Ms. Neko Oikawa, 63, is a popular lyricist known for hit songs such as Wink’s “Ai ga Stoppa Namae” and “Loneliest Tropical Fish” and “Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis,” the theme song of the anime “Neon Genesis Evangelion.
In 2004, she published “Breaking Marriage” (Shinchosha), a book about her 13-year marriage to her ex-husband, which caused a great sensation. In addition to the fact that her ex-husband, Mr. E, is a Turkish man 18 years younger than her, the book also describes in naked detail how Oikawa lost 300 million yen of her assets in a life-destroying love affair with Mr. E, his begging and trouble-shooting, and investments in a travel business, eventually leaving her with a debt of 70 million yen.
Mr. Oikawa and Mr. E divorced at the end of 2002. In her book, Oikawa recalled that she was “one step away from ruin,” but in an interview following the publication of the book, she laughed it off, saying, “I just bought a stimulating and interesting time with money,” which shows the deep pockets of a successful lyricist.
If she had any misgivings, it would be if, as she mentions in the introduction to the book, “After the Angel Left Me,” “He came to me in tatters and clung to me. Seven years after the publication of “Marriage Breaks Loose,” did Mr. E’s travel business, which brought in a huge amount of Oikawa’s money, succeed, and how was their huge financial trouble settled?
The “answer” came from an unexpected person. It was Oikawa’s ex-husband, Mr. E.
In 2003, she filed a lawsuit in Turkey demanding repayment of the money she claimed she had paid me (300 million yen invested by Mr. Oikawa). This was due to the fact that the travel business I had started with her support was no longer viable. I sold the home and office I purchased in Istanbul and the hotel in Cappadocia (which is being renovated prior to opening) to pay back the loan, staff salaries, and taxes, but I have not been able to refund all of the money. As for the progress of the trial, I am not in Turkey right now, so I don’t know for sure.”
Soon after their divorce, Mr. Oikawa filed a lawsuit against his ex-husband, and the case is still pending between the two. Moreover, Mr. E. says that he was forced to leave his native Turkey because of the lawsuit.
When the reporter was puzzled by this dynamic development, which was the same as the tension in “Marriage Breaks Loose,” Mr. E. interjected, “After the divorce, I went to Turkey to manage my friends.
After the divorce, I helped out at a travel agency run by a friend in Turkey, but when the trial started, I was driven emotionally and financially to move to Cambodia, where my brother was living. I now make a living by growing bananas and cashew nuts on a farm with my brother. The average daily wage in Cambodia is about $5. Compared to when I was in the travel business with Mr. Oikawa, traveling back and forth between Japan and Turkey, ……”
–What did you think when Mr. Oikawa sued you?
I loved Ms. Oikawa up until a certain point. I was sad that she trusted the people around her (management consultants, lawyers, Japanese staff of a travel agency, etc.) instead of me. The company we founded was like a child to both of us. ……
I was doing my best in the travel business. At the time, our company owned the rights to the Istanbul Marathon tour, and the hotel in Cappadocia was 85% renovated in preparation for opening. Mr. Oikawa has said in his book and in the media that he “gave (contributed) 300 million yen in loans,” but I have to admit that I do not have a good grasp of the amount. I Whenever I needed money for my business, I consulted with her to obtain a loan, and I reported to her the entire flow of money. I thought she was giving me the loan with my consent, but why? That’s how I feel.”
What I did not want to hear was, “Mr. Oikawa had an affair. That was the cause of the divorce.
–In “Breaking Up the Marriage,” it was written that as of ’14, Mr. E was dating a Kurdish man 10 years younger than himself who lived near his parents’ house.
Mr. Oikawa’s affair happened much earlier, around ’10. At a home party we held at our house in Meguro, action actor S was there, and Ms. Oikawa said, ‘I want to dress him up as a woman,’ so we went to another room together. I thought they were changing him into women’s clothes and doing his makeup, but they didn’t come back. I went to check on him and found him at ……. I was very confused and left the house and went to a bar to stir up some drinks. Then I didn’t come home for about 3 days.
I asked for a divorce. I was very shocked by Mr. Oikawa’s affair and could no longer trust him as a wife. However, I trusted him as a business partner. However, I began to have doubts about her work as well. Mr. Oikawa always said, “I don’t have money,” but he was buying gold. It is true that I received loans from her, but I did not spend her money. I explained that earlier.
After divorcing Mr. Oikawa, I met a Turkish doctor and married him in 2003. However, in the end, I had no love for the doctor. Because I married her to keep Mr. Oikawa away from me,…… I divorced that woman in ’18.”
Finally, Mr. E. shared a memory of his time with Mr. Oikawa.
