Japanese Actor Quits Talent Agency After Anti-Nuclear Tweets

Taro Yamamoto left SIS Company after 13 years after referring to nuclear power as 'state terrorism.'

TOKYO -- Actor Taro Yamamoto has parted company with his management agency after his tweets about his involvement in an anti-nuclear campaign stirred up a furor in the Japanese media.

“I can’t stay silent while Japan continues the state terrorism of nuclear power,” Yamamoto tweeted, along with messages such as “Let’s stop the destruction of Japan.”

The anti-nuclear movement has been growing in Japan with the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The TV, movie and stage actor had been with his agency, SIS Company, for 13 years, but announced Friday that he was leaving to avoid causing more trouble for the company.

Yamamoto pulled out of his scheduled appearance in a TV drama after the media reported on his tweeting about his attendance at a May 23 anti-nuclear demo. SIS Company issued a statement on May 27 saying that he was not being dropped from the drama. However, Yamamoto later tweeted that he was quitting of his own accord.

“I don’t want to cause any more trouble and the CEO and staff have asked me repeatedly not to leave,” said Yamamoto.

The agency later issued a statement on its website saying it regretted the 36-year-old actor’s decision and that it had been privileged to work with Yamamoto over the years as he developed into a serious character actor.

Japanese entertainment agencies are infamous for exercising almost complete control over talents’ lives.