I make my material with an awareness of not lying.”
The manzai duo “Wagyu” has made it to the finals of numerous award shows. They have also made it to the finals of the “M-1” competition five times and are well known among their fans as a talented duo. The duo had been enjoying their single life for a long time, but Kenshiro Kawanishi (39), who is in charge of the comical comedy, and Shinji Mizuta (43), who is in charge of the humorous comedy, got married last year, and just recently, they have gone into a happy marriage.
Mizuta announced his marriage on May 24 to Shuko Yamamoto (26), a popular freelance announcer 16 years younger than Mizuta. 6:30 in the evening in mid-June, this magazine spotted the newlyweds on a street corner in Shibuya Ward. Yamamoto’s fingers were firmly entwined in Mizuta’s left hand as they walked along the side of the road.
After announcing their marriage, Mizuta said, “(Yamamoto) seems to like my dashimaki tamago (rolled egg). After the announcement of their marriage, Mizuta said, “He likes my dashimaki tamago (rolled egg). He says it tastes better than the ones at the restaurant. Yamamoto seems to be quite smitten with him.
The couple headed for the NHK Broadcasting Center. On that day, there was a live broadcast of “WASPO x MLB,” for which Yamamoto is the anchor, and they were enjoying a walking date before that. As rumored, Mizuta is a handsome handsome man with a new wife, but there was one woman who was hurt behind his back. She is Mizuta’s former girlfriend, Ako. Her friend, Mr. B, tells us.
Eight years ago in the summer, she followed Mizuta on Twitter and received a DM from him. Soon after, Mr. Mizuta invited her to dinner and they had a relationship. Mr. Mizuta lived in Tokyo and Ako, who had just graduated from high school, lived in Osaka, and the 18-year-old Ako sometimes went to see him. The official relationship began in ’18, when Ako turned 21.”
At the time, Mizuta was already a regular finalist in the “M-1” competition, and since Ako kept their relationship a secret from everyone around them, Mr. B did not pry too deeply after learning of their relationship.
In December 2007, I noticed a bruise under Ako’s eye from an internal hemorrhage, and I asked her, ‘What is that? I asked, ‘What’s that?’ She told me that Mr. Mizuta had slapped her during sexual intercourse.”
What Ms. B later heard was Mizuta’s rough treatment of Ms. A, which she could not imagine from his mild-mannered face.
He choked me until I was about to faint. ……
‘When it comes to sex, he changes,’ she said. At first, Ako, who did not want to be disliked, accepted it, but it gradually escalated. When I spoke to him, he would strangle her so hard that she almost fainted, or beat her so hard that bruises would remain for several days.”
Mizuta’s “nocturnal promiscuity” continued after that, and the incident could not be dismissed as “part of the play.
“Around the fall of ’20, they went on a trip to Dogo Hot Springs in Ehime. Ehime is Mizuta’s hometown, and Ako said, ‘I’m glad you seem to have forgiven me.
That night at the hotel, Mr. Mizuta, who always took a bath with them, did not come in easily, so when Ako went back to her room, he turned her away to the bathroom, saying, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah. Later, during the sex act, Ako found a handheld camera that he had planted by the bed. …… I guess he must have planted the camera while Ako was taking a bath. When I asked Ako about it, she said that Mr. Mizuta is not usually a camera hobbyist. I thought his persistence in bringing a handheld camera all the way to Ehime to take hidden pictures was scary.
Later, when asked by Ako to delete the video, Mizuta did not comply, saying, “I will delete it as soon as I see it myself,” and “You know I have my own position, so I won’t spread it around or anything. Filming a sexual act without the consent of the other person is a possible violation of the Nuisance Prevention Ordinance, which carries a maximum penalty of up to two years in prison or a fine of up to 1,000,000 yen.
He said, “Since then, he has been pointing the camera at me with impunity, even though I wanted him to stop. He would adjust the angle of view in detail, give instructions, and make Ako film herself during sexual intercourse. …… In a daze, Mizuta choked and beat her with uncanny force, and Ako was so terrified that she could not disobey him.”
Mizuta then betrayed her.
In the fall of 2009, she found used sanitary napkins discarded at Mizuta’s house, and when Ako questioned her about it, Mizuta told her that they were her manager’s. Eventually, in May of last year, they broke up. Eventually, the two broke up in May of last year. Mr. Mizuta told Ako, ‘The office is telling me to break up with you, so I want you to break up with me. I’m not an idol, but would the office say that to a comedian over 40?’
My eyes met the lens of the camera.
Ms. B, who has been caring for her old friend from beginning to end, was out and about in Osaka in mid-June when this magazine spoke with Ms. A herself.
Yes,……B’s story is true. When my eyes met the lens of the camera hidden by the bed, I felt a chill run down my spine. ……
There was a reason why Ms. A agreed to be interviewed this time that even Mr. B did not know about.
She said, “Actually, three months before he announced his marriage, we met at a hotel in Osaka. The reason why we broke up last year was also false, and I was worried about the video. But even on that day, he said about the reason for our breakup, ‘A person in the entertainment business who was helping me at the time was having an affair, and he was about to find out about the affair, so I was supposed to arrange a marriage with the woman with whom he was having an affair. He told me something I didn’t understand, saying, ‘I’ll marry you or do whatever you want as long as I can stay a comedian. …… I was surprised that he even called me to a hotel and had sex with me and then said ‘I have a girlfriend’. I deleted his contact information, but on the day of the marriage announcement, I received a message from a new number saying, ‘I changed my number because I was getting a lot of sales calls,’ and I was stunned.
Even now, Ms. A cannot shake off her distrust of Mizuta.
There were so many moments when I thought he was lying to me,” she said. I’m worried that he hasn’t erased the video yet, or that he is watching it with his comedian friends.
In order to find out the truth, we directly interviewed Mizuta, who was on his way home after a performance at the theater.
–You know Ms. Ako, don’t you?
…… (walks away without looking at us at all)”
–Mizuta-san’s actions may be in violation of the Nuisance Prevention Ordinance, please tell us your story.
“…… (walk faster without saying a word)”
When this magazine confirmed the facts with Yoshimoto Kogyo, to which Mizuta belongs, we received the following response.
–Is it true that Mr. Mizuta choked Ms. A and slapped her so hard that her eyes were bruised?
I will refrain from commenting on the sexual intercourse because of the privacy of the other party.
–Is it true that Mr. Mizuta filmed the sexual intercourse without Ms. A’s consent?
“It is not true that Mr. Mizuta filmed the sexual acts of Ms. A without obtaining her confirmation.
–Is it true that Ms. Ako and Mr. Mizuta had sexual intercourse at a hotel in Osaka on February 5 of this year?
Is it true that Ms. A. and Mr. Mizuta had sexual intercourse at a hotel in Osaka on February 5 of this year? “No, it is not true. We met with the other party in response to their repeated requests for a meeting, but Mizuta clearly told them that they could no longer meet with him. Naturally, there is no evidence of sexual intercourse.
Wagyu’s motto is “Never lie,” but which side of the story is the …… truth?
From the July 7, 2023 issue of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Kei Kato, Shu Nishihara