TOKYO – Popular Japanese actor Haruma Miura passed away at the age of 30 on Saturday (July 18), creating outrage on the country’s entertainment scene due to alleged suicide.
Miura was born in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, in 1990. At the age of 4, he became a member of the children’s theater group and made his debut in children’s acting in 1997, starring in the morning drama series “Agri” from the public broadcaster NHK. He received a freshman prize at the Japan Film Academy for his role in the 2007 film “Coizora.”
In 2011, he starred in the weekly drama series Fuji Television Network Network Inc. “Taisetsu na Koto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta”, and also received the Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award and the Haruko Sugimura Yomiuri Engeki Award for Performance in the 2017 Japanese adaptation of the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots.”
Miura was the NHK Travel series host. He also appeared in the film adaptation of the drama series The Confidence-man JP, which was scheduled to air on July 18th evening. The film’s sequel was set for release on July 23.