YAKUZA, DRUGS, ‘SLAVE’ CONTRACTS: HOW JAPANESE TV STAR ROLA BECAME LATEST VICTIM OF A MURKY CELEBRITY INDUSTRY
Scandal-hit Japanese model-cum-actress is not the first to learn the pitfalls of taking on an entertainment industry that enjoys close links to the criminal underworld.
For a decade, she has smiled, sung, pouted and been the face of countless television shows and advertisements, making Rola one of the most recognisable tarento celebrities in Japan.
Her career trajectory is what every young wannabe starting out in this nation’s voracious entertainment industry would love to emulate.
But her sudden fall from grace is a salutary reminder of the pitfalls that are the less well known side of the industry.