Julie Fujishima, the boss of Japan’s greatest boyband company, lastly stepped down after admitting for the primary time on Thursday (September 7) that its late founder sexually abused younger stars. She even apologised to the victims.
Fujishima, niece of the accused music mogul Johnny Kitagawa who died in 2019, mentioned, “Both the agency itself and I myself as a person recognise that sexual abuse by Johnny Kitagawa took place. I apologise for his victims from the bottom of my heart. I take seriously what happened.”
The strongest expertise company in Japan’s pop music trade was headed by Kitagawa, however the scandal, which emerged absolutely earlier this 12 months, has horrified the nation and tainted his picture.
The allegations that he abused younger males who wished to be stars surfaced in Japanese media in 1999, however there was nothing concrete till this 12 months after a BBC documentary revealed particulars.
The 57-year-old Fujishima mentioned she had stepped down efficient Tuesday and named singer and actor Noriyuki Higashiyama, a veteran member of the expertise company, as her successor. But she mentioned that she would stay within the company’s management to assist “compensate” victims.
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