In 2000, Mr. Oikawa and I met at my brother’s kilim (carpet) shop when we were both traveling to Turkey. When we first met, she had a boyfriend. At the time, I could not speak Japanese at all, but I still had a good impression of her as an interesting person. During the 13 years that I was dating and married to Ms. Oikawa, I was very happy at times, and I loved her. I think I was devoted to her in both my personal and professional life.
I found out three years after our marriage that Eva was a lyricist. She told me that she was a “lyricist,” but I misunderstood because I did not understand Japanese at all at the time. I thought she was a lyricist because there is a food in Turkey that sounds like “Saksika,” and I thought she liked it.
I was happy when he said “I love you” to me for the first time in Japan. I told Mr. Oikawa’s mother, who was opposed to our marriage, “Please let me marry him,” and she said, “I love him. …… I will never forget that moment in my life.
When we asked Mr. Oikawa, the other party, to confirm the facts, he agreed to an interview in the presence of his legal advisor and management consultant.
Is it true that you filed a lawsuit against Mr. E. at Tolko, and what is the purpose of suing him?
Mr. E. had sold the house without my consent, which he was not allowed to do without my consent. In addition, there was a large amount of unaccounted for money. He demanded that I pay for his trial, start a new business, buy a car, and so on, and I sent over 300 million yen to Turkey just from what was left in the books. In court, we are seeking a refund of the house itself or the profit from the sale, as well as an explanation and proof of what he spent the unaccounted-for money on.
The trial has been entrusted to a Turkish lawyer. When asked if the “house that should not be sold” is the house he bought in Istanbul in 2003, Mr. Oikawa admitted, “Yes. When asked if the house he bought in Istanbul in 2003 was the one mentioned in his book, Oikawa answered, “Yes, it is.
The reason why the trial is taking so long is because (defendant) E. is not in Turkey. I have heard (from people) that he is not able to stay due to troubles, but I have not had any contact with E. ……”
Mr. E said , “If I needed money for my business, I would consult with her to get a loan, and I would report the flow of money to her. She agreed with me, so why? That’s the feeling,” he said.
That’s their side of the story, isn’t it? We are pointing out that there is unaccounted-for money based on the books.”
–Mr. E also claimed that “Mr. Oikawa was buying gold while saying, ‘I don’t have any money,’ which made me distrust him.
He said, “Well, I’ll show you, I don’t have any gold. I only have a tiny one (laughs). The travel industry in Turkey has a lot of card payments. Since the company did not allow me to make cards, I had many personal cards. I used those cards to pay for hotels and guide fees.
I don’t know if it is still possible today, but at that time, I could go to a gold store or a jewelry store and pretend that I had bought something worth, say, 3 million yen, and if I paid a commission, I could cash it in. E was doing that with my card. So he would cash it out with my card, On the statement, it means I bought the gold. But my ex-dan (laughs), being the idiot that he is, thinks I bought the gold.
In his mind, it’s all my fault. The divorce, the loss of the company. It’s your fault! He said. In any relationship between a man and a woman, or between a husband and wife, there is never a 100-0 ratio. And there are emotional differences. But he only makes emotional arguments. I can explain to him, apart from the emotions, that I have such and such evidence, and that the flow of money is like this.
Mr. E claimed that, in addition to the gold, “I saw Mr. Oikawa cheating on his wife, which made me distrust him.
He said, “There’s no way. Bring me that proof (laughs).”
-In “Breaking Up the Marriage,” there was a statement that “I thought that if I took advantage of a young man I didn’t really love and confronted him with the established fact (of the affair), he would break it off with me. Mr. E himself witnessed Mr. Oikawa’s “cheating” at a home party around 2010, and said he left his house for three days in shock.
He was so shocked that he left the house for three days. You know, in this industry, that’s not a big deal (laughs). I haven’t seen this S guy since the party. Besides, E came home that day, I think.”
After the publication of “Marriage Breaks,” Mr. E was furious, saying that “nothing but lies were written about me. After “Breaking Up the Marriage” was published, Mr. E. became furious, saying that the book contained nothing but lies, and he vowed to sue for libel, but in the end no lawsuit was filed.
He must have thought he could not win a lawsuit for defamation. After that, he switched the lawsuit to the division of property, but in the end, E withdrew that suit, too. I think the reason why E contacted Mr. FRIDAY now, relying on his contacts, is because he wanted to talk to me directly. We haven’t talked at all since just before the divorce. He probably thinks that if he could only talk to me directly, he would be able to seduce me and pull money out of me again. He seems to be mistaken, but for me, my marriage to him is already over. I already have no interest in it, and I forget about it every day.”
The popular lyricist faced international marriage troubles and allegations of massive fraud. The trial, which began in 2003, has been slow and endless, but Oikawa is already looking forward to the future. At the very least, we hope that this experience will lead to his next creation.