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2019.7.12

Official statement Regarding the Private Funeral of President & CEO Johnny Kitagawa

We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincerest gratitude for your ongoing support.

We hereby report that the private funeral of company president Johnny Kitagawa was held seamlessly on this date, July 12, 2019, at Johnny’s beloved Johnny’s Island Rehearsal Hall.

This was only possible because of your heartfelt support, as always and as upon the announcement of Johnny’s passing. For this we are very grateful.

Johnny bid a final farewell to all the artists who were like children to him. At the funeral, Johnny, who had produced so many shows in his life, was for the first time the one to take center stage. To produce a show fit for the greatest entertainer of them all, Johnny’s children found time in their busy schedules to personally arrange everything they could, from setting up the venue to running proceedings. Hosts Taichi Kokubun and Yoshihiko Inohara did their best to send Johnny off with a smile while still observing the order of proceedings. Noriyuki Higashiyama (Shonentai), Yuto Takahashi (HiHi Jets), Koichi Domoto (KinKi Kids), and finally Masahiko Kondo, also spoke of their gratitude to Johnny.

Johnny had always watched his artists from the foot of the stage. But on this final occasion, 150 of those artists exchanged places with him to bid him farewell. Johnny’s final production was a gentle and heartwarming one. As the funeral progressed, strength seemed to return to the faces of each and every artist in attendance. Until the very end, Johnny was a producer who helped those around him grow. We will all work hard to keep growing while staying true to Johnny’s vision.

Once again, we would like to express our sincere thanks for allowing this private funeral to be held so seamlessly.

We are planning a separate opportunity for all of you who cared for Johnny to pay your respects. Details will be announced as they are decided.

Finally, while we have mentioned this before, we would greatly appreciate if you would refrain from sending individual inquiries and interview requests. We ask for your understanding and kind cooperation regarding this matter.

July 12th, 2019
Johnny & Associates