Today I would like to share an important message from Mao with you.
He has posted it, yesterday December 5th 2016 on a Japanese blog which he had created merely for that purpose...
Mao's ex-coworker and friend Hyuuma who is a 舞台衣装 (stage set) designer posted a tweet yesterday in which he announced that he would like to share the link to a message from Mao to his fans.
Please read Mao's message carefully because it IS a very important issue and please read this post until the very end because I will provide you with some background info regarding this message and its contents.
A Request from Hamao Kyousuke to Everyone
This is Hamao Kyousuke.
First off, I want to truly thank everyone who supported me as Hamao Kyousuke* in the past.
I retired from the entertainment industry and from acting on February 28th, 2014. Presently, I am in the United States of America devoting myself to my studies in pursuit of a new dream.
Recently, when I launched my Facebook account in order to exchange and gather information in relation to my studies, I frequently received messages from fans who supported me previously. After consulting with a lawyer, I have temporarily started this page in order to communicate with everyone on this matter once again.
I truly regret not being to tell everyone properly that I was retiring when I retired from the entertainment industry, but I have absolutely no plans or intentions of returning to that life. It has been almost three years since I retired and at present I am focusing all my energy on a new dream and seriously pursuing a new life
I have some concerns since there is the possibility of being frequently messaged by strangers on social media, my picture being taken and those pictures being uploaded and spread around on the internet. Thus, while I can’t say that I am sufficiently used to life in America yet I also can’t say that America is safer than Japan and so I myself feel distressed and threatened when I think about the possibility of my address and the particular details of my life here being arbitrarily open to the public in a country like this.
In speaking with a lawyer regarding this matter, the prevailing view is that the unilateral spreading of photographs, personal information, and one’s daily life etc., on the internet without one’s personal consent is a violation of a person’s right to privacy. However, I have been told that there is a big difference in how much privacy is to be protected for those who are actively working in the entertainment industry disclosing their names and faces and those who are not. Almost three years have passed since I left Japan and cut off my involvement with the entertainment industry, and I believe that my current position is much closer to the latter.
Considering the future, I feel that I personally have a limit as to the number of individual cases I can handle, and so I started this page so that it will spread widely and inform everyone on the internet. This page will be deleted after a certain period of time.
As someone who has left the entertainment industry, for the sake of my studies, I humbly ask that you stop messaging me on social media, as well as uploading and spreading my images and personal information on the internet.
Thank you in advance for your understanding.
Once again, thank you very much to everyone who supported me as Hamao Kyousuke* in the past.
*TN: Regarding the spelling of Mao's name: When he was an actor, Mao used the characters “浜尾京介”, but he is signing this message as “濱尾京介” which are the original Kanji of his family name. Both are read “Hamao Kyousuke” but his last name as an actor was simplified, which is a common practice for performers.
Translated by: masayume85
BACKGROUND INFO REGARDING THIS MESSAGE:
1. Why such a serious message, so all of a sudden?
Some of you might be wondering why Mao suddenly makes such a direct statement after three years of silence and so completely out of the blue.
Apparently there has been a serious incident quite rececntly...a group of fans apparently tracked Mao down in New York, took lots of ppictures of him against his wishes and then posted those photos along with some private info about Mao's new life on the internet. (Credit for this info goes to Furu Wu - thank you my dear).
Another incident occured at the IELTS test center, a picture of him, even though it was just a picture his legs, was secretly taken and then shared on the web along with info about his looks, clothes etc.
Some other fans have apparently managed to somehow identify Mao's genuine, private Facebook account and have frequently left messages and comments there, just as if Mao was still an active artist.
For all these reasons Mao has decided to make this public statement regarding his retirement and the privacy of his new life.
2. "Please stop uploading and spreading my images and personal information" (quote Mao)
Many fans seem to be confused and wondering "Is he asking us to stop uploading and sharing ANY pictures of him???"
The answer is....NO, HE ISN'T!!!!
Mao's request to stop posting photos of him is targeted to private photo footage, footage of him in New York living his new life, but not to official photo material from his acting days that is already on the web.
"You are not authorized to stalk me, to photograph me secretly and to share private photos related to my new life on the web. So please stop such actions." That is the meaning of Mao's request not to upload images of himon the internet.
The photos we are not allowed to post and share are photos taken of 濱尾京介 (the 'new' Mao), but any official photos of 浜尾京介 (the artist) are still okay to post and share just as before.
I hope that this background info helps a little to clear up some misunderstandings regarding the content of Mao's statement.
I would only like to add one thing, a very personal request if you like and I hope you won't think me insolent for requesting it:
Please everyone, respect Mao's privacy and behave with the proper decorum towards him in the future. Don't try to track him down in NY and to take secret pictures of him, regardless of whether your intention is to share them or to keep them as private keepsakes.
Please accept the fact that Mao's retirement from the showbiz is indeed a permanent one and that he therefore is a private person now and wishes to remain as such a one.
We all love Mao dearly, Mao the actor as well as the 'new' Mao, but please accept the fact that our fan and fangirl activities on the web and in the real world are limited to "Hamao Kyousuke - the actor" and to the official materials (photos, videos, blog entries etc.) that we have of him from the years 2007 - 2014.
PS: If you wish to have a look at the original blog entry, please follow this link (I don't know how long Mao intends to keep this page active though):