No national tour, paying fines out of his own pocket, and no jobs for the time being is the price Jin Akanishi has to pay for getting married without permission, it was announced on March 24, reports Sports Hochi and Nikkan Sports.
“I understand that as a working adult I have acted irresponsibly. I deeply apologise to my fans and the people I work with for all of the trouble I have caused,” Akanishi said in a written statement.
It has been reported Akanishi had married actress Meisa Kuroki in February, only telling his agency about it afterwards. Johnny’s however, were not impressed. The agency’s president Johnny Kitagawa had previously told reporters he had found out about the marriage on the news, and although getting married was a great thing, he said Akanishi should have thought twice about the consequences the news would have on his and Kuroki’s career.
As a penalty, his Japan tour which was supposed to go around Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo and Fukuoka has been cancelled. Any fines, such as for canceling concert venue bookings, will be paid out of Akanishi’s own pockets. While the talent will not have to refund fans for their tickets since they have not gone on sale, arena concert venues typically charge one to two-million yen for canceling a booking. In a worst case scenario, Akanishi would need to pay tens-of-millions-of-yen. It has been reported the talent has also had some drama roles offered to him, including a role in the upcoming remake of “GTO” planned for July, but the agency has not accepted anything yet, emphasizing the talent’s schedule remains. The penalty given to him reflects the trouble caused to Kuroki’s agency, their sponsors, and his own agency.
“Johnny’s & Associates talent Jin Akanishi admits the press reports from February 9 are true and that he married on Feburary 2. Akanishi has sent a fax to those who are concerned explaining the situation,” a representative from Johnny’s said.
Meisa Kuroki made her first public appearance since getting married in February, taking part in an event in Tokyo on March 26, reports Chunichi Sports.
Wearing skinny white pants and 10-centimetre high heels, the actress bowed to reporters who wished her congratulations. Yesterday, Kuroki was promoting toy company Bandai’s new pet robot.
The actress herself has not been seen since January when rumours started going around about her seeing Jin Akanishi. Any events or TV shows in the past two months have been canceled. There is also a rumour going around the actress is three months pregnant.
“I imagine that the sudden news took many of you by surprise, and it also made many worried and caused a lot of trouble. I would like to announce that on February 2 I was officially married,” she said.
“Are you happy,” asked the event host.
“Thank you very much,” she said.
“Are you enjoying every day,” asked a reporter.
When asked whether she was tired or not, the actress assured everyone she was fine and did not talk about anything related to being pregnant.
“I will report to you again,” she said when leaving.
I know there’s lots of news going around, but here’s a snippet of what I’ve found recently that you may not have heard of…? Or am I that slow… Momo
Johnny’s President upset he was not told the news earlier
Johnny Kitagawa was not happy Jin Akanishi did not tell him he was getting married to Meisa Kuroki, the Johnny’s president told press on February 10, reports Chunichi Sports.
The two stars were officially married on February 2, announcing it to the press on February 9, with some reports stating Kuroki is pregnant.
“I think [their relationship and marriage] is wonderful but I hadn’t been told anything. I had gotten one phone call [after they got married], that’s it. I wish he’d had contacted me more,” Kitagawa said.
It has been reported Kitagawa had explained now – January and February – was not best time for the agency either, who were more than busy with most of their talents getting ready or performing in concerts and shows.
Kitagawa continued to talk about Akanishi’s independent personality, but said the talent is no longer able to use it as a reason for his behaviour.
“I guess I have to accept it in a way though, it’s in his nature to do things by himself.
“But now he has think about someone else. He needs to understand he’s responsible for her career too. She has a job to do too, they can’t do things that would cause trouble for the other person,” he said.
When asked whether Akanishi would receive some sort of punishment, the Johnny’s president said Akanishi would not get away so easily.
“I’m the one who has to take full responsibility if he does anything wrong, so I do need to think of something.”
Meisa Kuroki’s career in danger?
If Meisa Kuroki is pregnant, the shock could force her to retire from showbiz, reports Nikkan Gendai on February 13.
First was canceling her live guest appearance on TV show Coming Soon!! on February 13, where there had been a lot of talk about what the show’s host Masahiro Nakai (SMAP) would say to her. Then came the cancellation of her event, scheduled for March 4, which was supposed to have invited fans who bought Kuroki’s second music album “UNLOCKED”.
It has been reported Kuroki has continued to apologise, but the chatter is not slowing down.
The other problems concern her contracts with six major companies including EPSON and UNIQLO.
