Johnny & Associates made an official announcement on their website that A.B.C-Z's Fumito Kawai (35) will be leaving the group on December 21st this year but will remain under the Johnny & Associates talent agency.
The statement read, "We regret to inform you that our talent Fumito Kawai (A.B.C-Z) will be leaving A.B.C-Z as of December 21, 2023," and clarified that A.B.C-Z will continue its activities as a four-member group. Fumito will still be part of Johnny & Associates, pursuing his career as an individual talent.
Explaining the reason behind Fumito's departure, the agency shared that he had set personal goals, including hosting his own show as an MC and establishing himself in that role by the age of 40. To achieve these objectives, Fumito felt the need to dedicate more of his time and effort than ever before. Consequently, he decided to step away from the group and pursue individual endeavors. The decision was reached after extensive discussions among the group members, who respected Fumito's aspirations.
Johnny & Associates expressed their gratitude to fans who have supported A.B.C-Z over the years and assured that they would continue to give their best as a five-member group until December 21st. They also expressed hope for ongoing support for both Fumito Kawai and A.B.C-Z in their respective paths.
Fumito Kawai, born on October 20, 1987, in Tokyo, joined Johnny & Associates in 1999 and made his debut as part of A.B.C-Z in 2012, representing the color purple. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Fumito is known for his work as a TV personality and commentator, excelling in "Johnny's impersonations.