Japan Ministers Rap Yoshimoto Comedians over Scandal

Politics

Tokyo, July 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese cabinet members Tuesday criticized comedians of entertainment company Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. for their ties with a so-called antisocial group linked with crimes.

Financial assistance from state-affiliated Cool Japan Fund Inc. is used to finance some projects involving the Yoshimoto Kogyo group.

"Generally speaking, you can't fraternize with antisocial forces," Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said of the company's scandal in which the comedians received money for appearing at an event held by such a group in 2014.

Education minister Masahiko Shibayama said, "Governance and legal compliance are extremely important for sound cultural promotion."

"Yoshimoto Kogyo is a very able producer of Cool Japan content," Takuya Hirai, minister for the government's Cool Japan cultural promotion strategy, said.

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