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Posted by ustar TH STAFF Thursday, April 27, 2023

Kis-My-Ft2's Kitayama Hiromitsu reported to be leaving Johnny & Associates

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There's just one month left until King & Prince's disbandment at which time members Hirano Sho, Jinguji Yuta, and Kishi Yuta will gradually leave Johnny & Associates. In addition, Miyake Ken is scheduled to depart in May, and IMPACTors will leave by the end of the year. And now, 'Shukan Bunshun' has learned of Kis-My-Ft2 member Kitayama Hiromitsu's intent to leave the agency. 

Kis-My-Ft2 made their debut on August 10, 2011, and just 18 days later, they accomplished a concert at Tokyo Dome, making them the fastest artist in history to perform at Tokyo Dome after their debut. Kitayama, who is the eldest member of the group, has been leading them since. 

Kitayama is said to be close with ex.SMAP member Nakai Masahiro often going golfing and to the izakaya (casual Japanese bar) together. He is also close with Takizawa Hideaki since he was cast in 'Takizawa Kabukiza' in 2015. As you already know, both Nakai and Takizawa are no longer a part of Johnny's. 

A source at Johnny & Associates revealed, "Kitayama had many opportunities for discussions since last fall. It was around the time Takizawa made his decision to leave and started telling others and when Miyake started his negotiation with the agency.

Back in March, 'Shukan Bunshun' asked Johnny & Associates if Kitayama was planning to leave, and they did not deny it. "In the end, Kitayama and the agency have come to an agreement that he would be leaving. Currently, they are coordinating the timing of his departure. Kitayama also established his private office last year," sources say.  

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