— Mirei Park
"True abilities don't lie."
Mirei Park (朴 美麗, Paku Mirei) is a supporting character in Yakuza 5. She is the president of the Dyna Chair talent agency.
Park is a tall woman with fair skin and short black hair with bangs parted to the side.
Park wears a white belted coat over a black shirt, as well as a black skirt that comes to her calves. She wears a silver necklace and earrings, as well as the cracked brooch that Haruka gives to her.
Park is an outwardly cold, selfish, underhanded, and extremely harsh individual with a serious, no-nonsense demeanor. She is very strict with her employees, and is often seen reprimanding or even hitting them, though it is done with the best intentions, with Park knowing firsthand how harsh the idol industry can be if not properly prepared. She believes that Haruka in particular will benefit from her strictness, as she sees much of herself in Haruka and expects nothing but perfection.
Despite her coldness, she is also shown to be caring and thoughtful and quickly bonds with Haruka, acting as a mother-figure and spoiling her while they are out shopping together. It's left ambiguous as to whether she truly felt affectionate toward Haruka or was sneakily manipulating her through her orphan background in order to make sure she does not stray from the idol path.
Park grew up as an orphan who never knew her biological parents, and was abused by those that took care of her. During her early years, she came to admire idols and the way that they were loved and respected, and decided that her goal would be to earn the love that she never had growing up.
She debuted at eighteen, and was already married to Goro Majima, who had gifted her with an expensive fountain pen that she kept as a good luck charm, hiding it behind her mic during her debut. She kept her marriage secret to the public, as well as her agency, just as she had done with her Korean ancestry, fearing that it would cause problems.
During the short year that the two were married, Park learned that she was pregnant with Majima's child, and aborted it, believing it a necessary sacrifice for her career. Majima, feeling betrayed by his wife, hit her. With their marriage destroyed and Majima believing he was doing Park more harm than good by staying, the two divorced, and he left for Kamurocho.
In time, Park's agency discovered their secret marriage and gradually rescinded their support, cancelling her dream concert at the Tokyo Dome. Park struggled to find work, and eventually was forced to quit the industry.
Park founded Dyna Chair in the hopes of living out her failed dream through the girls she managed. Among many others, she guided the careers of Mai and Azusa, however, the pair took issue with the way Park treated them, and left Dyna Chair, instead signing with rival agency Osaka Talent.
Yakuza 5: 2012
In early 2011, Park encountered Haruka in a bookstore and concluded that she was a "Diamond in the rough". She felt Haruka was the perfect person to live out her failed dream and decided to take her in, no matter what. However, she performed a full background check on Haruka and the Morning Glory Orphanage and by proxy learns of Kazuma Kiryu and of his previous occupation.
Park eventually visits the Orphanage and has a conversation about Kiryu regarding Haruka (with an eavesdropping Haruka) and requests that Kiryu leaves the orphanage for Haruka's sake. Kiryu initially refuses since he considered both his duty and his path on life to take care of the children. Park, however, makes philosophical claims about love and how it can be a powerful force that can easily turn into hatred when one becomes disillusioned, using Haruka's orphaned background as a reference (while seemingly talking about herself as well). She inquires further in how the kids of the orphanage all responded to her "are you happy?" question with a positive affirmation, by claiming that they take their current life and Kiryu's love for granted to the point that they will do anything to protect the status quo, including abandoning their own dreams if needed. She tells him his presence will only hold the others back and offers financial support to the orphanage while having specialists take care of the institution while guaranteeing Haruka's success.
Although Kiryu is at first skeptical, the reality of Park's words hits him hard when he learns that some of the kids are willing to forsake school in order to look for jobs in order to support the orphanage financially, a sacrifice too big in Kiryu's eyes and thus decides to comply with Park's demands.
During this time, Park, completely confident in Haruka's ability, decided to prepare ahead for her career and visited Sky Finance in Tokyo in order to take a 300 million yen loan from Shun Akiyama to secure Haruka's debut in Japan Dome. As per the rules of Akiyama, he put Park under certain tests, including becoming a hostess, doing physical work on a construction site, and taking loans back from Yakuza. Park passed all tests with flying colours, but Akiyama had a final test for her, which was to give up on the production business after finalizing her current project. Park, knowing that she could bet it all on Haruka, agreed on the terms, thus earning the 300 million.
In order to ensure smooth sailing to her goal, Park hired Kan Ogita as Haruka's instructor. Although Haruka has a hard time, she tries further and succeeds to impress her instructor. Park had a talk with Haruka about her future schedule and how she plans to have her compete and win in the Princess League: a major idol event that would be the break both her and the agency need. In order to debut in Tokyo as quick as possible, afterwards utilizing the excitement of the moment to push her career into a solid base. While Haruka is overwhelmed by the major events that are to come next questioning whether she can win the League, Park coldly remarks that Haruka will have to win since otherwise she will shut down the orphanage.
Park later has a conversation with Ogita, pressuring him to polish Haruka within the short frame of six months, something Ogita deems impossible. Park reminds him that he should be able to do his job as a pro, and that failure to do so will mean a breach of contract and therefore come with financial consequences for him, causing Ogita to stop protesting. She leaves Haruka in the charge of his employee, Horie, for the upcoming first round of the finals.
Eventually, Park receives a complaint from producer Manda regarding Haruka's accident (tripping and dropping Manda's coffee on his clothes, courtesy of Mai and Azusa's provocation), and reprimands Horie for his mistake, having warned him to have Haruka afar from danger. Park believes that Haruka, unlike most artists, is fairly aware of the darkness of the industry and ready for it, but the more that she is faced with it, the more that Haruka is going to see her idol career as a job while, Park wants Haruka to genuinely embrace it as a dream.
