TBS Television has announced that TV personality Mino Monta, 69, will be stepping down from his place on both the “Mino Monta Asa Zuba” news show and “Mino Monta’s Saturday Zubatto,” following the arrest of his son on an attempted robbery charge.
On the home page for the “Asa Zuba” show, a news bulletin update has been posted that reads, “After much deliberation with Mino-san, it has been decided that he will no longer be appearing on the ‘Asa Zuba’ show.”
In September, Monta’s son Yuto Minorikawa, 31, was arrested after he was filmed by a CCTV camera at a Minato Ward convenience store ATM at around 1 a.m. on Aug 13 trying to withdraw cash using a stolen bank card. Police say the card had been stolen from a drunken office worker in his 40s while he was asleep in the street.
Minorikawa, who works for the NTV network, was fired in September.
Monta has expressed a desire to continue appearing on other regular programs, such as “Mino Monta’s Seize the Weekend.” He released a statement to the media this week in which he said: “Once everything has been settled, I wish to have a chance to speak with you all candidly about everything that has happened.”