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11:58 am - 06/27/2011

Update on HSJ and making headlines everywhere

Hey!Say! underage member smoking, entertainment activities stopped indefinitely


Official statement:
Today, there are some news articles, which we validated with Morimoto Ryutaro himself. He admits that he has smoked out of curiosity on several occassions before. Although he is very sorry for his behaviour and in self-scrutiny, however underage smoking as a violation of the law is common knowledge and an unacceptable behaviour. Our company has always placed emphasis on educating them in this regard. To face the facts, from now on, Morimoto will cease all of his activities in the entertainment field indefinitely.
We sincerely apologize for the trouble caused to all fans and related persons.
-Johnnys Jimusho



Hey!Say!Jump Shock
Morimoto to be placed on suspension indefinitely.


Underage smoking validated for a number of times. May be forced to quit.


Hey!Say!Jump 16 year old member caught smoking, cease activities indefinitely


Smoking Morimoto to be under indefinite suspension (Shukan Josei report) (9 members now on)



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wow.... their response is fast! And harsh
scubajr 27th-Jun-2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
I knew 100% when they debuted that such a large group of 10 members was definitely not going to last with the same number of people for too long. I just feel bad for the other members that have to feel the backlash of this.
I'm the same age as him and smoking at 16 here in Canada isn't really a big deal considering my school's "smoking pit" is in front of the school where the VP's have their offices and can see clearly through their windows. But in Japan they must be a lot more strict especially since he's an "idol" and should be a role model.

But hey, it wasn't like he was doing much in the group anyways.
kawaii_beela 27th-Jun-2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
haha yea i agree with this, its kinda bad still but in front of my old high school i see tons of kids smoking there all the time... its not a big deal here in canada, but i think its a really big deal in japan
asweetsymphony 27th-Jun-2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Smoking underage is not a big deal in Japan either. Almost everyone smokes there but for idols who are suppose to be pristine models of society, the punishment is harsh.
kawaii_beela 27th-Jun-2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
oh i see, that makes sense i guess
chizzyrei 27th-Jun-2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
it may not be a big deal, but they follow the rules yo.
xanithofdragons 27th-Jun-2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Any pop group with a member count in the double digits is asking for trouble, imho. That's just too many for no problems to arise.
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