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Japanese beauty queen barred from ceremony

By Yuriko Nagano

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:52 a.m. HST, Dec 16, 2013

TOKYO » A Japanese beauty queen said Monday (Sunday in Hawaii) she has been barred from a ceremony where she was to hand over her crown to a successor after she refused to sign with a major talent agency.

Ikumi Yoshimatsu, winner of last year's Miss International contest, has filed a criminal complaint against a top agency executive alleging obstruction of business, stalking, intimidation and extortion. She accused the executive of threatening her life after she formed her own management agency rather than use his.

A teary-eyed Yoshimatsu told reporters Monday that the executive had threatened sponsors and shareholders and she was barred from Tuesday's ceremony in Tokyo.

Eiichi Masunaga, official at the International Culture Association, the beauty contest's operator, confirmed they won't allow her to appear because they don't want media coverage of the controversy to overshadow the event.

"We've asked her to voluntarily refrain from the event," said Masunaga.

Talent agencies have huge influence over the entertainment business in Japan and industry experts say it is common for anyone who rebels against the system to be bullied and threatened.

The executive, Genichi Taniguchi, denied doing anything to Yoshimatsu and said he holds no grudges against her.

He said in a phone interview that he was not aware of the charges against him.

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Mythman wrote:
Japanese making threats and bullying? Why, it sounds like our own C&C Japanese Americans?
on December 16,2013 | 05:09AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Myth, a nonsensical racist statement comparing private foreign business with a small percentage of local Asians employed by the local government. Really? Why not bring up rail, state, federal, Obama? Makes as much non.....sense.
on December 16,2013 | 06:07AM
2_centz wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on December 16,2013 | 06:43AM
Mythman wrote:
Unions = rail
on December 16,2013 | 06:57AM
kolohepalu wrote:
Unions are not going away. You should.
on December 16,2013 | 07:09AM
primo1 wrote:
Actually the unions are pretty diverse racially. Greed knows no ethnic boundaries.
on December 16,2013 | 08:31AM
bekwell wrote:
That's correct . . . and Obama is secretly white.
on December 16,2013 | 11:41AM
Fred01 wrote:
It's no secret bro.
on December 16,2013 | 01:57PM
Mythman wrote:
I'm not making it up - I am relating personal experience of my biz with the C&C inspectors and other officials, who use muscle to make things go their own way even when the law is to the contrary. By not bringing these little racial things out, we are in denial it is real. Sorry if it offends you personally. Aloha
on December 16,2013 | 06:56AM
kolohepalu wrote:
Aloha? You don't obviously don't understand the word. What's real is you should move your "biz" to the mainland where your prejudiced views are mainstream.
on December 16,2013 | 07:08AM
Dolphin743 wrote:
Anyone who fails to see racism in Hawaii is choosing to live in an alternate reality.
on December 16,2013 | 12:33PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Myth, why would you make such a generalized racist statement? Be specific. Who in the C&C government inspectors are bullies? Do they train their replacements to be the same?
on December 16,2013 | 07:49AM
Mythman wrote:
Mr Retired Working: sorry I can't comment here further as it is in court presently. Bias is part of being human. The danger is when it is unconscious and wrongful because it is applied using government power. There is no training that I know of going on in C&C govt to weed it out. On the contrary, it is widespread and being denied because of an attitude that as a race that was itself subjected to white bias, no Japanese American (or Chinese American) in city or state government can also be acting in a way that is prejudicial, or racial. It happens and all those who got miffed here are pizzed because they hate the idea that our dirty little secret is getting aired. Why do you think this story is showing up in this newspaper? I have to observe that our Filipino American folks are not racists.
on December 16,2013 | 09:34AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Myth, all right. If you're pursuing it in court, I will not comment any more on what you shared.
on December 16,2013 | 05:11PM
copperwire9 wrote:
I'm gonna guess, based on many of your comments over time, that you are a singularly unpleasant person to be around. Is that correct?
on December 16,2013 | 06:24AM
primowarrior wrote:
Foolish and racist statement.
on December 16,2013 | 06:31AM
kolohepalu wrote:
Some people are so good are proving their lack of intellect that nothing needs to be said. Case in point.
on December 16,2013 | 07:00AM
kolohepalu wrote:
Yep, there's a lot of JAs in Hawaii. It's not going to change. You should move.
on December 16,2013 | 07:03AM
Mythman wrote:
I've been told that by AJAs several times - why would a AJA makes a statement like that to a white man? Gee, can they be racists? Oh how can that be when they are victims of white racism themselves. Ignorance about race relations is layered into our society through Dem party indoctrination - two threads are "Aloha" and "diversity" - both made up by dems, locally. Do some research and stop repeating crapola you heard down at the club or bar.
on December 16,2013 | 07:07AM
kolohepalu wrote:
You are a perfect example of someone who don't get it. In order to understand race-relations, you have to put it in the context of history- real history, not the American Time-Life version. But you won't, I know.
on December 16,2013 | 07:41AM
nitpikker wrote:
i agree with copperwire, you must be unpleasant to be around. too many white, pointy hoods.
on December 16,2013 | 11:50AM
primo1 wrote:
Mythman living up to his name.
on December 16,2013 | 08:05AM
Slow wrote:
Mythy is the new allie! a silly, amateurish troll. Oh, mythy, we are all weeeely weeeely mad at you. Happy now? You are so important!
on December 16,2013 | 08:59AM
Eradication wrote:
I discovered a new name for trolls...Laptop Lapdogs.
on December 16,2013 | 11:03PM
808warriorfan wrote:
What a racist remark.....
on December 16,2013 | 07:41PM
eoe wrote:
This is all Obama's fault.
on December 16,2013 | 05:41AM
lokela wrote:
Greed comes into play. Just like American talent agencies. Competition.
on December 16,2013 | 05:43AM
96706 wrote:
Well I glad that she is STANDING HER GROUND against those MALE chauvinists!
on December 16,2013 | 06:43AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
96706, sadly, it is not in their nature for Japanese nations to stand their ground against the majority. The greater good of the unit supercedes that of the individual.
on December 16,2013 | 07:58AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Japanese nationals, not nations.
on December 16,2013 | 08:00AM
hilocal wrote:
RetiredWorking, that's why she's remarkable: she's bucking both nationality and gender.
on December 17,2013 | 05:37AM
nitpikker wrote:
i agree.
on December 16,2013 | 11:45AM
hilocal wrote:
96706, I'm with you. It's good she's going to court, but I doubt she'll get a fair judgment with a heavily male court.
on December 17,2013 | 05:36AM
loquaciousone wrote:
"We've asked her to voluntarily refrain from the event," said Masunaga.

