Japanese talent agency apologises over claims founder sexually abused boys

Johnny Kitagawa’s niece issues apology to men who have made abuse claims while not commenting on veracity of allegations

The president of one of Japan’s most powerful talent agencies has apologised over allegations that the firm’s late founder and pop impresario, Johnny Kitagawa, sexually abused multiple boys.

In a video and statement released on Sunday evening, Julie Fujishima, Kitagawa’s niece, issued the apology to young men who had stepped forward with abuse claims, although she did not comment on the veracity of the allegations.

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