• Kyodo News


Pop star Tsuyoshi Kusanagi made a grateful return to entertainment Thursday after being arrested about a month ago for stripping naked in a Tokyo park while drunk.

“I will strive anew as a member of SMAP. I feel happy that I can work as one of the members,” the 34-year-old told reporters before rejoining the ubiquitous band.

Kusanagi appeared nervous during the taping of “SMAP x SMAP” in Tokyo. The weekly variety program will air on Fuji Television Network on Monday. Kusanagi will also appear in the network’s daily lunchtime program, “Waratte Iitomo,” on Friday.

Kusanagi said he spent his time at home reading books or exercising to keep his spirits up after the embarrassing episode.

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