Japanese talent manager Johnny Kitagawa dies aged 87

Last Updated: Jul 10 2019 16:31
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TOKYO- Japanese-American businessman Johnny Kitagawa, one of the most influential figures in Japan’s entertainment industry, has died at the age of 87.

He suffered a stroke on June 18 and passed away at a Tokyo hospital in Tuesday.

He founded production agency Johnny & Associates which was responsible for turning several multiple bands into household names, including SMAP, Arashi and KAT-TUN.

Kitagawa had three Guinness World Records to his name- for the most number one singles, the most number one artists and the most concerts produced by an individual.

But he never made any public appearance. He never allowed any camera to film him.

As soon as news of his death was reported, the #ThankyouMrJohnny started trending on Twitter in Japan.