The KEY word here is "voluntarily"......so go to the dmmm event and muck up their schedule....
on December 16,2013 | 07:34AM
HanabataDays wrote:
"Voluntarily" doesn't mean what they think it does.
on December 16,2013 | 07:54AM
Mythman wrote:
The customary union thuggery found a familiar spirit in the local government bureaucracy and together they make up a large measure of what is known as the "local" culture - it's nothing to be proud of.
on December 16,2013 | 09:17AM
hilocal wrote:
loquaciousone, voluntarily in this case is a euphemism for We won't allow her entry to the event.
on December 17,2013 | 05:44AM
Slow wrote:
Japan's Hello Kitty/salaryman culture has tragically betrayed it's own people. Now the big money controls the whole show. Sound familiar?
on December 16,2013 | 09:28AM
RandolphW wrote:
Union bullying? How about government bullying, and from more than one government agency? I suppose this is a taboo subject.
on December 16,2013 | 09:37AM
ka_iwa wrote:
A strong confident woman with a business sense threatens traditional Japanese males!
on December 16,2013 | 09:39AM
cojef wrote:
Traditional the entertainment industry in Japan has been under the guidance of the "yakuza". There is strict code that must be adhered to and anyone breaking the code is single-out and black-listed. Sound familiar back in the early 20/30's in Hollywood. Approval must be garnered from the "yakuza" to be able to obtain employment. A silent code, usually not publicized as in the instant case. This is a recent new phenomenon and will blow over. In the old days, a member of the gang would disfigure or cause some minor disturbances to the violator's home or property for violating the "silent code", ala the mafia.
on December 16,2013 | 10:32AM
bekwell wrote:
The entertainment business (and other business in Waikiki) have the same problem.
on December 16,2013 | 12:29PM
Mythman wrote:
Thank you SA and Mr Cojef - once in a while the truth slips through the mountain of lies.....
on December 16,2013 | 01:33PM
Anonymous wrote:
Totally support this lady. It is tough in Tokyo!
on December 16,2013 | 03:48PM
sukebesan wrote:
Japanese tarento agencies are controlled and are fronts for the various yakuza crime syndicates. Yoshimatsu-san will be coerced into becoming a soft porn actress and high-class whore servicing highly placed government,corporate and police officials and entertainment industry bosses.
on December 16,2013 | 05:24PM
kekahahi wrote:
very nice looking woman
on December 16,2013 | 07:10PM
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