After months of speculation, Avex released a statement today announcing Namie Amuro’s separation from her management company of 22 years, Rising Productions (formerly known as Vision Factory). Avex’s statement said:
As of 1/14/15, we would like to announce that Namie Amuro has terminated her contract with Rising Productions and will begin a new exclusive contract with us on 1/15/15. She will also remain with new sub-label Dimension Point, which was created two years ago.
As a result of this, music production, promotion, live activities, management, and other activities will all be centralized and we will strive to improve all further musical activity.
We humbly thank you for your encouragement and guidance.
Everything in regards to Namie’s career will now be handled by Avex, much like that of other Avex stars Ayumi Hamasaki, Koda Kumi, Ai Otsuka, and AAA.