Johnny & Associates
Johnny & Associates is a talent agency that was established by Johnny H. Kitagawa back in the early 60's. It has dominated the Japanese boy band market ever since. Just about all the top male groups on Japanese television today are members of this stable. Most of them not only dominated the music industry, they are also known for appearing everywhere from doramas to TV commercials. This agency is commonly known by the name Johnny's Jimusho (ジャニーズ事務所)
Once in a while there will be an audition for young boys to join this agency. When they got accepted, they will be part of Johnny's Jr. until they make their debut (in music industry). During their days as a Jr. they get trained to dance and sing by supporting their seniors as backdancer or performing on some TV shows.
The Johnny's Jr. themself began to gain more intention through Takizawa Hideaki. Before his debut as Tackey & Tsubasa, he acted as the leader of the Juniors. They began to have a lot of TV Shows featuring the Juniors and they even held their own concerts, not as backdancer or supporters for their seniors.
-Debuted Group/ Soloist-
|1973||Go Hiromi||Solo||-||left the agency||-|
|1980||Tahara Toshihiko||Solo||-||left the agency||-|
|1983||The Good-Bye||?||-||already disbanded||-|
|1987||Hikaru GENJI||7||Oosawa Mikio||1994 became Hikaru GENJI SUPER 5||-|
|1991||SMAP||6 ® 5||Nakai Masahiro||-||-|
|1994||Hikaru GENJI SUPER 5||5||-||1995||-|
|2002||Tackey & Tsubasa||2||-||-||-|
|2003||NEWS||9 ® 8 ® 7 ® 6 ® 4||Koyama Keiichiro||-||-|
|2004||Kanjani8||8 ® 7||-||-||-|
|2006||KAT-TUN||6 ® 5||-||-||-|
|2007||Hey! Say! JUMP||10 ® 9||-||-||-|
|2011||Sexy Zone||5||Nakajima Kento||-||-|
|2006||Tegomass||2||subunit from NEWS|
|2013||Busaiku||4||subunit from Kis-My Ft2|
-Temporary/ Special Units-
|1975||Johnnys' Junior Special||?||-|
|2000||Secret Agent||2||Theme song for the drama 'Heisei Meoto Jawan'|
|2001||Sakuraba Yuichiro||Solo||Theme song for the drama 'Mukodono!'|
|2001||MiMyCen||3||for the variety show 'MiMyCen!'|
|2001||GO Tarimo and Mini Curry||Solo||for the variety show 'Gakkou e Ikou!'|
|2002||Ya-Ya-yah||5||Theme song for the anime 'Nintama Rantarō'|
|2004||Hattori-kun||Solo||Theme song for the movie 'Nin x Nin: Ninja Hattori-kun'|
|2005||Toraji Haiji||2||Theme song for the movie 'Fantastipo'|
|2005||Shuuji to Akira||2||Theme song for the drama 'Nobuta wo Produce'|
|2006||GYM||3||Women Volleyball Suporter|
|2006||Kisarazu Cats Eye feat. MCU||6||Theme song for the drama 'Kisarazu Cat's Eye: World Series'|
|2007||Trio the Shakiiin||3||Theme song for the drama 'Kuitan'|
|2007||Hey! Say! 7||5||Theme song for the anime Love★Com|
|2008||MATCHY with QUESTION?||6||Theme song for the anime 'Naruto'|
|2009||The SHIGOTONIN||3||Theme song for the drama 'Hissatsu Shigotonin'|
|2009||NYC boys||7||Women Volleyball Suporter|
|2009||Ryo-san||Solo||Theme song for the drama 'Kochikame'|
|2009||Snow Prince Gasshoudan||11||Theme song for the movie 'Snow Prince Kinjirareta Koi no Melody' (Snow Prince Melody of Forbidden Love)|
|2010||Kaibutsu-kun||Solo||Theme song for the drama 'Kaibutsu-kun'|
|2011||Ryo-san||Solo||Theme song for the movie 'Kochikame'|
|2011||A.N.JELL||4||Theme song for the drama 'Ikemen desu ne'|
|2012||The MONSTERS||2||Theme song for the drama 'MONSTERS'|
|1991||SMAP||6 ® 5||Nakai Masahiro|
|2002||Tackey & Tsubasa||2||-|
|2003||NEWS||9 ® 8 ® 7 ® 6 ® 4||Koyama Keiichiro|
|2004||Kanjani8||8 ® 7||-|
|2006||KAT-TUN||6 ® 5 ® 4||-|
|2007||Hey! Say! JUMP||10 ® 9||-|
|2011||Sexy Zone||5||Nakajima Kento|
Former Artists / Groups
- From Otokogumi:
- From Hikaru GENJI:
- From Hikaru GENJI / Hikaru GENJI SUPER 5:
- From Hikaru GENJI / SAY・S:
- From Hikaru GENJI / Hikaru GENJI SUPER 5 / SAY・S:
- From Hikaru GENJI / Hikaru GENJI SUPER 5 / SAY・S / AKIRA & KOHJI:
- From SMAP:
- From NEWS:
- From KAT-TUN:
See Johnny's Jr. page.
