NEWS member Keiichiro Koyama (34) and Shigeaki Kato (30) have been caught coercing two underage women to drink alcohol.
Koyama and Kato were at a party with the women this past winter. An audio recording was made during the party. The two can be heard encouraging the underage women to drink.
Tabloid magazine Shuukan Bunshun obtained a copy of the recording and plans to release the full audio. The magazine also reached out to Johnny & Associates before publishing the story. The company confirmed Koyama and Kato were the ones on the recording.
According to Johnny & Associates, one of the women in the recording was 20-years-old, the legal drinking age in Japan, while the other was not someone the Koyama and Kato knew. However, Shuukan Bunshun was able to confirm that both women were underage at the time.
In addition, Shuukan Bunshun confirmed that Koyama knew both of the women involved in the incident, and had spent time with them on multiple occasions.
In April, former TOKIO member Tatsuya Yamaguchi was caught giving a 16-year-old high school girl alcohol before sexually assaulting her. Both Koyama and Kato condemned giving an underage woman alcohol despite being guilty of the same action.