Following the arrest of popular entertainer Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, 34, on charges of public indecency -- after he stripped to the buff and drunkenly cavorted in a Roppongi park in the early morning hours of April 23 -- the mass media continues to cover the incident with mostly malicious glee.
One exception would be Nikkan Gendai, which last week sprang to Kusanagi's defense, proclaiming any country that would detain a person for a full day over such a trivial matter was a "police state."
In its April 28 edition, the evening tabloid carries three stories related to the incident.
Behind the media overreaction to this affair, Nikkan Gendai reveals, is an explosion of "smoldering discontent" over the domineering attitude of Kusanagi's agency, Johnny and Associates, that's been building up for years. The agency has insisted on getting its way in the casting and scheduling of the dramas and variety shows in which its wards appear. It was also fiercely protective of rights, wielding veto power over sales of DVDs of the shows unless its terms were met.
"There's just a feeling that now's the only chance people will get to let off steam and show their true feelings toward Johnny's," sighs a staff member at one of the commercial networks' gossipy "wide shows." "But once this thing blows over, it'll be back to the status quo."
In a second piece, Nikkan Gendai warns readers that they, too, may be among certain types who are particularly vulnerable to such booze-induced indiscretions.
"Introspective, otherwise serious persons, such as those with an important position at the company or entertainers in the public eye, might not know any other diversions except drinking," remarks Meiji University psychology lecturer Osamu Seki.
Almost everyone has some aspect to their personality that they would prefer not to let others see. And, as is well known, alcohol has a tendency to break down inhibitions that make it easier to flaunt those traits.
The types who are particularly vulnerable to such peccadilloes might include the "ace worker" in a company, who is constantly under the gaze of management; those with high susceptibility to stress; and the person who continues drinking alone after saying good night to companions.
If you're one of these, Seki advises, you should look for other ways to enjoy yourself aside from drinking.
"It's important to recognize your own weaknesses and ugly side," he says.
The third item in Nikkan Gendai notes that within hours after reports of the arrest, T-shirts bearing the words the inebriated Kusanagi reportedly muttered to the cops when they hauled him in -- "Hadaka ni natte, nani ga warui?" (what's wrong with going naked?) -- were already on sale via the web.
The shirts, starting from 2,100 yen for a short-sleeved man's T, are offered in a variety of sizes and colors by ClubT (http://clubt.jp/).
The article notes with irony that while the designer typically receives a 100-yen royalty from the sale of each shirt, poor Kusanagi will receive no remuneration for his contribution.© Japan Today