Japan minister: Shame on Tsuyoshi Kusanagi!
The public nudity scandal of Japanese celebrity Tsuyoshi Kusanagi was immediately magnified to a political level because the actor was the face of a government campaign. The Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Kunio Hatoyama, called Kusanagi’s drunkard act a “shameless” one.
The member of popular Japanese boy band SMAP was arrested on suspicion for public indecency last Wednesday night at a Tokyo park when he shrieked at the top of his voice and ran naked in the park, arousing the neighbours from their sleep.
When he came to his senses, Kusanagi explained that he was drinking at a bar with his friends but that could not remember his actions after leaving the bar. He expressed his apologies at the police station in his lawyer’s presence and promised to reflect on his misbehaviour. Talent agency, Johnny and Associates, has also openly expressed their apologies for their talent’s lewd act.
Clients, who have hired him to endorse their products, suspended advertisements with Kusanagi almost immediately after news of the scandal broke out. Among them are Japan’s national public broadcaster, NHK, and Toyota car rental service.
The Japanese government, who has hired the 34-year-old to promote Japan’s switch from analogue to digital TV broadcasting for the next two years, has also passed down order to pull down all the ten million posters that feature Kunasagi, a measure expected to result in heavy losses.
Japan Fuji Television and TV Asahi are still considering if they will put on hold the programmes that Kusanagi has been casted in.