It has been announced that Tanaka Koki has had his contract terminated, so not only will he no longer be a member of KAT-TUN but he will no longer be a talent in Johnny's & Associates. It is mentioned the reasons for it is "bad behavior and repeatedly breaking the rules".
Johnny's-net official announcement (Japanese)
I have to say I am still rather shocked about this news. There were rumors for a while that something was up with Koki for a while but nothing that would lead someone to believe that he would be getting fired. Unless some of the rumors were actually true. But I always felt Koki was happy with KAT-TUN, especially after having Akanishi Jin leave, so why he would go down this path just confuses me. Then again I have not followed the group all that much for a while so perhaps I am missing something.
It makes me wonder why they went so far to terminate his contract when other Johnny's have been known to break the rules yet remain. I wonder if the rules broken were seen to be more serious, he did it more, or perhaps he agreed that terminating his contract was the better way to go than to just be pulled from the group and suspended.
If he's smart he should lay low for the rest of the year and a good portion of the next before trying his hand at any kind of return to the entertainment industry. At least if he tries to make it as a rapper he probably will not come up against Johnny's much.
I still cannot believe I am writing about this. This was just blindsiding.