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Hey! Say! JUMP's Morimoto Ryutaro activities supsended due to underage smoking

June 27, 2011 @ 9:10 pm
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Hey! Say! JUMP member, Morimoto Ryutaro's (16) smoking photos recently appeared on the latest issue of "Shukan Josei" which was released on June 28th. Because of this, Johnny & Associates made an announcement that Morimoto's entertainment activities will be suspended indefinitely.

"Shukan Josei" posted the photo of Morimoto smoking which was from back in May of 2010 when Morimoto was just 15 years old. Additionally, other photos of him from January 2010 were also posted which means he was 14 years old at the time of those photos.

According to Johnny & Associates, when they asked Morimoto for an explanation, he admitted that he has smoked several times in the past out of curiosity.

The company made a statement, "Although he is deeply searching his conscience, it is common sense that the law prohibits minors from smoking, and it's a prohibited act.  Taking this fact seriously, we have decided to suspend his entertainment activities indefinitely."

Hey! Say! JUMP is scheduled to release their new single "OVER" on the 29th, and also many promotional activities are planned,  however, the group will have to continue their activities with nine members now.

Source: Sanspo

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