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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.

Contents

Release

-Debuted Group/ Soloist-

Debut Artists Members Leader Disbanded Fanclub name
1962 Johnny's 4 Maie Hiromi 1967 -
1967 Four Leaves 5 - 1978 -
1973 Go Hiromi Solo - left the agency -
1975 LITTLE GANG 2 - 1976 -
1980 Tahara Toshihiko Solo - left the agency -
1980 Kondo Masahiko Solo - - -
1981 Shibugakitai 3 Yakumaru Hirohide 1988 -
1983 The Good-Bye  ? - already disbanded -
1985 Shōnentai 3 Nishikiori Kazukiyo - -
1987 Hikaru GENJI 7 Oosawa Mikio 1994 became Hikaru GENJI SUPER 5 -
1987 Otokogumi 4 - 1993 -
1990 Ninja  ? - already disbanded -
1991 SMAP 6 ® 5 Nakai Masahiro - -
1994 TOKIO 5 Joshima Shigeru - -
1994 Hikaru GENJI SUPER 5 5 - 1995 -
1995 V6 6 Sakamoto Masayuki - -
1997 KinKi Kids 2 - - -
1999 Arashi 5 Ohno Satoshi - -
2002 Tackey & Tsubasa 2 - - -
2003 NEWS 9 ® 8 ® 7 ® 6 ® 4 Koyama Keiichiro - -
2004 Kanjani8 8 ® 7 - - -
2006 KAT-TUN 6 ® 5 - - -
2006 Yamashita Tomohisa Solo - - -
2007 Hey! Say! JUMP 10 ® 9 - - -
2011 Kis-My-Ft2 7 Kitayama Hiromitsu - -
2011 Akanishi Jin Solo - 2014 -
2011 Sexy Zone 5 Nakajima Kento - -
2012 A.B.C-Z 5 - - -
2012 Nakayama Yuma solo - - -
2014 Johnnys' WEST 7 - - -

-Subunits-

Debut Artists Members Reason
2006 Tegomass 2 subunit from NEWS
2010 NYC 3 -
2013 Busaiku 4 subunit from Kis-My Ft2

-Temporary/ Special Units-

Debut Artists Members Reason
1975 Johnnys' Junior Special  ? -
1998 J-FRIENDS 13 charity group
2000 Secret Agent 2 Theme song for the drama 'Heisei Meoto Jawan'
2000 Shingo Mama Solo -
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'

Artists

-Recording Artists-

Debut Artists Members Leader
1980 Kondo Masahiko Solo -
1985 Shōnentai 3 Nishikiori Kazukiyo
1991 SMAP 6 ® 5 Nakai Masahiro
1994 TOKIO 5 Joshima Shigeru
1995 V6 6 Sakamoto Masayuki
1997 KinKi Kids 2 -
1999 Arashi 5 Ohno Satoshi
2002 Tackey & Tsubasa 2 -
2003 NEWS 9 ® 8 ® 7 ® 6 ® 4 Koyama Keiichiro
2004 Kanjani8 8 ® 7 -
2006 KAT-TUN 6 ® 5 ® 4 -
2006 Yamashita Tomohisa Solo -
2007 Hey! Say! JUMP 10 ® 9 -
2010 NYC 3 -
2011 Kis-My-Ft2 7 Kitayama Hiromitsu
2011 Sexy Zone 5 Nakajima Kento
2012 A.B.C-Z 5 -
2012 Nakayama Yuma solo -
2014 Johnnys' WEST 7 -

-Johnny's Jr.-

-Others-

Former Artists / Groups

Already Debuted

- Maeda Kouyou
- Narita Shouji
- Takahashi Kazuya
- Oosawa Mikio
- Morohoshi Kazumi
- Satou Hiroyuki
- Yamamoto Junichi
- Akasaka Akira
- Mori Katsuyuki
- Moriuchi Takahiro
- Akanishi Jin
- Tanaka Koki

Before Debuting

See Johnny's Jr. page.

Charity Projects

-J-FRIENDS-

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.

-Marching J-

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3] The song was released for download as ringtone on April 25th. Then on May 4th it was released as digital single.[4]

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.[5]


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.[6][7]

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.[8][9]

Gunniess Record

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.[10]

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.[11][12][13]

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. [14][15]

Annual Musicals/Shows

Owned Labels

References

  1. "Johnny & Associates announces earthquake relief project, “Marching J”, feat. all talents", www.tokyohive.com
  2. "Marching J attracted almost 390,000 fans over three days", www.momoedgewood.wordpress.com
  3. "SMAP turn drama song into charity single", www.momoedgewood.wordpress.com
  4. Not Alone ~Shiawase ni Narou yo~, www.generasia.com/wiki/
  5. "45,000 fans turn up to Johnny’s charity baseball match", www.momoedgewood.wordpress.com
  6. "Arashi to hold school-themed charity events at Tokyo Dome", http://www.tokyohive.com
  7. "“Special classes” with Arashi at the Tokyo Dome!", www.tokyohive.com
  8. "‘Marching J’ performs with 180 members and attracts 173,000 fans to their Tokyo Dome event", www.tokyohive.com
  9. "Johnny & Associates announces another “Marching J” fundraising event at Tokyo Dome", www.tokyohive.com
  10. Most consecutive No.1 singles, www.guinnessworldrecords.com
  11. Most No.1 singles produced by an individual/, www.guinnessworldrecords.com
  12. Most concerts produced by an individual, www.guinnessworldrecords.com
  13. the most prolific "idol band" producer in the world, www.guinnessworldrecords.com
  14. JAPANESE PRODUCER JOHNNY KITAGAWA PRODUCES THE MOST #1 ACTS BY AN INDIVIDUAL, www.tokyohive.com
  15. Johnny Kitagawa sets another Guinness World Record, www.tokyohive.com

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