Some of you may still be outraged by the drug- and nudity-based exploits of 20 year-old American actress and singer Lindsay Lohan, and for those of you who say, “Yes, that’s me,” I urge you to sit down immediately. For in Japan, young stars are up to a level of debauchery and delinquency that shakes the whole foundation of society.
Kago Ai — the 19 year-old infantile idol and last recognizable face of the crumbling Morning Musume/Up Front Agency empire — has been forced out of the entertainment business. Her transgression? Getting caught smoking in public for the second time. You see — the legal age for igniting and inhaling the tobacco leaf is 20 in Japan. Had she been in her second porn film, that would have been perfectly legal.
Kago has also been dating a 37 year-old man, which does not look especially good for a young idol singer in her position. Had she been a real first-tier star, she would be one of the many secret lovers of her 65 year-old talent agency boss and would only be kicked out of the entertainment world once he discarded her for someone much younger. Cigarettes and a disrespectful, non-organizational outlook on love took years off of Kago’s career.
ZAKZAK sees her last career move as becoming an “Akiba-kei” (Akihabara-based) idol. Apparently getting thrown to the geeks is the lowest rung on the ladder.