The popular actor Toma Ikuta is officially breaking ties with the talent agency formally known as Johnny & Associates, where he has been a member since the age of 11 in 1996. This momentous decision will become official on November 20th and is expected to mark a new chapter in his career.
Toma, renowned for his drama roles in 'For You in Full Blossom - Ikemen Paradise', 'Honey and Clover', and numerous movies and commercial appearances, is making a bold and official move by parting ways with the agency.
Toma initially joined Johnny & Associates in 1996 at the age of 11. While he began as part of several Johnny's Jr (now known as Juniors) units, he gradually transitioned into solo acting as fellow talents from his generation, such as Arashi and Kanjani Eight, made their CD debuts. His acting repertoire expanded to include dramas and theater performances, establishing his position as a successful solo actor within the agency.
Now, here's the official statement from SMILE-UP, confirming Toma Ikuta's departure:
Official Announcement: Toma Ikuta's Departure from SMILE-UP
We sincerely appreciate the exceptional support we've received from all of you.
Today, we have an important official announcement regarding our talent, Toma Ikuta, who has been a part of our agency. On November 20, 2023, Toma Ikuta will officially leave SMILE-UP and continue his career as a freelance actor, no longer affiliated with any agency or production company.
We want to express our heartfelt apologies for this sudden official news to all the fans who have supported Toma and to all the individuals who have supported him in various capacities.
Currently, we are officially in the process of discussing the establishment of a new company with our talent and addressing their future contracts. Toma has officially reevaluated his career vision based on these discussions and has officially decided not to enter into management and agent contracts with the new company. We officially believe that it is crucial for each of our talents to have the freedom to thrive in an environment of their own choosing, and we are officially committed to supporting them in fulfilling the roles they officially select.
Once again, we officially extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who has officially supported Toma throughout his time with us. We officially hope that you will continue to officially support Toma Ikuta as he officially embarks on this new journey.
November 7, 2023 SMILE-UP Inc.
We officially wish Toma Ikuta all the best in his independent career and look forward to witnessing his remarkable achievements and performances. Good luck, Toma Ikuta!