Johnny Kitagawa, 81, the founder and president of Johnny & Associates (Johnnny’s Jimusho) talent agency, is to make a rare TV appearance on a special NHK program.
Kitagawa runs the agency that assembled, produced and managed more than a dozen popular bands, including SMAP, Arashi, Kanjani8, Hey! Say! JUMP, V6, NEWS and KAT-TUN, and is regarded as one of the most powerful figures in Japan’s entertainment industry. Kitagawa’s influence has also spread to theater and television. Johnny’s has held a virtual monopoly on the
creation of boy bands in Japan for more than 40 years.
Sports Nippon reported Thursday that the NHK program is to take the form of an interview that is intended to publicize the stage show “Johnny’s World” which is currently on tour. The program will be titled “Johnny’s World: Top of the J-Pops.”
Kitagawa is a mysterious figure who rarely gives interviews and has never been the subject of a TV show before.
“Johnny’s World: Top of the J-Pops” will be broadcast online via the NHK homepage from Jan 27 at 8:10 a.m.