The vice president of Sun Music, the former agency of Noriko Sakai, seems to have ruffled the feathers of some of its staff and artists.
The incident started from a letter personally sent in late October by Masahisa Aizawa to all artists and entertainers that the agency represents. The letter was written in reference to the Sakai drug case, apologizing for inconveniences caused, followed by words admonishing the use of illegal drugs and consequences that may befall the individual as well as family members and the agency.
The letter was sent in ordinary envelopes, not Sun Music’s official stationery. The intention was to pacify some of the agency’s artists who complained about the special treatment Sakai was receiving.
A Sun Music source explained, “To express his concerns about the dangers and consequences of drug use is understandable, but he’s been far too generous to Sakai, bearing the costs for the press conference that was held after she was released on bail, in addition to shouldering part of the 500 million yen penalty for breach of contract. The artists are upset because they feel the money they worked hard to earn is being used for making those payments… and Aizawa is responsible for failing to supervise Sakai appropriately. The letter is too phony.”
The agency admitted that Aizawa stood as a witness during Sakai’s trial to plea for leniency and introduced her to the college she is currently attending, but added that it was Aizawa’s personal affair. Sun Music claims that it was not involved in any way, financially or otherwise, and has no intention of doing anything further for Sakai.© Japan Today