Scandal-hit Yoshimoto Kogyo urged to sign written contracts with its 6,000 entertainers

Recommendation follows revelation that comedians took cash from underground group


Scandal-hit artists’ agency Yoshimoto Kogyo Co. is being urged to exchange written contracts with the comedians, actors and athletes on its books.

The recommendation came after the first meeting of a management advisory panel that Yoshimoto set up after the revelation that several of its comedians made paid appearances at a party held by a purported organized crime group.

The scandal prompted Yoshimoto to request that they sign a “joint confirmation letter” about legal compliance. And it tasked Kazuhisa Kawakami, a professor at the International University of Health and Welfare, with heading an advisory team.

According to Kawakami, the panel advised that Yoshimoto, which currently concludes only verbal agreements with the 6,000 entertainers it promotes, write down terms of affiliation and then ask its talent to sign a document.

This could be either a management contract to let the company fully oversee the entertainer’s activities and schedule or an agent contract under which performers can get involved with activities relatively freely.

The panel also underscored the importance of getting Yoshimoto to obtain information from the entertainers on income received directly from clients.

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