Fall from fame....
People in Japan seem very shocked - maybe more interested in this story than tomorrow's Prime Minister resignation!
And I'm surprised - always! - that in Japan the gang leaders/members are known! If they are known, why don't the police arrest them???
Personally I've never liked Shinsuke because I don't like his kind of "bullying" comedy - a strong, noisy person makes fun of a weaker person and others stand/sit around and laugh too.
It reminds me too much of bullying in school.
But also I accept that my Japanese language ability isn't so great and I don't understand his jokes at all - so maybe he is funnier than I know.
However the story a few years ago that he physically abused a TV company woman because he didn't talk to him (the big star) in the "correct" way annoyed me....but I felt this week was an over-response because many people in the entertainment and professional sports world have connections to gangsters (most famous was Frank Sinatra).
Do you think he will be back? Maybe stay home in Okinawa for 6 months? 1 year? And then he will come back with many apologies...and a new show?
In the UK, celebrities have scandals and retire from TV etc...and sometimes come back.
Maybe the most famous in recent years was the comedian Michael Barrymore.
He was always on TV, hosting comedy and entertainment and quiz shows - very funny. Popular family entertainer. Grandmothers loved him.
But there were problems with alcohol and drugs...and a divorce, and "coming out" as gay....and then...
In 2001 there was a party at Barrymore's mansion - lots of men and drugs. A man was found dead in the swimming pool. There was talk of homosexual sex injuries.
All pretty bad!
Barrymore was arrested and released several times. Other men at the party were found guilty, but the former star was rearrested...and finally cleared in 2007.
He moved to New Zealand and managed to start a new career on New Zealand TV and slowly started doing Uk Tv shows again and some acting....it's taken a long time, but he is working again.
I guess it all depends how big the star is - if they can make a comeback or not. Shinsuke is big and popular.
I think he'll be back....summer 2012 is my prediction!