In today’s edition of life imitates art: talent agency Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. has just suspended Yakuza 6 actor Hiroyuki Miyasako. Miyasako, who is also a well-known comedian, is part of the cast of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, where he plays Tsuyoshi Nagamo, captain of the Hirose Family of Onomichi.
According to a report by The Japan Times, Miyasako along with 10 other comedians were discovered to be conducting “underground business” by attending & providing entertainment at a party hosted by an organized crime group in Japan. Reports from police further state that the comedians including Miyasako accepted money for their attendance from the crime group, which is purportedly involved in money transfer fraud. The party in question happened five years ago.
The agency said, “Although (the comedians) were not aware it was a gathering hosted by an antisocial group, we still consider it a very serious matter that they accepted money from such a group.”
Miyasako has also issued a public apology when this issue came to light, saying, “I deeply regret accepting the money, even if it was indirectly.” Since this issue, he has been edited out of scenes in the TV shows he has appeared in and his other shows have been put in indefinite hiatus. Public broadcast channel NHK has also ceased to air all of its TV programs that involved the 11 suspended comedians.
The question now is if Miyasako will also suffer the same fate in Yakuza 6. To refresh your memory, a similar case happened with actor Pierre Taki in the Judgement game, a spin-off of Yakuza. When Taki was suspected of drug use (because remember, drugs are a huge no-no in Japan), Sony stopped all sales of Judgement in Japan and replaced the voice and likeness used for his character Kyohei Hamura. It remains to be seen if Miyasako will be pulled out of Yakuza 6—after all, his character Tsuyoshi is albeit a minor one.
Lupin III Gets First-Ever 3D CG Anime Film Jul 11, 8amLupin III is back, and he looks sleeker than ever in his first 3D CG film. TOHO has just revealed a trailer for the movie Lupin III THE FIRST, affording us all a look at how our favorite thieves will look like in 3D CG.
- Warner Bros. Puts Production of Live-Action Adaptation of Akira “On Hold Indefinitely”
- Pokemon GO Announces Collab with One Piece in Support of Kumamoto Prefecture
- San Diego Comic-Con To Hold Guinness Attempt for Largest People Performing “Kamehameha”
- Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight Gets 3rd Stage Musical in 2020
- “Sonic the Hedgehog” Producer Tim Miller Confident that Sonic’s Redesign Will Please Fans
- ‘My Hero Academia’ Once Again Tops Monthly Bookscan List for June
- Video Preview of Chihayafuru Season 3’s Opening Theme Released
- Persona 5 Gets a Stage Play Adaptation This December
- Lupin III Gets First-Ever 3D CG Anime Film
- Nintendo Switch Lite Officially Announced, Slated for a September 20 Release
- Opening Animation for Gundam Battle: Gunpla Warfare Smartphone Game Released
- Johnny Kitagawa, Founder of Boyband Empire Johnny & Associates, Dies at 87
- New Trailer Released for the Digimon 20th Anniversary Movie
- IDOLiSH7 Returns for a Second Season in 2020
- Visual & Premiere Date Released for New “My Hero Academia” Film, Manga Author Says It Will Be The Last Film
- Carole & Tuesday Set for a Worldwide Netflix Release on August 30
- Funimation Announces US Screenings for “Love Live! Sunshine!! School Idol Movie Over the Rainbow”
- Akira to Get An Anime Adaptation From Sunrise, 1988 Film to be Released in 4K Remaster