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article imagePopular Japanese comedian apologizes for leaving mom on welfare

By Owen Weldon     May 27, 2012 in Entertainment
A very popular comedian from Japan apologized on Friday for allowing his mom to continue to collect after his career took off.
Junichi Komoto belongs to a very popular comedian duo called Jicho Kacho. Komoto issued an apology on Friday for allowing his mom to collect welfare benefits after Komoto's career took off.
According to Japan Times, Komoto said that he was naive in his way of thinking. He spoke at a news conference that was being held at Yoshimoto Kogyo Co.'s Tokyo office which is located in Shinjuku Ward, and while speaking he bowed in apology.
According to the Daily Yomiuri, the comedian admitted that his mother started to get welfare benefits about 14 years ago. Komoto, 37, said that he believed that there were no issues with his mother getting the benefits, and he has been consulting with a welfare office.
Komoto's mom became ill about 14-15 years ago and since then she has not been able to work. Komoto income was below 1 million yen around that time.
Komoto started to give his mom an allowance when his income increased about five years ago. Komoto did increase the allowance this year but his mother still received welfare benefits.
Under Japan's Civil Law, direct relatives have a duty to support family members. Direct relatives include brothers, sisters, parents and children.
The annual income of the applicant's family is provided to the municipality, when an application for welfare benefits is submitted.
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