Arama! Japan picks the Juiciest Japanese Entertainment Scandals
Takuya Kimura’s Marriage
Usually when someone gets married, you congratulate them and wish them happiness, right? Not if you’re a hugely popular male idol with legions of fans expecting you to remain perfectly chaste for the rest of your life.

When Takuya Kimura married pop idol Kuda Shizuka, who was already pregnant with his child. KimuTaku paved the way for later shotgun weddings in Johnny’s when he shocked the country and quite possibly the world with this marriage, as he was a top idol in Japan at the time. One fan even reportedly committed suicide after hearing the news.Luckily, KimuTaku’s celebrity and earning power was just too great for him to be punished severely by Johnny’s, and he went on to have a successful marriage, with two children born to this day.

He has managed to keep his married life extremely private and still remains one of the top idols in Japan.

Tomoya Nagase and Ayumi Hamasaki’s Relationship
While not necessarily a scandal per se, this is still something that came as a shock to the entertainment world.

The two began dating in the year 2000 and announced their relationship in 2001. They remained strong for 7 years, with rumors of marriage swirling towards the end of the relationship. Ultimately, they amicably called it quits in 2007 after 7 years of dating. Ayu went on to date her former backup dancer Maro, who claims he was forced to eat grass at one point. She also married Austrian actor Manuel Schwartz whom she quickly divorced. Nagase later dated actress SakiAibu. Rumors of a possible reconciliation arose in 2012, but those were untrue.

Hamasaki is now married to an American man and lives in the US.

Mamoru Samuragochi Ghostwriting Scandal
Samuragochi, while not necessarily a readily recognizable name, but among “scandals” that simply involve dating, his deception of an entire nation makes possibly the biggest scandal of them all.

Samuragochi, originally thought to be deaf, was considered to be a genius because of his work on the soundtracks of games such as Resident Evil: Dual Shock Version and Onimusha: Warlords. He was called “the Beethoven of the Digital age” because of his ability to create compositions despite being deaf. Or so it was thought.It was eventually discovered that Samuragochi was not deaf at all, and his life story was fabricated. He also did not even write his own famous compositions, but another man by the name of Takashi Niigaki. The news was discovered this year, and Samuragochi gave a press conference admitting to his story.

Rino Sashihara Dating Scandal
Rino Sashihara burst into the idol scene and quickly became one of the most popular members of AKB48, ranking as the 4th most popular member at one point. However, no popular idol is without a scandal or two in their career.

In 2012, the tabloid magazine Shunkan Bunshun published an article with racy pictures provided by her alleged ex-boyfriend. The pictures were taken when Sashihara was just 16 years old, and the man claimed to have slept with Sashihara and referred to her as “sexually aggressive”. The “ex-boyfriend” even provided a phone number which proved to be legitimate, as Sashihara answered the phone when he called. Sashihara was already a member of AKB48 when they allegedly dated. Because of this incident, Sashihara was demoted and moved to HKT48. She also made a tearful apology to her fans and denied she ever dated the man.

The scandal ended up benefiting her after all, as she won first place in AKB48’s general election the following year, afterwards claiming it was because of the scandal.

The Various Scandals of Gackt
Throughout his long career, Gackt has remained a constant tabloid presence. He has one of the best rap sheets of any celebrity, with everything from an illegitimate child to tax evasion. Let’s take a short look at his various scandals!

Sexual Assault Allegation:

Last year, an unidentified woman came forward to a tabloid with claims that Gackt sexually assaulted her for a long period of time. According to the woman’s story, in 2011 Gackt visited the cabaret club at which she worked and stayed late into the night. Gackt wanted her to come home with him, but she refused. Gackt then forced her into his car and sexually assaulted her. The assault continued when they arrived at his home and last for hours until the morning. The woman filed a police report with photos of her injuries. Gackt denied the allegations on his official blog and was said to have taken legal action against the woman.

In the aftermath, Gackt faced no prosecution or punishment and oppalogists everywhere breathed a sigh of relief. Though he was deemed innocent and cleared of all charges, it still remains a mystery to this day of the allegations are true. Gackt’s career and reputation remained largely unaffected by the incident.

