In mid-August, Miki Ando (35) took the stage at the “23rd JAPAN Drugstore Show” held at Tokyo Big Sight (Koto-ku, Tokyo) for the talk event “Let’s Learn Dental Care to Protect Important Teeth for Children and Adults.
On the day of the event, the venue was quite crowded with housewives and families as it was summer vacation. When she and Kenji Honami (59), former soccer player and husband of Keirina Maruyama (40), were introduced at the talk event, the audience went wild and everyone stopped to take pictures.
Ms. Ando was wearing a black loose-fitting one-piece dress. Ando wore a black loose-fitting dress and showed her white teeth with a healthy smile, and spoke about brushing her children’s teeth based on her experience as a mother of one child.
I was expecting Ando-san and Honnami-san to be a bit goofy characters in a variety show, but they just talked about their dental health from beginning to end, without any interesting talk at all. Some of the staff members were keeping a close eye on their surroundings, and there was a strange tension in the air, which made for a subtle atmosphere. Even the people who were standing and watching the show seemed to be walking by in a flurry, and I left halfway through.
The subtle atmosphere that made the staff tense may have been caused by an article that appeared in the Daily Shincho two days prior to the event regarding Ando.
It is a recounted article that appeared in the June 1 issue of Shukan Shincho, in which several parents accused professional figure skater Takeshi Honda of “moral harassment” and “opaque billing” at the school he runs. Ando, who coaches the school, was also mentioned in the article.
The school, which Honda presides over, has about 30 students ranging from kindergarteners to university students, and Honda ignores students who have improved their grades and parents who express their opinions. He also yelled at the ignored students if they did not greet him, and verbally abused their parents. 2 years ago, the mothers of one promising athlete and others filed a complaint with the university, but it appears that the situation has not improved since then.
Ando began to participate as a coach two years ago, but he would say things like, ‘You’re at the bottom of the class even if you get out. He also spoke to the parents in a familiar tone, saying things like, “You know, Mihime…,” in an attitude that could not be considered a member of society. Also, some parents reportedly complained that they were not receiving instruction commensurate with the 100,000 yen or more they were charged for the choreography fee.
Honda responded, “There are no facts to this report. Ando, too,
I would never say anything that would hurt the students. I received a choreography fee, but I instructed them properly for many hours. I am serious about what I do, even with the guardians.
Ando refuted the allegations, saying, “I’m serious about what I do. After the report, Ando reported on her Instagram that she had become a member of the Japan Figure Skating Instructors Association. In addition,
I will devote myself to skating one step at a time without forgetting my “passion” and “love” for skating under the guidance of great coaches.
I will continue to devote myself to skating one step at a time without forgetting my “passion” and “love” for skating under the guidance of all the great coaches. Unless the allegations are completely cleared up, it will be difficult to regain the trust of not only the students and parents of the school but also the fans. ……
PHOTO： Yuri Adachi