Yakuza 6 Actor Faces Suspension from Talent Agency Over Link to Organized Crime

The Yakuza 6 Actor Apparently Did Not Realize He Was Performing for Criminals

Hiroyuki Miyasako is a Japanese actor and comedian, recently playing a supporting role in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. He is currently suspended by his talent agency, Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., after details began emerging relating to a performance for members of an organized crime group.

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According to the Japan Times, who are actively covering the story, the issue lies with the comedian accepting money. Along with fellow comedian Ryo Tamura, Miyasako attended the party in question five years ago. The group is allegedly apart of a money transfer fraud, making the funds even more questionable.

Yoshimoto Kogyo states “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,”

In a public apology, Miyasako says “I deeply regret accepting the money, even if it was indirectly.”

Broadcasters with programs that feature the aforementioned comedians are deciding whether to cut scenes featuring the actors or put those shows on hiatus. Public broadcaster NHL is refraining from airing programs since the issue first surfaced earlier this month. There is no news if Miyasako’s role in Yakuza 6 will also face adjustments.

What do you think of the punishments for Miyasako? Should a comedian be responsible for accepting payment from criminals even if they are not aware of the source? Let us know in the comments section below!