In 1997 J-FRIENDS was created to raise money for the education of children involved in the Kobe Earthquake of 1995. It contained the members of TOKIO, V6 and KinKi Kids. In 1998 they released their 1st single. Until their disbandment in 2003 they were able to release 6 singles and held some charity concerts and events. In the end they were able to donate 874.278.322 Yen.
2004 this agency held a charity baseball game in which some of its talents took part.
2011 Japan was hit by 2011 Touhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11th. All concerts and musicals their talents were going to do that month were postponed. The power generators, transport trucks, and 2,000 liters of gasoline that would have been used for their concerts were used to help supply areas in the north of Japan. Trucks each holding tons worth of goods were sent to the north. On March 30th, it was announced that the agency will release another charity project featuring all Johnny & Associates talents to help raise money for the victims. The president of Johnny & Associates, Johnny Kitagawa, came up with the name Marching J with the 'J' standing for 'Japan' and 'Johnny's'. The meaning behind the word "Marching" is that it will be "the March we will not forget" and "let’s walk together toward the recovery". Besides he also stated, that he was planning to hold a charity event every month, with a part of the profit donated to disaster relief.
Their first activity was a fundraiser which was hosted in front of the First Gymnasium at the Yoyogi National Stadium from April 1st to the 3rd. The slogan of the event was use our energy without using electricity. On the 1st day, about 101.000 people came. While on the 2nd day it was about 127.000 people and on the 3rd day around 161.000 people were there.
On April 7th, it was announced that SMAP’s upcoming single, “not alone ~Shiawase ni Narou yo~”, will be released as a charity single as part of this project. The song was released for download as ringtone on April 25th. Then on May 4th it was released as digital single.
On May 29th they held a charity baseball game in Tokyo Dome participated by around 200 Johnny's talents. They were seperated into 2 groups, J-White and J-Red, with Kamenashi Kazuya as the captain of J-White and Takizawa Hideaki as captain of J-Red. Nakai Masahiro came as special guest and did the first pitching, after that he participated as a J-Red player. Katori Shingo also made a guest appereance and did the first batting, but didn't join the match. The game ended with 10-9 for J-Red. The MVP went to Kamenashi Kazuya from J-White and Sakamoto Masayuki from J-Red. After that they did a small live performance. About 45,000 fans came to watch the game.
