Squeaky clean teen idol Ryo Ishikawa has been forced to isssue an apology to the Japanese public after being caught driving without a valid licence.
The nineteen-year-old was apparently using an international licence that he secured in the United States as a means of helping him travel between tournaments. Unfortunately, the period of his residency in the US wasn’t quite long enough to validate the document for use in Japan.
It all seems pretty tame, but tell that to the Japanese public, for whom a strange, choreographed press conference at Narita Airport was considered necessary:
“”I am really sorry for causing trouble to people concerned and to my fans for my carelessness and handling (of the matter).”
“I will devote myself every day to being more self-aware than ever as a professional golfer. I am sorry,” he told reporters.
Wearing a black suit and tie, Ishikawa said at the news conference, “I am getting used to the media describing how I’ve played golf. But this was the first time for me (to get in legal trouble) and I did not know how to deal with it.””
Given his status in Japan and the fact that he’s already donating his 2011 tournament earnings to the earthquake relief effort, I’m kind of surprised his licence-less driving of anything smaller than a monster truck is frowned upon.