Jun 30 2013

Mari Yaguchi

Category: J-pop,Japan EntertainmentIchiban @ 12:36 pm

First it was Ai Kago and now another scandal from the ex- Morning Musume old girl’s club.

Divorced and back to work again, Mari Yaguchi.

 

.In the following days there were more press reports about multiple instances of alleged infidelity by Yaguchi. On May 30, 2013, the public relations firm for Yaguchi and Nakamura announced that the couple had submitted their divorce papers.  Neither Yaguchi nor Nakamura, nor their respective agencies have denied the reports about Yaguchi’s behavior as would be expected if the stories were false.

Earlier reports:

It seems like the recent happy marriage of former Morning Musume member Mari Yaguchi and stage actor Masaya Nakamura has already been stained after Yaguchi’s illicit affair was revealed to the public in Josei Seven on May 21.

According to the magazine, the couple has been living away from each other for almost three months now after Nakamura found Yaguchi in bed with 25-year-old model Kenzo Umeda in February. The cheating incident has lead the marriage to be on the rocks and there are no new reports regarding any reconciliation between the two.

As of now, the 30-year-old idol has admitted her scandalous mistake and stated her apology during her variety show, for having such an affair.

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Dec 31 2010

African Husband & Japanese Wife

Category: A + Japanese DatingIchiban @ 5:04 am

A brief summary: He came to Japan from Mali when he was 19-years-old. He started out working at a hip hop clothing store in Harajuku, but now that hes 37-year-olds and have a family to support, hes working for a construction company. He wakes up at 5AM and works all day from Monday to Saturday each week. He met his wife 13 years ago. When asked what she liked about her husband, the wife says she likes black men, citing their style and musical ability as good points. She even says that she sometimes wishes she had been black instead of Japanese. Her parents opposed their marriage, apparently due to a belief that foreigner equals criminal. It would seem that despite the husbands efforts to be friendly with her folks, the marriage is still frowned upon. Because of this their household exists in isolation of any extended family. Having 5 sons and 1 daughter along with a house loan to pay off forces them to live on a tight budget. Even with so many small children, the wife must work a part-time job. Everyone in the household helps in the preparation of dinner, which often includes imported meats considered permissible under Islam. The family also eats a variety of African-style dishes prepared by the husband, such as the catfish stew shown in the video. One of their children, Mohammed, is actually the son of the husbands brother, whom they adopted when the childs father died. Mohammed has only been in Japan one year, but he is quickly learning Japanese and trying his best to adapt to life outside of Mali. Mohammed spends each day at school being tutored in the Japanese language by a volunteer teacher. Hes also working hard at mathematics and karate, which he can do relatively well regardless of language difficulties. The report ends with a celebration of the 11th anniversary of their marriage. The husband gives his wife a present: wedding rings. Up until that point, they had been married without any rings.

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Jun 04 2010

Testimonials

Category: Japan RelatedIchiban @ 1:39 pm

It’s been a very long time since we posted any testimonial letters from Japan Ichiban’s Friends Network so here are some of the latest ones…

Japan Ichiban’s Friends Network = Love + Marriage + 2 Children = Lots of Happiness!!

Grant, Sydney, Australia/ Satoko, Japan
In a nutshell that is our continuing success story! And we owe it all to Japan Ichiban’s Friends Network. Satoko and I met in Tokyo through Japan Ichiban’s Friends Network right back in 2003 when it was all just starting up, and wow it has changed our lives! Japan Ichiban’s Friends Network was spot on in helping us find each other because one thing led to another and 6 months later in the middle of 2004 we both find ourselves pointing towards mainland Asia as we depart Japan together for an overland trip from Japan to Europe and back to Australia.
A year later we land in Sydney where we now live the idyllic quintessential Australian lifestyle with our little son ‘Lotus” who was a gift from an ashram in India during our travels 🙂 Yes that is where he was made ha-ha. Lotus was made in India, Japanese mother, British father and was born in Australia; how lucky to have three passports and ultimately he owes it all to Japan Ichiban’s Friends Network. If that wasn’t enough, next week we look forward to welcoming Lotus’ baby sister into the growing World of Friends – WOW! Thanks Japan Ichiban’s Friends Network!
It all started with you! Lots of Love, Grant,Satoko,Lotus&??? Anyone out there have any great ideas for our coming daughter’s name?

A Smile Goes A Long Way

Sanya, Toronto Canada & Tony, Toronto Canada
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Brian and Risa
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