• Kyodo, Staff Report


The entertainment industry on Wednesday mourned the death of Johnny Kitagawa, the founder of one of Japan’s most powerful talent agencies, which shot a long line of boy bands to fame over a period of more than half a century.

“He’s like a father to us,” said Noriyuki Higashiyama, actor and a member of Shonentai, a boy band born from Kitagawa’s talent agency and production company Johnny & Associates Inc.

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