Illegitimate Child:

A number of years ago, Gackt was involved in a relationship with a girl who worked on the TBS show Wonderful. When Gackt impregnated her, he decided that it was best for his career that she leave Japan to go to Canada, where he provided her and the child with a condominium while not fully acknowledging the child. It was proven that the girlfriend and child do exist by Shunkan Bunshun. Little is known about the woman or child.

Tax Evasion:

Due to the ambiguous nature of Gackt’s vast fortune, officials decided to investigate Gackt’s home in 2012. Officials not only did an investigation of his company, but his home as well. This was how the information about his illegitimate child was discovered, as he was using hundreds of thousands of yen to support the mother and child. During the investigation, Gackt’s cellphone, account book and computer were confiscated. It was discovered that he had been evading taxes and earning money in a seedy manner. Rumors arose that Gackt was abandoned by all of his associates after these incidents and even that be planned to evade arrest by fleeing to Malaysia. While any other celebrity may have suffered from a big downfall after such scandals, Gackt remains the phoenix of the Japanese entertainment industry, always rising once again from the flames. It is quite amazing that his career and reputation have survived rape allegations and an illegitimate child while other stars still haven’t lived down uttering comments as simple as “betsu ni”.

Always the one to persevere, Gackt’s career still continues on as usual until the next scandal. He and pop star ICONIQ are currently in a relationship.

That rounds out the juiciest and shocking scandals as chosen by our contributors! If there are any that didn’t make the list, feel free to share it in the comments.

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  • Comments

    • surfboardt

      Several things:
      1) The Mari Yaguchi visuals provided by the news(?) report/show were hilarious. dat skipping.
      2) I think the amniotic fluid backlash was kind of stupid tbh. Not the best word choice (Unless it’s an issue of translation), but pregnancy does get tricky as a woman gets older.
      3) Acchan getting drunk is probably one of the best things to happen. All those photoshop parodies. Also, still waiting for the SWAGGALICIOUS PV featuring Acchan and Tomochin getting drunk and partying so hard that they can’t attend some AKB48 member’s graduation tbh.
      4) I find it hilarious how Ayu had it easy with the couple tattoo. She just needed to fill in the rest of the heart while Tomoya is pretty much screwed unless he does a tattoo removal.
      5) lbr, Sasshi’s scandal made her more appealing (Or at least to me) if anything. I love how she just owned it and used it to her benefit rather than letting it crumble her. That, and I find the whole love ban rule stupid (And all the arguments I’ve seen supporting it are either creepy/possessive or “it’s against the rules though” which doesn’t really offer any reason why the rule should exist).
      6) Finally, the Gackt scandals. Oh god, that was like the gift that keeps on giving. ngl though, I learned more about pearling than I wanted to know.

      • Gongdong

        You find the ban rule stupid because you’re not the target market for idols. I really feel that this industry is marketed for eccentric people rather than normies.

        • yamakita

          By eccentric you mean delusional crazies.

          • Gongdong


      • surfboardt

        I had to gif it. Iconique.

      • Ranxerox

        I think you might have gotten something mixed up re Acchan and Tomochin. They turned up at Saitama arena to watch Request Hour this year, got drunk and went backstage and did an unplanned MC on stage while they were fairly tipsy mcstaggered.

        • Guest

          No, it’s just a joke that has been going around when a radio rip of SWAGGALICIOUS was going around on tumblr.

      • udunno

        some famous do crap
        and sometimes moron japanese press lies

    • Gongdong

      Boring….kpop has better scandals.
      I can’t believe there aren’t any scandals of top Johnny idols getting their cherries popped for a film role.

      In other news, Taehun is an MMA fighter.

      • OhSnap!

        yes, like oppa beating women

        • bakaneko

          yeah dat one really shocked me… jpop needs variations in their scandals, i think…

        • surfboardt

          But was it with an umbrella? 8D

          • Guest

            Did anyone throw cellphones?

        • Jo

          don’t we have Iseya for that role too?

