Move aims to remove yakuza influence from biz
Tokyo — Japan’s National Assn. of Commercial Broadcasters, covering all the commercial networks, has sent its members a new model talent contract aimed at eliminating the influence of Japan’s notorious yakuza (gangsters) from the TV biz.According to the contract, which NAB members are obliged to use, if the contracting individual, company or org is found to have gang ties, the member has the right to terminate the contract without notice. Pubcaster NHK, which is not a NAB member, drafted a similar policy in November. The Japanese biz has been on the warpath against the ubiquitous gangs since comedian-MC Shinsuke Shimada abruptly retired in August after admitting to gang ties. The influence of the gangs is deep-rooted and extensive, going beyond individuals to production companies, talent shops and other aspects of the biz.