other talents,” one Johnny’s reporter said.
It has been reported a number of fans had published angry comments online, saying the reason was childish, and that fans had nothing if they were not allowed uchiwas.
However, others have become more creative. There have been ideas going back and forth about printing messages on pompoms, on bandanas, and even on T-shirts.
Tomohisa Yamashita has ended things with his rumored French girlfriend, and is now seeing a restaurant worker, reports women’s weekly magazine Shukan Josei.
Yamashita had been previously caught dating a European woman in 2011, a relationship which seemed to have been going well according to a friend.
“Yamashita said that he could relax around her because she didn’t see him as a celebrity. He’s been hoping to work overseas for years, and I think she had a good effect on him because they talked to one another in English. Even if he had work from early in the morning, he’d make time to see her for meals afterwards,” said one source who knows Yamashita.
But recently it has been reported the relationship has ended.
“They broke up ages ago. Around the beginning of last year there were a number of sightings of the two of them on dates and there was talk that they were kind of living together, but I heard they broke up around the end of the year. I think the cultural differences were too much for him to handle. Western culture has influenced his lifestyle a lot lately, but there might’ve been some things about how she saw the world that he just couldn’t understand,” said one source.
Rumours had started going around Yamashita had got back with actress Keiko Kitagawa after the two were spotted having dinner together around the end of last year, but the source who knows Yamashita has said this was not true.
“That’s not likely because he has a new girlfriend, B-san. He’s already introduced her to his close friends, and they all went for a holiday in Okinawa during the spring break. Apparently he didn’t want to attract attention so they went to a smaller island away from the main island.
“B-san works at a restaurant in Tokyo. But because his agency told him off for being too careless while dating his last girlfriend, he’s been really careful when seeing his new girlfriend. It’s a big change, because he used to tell everyone that he didn’t care whether people were looking at him,” said one source who knows Yamashita.