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The Beauty vs. Japan’s Beasts
The 53rd Miss International was crowned Tuesday in Tokyo, but her predecessor, the first Japanese woman to win the title in 52 years, Ikumi Yoshimatsu, was not there to hand over her crown. Ms. Yoshimatsu (born June 21st, 1987) is an actress, best-selling author, and a social activist.
In terms of sexual equality, Japan is still decades behind most advanced nations, ranking 105 out of 136 in the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report. When it comes to show business, the nation is like 1950’s Hollywood, when the mob still ruled and powerful talent agencies controlled every aspect of the lives of their contract celebrities.
For years, the authorities have mostly turned a blind eye to the thuggish behavior and the yakuza’s influence in the Japanese entertainment world. In 2011, the Jay Leno of Japan, Shimada Shinsuke, was forced to retire after his close ties to the Yamaguchi-gumi (Japan’s largest crime group) were exposed but his talent agency, Yoshimoto Kogyo, continued business as usual. It is widely known that mob still runs many of the talent agencies. Most stars accept it as an unavoidable reality and the mainstream media, which needs access to the celebrities, blithely ignores the seedy side of the industry.
Her alleged stalker is Mr. Genichi Taniguchi, president of Pearl Dash and an executive at K-Dash. K-Dash is one of Japan’s biggest talent agencies, handling such luminaries as Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Batman Begins).
Shimada Shinsuke, was forced
Yamaguchi-gumi (Japan’s largest crime group) talent agency, Yoshimoto Kogyo
stalker is Mr. Genichi Taniguchi
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