It was at the end of September that a report came out that actress Kyoko Hasegawa and Haruichi Shindo, guitarist of the popular rock band Porno Graffitti, had separated. What surprised the public even more was that Hasegawa was living alone in an apartment in Tokyo, leaving not only her husband but also her two children behind.
According to “Josei Seven,” which broke the story, her 12-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter are living at home with Shindo. According to “Josei Seven,” which broke the story, her 12-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter live at home with Shindo.
In fact, recently there have been many cases in the entertainment industry of wives leaving their husbands and children at home.
Actress Shinohara Ryoko announced her divorce from actor Ichimura Masachika in July this year. She has relinquished custody of her two sons, who are in the first year of junior high school and the fourth year of elementary school, although she has stated that it was at the strong request of her husband.
Ai Fukuhara, a former Japanese table tennis player, was divorced under the “joint custody” system, which does not exist in Japan. However, she left her three-year-old daughter and two-year-old son behind in Taiwan.
Another couple who divorced in July was film commentator Kun Arimura and freelance announcer Izumi Maruoka. The two had a son in Russia in 2006 by a surrogate mother, but for some reason Arimura was given custody of the child, despite the fact that the divorce was reportedly caused by her husband’s alleged infidelity.
“After the divorce, Shinohara was reported to have been involved with a Korean idol. After the divorce, Shinohara was reported to be having a relationship with a Korean idol, and Fukuhara was reported to be having a sleepover affair with a man right after she moved her base of activities from Taiwan to Japan.
In other words, both of them had a “man’s scent”, didn’t they? Ms. Fukuhara had planned to bring her children to Japan and then get a divorce, but after this report came out, everything fell apart…” (Women’s magazine reporter)
The divorce of a wife who is “on her own” is becoming more and more prominent in the entertainment industry. Hiromi Ikeuchi, a researcher on marital and family issues, believes that there are two reasons for this.
“The first reason is that more and more men want to take care of their children. In the past, when a couple separated or divorced, many men would say, “I have a job and I can’t raise the children, so you have to take care of them.
However, recently, more and more men are changing their workplaces and working styles in order to raise their children after divorce. So there are more and more cases where the husband’s side is claiming custody.”
In Japanese court cases, the mother is often the custodial parent. In Japanese court cases, the mother is often awarded custody, especially for children under the age of five, because of the “welfare of the child.
“The second reason is that there are more and more cases where mothers do not seek custody, giving priority to the fact that they are only women. In the past, when a divorce occurred, the father would often put the “man” first, considering his job and subsequent remarriage, and would not ask for custody. Also, most mothers would say, “I will never leave the child I gave birth to.
However, this is changing nowadays, and society is allowing this to happen. If you include part-time workers, there are more women who are employed housewives, and women are no longer just mothers who raise children.
Of course, this is not to say that there have not been cases in the past where mothers have left their husbands and children at home. However, in the entertainment industry, which has been called “a mirror of society,” divorces in which the wife is “on her own” have become conspicuous, and it seems certain that similar cases will become more common around us in the future. I’m sure there will be more cases like this around us in the future.
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