Narimiya Hiroki announced his retirement from showbiz as of 9 December through a fax statement sent by his agency to the media. This sudden decision was said to be made in response to the FRIDAY report on 2 December about Narimiya allegedly being a drug user. Despite strong objection and denial from Narimiya and his agency about the authenticity of the report, FRIDAY went ahead with the publishing of the article. This led Narimiya and his agency to issue strongly-worded statements against the tabloid and declaration that they would take legal action.
FRIDAY's 2nd December report claimed that Narimiya had bought and used various drugs such as cocaine, marijuana and ketamine at his home on 9 November. There were also photos with another man in his house with sheets of paper containing a white substance on the table which the magazine alleged to be drugs.
Following the release of the article, the agency arranged for Narimiya to take an urine test for drug consumption on 7 December which turned out to be negative. Just when the media first reported news of the test results in the morning of 9 December, the shock announcement of Narimiya's retirement came in the same afternoon.
According to Narimiya's agency Top Coat, they revealed that they were in the midst of discussing what to do after receiving the urine test results. However, Narimiya suddenly told them about his intention to quit and would not change his mind despite repeated discussions. As such, they had no choice but to accept his decision.
Narimiya issued a handwritten statement through his agency which revealed why he came to this abrupt decision:
I am aware that everything arose because of me. I was betrayed by my friend who I trusted deeply and I fell into the trap laid by several people.
While being an actor, there have been many things which I wouldn't want others to know or focus on including my sexuality. Seeing this situation of the wrong information being circulated continuing, I feel as if I will be crushed by my anxiety and desperation.
I can't stand the idea of having my privacy being exposed to the world by people's evil intentions.
I want to disappear from the world of showbiz immediately.
I can't cause more worry and inconveniences to the people I work with by continuing to appear in public as an actor but there is no faster way than to quit from showbiz.
I started off with having nothing and am very thankful to everyone who have made me become what I am today.
To the fans who have supported me, I am sorry for leaving in this manner.
I am really sorry. And thank you very much.
8 December 2016 Narimiya Hiroki
Narimiya was born in Tokyo and made his debut in 2000 through the stage play "Horobikaketa jinrui, Sono ai no honshitsu to wa...". He had participated in many dramas and movies to date such as "Gokusen", "Kisarazu Cats Eye", "Koukou Kyoushi", "Orange Days", "Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo", "Oboreru Sakana", "NANA", "Unfair the movie" and "Aibou".
On the other hand, FRIDAY seems to be bent on continuing to report on Narimiya's alleged drug scandal as seen in their 9 December report. It was mentioned that a friend of Narimiya who appeared in the previous week's photos had provided two voice recordings of Narimiya and him in November when they talked about buying "chaarii" which is a slang word for cocaine. The friend reportedly said that he was angered by Narimiya asking him to go and buy drugs and it had appeared that they had already fallen out.
Sources: Sponichi 1 / Oricon 1 / Huffington Post / Nikkansports 1 / Nikkansports 2 / Oricon 2 / Oricon 3 / Livedoor