Comedian Fujita’s appearance on “The Nonfiction” has caused a sensation… “The True Reason I Forgave My Father”.
After his mother's sudden death, he abandoned his second-grade self and ran away with another woman, and his father was found to have dementia.
I was embarrassed to show my naked private life, but more than that, I wanted people to know about my life. I couldn’t bear any longer to remain unknown to anyone.
No matter how many times I have told my story in writing or videos, people have always said, ‘That’s a one-sided story,’ or, ‘You were actually a bad child and that’s why you were abandoned. This time, by exposing everything on TV, the public has come to understand. I am really happy.
Says comedian Fujita (45), who is overwhelmingly well known in the game world. He is overwhelmingly well known in the video game world and is called a “video game comedian.
The documentary program “The Nonfiction” (Fuji TV), which aired the other day, revealed Fujita’s spectacular life story, and the program has been receiving a huge response.
Fujita’s life took a dark turn when he was in the first grade of elementary school. His mother passed away suddenly. The following year, his father left home and he began living with his mother, Mrs. A, a classmate. At the age of eight, Fujita was left to live on his own.
He received a weekly allowance of 30,000 yen and rarely saw his father. I was the only one who attended the school’s parent-teacher conferences and graduation ceremonies. I was the only one dressed as usual, while everyone else was dressed for the occasion. It was really tough. I was alone at night. I was so lonely that I played NES all the time. It never occurred to me to ask for help or advice from anyone, not even from the adults around me.
Although it was never mentioned on TV, Fujita almost starved to death when he was in the first year of junior high school.
He was almost starved to death when he was in his first year of junior high school. Instead, Mr. A brought me a lunch box (there were no school lunches in junior high school) and dinner, but I just couldn’t eat. But I just couldn’t eat. No matter how hungry I was or how much I wanted to eat rice, I couldn’t put it in my mouth. …… I would get angry if my father found out, so I would throw away all my meals and pretend to have eaten.
My health got worse and worse, I became gaunt and skinny, and I felt sluggish all day and couldn’t move…After about a month, people finally noticed something was wrong with me, and I was back to my 30,000 yen living expenses form.”
About 30 years have passed since then. Now his father, who has been tormenting Fujita for almost 30 years, is over 80 years old and suffering from dementia. Fujita spends his days cleaning his father’s dilapidated house and caring for him, who refuses to enter an institution. She is still in a relationship with her father, and although there is still a lingering emotional attachment to him, she is patiently holding back and holding discussions with him.
How was Fujita able to forgive his father?
Fujita says, “On New Year’s Day in 2021, my father contacted me and said, ‘I want to see you. That was the first time he said to me, ‘I’m sorry for everything I’ve done. It was just one word, but it saved my life. I was able to forgive him.
Fujita then went to his father’s house to fill in the blanks.
One day, while cleaning his father’s house, he found a wallet with a picture of me as a small child tucked inside. It was a picture of me when I was very young, before I entered elementary school. It was dirty and tattered. He must have had it in his wallet for a long time. I looked at it and thought, ‘My father cared about me somewhere. He was suffering in his own way.
It was before the onset of dementia that my father agreed to appear on “The Nonfiction. I think this was my father’s way of atoning for his suffering.
The man who has had a family member for the first time in 37 years said this matter-of-factly, and then smiled a little wryly.
Click here for “Game Diver,” Fujita’s YouTube channel where he shares the appeal of retro games.
From the November 18, 2022 issue of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Shinji Hamasaki