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NHK Announcer Wakuda Returns From Maternity Leave With Hakone Ekiden Star — Take a Peel of Her Looking Stunning in a Wedding Dress

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Anna Wakuda chats with a friend in front of the after-party venue. The groom next to her, a former station runner, is a handsome man who looks like actor Hayato Ichihara.

I’m very excited to be working on a news program for the first time in a year.

NHK’s Mayuko Wakuda, 34, made the comment on February 8. After giving birth to her first child, she left “News Watch 9” in April last year. After completing her childcare leave, she will return to “News 7” in April this year.

According to NHK regulations, she can take childcare leave until her child turns two years old. Wakuda, who is believed to have given birth last summer, has much more leeway for leave. The early return to work is probably the result of upper management’s desire to get the ace announcer back on the air as soon as possible and to give the program a boost.

(NHK staffer) Wakuda will now have to balance work and childcare. Her partner is a “celebrity in the world of athletics,” and their wedding took place in August 2007. This magazine caught a glimpse of her pure white wedding ceremony, which was filled with an aura of happiness. We would like to look back on what happened at that time.

Dead Heat with the “God of the Mountain

Announcer Wakuda (left) and Maho Kuwako leaving Nahoko Suzuki’s apartment. They seemed to be in good conversation from start to finish.

On August 31, just after 10 p.m., Wakuda was seen in front of a large commercial building in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, dressed in a white wedding dress.

On that day, Anna Wakuda held her wedding ceremony at a luxury hotel in Chiyoda Ward. The reception ended in the evening, and the after-party was held at a bar lounge in Nihonbashi. Not only at the reception, but also at the after-party, Anna Wakuda showed off her wedding dress. The back of the dress was wide open, and everyone in attendance exclaimed, “It’s so beautiful! (Wakuda’s acquaintance).

Wakuda has not publicly announced her marriage, but she entered the registry in February of the same year. Her partner is said to be a “civilian,” but he is a well-known figure in the track and field world.

He is a star athlete in Waseda University’s track and field team. Not only was he famous as one of the most handsome men in the world of ekiden, but he also contributed greatly to Waseda University’s victory in the 2011 Hakone Ekiden (relay relay race), in a dead heat with Ryuji Kashiwabara of Toyo University, the “God of the Mountain”. After graduating from university, he joined one of the five major trading companies. He met Anna Wakuda through a friend after he entered the workforce.

The guests who attended the ceremony were a splendid group of people, including Wataru Abe, a former Japanese TV announcer, and other members of the elite elite.

The wedding ceremony was attended by many people, including Wataru Abe, the male anchor of “Ohayo Nippon” (Good Morning Japan) on which Wakuda appeared at the time, and Mitsunori Uehara, a good friend of Wakuda’s. “On the groom’s side, there was a big guy from a trading company. The groom’s side was attended by the bigwigs from the trading company and other members of the winning team of the Hakone Ekiden relay race. Yasuyuki Watanabe, who was the coach of the race team when he was a student, was also there.

Wakuda is expected to be busy in both her private and public life, and it is likely that we will see her smiling face from April.

NHK’s Anna Wakuda out to lunch. She is a graduate of the University of Tokyo and has a good appearance, so she has a reputation as an “ace” within the station.
Anna Wakuda, who married the star of the Hakone Ekiden, in her “pure white wedding”, chatting with a friend in front of the venue of the after-party.
Anna Wakuda returning home from the home of her colleague, Announcer Suzuki
  • Photographed by Keisuke Nishi

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