On Oct 9th, it was revealed that Tanaka Koki‘s exclusive contract under Johnny’s & Associates has been terminated. The decision was reached by the end of September with “bad behavior and repeated violation of rules” cited as reasons. In addition, Tanaka will also be withdrew from KAT-TUN.
Though the exact reason was not mention, many speculate that opening a bar with his brother as well as his recent scandal as reasons.
Tanaka sent a fax to media outlets conveying his thanks and gratitude to the members for the friendship, as well as his apology. Despite this, Tanaka is expected to still continue his showbiz career.
KAT-TUN debuted last Mar 2006 and after Akanishi Jin left the group, they will now continue as four members from here on.
In the official Johnny's website, Koki's profile has been removed.MESSAGES FROM THE MEMBERS ABOUT KOKI LEAVING
To all our fans
its such a shame for the current situation to get like this, and we have all had various throughts over it, and all I can do is deeply aplogise. I am really and truely sorry. all our members are feeling the tragic and mortifiying emotions a lot. We all had a disgussion for the last time, the five of us. In our own way, we all plan to take repsponcibility for our mistakes. with the current state of things, I hope that you are able to continue forwards, I am looking for things that I can do and the best I can do I think is to share with everyone the best things. continuing for a long time, please keep on supporting us. - Kame
We are really sorry to have to report such information to you in this way. For the last 10 years, Im thinking back how we worked together and I am remembering the times together. of all the times we worked together on the radio and doing music, the shock is so great that I am now shaken and unable to conceal it. From now on KAT-TUN will love all those and take the support from those who love us and try and do our very best for all the members that are present (i think, junno writes in complicated ways). please dont change your support, I’ll live on with by doing my best. yoroshiku (in super keigo) - Junno
To all our fans,
this time, now that tanaka koki is retiring, we have caused a great chaos and worry for all our fans, and I would like to sincerely apologise. Its such a terrible event for us who have been great collegues for these last 10 years to come to such a form. at our last five member meeting, we had the feelings to take responsibility for our actions
We have decided to carry out what we can do, the four of us. I would be happy if you all could still cheer the four of us, and Koki on with warm voices - Ueda
To everyone who has supported kat-tun, this time, the member tanaka koki will be retiring, we are very sorry for shocking everyone and bringing them a great sadness. we worked together for a long time, I myself am very surprised by this chaos, and have received a great sadness, but Ive come to the conclusion that I have to accept this and move on as a four. as soon as things have calmed down a bit, I hope to talk in front of everyone for a little bit. from now on, please support the unchanging KAT-TUN. - Nakamaru Yuuichi
OMG.. I cried..
KAT-TUN is the first ever group that introduced me to JE world in 2007 and I remember how I really love Koki and all his jokes. It's heart-breaking.. So sad.. I know he has a bad-behaviour but still... T^T
I hope their fans will keep supporting them from now on.