WOWOW reveals new working guidelines for child actors due to backlash

In a statement released on their corporate website WOWOW revealed brand new working measures for all child actors/talents. WOWOW is a private satellite and pay-per-view television station in Japan, quite known for broadcasting the concerts of high profile artists.

Last month WOWOW was busted by the tabloid “Bunshun”, for their drama series “Tokyo Sumikko Gohan”. Apparently, heinous violations of labor laws were constantly broken during the filming of the series especially involving the child actors. In the expose child actress Kurumi Inagaki was singled out. She arrived on set and officially began her work day at 12:00 PM, however the filming was constantly extended and didn’t conclude until 5:00AM the following day which meant her full work day totaled 17 hours. Kurumi is only 6 years old.

The director of the drama, Yukiko Mishima, wasn’t satisfied with Kurimi’s performance forcing her to redo scenes upwards of 10 times. The producer and other prominent players in the drama were present for the extended filming, but still did nothing to stop it. Naturally the later the filming went the worse Kurimi started to feel. Her mother who accompanied her to every filming regularly had to console a crying Kurimi.

The previous day was similarly grueling, totaling over 14 hours where filming went on past 2:00AM. Just like every developed country Japan has very strict labor laws regarding children, any child under 13 years old is not allowed to work from 8:00PM to 5:00AM. As a result of this report WOWOW removed “Tokyo Sumikko Gohan” from their schedule, basically confirming the rumors.

In the statement WOWOW apologized for the damage and worry they caused. They revealed that the incident was able to happen due to their carelessness with safety and compliance policies. Moving forward WOWOW has vowed to improve the conditions for not only child actors, but adult actors as well as staff. New safety precautions for them will take effect immediately, extremely long work hour days will not be allowed, and of course child actors will not work between 8:00PM to 5:00AM in accordance with labor laws. Every single WOWOW staff member will be trained to ensure that these policies continue to be enforced in the future.

(via Excite)

  • Comments

    • trebletones

      I know Bunshun gets criticized for exposing and making money off of your favorite celebrities, but Bunshun is the best at what they do. Bunshun always has evidence when they expose.

    • light

      They better fix that shit up, the poor kid..

    • yacchaitai

      17 hours of work for a 6 year old is unacceptable

      • MoocowPoorchick

        17 hours are way too much for adults too. But if the kid arrived at 12pm, it makes me wonder how long the others had already been there before her…

    • King of the Kats

      The mother should receive some penalty too, she should taken her daughter from the set and denounced. Instead, she acquiesced.

    • ProllyWild

      Should see how long underage idols work…

      Messed up stuff

      • circe154

        It’s no wonder so many of them end up addicted to stimulants.

    • james

      WTF! this is seriously F up for child & adult worker

    • yamakita

      Is WOWOW Korean-owned?

      • fortinbras

        No it’s not, but what would that have to do with anything?

        • circe154

          2ch bleeding into the English internet?

          • this unnie is weird

            most likely, or just jpop fans taking on the 2ch spirit to seem more Japanese

          • fortinbras

            lol maybe

        • yamakita

          I guess you missed the reference.

    • Taima-kun

      props to whoever leaked this shit to Bunshun

    • Say NO to OVER TIME

      wowow should be fine 1 billion yen & the director should jail for 3 years.

    • rshina

      at least they learn from it and do things to make sure it didn’t happen again

      and I really hope it won’t happen again

    • Paddy Alfan

      What the hell? I blame Obamas administration for this!!

    • BabyPanda

      “oops we got caught”

    • Why am I just now reading this?! This is horrible, poor baby.

    • shoten

      clearly something is really wrong with Yukiko Mishima to treat a 6 year old this heartlessly he/she should quit being a director and find a job shes good at.

    • Pipe’sIDIC

      Was the director fired?