Later on, when Haruka and Horie are going to see Park on her office, the two eavesdrop on a heated confrontation between Ogita and Park, as Ogita has visibly had enough of Park's forcefulness and methods going as far as being foul-mouthed about telling him how to do his job. Park merely reminds him that he is badmouthing his boss and that he should do his job as told. Ogita insists on the impossibility, prompting Park to fire him. Ogita, having enough of her insolence, is confident he can still get money out of the forceful contract break, but Park says there will be no reimbursing and to "read contracts" next time. Ogita is sure about the contents of the contract but then remembers that Park had it modified "a little" and then realises that Park had changed the reimbursing clause, telling Ogita to complain to her lawyer. Ogita, infuriated at Park, grabs her by the collar, and she provokes him into hitting her, but Ogita merely tosses her into the floor and leaves the office angered.
Haruka and Horie enter and Park reveals she has a job for the two of them, which is to scout and secure a new instructor for Haruka. Horie insists it is impossible since she has effectively fired all the staff available in Osaka, but she insists there is hope in the form of a legendary artist known as Christina, who is in the area. She insists that Christina cannot be swayed by money or power and only teaches those that interest him, ordering the two to convince Christina to teach Haruka. While Horie promises to "do his best" Park coldly remarks that she does not need his best, but "to do it".
They eventually succeed in recruiting Christina and bring him to the agency's office. The instructor clarifies with the president that whether he can make his job or not is dependent on Haruka herself, but is confident that with her skills and effort he will able to get Haruka honed in time. Park, pleased, leaves Haruka in his care. Later during the night, she has a talk with Mr. Manda by phone and sends Haruka and Horie to apologize for the incident. Park asks Haruka if her makeup is self-taught and she confirms so. Seeing that it can be fixed, she has Horie go for the makeup artist, but the manager believes that they will not have enough time, so Park decides to fix Haruka's makeup herself, encouraging the girl to become prettier and to work harder on her image. She later promises to go have a shopping trip with Haruka, which overjoys her.
Later on, when Haruka decides to purchase a pin for Park as a present while Horie goes to the drugstore for medicine for Park's injured arm after the incident with Ogita, she is witness to Haruka being harassed by Mai and Azusa into begging on her knees (having threatened her with calling their agency to "crush" Dyna Chair, after Haruka responded to their insulting of Park and stepping on the pin). While Horie attempts to stop the event, Park challenges the duo into continuing, since she is confident that if Haruka being a known public figure was seen by bystanders who would report the event on social media, that the duo would severely tarnish their reputation as the perpetrators of the harassment. The two, knowing their joke has no more future, decide to retreat, but before they can leave Park offers them the advice that "True abilities don't lie" and that they will meet their end if they attempt to win by attacking their rival instead of honing their own abilities. Park thanks Haruka for standing up for her and for the present, which she gladly accepts despite of the damage. She has Haruka wait for her in Dyna Chair.
Back at her office, Park reveals she is going to Tokyo the next day and thus is writing a memo for Horie with instructions. Haruka is surprised to see Park writing with her left hand, despite the injury on her usually dominant right hand. Park discloses that she was usually left-handed until her foster parents made her write with right hand, which she dubs a common practice on her age, but one that isn't done in the present. Haruka smiles at Park and the two proceed to buy clothes at Le Marche. After purchasing, the two go to Club Sega to play some games including Taiko Drum Master. Park tells Haruka to play to her best or she will cut her pay. Haruka defeats Park with the latter figuring that the game requires more strength than she thought and that Haruka's lessons have built up her physique, stamina and sense of rhythm. The two take PrintCircle Photos, of which Park is ignorant. Haruka explains the mechanics and takes a photo, taking Park by surprise, who, embarrassed at the result, demands a new photo.
The two walk outside and notice a happy daughter asking her mother what there will be for dinner. Noticing that Haruka observes the two, she holds her hand and the two keep walking, making Haruka smile. Taking a taxi, Park asks if Haruka did relieve some stress as they will be busy from the next day onward, and as such won't have many chances to relax. She also gifts Haruka her personal fountain pen. Park explains the history behind the pen, her ex-husband, her idol career, and her abortion. She believes that she wants an idol to succeed as a way to make amends for her past mistakes or to take back what has been lost to her, and this is all she has left and apologizes to Haruka for dragging her into her ambitions. Haruka promises to care of the pen and to do her best for both of them, and Park says she may have regained something back already.
Park then elaborates that after Haruka's successful round on the Princess League that Park held an interview which was read by her ex-husband who sent her a letter asking to meet in Tokyo. Insecure about the meeting, Park asks Haruka to go with her, since she is unsure that she is going to set a good impression, but Haruka is confident that Park remains beautiful. Park says that the pen will prove that Haruka is with her and thus serve as a bridge to find her ex, promising to tell the details when they meet since he promised to watch Haruka's performance in Tokyo. The two then part ways.
The next morning she is found dead, on what appeared to be suicide by jumping off the roof of the Dyna Chair building, much to Haruka's disbelief. However, it was eventually revealed that Ogita killed her when he let his anger towards her get the best of him while interrogating her, and the suicide note allegedly written by her was forged. Later, Akiyama surmises that the letter Goro Majima wrote to Park was actually intended to lure out the true instigator of the ongoing events,that Naoki Katsuya and Park themselves leaked the letter's existence, and that Park and Majima never truly intended to reunite.