Japanese kabuki actor gets suspended sentence for assisting parents’ suicide

Ennosuke Ichikawa was part of apparent family pact to take their own lives after he learned he was to be accused of sexual abuse

One of Japan’s best-known kabuki actors has been given a suspended prison sentence for helping his parents die in an apparent suicide pact that sent shockwaves through the world of Japanese traditional theatre.

Ennosuke Ichikawa, a fourth-generation member of a leading kabuki family, was arrested in June after his mother and father were found dead at the family’s home in Tokyo the previous month.

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