Chiaki Matsubara, when she “mentioned” her divorce from Junichi Ishida for the first time in Hawaii
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On November 16, we learned that Chiaki Matsubara, an actress, passed away at her condominium in Hawaii on October 8 (local time).
According to “Sankei Sports” dated November 17, her untimely death at the age of 64 was reportedly caused by an overdose of tranquilizers.
She and her ex-husband, actor Junichi Ishida, were in the middle of an affair with actress Rie Hasegawa when we interviewed them directly. I still remember what Ms. Matsubara replied to me about Mr. Ishida’s affair.
She said, “I am an actor’s wife…”
She was so brave.
The love with Ms. Hasegawa, which she had continued even after the affair, came to an end after eight years. Mr. Hasegawa had grown tired of Mr. Ishida, who kept moving things along without consulting him.
“Mr. Hasegawa had gotten fed up with Mr. Ishida, who was moving forward with things without consulting him.
(industry insider), but the truth is not known. During their affair, the topic of much discussion was.
Adultery is a culture.
The first thing Mr. Ishida said was, “Adultery is a culture. Mr. Ishida lost many jobs, including a TV anchor job, because of that comment. When we asked Mr. Ishida about that time, he said, “I didn’t make any excuses.
I did not make any excuses, but it was a misunderstanding. That was the only part that was cut out.
I meant that many famous people have featured adultery in their novels, and that adultery has become part of the culture and is being passed on. I never once thought of myself as making a culture out of adultery.
He once told me, “I have never thought of adultery as part of the culture. Mr. Ishida is very serviceable and personable to the press. He is a person who creates misunderstandings by taking care of the reporters who come to interview him rather than himself.
This greatly affected him, and he and Ms. Matsubara decided to separate. Ms. Matsubara took her eldest daughter Sumire, who later became an actress, to Hawaii.
His office agreed to allow me to interview him there one day as he continued his life in Hawaii. I think it was around 1998.” Her divorce from Mr. Ishida would be finalized in 1999, so I was able to hear her resolve about a year before that.
A room in a luxurious hotel adjacent to the Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. There, Ms. Matsubara told me
‘Once I get settled, I’ll go to Japan and have a life in show business.’
I can relax in Hawaii because the media doesn’t come to Hawaii.
I have decided to get a divorce.
“From now on, I will live my life looking forward to my daughter’s growth.
I never thought my life with him (Ishida) was difficult. I don’t resent him. He is a good person. He is honest.
I heard what she said. It was the first time she talked about her decision to divorce Mr. Ishida.
Still, I wondered what kind of person Mr. Ishida was, who would forgive her even if she cheated on him. I clearly remember that her face, tanned black, was so lively.
Once her divorce from Mr. Ishida was finalized, she remarried her daughter’s American tutor. Soon after, their first son was born. To an official at the office.
They are living happily.
When I heard this story, Mr. Matsubara began to appear on Japanese TV. I had a vague idea that her life must have become stable.
However, two or three years later, a Japanese friend of mine living in Hawaii told me
“Ms. Matsubara seems to be getting divorced. They have started to live separately.
I called Ms. Matsubara’s home and asked her if she was divorcing. When I called her home, she answered the phone and said
She answered the phone and said, “That’s not true. I’m with my husband right now, so let’s switch. Where are these rumors coming from?
In 2008, she and her American husband began divorce proceedings, which were finalized the following year. It seems that Mr. Ishida leaned on Ms. Matsubara for financial support, and there was also a disagreement over their personalities.
Ms. Ishida received a message from Sumire.
Ms. Ishida received an e-mail from Sumire saying, “Papa, Mama passed away on the 8th.
On the evening of August 16, Mr. Ishida answered reporters in front of his house and said, “I feel ashamed.
I don’t feel ashamed of what I have said. I want to say I’m sorry and thank you. I never thought that I would die. I thought I would be the first to die. I can’t express how surprised I was.
He was in tears.
Ms. Matsubara’s life was truly tumultuous after meeting Mr. Ishida. I have so many memories of her that I cannot write them all down. Oh, my God….
Interview and text： Toshio Ishikawa (Entertainment Reporter)
Born in Tokyo in 1946. He has a unique career path from Shochiku's advertising department to a reporter for women's magazines to an entertainment reporter. He has appeared on "The Wide" and "Information Live Miyaneya" (both on Nippon Television Network Corporation), and currently appears regularly on "Mentai Wide" (Fukuoka Broadcasting System), "Su Matan" (Yomiuri TV), and Rainbow Town FM.
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