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Announcement Regarding Johnny & Associates Artist Masaki Aiba

We deeply appreciate your warm applause to the kickoff three-hour special live program “VS Damashii (spirit)” aired on the Fuji TV network on January 3.


The next and subsequent airdates are planned to be January 14 and 21. The programs were recorded on January 4, so we hope you will tune in for the broadcast. However, we have a report about Masaki Aiba.


After successfully finishing the live program yesterday, Aiba suddenly complained of feeling ill at midnight of January 3 to early morning of January 4. Considering the current situation, Aiba underwent a PCR test immediately. Though he tested negative, he had a low fever and fatigue. Therefore, we decided to absent him from recording of the program on January 4 for safety. For this reason, Aiba will not appear on the programs to be aired on January 14 and 21. We apologize in advance.


The programs will be aired with the following artists who will appear on them in place of Aiba:


“VS Damashii (spirit)” to be aired at 7:00 pm on January 14 (Thursday): Kazuya Ninomiya in place of Masaki Aiba

“VS Damashii (spirit)” to be aired at 7:00 pm on January 21 (Thursday): Shingo Murakami (Kanjani Eight) in place of Masaki Aiba




We sincerely apologize for the concern and inconvenience caused by the fact that Aiba will be absent from the fist regular show where he was due to act as an M.C.


Your understanding is appreciated.


January 4, 2021

Johnny & Associates