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Johnny Kitagawa

Born: Oct 23, 1931

Birthplace: Los Angeles

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: Japan

Johnny Kitagawa

Date of Birth : Oct 23, 1931
Birth Place : Los Angeles

Johnny Hiromu Kitagawa, is the founder and president of Johnny & Associates, a production agency for numerous popular boy bands in Japan. Kitagawa assembled, produced and managed more than a dozen popular bands, including SMAP, Arashi, Kanjani8, Hey! Say! JUMP, V6, NEWS and KAT-TUN. Kitagawa's influence has spread beyond music to the realms of theatre and television. Regarded as one of the most powerful figures in the Japanese entertainment industry, he has held a virtual monopoly on the creation of boy bands in Japan for more than 40 years. From 1988 to 2000, Kitagawa was the subject of a number of claims that he had taken advantage of his position to engage in improper sexual relationships with boys under contract to his talent agency. Kitagawa denied these claims, and in 2002 was awarded an 8.8 million yen judgment against the magazine that had published such allegations. An appeal by the magazine followed, resulting in a partial reversal of the judgment. The Tokyo High Court reduced the damages to ¥1.2 million, concluding that the reports of drinking and smoking were defamatory but that the allegations of sexual exploitation of adolescent boys by Johnny Kitagawa were true.


  • Film Producer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Record producer

Also known as

  • Hiromu Kitagawa
  • Johnny H. Kitagawa
  • Kitagawa Hiromu
  • Johnny Hiromu Kitagawa
  • John Hiromu Kitagawa
  • Janî Kitagawa


  • Eiko Kitagawa
  • Taido Kitagawa
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