Popular Japanese actress, Fumika Shimizu, is playing the role of Tohka Kirishima for the upcoming live-action movie adaptation of Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul manga. However, the actress recently went on hiatus for “health reasons” and her own production company hasn’t been able to get hold of her. It seems that Shimizu is part of a religious group known as “Happy Science”, which many in Japan consider to be a cult.
It also seems that her job as an actress in conflicting with her devotion to “Happy Science”, so much so that she is actually trying to end her contract with her agency, LesPros Entertainment, prematurely just to devote herself to the religion even more.
Both of Shimizu’s parents are part of the religious group, and they have introduced the actress and her three sisters to “Happy Science” at birth. The religious group recently held a press conference regarding the matter, and they delivered the actress’s message regarding her retirement.
In her letter, she stated that her heart “can’t accept some contents in the jobs” and added that she has “not been able to live properly”, and this led her to get depression. She also admitted that she wants to enter priesthood for the religious group. Shimizu also admitted that the people around her, friends and her manager, were against the decision. However, she held true to her faith and made her final decision to retire. She is now working with lawyers to legally end her contract with LesPros Entertainment.Here is the group’s description:
Founded in 1986 by CEO Ryuho Okawa, the basic teachings of Happy Science are “Exploration of the Right Mind” and the “Principles of Happiness“. Okawa claims to channel the spirits of Muhammad, Christ, Buddha and Confucius, and is the incarnation of the supreme spiritual being called El Cantare.
Throughout the three decades since its foundation, Happy Science has rapidly grown into a global movement with members in over 100 countries around the world. The cult boasts 10 million members domestically and 1 million abroad with centers in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, London, Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo.
As for Shimizu herself, who is serious about entering priesthood for the religious group, she is scheduled to appear in three films, including Tokyo Ghoul, Ankoku Joshi, and Warau Manekineko. Filming for all three films have now wrapped up, but she is not expected to join the promotions for these films.
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Source: Arama Japan