Announcement regarding Johnny & Associates Artist Kenichi Okamoto
Thank you for your continued support.
Johnny & Associates announces that its artist Kenichi Okamoto will terminate his exclusive contract with the company as of October 31, 2021 and conclude a new agent contract on the following day, November 1, 2021.
Okamoto has been working as an actor since he ended his group activities. We extend our sincere gratitude to those who have given him warm support and opportunities to act so that he could pursue his career as an actor and steadily build his acting experience.
Okamoto made this decision on the occasion of turning 50 with more than 35 years of career experience, seeing it as a turning point in his life as an artist and with the belief that he needs new challenges to undertake more creative activities in the next phase of his life. Believing that he should put himself in an environment that requires him to take responsibility for all his performances, yet allows him to expand his activities more than ever, he decided to switch to an agent contract. The wish that Okamoto has continually expressed throughout this process was to “continue engaging in creative activities as one of the inheritors of Johnny’s entertainment.” While maintaining our contractual relationship with Okamoto so that he can pursue the career he envisions, we are concluding an agent contract out of respect for his wish to take on new challenges.
Once again, we would like to express our appreciation to all fans and everyone in the industry who have always been so supportive.
Kenichi Okamoto will continue delivering entertainment that everyone can enjoy from a new environment. We hope you will continue to support him.
October 19, 2021
Johnny & Associates