The big domestic news of the week was the arrest for public indecency of mega-star Tsuyoshi Kusanagi on Thursday. The 34-year-old SMAP member's indiscretions made news both in Japan and overseas.
The seemingly clean cut pop star and actor was found by police drunk, naked and screaming in Hinokicho Park near Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi, not far from Kusanagi's luxury apartment.
In traditional fashion, Kusanagi apologized to his Japanese and Asian fans in a press conference on Friday for "his weakness." Kusanagi, who speaks fluent Korean, is a huge star not just in Japan but also in Korea as well as being popular in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Various corporate sponsors including Toyota have dropped the penitent star, who is known to like a drink, from their commercials.
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