Tokyo court rules against Shinsuke Shimada, Yoshimoto Kogyo over gangster article
Tokyo Reporter -- Jul 05
The Tokyo High Court on Thursday ruled against former television entertainer Shinsuke Shimada, 57, and his agency in an appeal lawsuit for libel filed against publisher Kodansha.

Agency Yoshimoto Kogyo and Shimada sought damages of 40 million yen for an article about the former entertainer's associations with organized crime that appeared in the October 15 (2011) issue of weekly tabloid Shukan Gendai under the headline that read: "Shimada, you are a gangster."

Yoshimoto Kogyo was critical over content in the article that indicated that the agency was accommodating to its performers associating with organized crime members. For this part of the suit, presiding judge Kenta Suzuki ruled that a payment of 1.1 million yen was due to Yoshimoto Kogyo.

Last year, the Tokyo District Court also ruled in favor of Kodansha in a damages suits seeking 165 million yen.

Source: Tokyo Reporter
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