• Honolulu


I feel so sorry for Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and the media swirl going on around him right now (“SMAP star’s public nudity spurs arrest,” April 23). He was really drunk and did some silly things but he didn’t harm anyone.

I used to work in Shibuya, and every Friday night the train station would be filled with drunk businessmen and young people falling over, vomiting on train platforms and passing out on the ground. Maybe this story can be used in a positive way by the media to advise people against drinking too much. In my country, a celebrity in this situation would make an appearance on talk shows like the Late Show with David Letterman or The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, speak honestly about the stupidity of what happened, have a good laugh about it — and his career would go on. I hope the Japanese people are forgiving of Kusanagi and let him resume his career sooner rather than later.

jan poratman

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