Returning after one year from maternity leave…NHK’s Anna Wakuda “in pure white wedding with Waseda University’s Hakone Ekiden star” aura photo | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Returning after one year from maternity leave…NHK’s Anna Wakuda “in pure white wedding with Waseda University’s Hakone Ekiden star” aura photo

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Anna Wakuda, who married the Hakone Ekiden star, in her “pure white wedding,” chatting with friends in front of the after-party venue. Taken in August ’19.

I will take over Monday through Thursday. I look forward to working with you.

The ace announcer’s greeting at the beginning of the program was simple.

Mayuko Wakuda, 34, who had been on maternity leave since the birth of her first child last summer, smiled for the first time in a long time at the April 3 broadcast of “News 7.”

When I decided to return to the newscast “News 7” in February, I made the following comment.

However, it seems that Wakuda’s return was unusual.

According to NHK regulations, you can take maternity leave until your child turns two years old,” she said. For Wakuda, who is said to have given birth last summer, there was plenty of time for leave. She herself requested to return to work early, but it was probably also the desire of upper management to have their ace return to the field as soon as possible.

Wakuda is likely to be very busy with childcare and work in the future. Her partner is a “celebrity in the track and field world,” and their wedding took place in August 2007. FRIDAY” (September 20, ’19 issue) caught her in a pure white wedding dress. We would like to republish the article and look back on the happy aura of that time (some parts have been corrected).

Husband in a dead heat with the “god of the mountain

On August 31, just after 10 p.m., in front of a large commercial building in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, there was Anna Wakuda, 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 it is said that 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, where he ran a dead heat with Ryuji Kashiwabara of Toyo University, the “God of the Mountain. After graduating from the university, he joined a major trading company. 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 and other announcers.

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 likely to be busy in both her public and private life. It is likely that we will see her smiling face on TV in the future.

Anna Wakuda chats with a friend in front of the after-party venue. The groom next to her, an ex-ekiden athlete, is a handsome man who looks like actor Hayato Ichihara.
Announcer Wakuda (left) and Maho Kuwako leave Nahoko Suzuki’s apartment. The conversation seemed to be lively throughout. Photo taken in September ’19.
NHK announcer 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 returning home from the home of her colleague, Suzuki.
Kuwako, a close friend of Wakuda’s. Pre-marital “car date” with Yukiyoshi Ozawa, who is now married. Photo taken in January ’21.
Kuwako, a close friend of Wakuda’s
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