On Oct 9th, it was revealed that Tanaka Koki‘s exclusive contract under Johnny’s & Associates has been terminated. The decision was reached by the end of September with “bad behavior and repeated violation of rules” cited as reasons. In addition, Tanaka will also be withdrew from KAT-TUN.
Though the exact reason was not mention, many speculate that opening a bar with his brother as well as his recent scandal as reasons.
Tanaka sent a fax to media outlets conveying his thanks and gratitude to the members for the friendship, as well as his apology. Despite this, Tanaka is expected to still continue his career.
KAT-TUN debuted last Mar 2006 and after Akanishi Jin left the group, they will now continue as four members from here on.
Translated this while at work and on my tab…I can’t help it. Feels really sad. BS you JE! Koki might have behaved inappropriately but is suspension not enough? Why release him? Can’t he just apologize publicly just like Tsuyopon did when he ran naked and drunk? I guess that there is indeed exception to every rule, huh? I just hope that he gets a really good agency who’ll love his badass attitude.