Akanishi Jin’s Japan tour canceled as penalty for recent marriage; Johnny’s Jimusho to make Akanishi Jin responsible for costs, Saturday March 31, 2012 Japan
Mar 31 2012, 04:20 PM
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Akanishi Jin’s Japan tour canceled as penalty for recent marriage
On March 24th, it was revealed that Johnny’s Entertainment has canceled Akanishi Jin’s upcoming Japan tour.
Akanishi, who married actress Kuroki Meisa last month, was scheduled to hold 7 concerts in 5 cities from April to May.
During an interview with Sankei Sports, the agency explained that this is a penalty due to the fact that Akanishi has “deviated from the rules of etiquette as an adult member of society.”
Their marriage announcement has heavily affected Kuroki’s career, who canceled all of her scheduled appearances on television programs and events. He is also being punished for reporting the news to the agency and affiliated parties after they had registered their marriage on February 2nd.
The agency also stated, “Akanishi will be responsible for the debt of canceling the tour.” Although tickets haven’t gone on sale yet, the fee to rent out the venues is said to cost approximately several million yen.
Akanishi recently held his American tour from March 9th to the 17th. After returning to Japan, he was scheduled to perform in 5 cities, including Tokyo and Osaka, for a total of 70,000 people. The tour schedule was to be announced around the time his marriage news was reported
Johnny’s Entertainment apologized, “We deeply apologize for all the trouble he has caused the fans and everyone concerned.”
Source: Sankei Sports, Sports Hochi
Johnny’s Jimusho to make Akanishi Jin responsible for costs of canceled tour
Newspapers reported on Sunday that Akanishi Jin (27) was originally scheduled to hold an arena tour in Japan starting next month, but the concerts were canceled due to his sudden marriage to actress Kuroki Meisa (23) in February. Sources say that his management agency, Johnny's Jimusho, decided to punish him for his actions regarding the marriage.
Akanishi apparently did not take the responsibility to inform his agency or other relevant parties before he and Kuroki submitted their marriage registration on February 2. Johnny’s Jimusho president Johnny Kitagawa said that he only found out about the marriage after it had been reported in the news. Because of Akanishi’s decision to notify them of such a major thing after the fact, his agency chose to hold him responsible by canceling a tour that was supposed to take place from early April to early May.
Despite the marriage announcement, Akanishi’s U.S. tour from March 9-17 proceeded as planned. However, he was also apparently scheduled to hold a 5-city, 7-concert tour in Japan after his return. The tour was never officially announced before its cancellation (sources say it was planned to be announced around the time that Akanishi revealed his marriage), but his agency had already booked the venues. As an additional penalty, Johnny’s Jimusho is making Akanishi bear the cost of the venue cancellation fees, which can normally be around 1 to 2 million yen for an arena-size venue.
Besides Johnny’s Jimusho, other parties affected by the sudden marriage include Akanishi’s record label. Kuroki’s work has also been affected, especially by the fact that she is now in her third month of pregnancy.
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