According to a Nikkan Gendai source, Kuroki’s latest contract involved promoting the Subaru BRZ car, which had only started playing commercials on air on February 8. Because Kuroki’s marriage news is good news rather than bad news, Subaru is unlikely to drop Kuroki, but it may hinder the car’s sales.
Chunichi Sports reports all commercial involving products Kuroki endorses are still running on air.
A representative from food company Morinaga said, “we are waiting for word from [Kuroki’s] agency so that we can discuss our options”. In a worst-case scenario, if Kuroki is found to have breached their contract, her agency could be requested to pay for damages.
Nikkan Gendai reports if one company terminates their contract with Kuroki, it is possible other companies will do the same.
It has been reported Kuroki’s grandmother who lives in Okinawa had said, “I really wish she would come back to live in Okinawa”.
Hideaki Takizawa’s reaction to the news (Chunichi Sports)
“It was his decision, and it’s something to celebrate. I hope it’ll motivate him to work harder now. I hope both of them can stay true to each other,” Takizawa said.
When asked whether he had received any prior notification, Takizawa said, “I can’t answer that”.
Johnny Kitagawa, who was at the same press conference as Takizawa was surprised at his talent’s comment, and asked him not to do the same.
“Tackey, if this happens to you, I hope you can talk to me about it beforehand,” Kitagawa said.
Jin Akanishi has had family plans for years
Gossip magazine Josei Seven has reported Jin Akanishi had been thinking of marriage for years, reports News Post Seven on February 16.
The Johnny’s star has maintained his bad boy image for years, but an interview with Josei Seven in November 2010 paints a picture of an Akanishi ready for marriage.
“I didn’t go out for dinner much when I was living in LA, I’d cook all kinds of things with friends. When I was doing that, I’d have serious thoughts about getting married. Like, wouldn’t life be easier if I had a wife. If the timing’s right then I’m ready to get married any time. I want my first baby to be a girl, and I want three kids. But I think I’ll get jealous when my daughter starts bringing home a boyfriend.”
There’s been a lot of stories coming out about Jin’s marriage, but here’s what I could gather at the moment:
It has been reported the couple submitted their marriage documents to a ward office in Tokyo on February 2, also known as “Married Couple’s Day” in Japan. While the word is Kuroki is pregnant, her agency has not made an official announcement, saying, “at the moment we have not been able to make a positive confirmation. There’s a chance, but at two months we cannot be sure”, neither confirming or denying the possibility.
What has been released, are comments from both stars through each of their agencies:
“I, Jin Akanishi, would like to report that Meisa Kuroki and myself were married on February 2. I am still inexperienced in many ways, but I promise to work harder than I ever have, and hope that you all continue to watch over us warmly.”
– Jin Akanishi
“I am sorry that this report comes as a sudden surprise to you all. I, Meisa Kuroki, married Jin Akanishi on February 2. I understand this will cause a great deal of trouble and worry for you all, but I hope to continue to work hard at my job and in my private life. I hope that my fans, and the people I work with, will watch over us warmly. Thank you very much in advance.”
– Meisa Kuroki
It has been reported the two have known each other for a number of years, and began dating at the end of 2011. Although Akanishi mainly works in the US now, he had been on a long stay in Japan late last year to promote his new records, giving the two time to see each other more frequently. The two had been caught by the press while on a date at Tokyo Disneysea on January 22. Although Akanishi’s and Kuroki’s agencies confirmed the two were at Tokyo Disneysea, they had pressed the two were just friends.
However, eyewitness accounts by fans continued to pop up on the internet. These included sightings at a local supermarket, and while in a rented car together in Kuroki’s hometown in Okinawa on January 27. TV company Fuji TV’s “Super News” had reported the two had gone to announce their marriage to Kuroki’s family, Kuroki’s mother said in an interview.
Surprise for agencies
Akanishi and Kuroki got married before their agencies allowed it, reports Asahi Shimbun Digital.
It has been reported both stars told their own agencies about their marriage after they had gotten married.
Kuroki’s talent agency Sweet Power had learnt the actress was seeing Akanishi around the time the two had been caught on their January date, and had pointed out it was too soon to think about marriage. It has been reported the marriage happened so fast the agency barely had enough time to inform Kuroki’s sponsors about it.
Chances of a press conference?
For Johnny’s, many marriage cases in the past have been dealt by releasing a written statement by the talent getting married or a press conference by the talent himself.
Most recently, when Noriyuki Higashiyama married actress Yoshino Kimura in 2010, it was announced through a written statement by their agencies.
