Talent agency Ishihara Promotion to close after 58-year run

Entertainment News Jul 17, 2020

Talent agency Ishihara Promotion to close after 58-year run

Longtime talent agency Ishihara International Productions Inc., established by late movie star and singer Yujiro Ishihara, will call it quits in January, it was learned Friday. The agency, better known as Ishihara Promotion, produced many hit police dramas, including "Seibu Keisatsu" ("Western Police"), got its ...

Comedian Ken Shimura tests positive for COVID-19

National Mar 25, 2020

Comedian Ken Shimura tests positive for COVID-19

Veteran comedian Ken Shimura has tested positive for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, his agent said Wednesday, making him the first Japanese entertainment figure to announce their infection publicly. The 70-year-old Shimura, known for performing as popular characters including Baka Tonosama, meaning stupid lord, ...

National / Crime & Legal Mar 4, 2020

Entertainer Masashi Tashiro jailed for drug use and possession

Entertainer Masashi Tashiro was found guilty Wednesday of using and possessing illegal stimulants last November. The Sendai District Court sentenced Tashiro to 30 months in prison, six months of which were suspended for two years with probation for rehabilitation purposes. According to the ruling, Tashiro, 63, ...

Harry and Meghan to stop using 'Sussex Royal' brand in spring

World Feb 22, 2020

Harry and Meghan to stop using 'Sussex Royal' brand in spring

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, will no longer use the "Sussex Royal" label when they begin their new life outside the royal inner circle in the spring, their spokeswoman said Friday. The couple will formally step down as senior royals from March 31 and ...