• Kyodo


TV broadcasters were scrambling Wednesday to replace six programs hosted by Shinsuke Shimada, who abruptly announced he was leaving the entertainment industry over ties with a high-ranking yakuza.

“We need to come up with a decision because the program will be aired soon,” said a Fuji TV official in charge of a quiz program Shimada was hosting.

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