Yoshimoto Withdraws Punishment for Scandal-Hit Comedian

Society Culture

Tokyo, July 22 (Jiji Press)--Akihiko Okamoto, president of Japanese entertainment company Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., said Monday that his company will withdraw its punishment for a comedian who received money for appearing at an event for an antisocial group.

The comedian in question is Hiroyuki Miyasako, a member of popular comedy duo Ameagari Kesshitai, whose contract was terminated by the Osaka-based company last week over the scandal.

At a press conference in Tokyo, Okamoto also said he and Yoshimoto Kogyo Chairman Hiroshi Osaki will return 50 pct of their salaries for one year to accept responsibility for the scandal.

The development came after Miyasako and Ryo Tamura of comedy duo London Boots Ichi-go Ni-go, who has been suspended, held a press conference on Saturday and offered an apology to fans and others for performing at the antisocial group's event in exchange for money without consulting Yoshimoto Kogyo.

At the press conference, Miyasako, 49, and Tamura, 47, expressed distrust for Yoshimoto Kogyo, saying that they had been told by the company not to hold a press conference about the scandal.

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