      • Guest

        LOL please, kpop scandals revolves the same things

    • Sabrina

      It was an entertaining read.

      Also, check this: “Finally this year, she she addressed it”

    • Emolga

      Actually, Gackt was never investigated or convicted of tax evasion it was the management of Gackt’s former fan club and agency who was investigated and eventually arrested. And Gackt left them before that happened because they were scamming him. For more information look here. and here

      • udunno

        i vomit in moon struck and ogyd
        when they copypasted garbage last year
        is happy the people putting garbage in their sites? me not

    • Maria

      I don’t know why I’m bothering here, but about the GACKT ‘scandals’….
      The illegitimate child was ‘confirmed’ by the same tabloid that reported it and they offered no evidence other than saying “we sent a reporter to Canada and confirmed it”.
      The CEO and other senior staff of GACKT’s (now ex) fanclub and management company were arrested for tax fraud. GACKT wasn’t implicated in that by the police. He cut ties with them and established his own companies pretty quickly. Last I heard was that the case had gone to court, but I never heard the result. There was never any talk from the police of anything involving the charity funds or any evidence of that.
      He allegedly broke up with ICONIQ a couple of months ago.

      Most of these other ‘scandals’ in this article were all proven to be true. GACKT’s are just rumors (I’d totally believe the illegitimate child one though).

      • It’s still a scandal whether or not it is true…I mean there was a scandal that Johnny Kitagawa molested some boys but it was never necessarily proven or disproven. If it caused a stir in the media, it was a scandal IMO lol

        • S.

          I don’t know that I’d put the Kitagawa case in the same category – it did involve 1) a hearing in front of the Diet (with such treasures as Welfare officials commenting that ”Mr. Kitagawa can’t be categorized as a parent or a guardian, and therefore this issue can’t be classified as child abuse,” since child abuse is defined that way), 2) a libel case he won against Shuukan Bunshun in a district court, which was then appealed in the city high court, to indicate that only the claims related to alcohol and tobacco could be considered defamatory.

      • whatsowhat

        you, about icopig is everything a lie she’s crap

      • udunno

        there is no prove for nothing, just for he didn’t tax evasion

      • kj

        ICOPIG is crap and a lie. Not necessary to write about a shit.

    • OhSnap!

      This is the best that has happened in Arama.
      This is really hard to choose, but I go with Yaguchi Mari. Anyone can have unfortunate comments or get drunk but bringing a dude to fuck in your own bed few months after getting married and your husband being able to see it with his own eyes is heavy stuff.

      • OhSnap!

        btw are we having any friday post anytime soon? They kinda just stopped

        • I didn’t think anyone cared about them :(

          • OhSnap!

            Maybe it’s the day. Who the hell goes out on Friday? I’m worn out from work

            • We got like 100 votes for Friday but it seemed like every post was just me and the people I forced to comment

              I think I’m going to try another day

              • Reileen

                voting for Saturday then!

          • I thought they were popular?

          • yacchaitai

            They’re up at really strange times for anyone outside the Americas, I’ve made it on time before the conversations die out because I wake up at 4am.

            • We tried organizing it based off of our analytic data which ends up making it during the the night in the Americas and then the morning in East Asia, so Europe gets shafted. I think no matter what time we choose, it’ll exclude some key area since we have a worldwide readership.

              What time do you think is best?

              • yacchaitai

                Can’t really say, I wake up early so the current time doesn’t bother me, but if it’s Friday morning people are probably at work. Try Saturday.

      • Reileen

        When other celebs started badmouthing her on TV, even saying those are not the ONLY bad thing she’s been doing but no one has tried to spill, then her stuff really is some heavy stuff.

      • anonanon

        I used to love her, there was a time when momusu was full of so many unique characters. before and after that time they all seemed too similar. I never would have though of her doing this….

