As we all should know by now, pop idol Suzuki Ami was blacklisted from the entertainment industry from 2001 to 2005 for attempting to leave her management company AG Communications. Her impedance for leaving was that the head of her artist jimusho was arrested for tax-evasion. Oddly when I look back into news about this arrest, not a single source or internet gossip site will name the CEO of AG Communications. When most company heads are arrested, the press can easily figure out whom exactly has been arrested, seeing that most firms are open about their head employee. As far as I can tell, Suzuki’s management company never had a public outlet for information, such as a website, so there is no easy way to verify the identity of Suzuki’s boss.
Now, why won’t anyone simply release the name of the mysterious arrested CEO?
Update: Cyzo just calls the boss “Y-shi” — probably because the media is legally required to not name names in cases like this. (But why is it then that they could talk openly about Taira from Rising Production being arrested and sent to prison?)
However, a little research on “AG” (you have to spell it correctly in katakana) easily directs one to the name “Yamada Eiji” — an ex-producer for the TV show Asayan — as the ex-head of Ami’s company. Mystery solved.
Extra Update:: In case you were wondering which jimusho grouping AG Communications belonged in, the JASRAC database shows that most of Suzuki Ami’s publishing now resides with Burning Publishing and her current jimusho Avex.