A twist in the world of entertainment as Atsushi Fukuda, the president of the consulting firm Speedy, and the agent for Rena Nounen also known as "NON" suddenly steps into the role of president for Johnny & Associates new company (name to be announced at a later date), replacing Noriyuki Higashiyama. This development comes after Noriyuki declined the position. Fukuda's name appeared out of the blue as the new president, as reported by Shukan Bunshun on October 30th.
His professional journey has taken him from Nihon University College of Art to various roles at Tohokushinsha and other companies, leading to his stint at Sony Pictures Television Japan Inc. in 1998. In 2007, he assumed the role of president at Sony Digital Entertainment, gradually making a name for himself as a heavyweight in the entertainment industry.
Fukuda's voice in the industry has been marked by candid remarks against the traditional entertainment landscape. In a 2019 interview with Asahi Shimbun, he emphasized the importance of preserving talent's freedom and expressed his wish for a more open structure within entertainment agencies. Fukuda's involvement with Non and his progressive outlook have sparked curiosity about the future of Johnny's new company.
Stay tuned for the full story in the upcoming "Shukan Bunshun Electronic Edition" on November 1st and the printed "Shukan Bunshun" on November 2nd. These publications will delve into the reasons behind Higashiyama's refusal and the intriguing selection of Mr. Fukuda, shedding light on the background of this incident and the departure of Arashi members, including Kazunari Ninomiya. The entertainment world keeps us guessing with its ever-unfolding drama.
As this intriguing twist unfolds in the entertainment world, the sudden emergence of Atsushi Fukuda as the new president of Johnny's new company could very well be a promising and refreshing development for the industry.
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