    • surfboardt

      Holy crap, these Gackt stans. Scandals are rumors or events that catch the attention of people. They may be true or not. Nonetheless, it caught the attention of people for something interestingly negative and juicy, thus why it’s a scandal. This is a list of notable scandals in Japanese entertainment. The compilation is there for people to laugh and reminisce those incidents. Whether the rumors are true or not, you have to learn to laugh at scandals rather than ruining the fun for people looking back at those scandals. I mean, we don’t see Maki Goto fans upset about the monthly “AV debut” rumors, Yamapi fans (Or at least the international ones) throwing a fit about him banging French ladies teaching him questionable English lessons based on the lyrics released at the time, or Ayu fans raising pitchforks over the rumor that she broke up with Tomoya Nagase because she got pregnant and was forced to get an abortion. Most of them just laughed at it.

      • I dgaf about Gackt but…

        I don’t agree about your definitions. I think there’s a difference between “scandals” and “rumors”. Scandals are REAL events that catch the attention of people. Rumours MAY BE TRUE OR NOT but they catch the attention of people too. I can laugh at my favourite artists rumours and even at their scandals, but I think in articles like this it should be made clear whether the event we’re talking about is a proven, confirmed facts or just tabloid stories with no evidence at all because otherwise it would lead to confusion.

        • Reileen

          Yeah actually, in my own thinking Scandals are those that the public talk about or laugh at or etc, just w/e news that goes through mainstream media, causing well, ‘scandal’- and has substantial after effects
          as opposed to tabloid rumors (& in Japan there’s a lot of doses of these in the form of Weeklies) that uhhh remain tabloid fodder or just hearsay- like how Gackt goes on unaffected pretty much

          • Guest

            To be fair after his rape rumors Gackt did get drop from that FNS’ summer music special.

            • udunno

              how moronic fns is just a simple thing
              not simple thing, is nothing
              then…he sung any more…he wasn’t in any dorama…in theather, etc

    • eureeka

      Good list, but I’m seeing some deficiencies. No Aibon smoking scandal? Up Front pretty much ruined her life for a while over that and everything that followed. And if you want to talk about Johnny’s relationship scandals, you can’t leave out the biggest one (well maybe tied with Kimura): Matchy/Nakamori Akina! She tried to commit suicide at his house! I don’t know if even KimuTaku could have made it out of something like that. And speaking of suicide, the death of Okada Yukiko is another shocking one. Maybe I just love the 80’s too much, but the scandals back then were juicier I think…

      Ya’ll need some honorable mentions!

      • as a W stan how could i have forgotten about AIBON

        • eureeka

          Revoking your card

        • l3012

          The smoking scandal, and the whole demise that got her fired, the suicide attempt…

          Bad, bad stan.

          • it upsets me to think about it bc i love her but she RUINED W so close to an album release, so I only focus on the good!

            • l3012

              Miss Love Tantei was so PERFECT, had huge expectations for that cancelled album.

              I know she had issues and that led to her demise (and the group’s) but I’m still upset about it ):

              • Joe Gibken

                Waah, I miss W already ;A;

                • l3012

                  Me too ;-;

      • Reileen

        This list consists of the pretty much recent. IMO the scandals of the 80s were soooo much scandalous and HEAVY. If we’re going back to the 80s that would cover the scandals of Matsuda Seiko, Nakamori Akina, and the stuff you listed.

        • l3012

          But Aibon’s wasn’t in the 80’s.

          • Reileen

            Yes XD was referring the other stars she listed

            • l3012

              I’d love to see an 70’s-80’s post soon :)

        • I think the scandals of the 80s needs its own list, we were definitely focused on the recent ones since this was more of a reaction to the Girls Channel post

          • Reileen

            Ohhh!! XDD
            that’ll be interesting since not a lot knows about the scandals of the 80s, & I only have a vague idea about it XDD

      • whata

        what u said deserves more be in the list that one from the list (a change)

      • Lauren

        I have legitimately never forgiven matchy and seiko for that even though I wasn’t around in the 80s. It was even in my dissertation because I had the world’s best topic of all time

        • Lauren

          also oops I’ve just realised this article was posted a year ago so apologies if you got a notification to this and were like “wtf”. My bad.

          • eureeka

            Lol, no problems! Still waiting on the follow up post!

    • Kuu’s rotten fluids comment really did kill her career.

    • yukari

      Seeing Atsuko drunk made me love her even more.

