Panel Advises Yoshimoto Sign Written Management or Agent Contracts

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Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--A management advisory panel set up by Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. proposed Thursday that the major Japanese talent agency exchange either management or agent contracts in written form with comedians and all other affiliated entertainers.

In the wake of revelations that some Yoshimoto comedians made paid appearance at gatherings of members of antisocial groups without making reports to the company, Yoshimoto set up the third-party panel, headed by Kazuhisa Kawakami, professor at the International University of Health and Welfare.

The firm has also started requesting each of its entertainers to sign a "joint confirmation letter" concerning legal compliance and other matters.

According to Kawakami, the panel advised that Yoshimoto, which has concluded only verbal agreements with entertainers, write down terms of affiliation and then ask them to sign a management contract to let the company fully oversee their activities or an agent contract under which performers can get involved with activities relatively freely like Major League Baseball players.

At its first meeting in Tokyo, the panel also underscored the importance of the company obtaining information from affiliated entertainers about their "underground business" for receiving payment directly from clients.

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