A trial is now quietly going on at the Yokohama Family Court. The plaintiff is Hiroshi Ando, 56, a former member of the House of Representatives, and the defendant is Ando’s wife, a woman in her fifties. Mr. Ando has filed a divorce suit against his wife. Mr. Ando ran for the Kyoto 6th district in 2012, and was elected for the first time. He was one of the so-called “demon third-timers”.
In June of this year, Mr. Ando announced that he would not run for the next lower house election. In June this year, Mr. Ando announced that he would not run for the next House of Representatives election, reportedly because of his affair with a beautiful witch in her fifties. Both Mr. Ando and the other woman denied it when interviewed by the media, but Mr. Ando did not run for the House of Representatives in the October election, and has since ‘retired’ from politics.
However, he did not run for the House of Representatives in October, and has “retired” from politics. According to the complaint, Mr. Ando informed his wife of his intention to divorce in March 2008, and filed for divorce mediation in November of the same year. However, the mediation failed to reach an agreement, and in October 2009, Mr. Ando sued his wife.
The first oral argument was held at the Yokohama Family Court on November 16, 2009. In his written statement, Mr. Ando claimed that his marriage had broken down because they had been living separately since he became a member of the Diet, and that his wife had not cooperated in his activities. His wife, on the other hand, argued in writing that their separation was the result of her respect for Mr. Ando’s need to balance his activities as a member of the Diet with the upbringing of their children, and that his non-cooperation in campaigning was due to his chronic illness. She is not ready to accept the divorce.
In addition, Mr. Ando refers to “reports of infidelity” in his complaint.
The plaintiff was informed by the Kyoto prefectural federation and other organizations about a problem with a woman (adultery) that had no basis in fact, and she lost her position and standing because she could no longer obtain the endorsement of the Liberal Democratic Party. (omission) The plaintiff believes that the above information was provided by the defendant.
In other words, he claims that his wife provided the information to the LDP and the media. In his statement, the lawyer for the wife said.
In the statement, the lawyer for the wife said, “There is absolutely no evidence that the defendant leaked the plaintiff’s problems with women to the LDP or the media. We are outraged.
When we asked for an interview with both sides, the wife’s lawyer replied that he was not available for an interview. Mr. Ando’s representative acknowledged that he is in court and replied that he plans to argue the breakdown of their marriage of more than 10 years for the next trial.
The next date is scheduled for December.
From “FRIDAY” December 10, 2021 issue
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