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Gendai: Gackt associated with DSE owner

By Zach Arnold | July 19, 2006

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By Zach Arnold

This week’s edition of Shukan Gendai has a top story in their magazine, claiming that popular Japanese music artist Gackt (through the office he is employed with) is associated with Mr. I (Ishizaka), the alleged yakuza owner of PRIDE who is rumoredly hiding in South Korea.

In short, attaching the name of Gackt to the PRIDE scandal is an attempt by the magazine to add juice to keep the story alive in the eyes of the public. In the article, it is noted that Gackt made an appearance at a PRIDE show a couple of years ago and the media was unexpectedly told that he was “a friend of Hidehiko Yoshida,” with the supposed real reason being that Gackt was at the show to see Ishizaka.

I will try to add details to this post as I thoroughly re-read the article again. (Thoughts from Japanese bloggers on the story can be found here, here, here, here, and here.)

Topics: All Topics, Japan, Media, PRIDE, Yakuza, Zach Arnold | 1 Comment » | Permalink | Trackback |

One Response to “Gendai: Gackt associated with DSE owner”

  1. Jwebb76 says:

    “In short, attaching the name of Gackt to the PRIDE scandal is an attempt by the magazine to add juice to keep the story alive in the eyes of the public”

    Yep. because nobody cares about it… as I have been saying all along. Seems like you are turning around and using this to keep the story alive on your site as well

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