‘Yakuza 6’ Actor Suspended After Performing At Party With Links To Organised Crime
Hiroyuki Miyasako, the actor who plays Tsuyoshi Nagumo in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, has been suspended by his agency after it emerged that he had performed at a party hosted by people connected to organised crime.
Miyasako wasn't the only actor dropped by the Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. talent agency. Japan Times (via VG247) reports that 11 actors were dropped after it emerged a party they performed at five years before was hosted by a group "involved in money transfer fraud". Miyasako was one of a group of comedians hired to perform at the event.
"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," Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. said in a statement.
This might seem like a strong response for people who were hired to work at an event five years ago, but as we saw earlier this year when SEGA pulled Judgment from sale in Japan after one of its actors had been found with cocaine. Not only was the game removed from sale but the actor's likeness and lines were replaced in the game through an update.
Masanori 'Pierre' Taki was also the actor for Olaf in Frozen, and he's going to be replaced for Frozen 2.
Miyasako has issued a public apology, saying "I deeply regret accepting the money, even if it was indirectly". Though broadcasters are already pulling episodes of variety shows which feature him and the other actors caught up in the scandal.
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