It's been reported that Kondo Masahiko has left Johnny's & Associates on April 30.
Last November, Kondo's activities were suspended indefinitely after a tabloid magazine reported that he was having an affair. According to Johnny's, Kondo wanted to take the path of entertainment and race at his own responsibility from now on. They respected his wishes and decided to send him off.
Kondo commented, "Thinking back, I've had many valuable works starting with Kinpachi Sensei, the Newcomer Award, the Japan Record Award, the Kohaku Uta Gassen, and movies. I am only grateful. I hope to continue working so that I won't stain Johnny's name." Finally, he expressed, "Thank you, Johnny's. Thank you, my wonderful kohais. Thank you, Johnny-san."