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Ohno Damage Control: Johnny's vs. Kodansha

Time for some fallout. And I'm not talking about Chinen's broken heart.

According to Osaka Sports, after Shuukan Gendai's (SG) article on Ohno was released the jimusho immediately contacted newspapers and tv stations stating that it was untrue. They admitted to him hanging with the girls (cuz hello, pictures) but said he "absolutely did not smoke marijuana."
Mari-juana is bad. Mkayyy.

The jimusho is standing strong in it's denfense, so much so that it will no longer be working with Kodansha, SG's publisher. This means no more Johnny's in whatever fashion mags Kodansha publishes or whatever other work Johnny's had planned with them.

One very recent connection between the two organizations is Nino and Ryo's fall drama "Ryusei no Kizuna," which is based on the work of Higashino Keigo - originally serialized in SG. Fear not, though, it will be broadcast as planned, but SG won't be granted any coverage of the drama. Prohibiting the original publisher of the work from covering the drama version is quite unprecedented. Also, Nino and Ryo won't appear on those little bands they put on books. (Ya know, the ones that say "NOW A TV DRAMA!") SG isn't sweatin' it though. They stated they have more than enough material to work with and full confidence in the contents of their publication.

The "most painful" result of the breakup is the loss of the annual Johnny's calendars - which bring in a steady 200,000,000 yen a year (roughly $1.8 million). After next year they will be gone. No mention of change in publishers, but they will most likely be taking their business elsewhere.

Hm. Dunno if all this is true, but if so, that's pretty major. Kodansha is taking a big hit. But yeah, as mentioned in the comments, Johnny's will probably just find another publisher to do the calendars with.

Random aside: If you want to watch a hilarious film about smoking pot, I recommend checking out Reefer Madness. It's like a public service announcement gone horribly wrong. I found it to be quite ridiculous and one of the worst movies I'd ever seen, but I also thought it was very funny.

Just thought I'd throw that out there. And now, I sleep.

source: エンタメScoop


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Jul. 29th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
It's good that Jimusho is defensing in such way but ... wah, no more calendars ? Maybe they'll contact somewhere else with the calendars?..I have no idea how it works in Japan, though ww.
but wow...
looking forward to see the future happenings.
Jul. 30th, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
[hi ms. --> aitana]

back to the topic

im really sad about ohno's scandal. i wish its not true. this will really affect Arashi and i will be sad, all of us will be sad. im happy that JE is defending Ohno. i wish they solve this problem ASAP
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)

This whole commotion from Johnny's boycotting some business joint ventures sort of confirms the bad news about Ohno, in a very twisted way. I can't explain, but it's like major and total damage control.

But then again, as a fan, I'd like to give Ohno the benefit of the doubt. However, I still go for the simplistic view of things: If it's the truth, then it's the truth. If it's not, then it's not.
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
no more calendars?? what why ;__; cant they just change publisher or something :(

is myojo under Shukan Gendai??
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
I checked into it and all the monthly boy mags under different publishers, not Kodansha, so they should be fine. :)
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Jul. 29th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
It's the Publishing Rights that the Jimusho took away from Kodansha. That means that there will still be the yearly calendars but Johnny's will look for a new publisher. :)
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
You are right. That makes total sense. How dumb of me to think they would just vanish. lol why am I still awake...
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:17 am (UTC)
There were calendars?
So you learn new things every day.

I really hope Kodansha profited from letting the cat out of the bag, because I imagine whatever they made from that story will be nowhere near the amount of money they'll loose from their contract with Johnnys.

But at least JE supports Ohno. They could've just kicked Ohno out, like they did with Uchi and the-other-guy. But I imagine they're making a profit by keeping him anyway. Perhaps Kodansha is a rival? and JE wants to "put them out of business".

Whatever it is, you can be sure Johnny is one good business man.
Jul. 29th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Re: There were calendars?
i know what you mean about the ohno and uchi thing but arashi has been around 4 ever and they are selling like crazy. ohno getting kicked out would be like the end of everything and no damage control could save johnny's after that. news just started and uchi gone hasn't really made a big impact on news they're kind of better with 2 less members. with ohno gone that's just the end
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Jul. 29th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
I really love how Johnny-san defenses his employees.
But without the calendars it will get depressing, I hope they will find another company!! :D
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
I think Jimusho had made the right decision :)
I admit that I might have underestimated the power of Kitagawa-san

But the calendars are usually giving us the fans a bunch of excellent photoshots.. A bit sad for me if they're not going to release it anymore.. Anyway, it's better, I'm happy to see Johnny's giving out clarification~ ^^
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:53 am (UTC)
FO' SHO'!!

TEAM OHNO!!! lol
Jul. 29th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
haha! i like the way JE goes at Kodansha with a sledgehammer *nods in approval* ... it just means "mess wif my guys and u DIE" *evil glares from scary JE bosses*

ah well, admitting to hanging out wif the girls is no major harm done... i can imagine they will continue to vehemently deny the drugs and sex... i'm just glad tat JE is standing by Ohno on this one ^^
Jul. 29th, 2008 11:06 am (UTC)
I`m wondering though, how many of the groups` calendars does Kodansha actually do? Kanjani8`s was Koubunsha, HSJ`s was Shueisha, and Arashi and T&T were not Kodansha either. Unless those are all under Kodansha, I think the calendars are not in as much danger as we thought.

Hmmm, although a friend just pointed out that Koubunsha is part of Koudansha...

Edited at 2008-07-29 11:15 am (UTC)
Jul. 29th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)
Hmm... This is big. Lol. marijuana is bad? really? celebs getting caught with it haven't got out of business >>;; But it means that the whole thing is blown over, right? Yay for Ohno lol.
Jul. 29th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
Woah, that's harsh. But I'm glad they're standing by him, though I will mourn the loss of those calendars...
Jul. 29th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
Man, I love a good JE smackdown.

They could always go to another publisher to make their calendars. I'd like to see the bidding war between publishers for that job.
Jul. 29th, 2008 11:23 am (UTC)
If this is true, it would be a huge hit to Kanjani too. I mean, without their manga and Yasu's corner in Betsufure they even have a radio show sponsored by Kodansha... *sigh* Hope this is not true...
As for the Jimusho, they can always transfer to Shueisha, for example, especially seeing as Arashi's new photobook will be released under them...
Oh, and sweet dreams! ^^
Jul. 29th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
Which radio show? O___O
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Jul. 29th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
Holy Shit. I'm shocked they're owning up to it, AND backing him. Isn't that out of character for JE?

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