Former Johnny’s and member of the duo Tackey & Tsubasa has made his official return to the entertainment industry. It has been announced that Tsubasa Imai has signed with a new agency called Shochiku Entertainment.
In 2014 Tsubasa was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease after he started to experience sudden deafness in his right ear. He also started to experience dizziness both on and off the stage. While there is still no official cure for Meniere’s Disease, there are treatments available to deal with the symptoms.
In 2017 it was announced that the duo would be going on hiatus, after almost 2 years of releasing no new material. The following year in 2018 it was announced that they would be officially disbanding, releasing a final compilation album called “Thanks Two You”.
Tsubasa left Johnny’s at the same time to focus on his health, while Hideaki went on to work behind the scenes in Johnny’s.
In February 2020 Tsubasa made his return the stage in a production about the legendary Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga, but only now was it revealed that he signed to Shochiku Entertainment. It’s likely that Tsubasa will continue to focus on stage productions as that is what the agency is known for. One of their more notable talents is the prominent kabuki actor Kataoka Ainosuke VI.