Toshio Ishikawa, entertainment reporter, reports on the entertainment industry: “The other side of the story: ……”
There is a saying, “A man of virtue should stay away from danger.
It means, “A man of virtue stays away from dangerous places from the very beginning.
The man to whom we would like to send these words is Ken Watabe, 50, of the comedy duo “Un-jash.
The affair between Ryoko Hirosue (42) and Shusaku Toba (45), a Michelin-starred chef, has become a hot topic in the media. At that time, Mr. Watanabe sent an encouraging e-mail to Mr. Toba.
In an interview with Shukan Bunshun, Chef Toba received a message from Mr. Watanabe saying, “Please take care of yourself.
Please take care of yourself, it’s a tough time for you.
He said he was contacted by Ms. Watanabe, “Please take care of yourself. Before the affair, Mr. Watanabe, a “gourmet connoisseur,” had visited Chef Toba’s restaurant, he said,
He said, “We don’t usually have personal communication.
He said, “We don’t have personal communication on a regular basis,” which suggests that their relationship is not that close.
After losing all of his work due to the “multipurpose restroom” incident, Watabe probably wanted his wife, actress Nozomi Sasaki, and the public to forget about the incident as soon as possible. And yet, he dared to contact Chef Toba, with whom he was not even close.
Was Mr. Toba someone he needed to encourage? I don’t understand.
The Shukan Bunshun, which was the first to report the “W affair” between Ms. Hirosue and Chef Toba, ran an article on both of them alone, and both of them gave separate interviews.
Come to think of it, it was “Shukan Bunshun” that scooped Mr. Watanabe’s problem as well, and he himself requested an exclusive interview and wrote an article about it.
Both sides may have bowed down to the reporting power of Bunshun and confessed, but it is true that they were the ones who caused their actions to be reported widely. The crucial difference, however, is that Mr. Watanabe’s affair was “just for fun with a woman. Considering this, whether it is good or bad, there is a “truth” between Mr. Hirosue and Chef Toba.
Ms. Hirosue, who has been suspended indefinitely from entertainment activities, and Chef Toba, who has stated that he is “thinking of pulling out” of his business. One of our acquaintances in the entertainment industry said, “Chef Toba has left his wife.
A source close to the entertainment industry said, “Mr. Toba seems to have made up his mind to leave his wife and live with Hirosue. Mr. Hirosue has also decided to retire from show business and go abroad to support Mr. Toba, who is working as a chef, so that they can live together.
He told us. Obviously, the content was different from that of Mr. Watanabe.
Let us recall Mr. Watabe’s uproar once again.
In June 2008, there was an article in the Shukan Bunshun (weekly magazine). A woman’s confession revealed Mr. Watanabe’s problems with women.
I had sex with Mr. Watanabe about twice a week,” she said. In total, we may have had relations more than 30 times.
He probably thought of me as nothing more than a sexual outlet. I wanted him to at least treat me as a woman.
He told me that he had been in a relationship with her for more than 30 times. The two had met the month after Watabe and Sasaki’s wedding. First at a hotel, and then in a multipurpose restroom at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo’s Minato Ward.
This was the building that housed the studio where Mr. Watanabe had a regular radio show. The multipurpose restroom in the building’s underground parking lot became the setting for the affair. Late at night, there were few people in the building, and it was also an inconspicuous location.
He enjoyed a brief encounter with a woman who rushed to the scene, gave her 10,000 yen in cash, and parted ways with her, a divine act of adultery. However, the backlash from the women was so great that he disappeared from TV programs and radio, not to mention commercials.
At the end of that year, he held a press conference on the premise of his return. Shouldn’t he have fully understood the position he was in after the intensive media attack?
And to his wife, Sasaki.
He must have said to his wife, Ms. Sasaki, “I want to live my life so that decades from now, when I look back, I will be able to say, ‘I’m glad this whole fiasco happened.
I want to live my life so that decades from now, I can look back and say, ‘I’m glad I had this incident. He also mentioned his wife’s affection for him,
I am deeply sorry to hear that I behaved so stoutly at the scene, and I deeply regret what I have done, and I hope to regain her trust in me as much as possible in the future.
I deeply regret what I have done, and I would like to regain as much trust as possible in the future.
It is true that Chef Toba did disclose the affair, but considering that Ms. Sasaki did not choose to divorce him, he should not have meddled in the affair. Mr. Watanabe says that he is active in wedding entertainment and other business activities using his infidelity as a story, but I guess he is not in a position to give advice on other people’s infidelity–I guess.
Text： Toshio Ishikawa (Entertainment Reporter)
Born in Tokyo in 1946. He has a unique career path from Shochiku Advertising Department to women's magazine reporter to 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.
PHOTO： Sota Shima (Watanabe), Kazuhiko Nakamura (Hirosue)