    • yamakita

      I must say, that was a pretty good list.

    • yamakita

      And I thought Gackt was gay all this time.

      • udunno

        he never said that and all is lie

    • guest

      I think Inagaki Goro’s arrest would qualify for this list too…It caused a huge chaos at the time.

      Personally I never care about dating scandals, but it’s big deal for the japanese media/fans.

      little rectifications:
      – Kouki didn’t take part in the movie Sanbun no Ichi after he got fired from J&A. He filmed it when he was still in the group but the release date was later (some people wondered if the incident would have effects on the release)
      – a little typo in the name of kimura’s wife (it’s Kudou and not Kuda)

    • Inna

      in here for the RuPaul gif.


    • Guest

      I think arama needs to do another round, these are good, but some of my other picks would be: Old man kitagawa’s pedo crime, akina’s suicide attempt, ohno’s weed pics right at the height of arashi’s rising popularity, namie’s shotgun marriage and divorce, not to mention her family’s tragedy, aibon and her many scandals, and many more i cant seem to recall rn

      • Reileen

        oh wait I thought this list had the Ohno scandal!

    • Jo

      Good one Arama! Love it!
      Just one thing, Kimura’s wife is Kudo Shizuka.

    • Rotten Apple

      Where’s Ohno Satoshi marijuana scandal?

    • phililen3

      All I can say about all of these is that they are entertaining as hell. Some are a bit eh? But it is amazing that some were actually proven true and not just urban legends. Keep entertaining us people.

    • whata

      arama, you do crap when you post crap

    • Lilly

      Koki’s firing and Minami’s shaving were the most shocking for me

    • losers game

      SMAP’s Goro hitting a policewoman in his car has got to be the ultimate.

    • whata

      scandal isn’t for be is true but for “make noise”

    • udunno

      shukan bunshun lies = does crap

    • udunno

      arama, about gackt u put make up in the wrong way, stupid!!!!

    • Otagei dansu

      Yaguchi affair and arama king’s shot gun wedding was an unforgettable scandal for me, i think. Arama, how bout choosing the juiciest rumors ever in jp entertainment?

      • udunno

        better said: Arama, choice garbage news about the really crap famous people
        because some of the list they are

    • Guest

      Could you please stop talking about and spreading the bullsh*t about Gackt?!
      (Maybe even remove it from this entry?)
      You don’t have the slightest idea how difficult and painful it is to get confronted with this sh*t again and again.
      Those things were only written to hurt him and his career and that definitely isn’t okay.

      • udunno

        if he were my brother, probably i fight for absolutely all published

      • surfboardt

        And fuck everyone else in the list because it isn’t Gackt.

        • udunno

          You don’t understand

          He/She replies coz arama pointed him at the beginning

          The rest, excepting those saying not important words, are crap

    • eplizo

      LMAO YES! Now, THESE are the actual scandals.

    • Joe Gibken

      I remember some photoshopped pictures of that Acchan / Takeru incident

      • Kyle

        those were amazing

      • blackbyrde

        I don’t understand how he is physically carrying her like that. I mean, is he holding on to her hair? her neck? how is she not falling?

        • ThatGuynameSam!2852-8384-9153

          the real question really

    • Jo

      I just remember, what about Kubozuka Yosuke jumped off from 9th floor and still survived?

      • WHAT? Lol there needs to be a post of scandals chosen by the readers

    • thank you for this article xD

    • Revision 31A

      Japs are scum.

    • qgrrsecm

      ohno scandal should be on the list.

    • Ohmaigawd

      remembered years ago when ohno satoshi 3some scandal was the juiciest news for years

    • Karen Khoo

      I still think Jin Akanishi is the man for risking his career for Kuroki Meisa and the baby <3 As we have heard, their marriage isn't doing well these few years but YAY she is currently pregnant with a second child. That means they're still sleeping on the same bed :D

    • yamakita

      Why is this post trending now, although this is a very fine list? And whatever happened to OhSnap!? S/he is like the best commentator of all time, including the user name!!

    • Matcha

      Gackt is a self centered King!