Arama They Didn't

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

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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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shuukan josei post on arama

wow.... their response is fast! And harsh
noonew 29th-Jun-2011 02:38 am (UTC)
In addition to what fog_dancer said here

Goro was suspended for half a year, during which other SMAP members pretty much refused to continue on with their music career if they're down to 4 members. They used every opportunities they had to talk to the public that SMAP will always be a 5-member group. The Jimusho finally had to back away and allowed him to come back. They definitely wouldn't risk losing SMAP altogether. So yes, I think if the member is hugely popular enough, the Jimusho might be more lenient. Still, the popular member will be suspended anyway but he will have much higher chance of coming back. Unfortunately, I don't think anyone in HSJ -- including Yamada -- is popular enough to be treated that way. Uchi was probably more popular than Yamada now and we all know what happened to him. I think you have to be at least as popular as Kame. Anyone less popular than Kame-level, won't be allowed to return to the group, I believe. If Yamada gets into this kind of scandal, I think the Jimusho will just let the group die its natural death.
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