Ryohei Abe (29) of the popular group Snow Man will be joining SMILE-UP. It was revealed on the 16th that a private office has been established at the same location as Johnny’s Office (formerly Johnny’s Office). He is the third person in the group to do so, and appears to be preparing to sign a contract with a new agent company established by the company. It was also revealed that Johnny’s Island, a group company of SMILE, had changed its name to Annex. It is highly likely that a new system will be announced in the near future.
Movements surrounding SMILE, a company shaken by sexual assault issues, have become more active.
According to sources, Abe had established a private office, Astrolabe Labo, by the 16th. In the past few days, Snow Man members Daisuke Sakuma (31) launched Harenooto and Shota Watanabe (31) launched W (W).
Sakuma is SMILE-UP. On October 16th, the day before he changed his company name, he declared on his paid blog, “We, Snow Man, will move forward as a group of nine people.” A source close to the group said, “It’s hard to imagine Snow Man becoming independent as the three members have established private offices in the same location as SMILE.They may sign an agent contract with a new company.”
However, it is not uncommon for a talent to establish a private agency. In an interview with this newspaper, SMILE confirmed the establishment of private offices by three people, but explained that the registration at the same location is temporary.
After an office press conference on the 2nd of last month, four members, including former V6 actor Junichi Okada (42) and Arashi’s Kazunari Ninomiya (40), announced their resignation. If Snow Man “remains”, it will likely be a big boost for SMILE.
Additionally, Johnny’s Island, which is run by former V6 member Yoshihiko Inohara (47) and trains young talents, changed its name to Annex on the 1st. At the previous press conference, it was announced that the training function would be transferred to a new company, and there is a growing momentum to announce the new structure, including the appointment of Atsushi Fukuda (58), president of the consulting firm Speedy, as president, and the company name, which completed public recruitment at the end of last month. Ta. Future trends will be watched closely.
SMILE’s president Noriyuki Higashiyama (57) of Shonentai said at a press conference, “Everything associated with Johnny’s will disappear,” and group company J-Station also changed its name to NEXTPART on the 1st. This is the fifth company to make the change, including Annex. Among the talents affiliated with, Johnny’s WEST changed its group name to WEST. on the 18th of last month. Renamed to. It has also been decided that changes will be made to Kanjani ∞ and Sexy Zone.