In the entertainment industry, the act of “rewarding exploitation” is frequently used in salaries. Yoshiko Sengen (Formerly Fumika Shimizu), who suddenly announced her retirement on February 11, 2017, released a tell-all book with Happy Science.
Sengen admitted that “The Kamen Rider set was really busy. The salary was 50,000円 and after taxes, was approximately 45,000円. Because I lived with my parents, I did not receive extra for rent or meals. I couldn’t live off of the amount I received or pay for my own meals. I think I received around 50,000円 a month until mid-2014.”
It was in September 2011 that Sengen was playing Yuki Jojima in Kamen Rider Fourze. She was working for LesPros Entertainment during this time.
Musicians have also faced the same financial troubles. Takuya Kimura of SMAP had to use a lawyer to negotiate his contract. He was able to raise his salary significantly and was seemingly treated better by his company afterwards. Unfortunately, situations like this where negotiation is successful is a rare story in the Japanese entertainment industry.
Note: This information was reported last year when Sengen initially left LesPros Entertainment, but we did not choose to report it at the time. This post is part of a longer article about the exploitation of young performers in the Japanese entertainment industry, which was hidden behind a paywall.
Article Sources: Asahi