The concept of “boy bands” is deeply rooted in Japanese culture, driven mainly by Johnny Kitagawa, president and found of Johnny`s talent agency, the boy band factory of the 1990s and 2000s. Many called Johnny the godfather of Japanese show business as many of the young dance groups broke up after their teens and twenties passed to become movie starts or TV personalities.
Hiromu Kitagawa, his real name reportedly collapsed on June 18 and was secretly taken to hospital with only a few of his close friends and movie stars visiting him. Kitagawa made true stars by having them sing and dance as well as finding them spots on variety shows across Japan. His style and promotion system was even copied by other countries in Asia, some saying he had a strong impact on K-Pop culture.
Our View: The culture of young men and women singing and dancing on stage has spread across Japan, South Korea, China and greater China in the past 30 years, and Mr Kitagawa and his team were a driving force in its success, not only from the business end but the types of young men and women selected for “talent” shows and holiday TV shows.