NEWS member Shigeaki Kato will not be putting a halt to his activities despite his involvement in an underage drinking scandal.
A report first published by Shuukan Bunshun revealed that Kato and his group mate Keiichiro Koyama encouraged underage women to drink alcohol at a party this past winter.
In response to the controversy, Koyama has decided to pause his activities for an indefinite amount of time. However, Kato will not be stepping out of the public eye.
Starting in July, Kato is set to star in the upcoming NTV drama "Zero: Ikkaku Senkin Game". He will continue on the series, according to a statement from NTV's public relations office. Filming had already begun prior to Shuukan Bunshun's report.
Koyama was supposed to make a cameo appearance in the series as a friend to Kato's character. Although he has stated that he is pausing his activities, NTV states that it is still in talks regarding the cameo.