Johnny Hiromu Kitagawa (??????? Jani Kitagawa?), born Hiromu Kitagawa (??? ? Kitagawa Hiromu?, October 23, 1931, in Los Angeles, California), is the founder and president of Johnny & Associates, a production agency for numerous popular boy bands in Japan. Kitagawa assembled, produced and managed more than a dozen popular bands, including SMAP, Arashi, Kanjani8, Hey! Say! JUMP, V6, NEWS and KAT-TUN. Kitagawa's influence has spread beyond music to the realms of theatre and television. Regarded as one of the most powerful figures in the entertainment industry, he has held a virtual monopoly on the creation of boy bands in Japan for more than 40 years.
From 1988 to 2000, Kitagawa was the subject of a number of claims that he had taken advantage of his position to engage in improper sexual relationships with boys under contract to his talent agency. Kitagawa denied these claims, and in 2002 was awarded an 8.8 million yen judgment against the newspaper that had published such allegations. An appeal by the newspaper followed, resulting in a partial reversal of the judgment. In the years following the judgment, Kitagawa and his production company have continued to produce entertainment acts that have enjoyed a high degree of commercial success.