|Charity Baseball Game Player List|
|Kamenashi Kazuya (KAT-TUN)(captain)||Takizawa Hideaki (Tackey & Tsubasa)(captain)|
|Nagano Hiroshi (V6)||Nakai Masahiro (SMAP)|
|Imai Tsubasa (Tackey & Tsubasa)||Sakamoto Masayuki (V6)|
|Koyama Keiichiro (NEWS)||Domoto Koichi (KinKi Kids)|
|Tegoshi Yuya (NEWS)||Masuda Takahisa (NEWS)|
|Nakamaru Yuichi (KAT-TUN)||Tanaka Koki (KAT-TUN)|
|Kitayama Hiromitsu (Kis-My-Ft2)||Taguchi Junnosuke (KAT-TUN)|
|Nikaido Takashi (Kis-My-Ft2)||Fujigaya Taisuke (Kis-My-Ft2)|
|Miyata Toshiya (Kis-My-Ft2)||Yokoo Wataru (Kis-My-Ft2)|
|Senga Kento (Kis-My-Ft2)||Tamamori Yuta (Kis-My-Ft2)|
|Uchi Hiroki||Nakayama Yuma (NYC)|
|Kikuchi Fuma (B.I.Shadow)||Nakajima Kento (B.I.Shadow)|
|Kochi Yugo (B.I.Shadow)||Matsumura Hokuto (B.I.Shadow)|
|Tanaka Juri (Hip Hop JUMP)|
On June 24th until 26th Arashi held a charity event at Tokyo Dome eith the title Arashi no "Waku Waku" Gakkou. The event contains of 5 shows. Each show was for about 2,5 hours. It was a show where each of them became teacher for 30 minutes and give a lecture while entertaining the audiences. The event brought in 200.000.000 Yen of donation money.
On September 12th it was announced through Johnny's net, that starting September 15th Marching J SPECIAL MOVIE will be available to be viewed for 315 Yen per video, from which 200 Yen will be donated.
On March 11th, 1 year after the Tohoku earthquake, they held another fundraising at Tokyo Dome, titled Tohoku Earthquake Reconstruction Assistance Project [Marching J]/ Tokyo Dome. Around 173.000 fans came to this event. During this event they announced that they had raised a total of 826.553.991 yen ($10.020.051) and that those money will be sent towards children funds.
KinKi Kids was listed in the 2002 edition of the reference book Guinness World Records for 'Most consecutive No.1 singles' (13 singles at that time). Since then the duo keep extending their record.
In 2011 Johnny Kitagawa, the president of the agency was given 2 Gunniess World Records, one for 'Most No.1 singles produced by an individual' with 232 singles (between 1974 to 2010) and another one for ‘Most concerts produced by an individual’ with 8419 concerts (between 2000 to 2010). His achievements, over a career commencing in 1962, have earned him the reputation as the most prolific "idol band" producer in the world.
On November 19, 2012, it was announced that Johnny Kitagawa has been certificated with his 3rd Guinness Record, this time for 'most No. 1 acts produced by an individual' with 35 artists as of 24 September 2012. 
- ↑ "Johnny & Associates announces earthquake relief project, “Marching J”, feat. all talents", www.tokyohive.com
- ↑ "Marching J attracted almost 390,000 fans over three days", www.momoedgewood.wordpress.com
- ↑ "SMAP turn drama song into charity single", www.momoedgewood.wordpress.com
- ↑ Not Alone ~Shiawase ni Narou yo~, www.generasia.com/wiki/
- ↑ "45,000 fans turn up to Johnny’s charity baseball match", www.momoedgewood.wordpress.com
- ↑ "Arashi to hold school-themed charity events at Tokyo Dome", http://www.tokyohive.com
- ↑ "“Special classes” with Arashi at the Tokyo Dome!", www.tokyohive.com
- ↑ "‘Marching J’ performs with 180 members and attracts 173,000 fans to their Tokyo Dome event", www.tokyohive.com
- ↑ "Johnny & Associates announces another “Marching J” fundraising event at Tokyo Dome", www.tokyohive.com
- ↑ Most consecutive No.1 singles, www.guinnessworldrecords.com
- ↑ Most No.1 singles produced by an individual/, www.guinnessworldrecords.com
- ↑ Most concerts produced by an individual, www.guinnessworldrecords.com
- ↑ the most prolific "idol band" producer in the world, www.guinnessworldrecords.com
- ↑ JAPANESE PRODUCER JOHNNY KITAGAWA PRODUCES THE MOST #1 ACTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL, www.tokyohive.com
- ↑ Johnny Kitagawa sets another Guinness World Record, www.tokyohive.com