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Japanese boy band KAT-TUN’s Koki Tanaka has been dropped from the group over “repeated serious violations of company rules”, said the band’s management agency Johnny & Associates on Wednesday.
TOKYO: Japanese boy band KAT-TUN’s Koki Tanaka has been dropped from the group, reported Japanese media.
The boy band’s management agency Johnny & Associates announced Wednesday that it had terminated its contract with Tanaka and cut him from the group over “repeated serious violations of company rules”.
Johnny & Associates said Tanaka’s violations include opening a restaurant, performing without the company’s consent, working as a deejay, having tattoos and “behavioural” issues.
It added that KAT-TUN will continue as a quartet comprising of Kazuya Kamenashi, Junnosuke Taguchi, Tatsuya Ueda and Yuichi Nakamaru, following Tanaka’s departure.
The timing of his departure has sparked speculation that a series of recently-published compromising photographs, which tabloids claimed were of Tanaka, was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and got him dismissed.
Tanaka was apologetic in his media statement regarding his departure from KAT-TUN.
“I have given quite a bit of trouble to my group mates all along, yet everyone still treated me as a brother, and I am really grateful, but at the same time I feel really sorry,” said Tanaka.
The 27-year-old expressed that he will continue to work in showbiz though he currently does not have any detailed plans.