When SMAP’s Takuya Kimura got married to singer Shizuka Kudo in 2000, Kimura held a press conference after a SMAP concert on November 23, saying Kudo was four months pregnant, and they would submit their marriage documents to officials soon. They did so on December 5, and in May 2001 the couple had their first baby.
Cyzowoman reports it would be unlikely for Akanishi to hold a press conference like Kimura’s because he is not as widely known as Kimura, and his career is focussed on the US market, not Japan. However, it is likely Kuroki will talk about her marriage on TV as she starts promoting her latest music album “UNLOCKED”, which will be released on February 15.
An exception to the usual Johnny’s process was V6’s Yoshihiko Inohara marriage. Inohara and Asaka Seto held a press conference together when they announced they were getting married in 2007.
Akanishi and Kuroki’s views on marriage
Did the two plan to get married, reports TechinsightJapan on February 10.
It has been reported Kuroki had previously said she had no plans to get married at the moment.
Akanishi, however, said he was ready to get married any time. When the Johnny’s talent was a guest on radio program TOKIO HOT 100 on December 25 last year, the show’s host Chris Peppler had asked Akanishi what his next step in life was.
“There are lots of things I want to do, but in the end I want a family…I love kids, and it’d be a dream if I could live with and bring home enough money to look after my kids,” Akanishi said.
When asked when he wanted to get married, Akanishi said, “anytime”.
It has been reported Johnny’s & Associates and Sweet Power have both released similar statements, saying Akanishi and Kuroki were at Tokyo Disneysea on January 22, but were with a group of friends. The two are friends, but not dating.
However, News Live reports weekly magazine 週刊新潮 (Shukan Shincho) have published a photo of the two holding hands while on the theme park ride Tower of Terror. Although the photo was taken during the ride by a theme park camera and the two are wearing glasses, it was not enough to hide their distinct facial features.
It has been reported the two had known each other for the past few years, but had grown close since autumn last year after having dinner together with friends, and had finally started dating after New Year’s.
In the past, there have been reports of Akanishi dating other celebrities such as singer Takako Uehara, Rosa Kato, model RINA, and Maki Nishiyama.
Hiroshima News has reported a rise in the number of tweets from fans seeing the two on a date at Tokyo Disneysea or out shopping together.
Sponichi Annex reports the two had been spotted at a large shopping mall in Tokyo’s bay area on January 21, and at Tokyo Disneysea on January 22.
“TEST DRIVE featuring JASON DERULO” was released on November 8. On the same day, Akanishi took part in a fan meet and greet in Los Angeles with 300 fans. The singer signed autographs for 50 of those fans first in line, showed the crowd the finished music video to his song, and answered questions from 10 fans including children and housewives.
“I’d never done a signing event so in the beginning, I didn’t know what to do, but it turned out to be really fun. I was very happy to be able to thank my fans in person for all of their support on the day that I got the No.1 spot on the iTunes dance song chart,” he said.
Summary of the Jin Akanishi’s fan Q&A:
Q: What do you miss about Japan?
A: Friends, family, and…the food.
Q: What’s your favourite restaurant in Los Angeles?
A: Gonpachi. Does everyone know it? It’s a Japanese restaurant. That’s my favourite.
Q: What do you do on your day off?
A: Make songs. And, sleep.
Q: How do you de-stress?
A: Sing “TEST DRIVE” at karaoke.
Q: What’s your ideal woman?
A: Full of energy, sexy, has common sense and a sense of humour.
Q: What part did you have the most fun with while you were shooting your music video?
A: It was a 19-hour shoot, but it was really fun. I got to work with a lot of hot girls.
Q: Are there any plans for a US tour?
A: I’m in the middle of recording right now, but when that’s done I’ll go on tour.
Akanishi’s single will be available on iTunes, but will not be available in Japan. Instead, Japanese fans will be able to buy Akanishi’s mini album, which will be released on December 7.
It has been reported Jason Derulo said he enjoyed working with the Johnny’s talent.
“Jin is a really nice guy and it was easy to get along with him. I had a lot of fun recording with him. I’m glad I was able to collaborate with Akanishi.”
Producers, the Stereotypes, also said they had fun working with Akanishi.
“We’d heard that he was a superstar in Japan, but he’s friendly. We want people to pay attention to his vocals.”
Akanishi’s debut had been delayed because the singer had spent most of this summer filming “47 – RONIN” (due out in December 2012) in London, which stars Keanu Reeves in the lead role. In between shoots, the singer had met up with producers and done little bits of recording.
“I’m excited about being able to share my music with more people, and I want to thank my fans for making this possible,” Akanishi said.