Scandal-Hit Comedian Miyasako Apologizes at Press Conference

Society Culture

Tokyo, July 20 (Jiji Press)--Hiroyuki Miyasako, a member of popular Japanese comedy duo Ameagari Kesshitai, offered an apology at a press conference on Saturday for performing at an event hosted by an antisocial organization and receiving money from the group.

"I would like to apologize to everyone," Miyasako, who had his contract with entertainment company Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. canceled on Friday, said at the press conference, held in Tokyo. "I'm really sorry."

Miyasako, 49, said that he is "not thinking" of retiring from the entertainment industry at the moment.

Ryo Tamura, 47, a member of comedy duo London Boots Ichi-go Ni-go, who also appeared in the event in question, joined the press conference. The two bowed deeply.

In late June, Yoshimoto Kogyo suspended Miyasako, Tamura and nine other comedians for attending the event. On July 13, the company said that Miyasako and Tamura received one million yen and 500,000 yen, respectively, from the antisocial group as rewards.

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