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Japanese SMAP Member Returns After House Arrest

May 28, 2009

SMAP is one of the most popular boy bands in Japan. Anyone that’s been to Japan and done Karaoke will probably tell you about their songs. Just turn on the TV and you’ll see the very popular Smap Smap variety show. According to Wikipedia SMAP leader Nakai was the highest tax payer of any entertainer in Japan in 2003.

In late April of this year, SMAP member Tsuyoshi Kusanagi was arrested for indecent exposure in a public park. He was found not guilty by authorities, and is scheduled today to return back to showbiz on the show Smap Smap. The Japanese newspapers each had their own account of the Smap member’s return.

Yomiuri He’s Back As Popular Than Ever This summary of the article basically sums up Yomiuri’s reporting of the return of Tsuyoshi Kusanagi. They quote him by saying “I’m happy to have my job and start from square one. I apologize for any inconvenience caused to my band members, and I also thank the fans for all their encouraging words.” The “encouraging words”, according to Yomiuri, were about 45,000 letters sent by fans during his one month absence. Yomiuri paints a picture of Tsuyoshi both as popular as ever, and also as busy as ever. After his debut on Smap Smap tonight Tsuyoshi then is scheduled to appear on “Waratemoii” the following day.

Asahi He Has Risen and Reformed The Asahi fails to mention the massive fan mail and rigorous schedule of Tsuoyoshi and instead paints a picture of a secluded entertainer who has emerged and reformed himself. Quoting Tsuyoshi, “From today I, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, would like to start again as a member of Smap. I feel happiness.” They then add Tsuoyoshi, for his one month under “house arrest”, did not go out once. He instead chose to read and exercise. “All I can say is how grateful I am for my fans and the people involved.”

Nikkei “Teacher Arrested on Indecent Exposure Charges” The Nikkei did not run a cover story about the SMAP member returning to showbiz but instead focused on an engineering teacher for a girls middle school being arrested for indecent exposure. According to authorities at the school, the teacher’s being charged for exposing his “lower half” to three girls on their way to school. When questioned, he replied, “I’ve been very stressed out to the point where I’ve been unable to continue writing my own thesis.”

SMAP is one of the most popular boy bands in Japan. Anyone that’s been to Japan and done Karaoke will probably tell you about their songs. Just turn on the TV and you’ll see the very popular Smap Smap variety show. According to Wikipedia SMAP leader Nakai was the highest tax payer of any entertainer in Japan in 2003.

In late April of this year, SMAP member Tsuyoshi Kusanagi was arrested for indecent exposure in a public park. He was found not guilty by authorities, and is scheduled today to return back to showbiz on the show Smap Smap. The Japanese newspapers each had their own account of the Smap member’s return.

Yomiuri He’s Back As Popular Than Ever This summary of the article basically sums up Yomiuri’s reporting of the return of Tsuyoshi Kusanagi. They quote him by saying “I’m happy to have my job and start from square one. I apologize for any inconvenience caused to my band members, and I also thank the fans for all their encouraging words.” The “encouraging words”, according to Yomiuri, were about 45,000 letters sent by fans during his one month absence. Yomiuri paints a picture of Tsuyoshi both as popular as ever, and also as busy as ever. After his debut on Smap Smap tonight Tsuyoshi then is scheduled to appear on “Waratemoii” the following day.

Asahi He Has Risen and Reformed The Asahi fails to mention the massive fan mail and rigorous schedule of Tsuoyoshi and instead paints a picture of a secluded entertainer who has emerged and reformed himself. Quoting Tsuyoshi, “From today I, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, would like to start again as a member of Smap. I feel happiness.” They then add Tsuoyoshi, for his one month under “house arrest”, did not go out once. He instead chose to read and exercise. “All I can say is how grateful I am for my fans and the people involved.”

Nikkei “Teacher Arrested on Indecent Exposure Charges” The Nikkei did not run a cover story about the SMAP member returning to showbiz but instead focused on an engineering teacher for a girls middle school being arrested for indecent exposure. According to authorities at the school, the teacher’s being charged for exposing his “lower half” to three girls on their way to school. When questioned, he replied, “I’ve been very stressed out to the point where I’ve been unable to continue writing my own thesis.”

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