In Entertainment Today…JE’s Morimoto Ryutaro Suspended for Underage Smoking

I usually don’t write about the various happenings in Japanese entertainment, but I found this article (and the image above) to relate especially well to my entry on smoking early last week. And here’s what I have to say about it.

He was stupid to have posed for a picture knowing full well the potential implications such behaviour could have on his star status (reference: 陳冠希/Edison Chen, Kago Ai or Hironori Kusano).

He cannot be excused simply because he’s underage. Let’s get real: at fourteen to fifteen years of ago,  you already have a reasonable sense of judgment and can make decisions for yourself.

He was punished accordingly for breaking the law. If only the same could be said of other underage youth smoking in Japan…

Will this single event have massive implications on the future and direction of Japan’s tobacco industry? Of course not. The point of this entry is to illustrate the prevalence of smoking throughout Japanese society, and to show that smoking is a tattoo that not even the squeakiest of squeaky-clean idols are immune from.

Time to introduce new anti-smoking legislation.

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About Peter Dyloco
Sophomore at the Queen's School of Business actively completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree with a specialisation in finance. Background in corporate finance, product portfolio planning and marketing. Strong interest in pursuing a career within investment banking or the commercial side of the automotive industry, with long term aspirations in Japanese public policy and contributing to the economic revitalisation of Japan. I remain open to new opportunities and to hearing insight from similarly passionate people. Peter Dyloco

4 Responses to In Entertainment Today…JE’s Morimoto Ryutaro Suspended for Underage Smoking

  1. cutie says:

    no! no! no! ryutaro is suspended no! ican’t believe it

  2. Jul-ch@n says:

    I can’t belive it too! it’s horrible! why he did this?? I can’t look for this photo. I want to cry… ;(

  3. henny says:

    that’s not really a surprise, its really disappointing though….
    im not sure why but it seems that smoking is spreading through the younger ages because in my school even 13 year old are having tattoos and are smoking (both weed and cigarettes), even abusing their height and going out at night….
    and i just dont get that!

  4. susie says:

    i was a fan of hey say jump,
    i grew up listening to him and his group
    though i’m not as crazy for them now as when i was 14 and15
    this simply breaks my heart
    he was one of my favourites and dont know how i’d react if he got busted earlier
    i hope he learns his lesson and would be back in the group soon

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