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Comedian Miyasako apologizes at press conference for 'antisocial group' scandal

Hiroyuki Miyasako, left, and Ryo Tamura are seen apologizing at a news conference in Minato Ward, Tokyo, on July 20, 2019. (Mainichi/Kimi Takeuchi)

TOKYO -- Comedian Hiroyuki Miyasako of the comedy duo "Ameagari Kesshitai" apologized at a news conference on July 20 over his paid appearance at a party for an "antisocial group" that led to his employer Yoshimoto Kogyo Holdings Co. terminating his contract.

Miyasako's apology came after a photo of him accompanying an individual convicted of gold theft was published in the weekly magazine "Friday" on July 19.

At the conference in Tokyo, Miyasako fought back tears as he said, "Please let me apologize to victims of fraud, and to the people who have supported me, to whom I have caused distress and hurt. This disturbance stemmed from my thoughtless, selfish lies to protect myself. I am responsible for everything that happened."

Miyasako nevertheless denied he had any intention of retiring from the entertainment industry.

Ryo Tamura of comedy pair "London Boots Ichi-go Ni-go," who is currently under suspension, joined Miyasako in front of the assembled reporters. "Due to my own weakness, I gave false explanations," he said. "To all of those who have come to distrust me for my words and actions, I am deeply sorry."

(Japanese original by Hiroko Tanaka, Cultural News Department)

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