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Does Japan not care about Kitagawa’s abuse?

Julie Keiko Fujishima, outgoing president of Johnny Associates Inc., speaks during a press conference (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

The niece of Jonny Kitagawa, founder of the Japanese talent agency Jonny & Associates, stepped down this week from her role as president, acknowledging the decades long sexual abuse of the company’s young clients by its founder (who died in 1999). In a typically Japanese scene of corporate self-abasement, Julie Keiko Fujishima apologised to the victims and pledged to dedicate the rest of her life to addressing the issue.

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