It is widely rumored that the two have recently gotten back together. It is widely rumored that they have recently gotten back together, and there is even talk within the Seiwa-kai, to which she belonged, that she has already remarried,” said a LDP member.
The “she” is Sanae Takaichi, 60, who ran for the LDP presidency in September and lost, but was given the important post of party third secretary. She ran for the presidency of the Liberal Democratic Party in September, and although she lost, she was able to secure the top position of the party. She is said to be back with her ex-husband, Taku Yamamoto, 69, a former member of the House of Representatives.
The two were married in 2004. A reporter from the political section of a national newspaper said.
Mr. Koichi was not elected to the House of Representatives in 2003. At that time, he said, ‘I thought about retirement for the first time,’ and started ‘marriage activity. Then Mr. Yamamoto heard the rumor and proposed to her, saying, ‘If it’s okay with me, I’ll take you in.
The photo below was taken at the wedding reception. However, the couple divorced in 2005 because of “differences in their political stances. A veteran secretary of the Liberal Democratic Party says, “Even after the divorce, their relationship continued to grow.
Even after the divorce, they seemed to have a good relationship. In the general election in October, Mr. Yamamoto ran for a proportional district seat in the Hokuriku-Shinetsu block, but did little campaigning of his own. Instead, he sent his own secretary to Ms. Takaichi’s office in Nara Prefecture to help her in her campaign.
It is believed that the two got back together around the time of the general election. What is the reason why they are back together now?
She has told people around her that she is not good at housework such as cooking and can’t even make simple dishes like “Cook Do. Mr. Yamamoto, on the other hand, is a pro at cooking. When they were married, Mr. Yamamoto used to cook meals for Mr. Koichi every day. When they were married, they lived in a councilor’s dormitory in Akasaka, and in the evenings, Mr. Yamamoto would go to a supermarket near the dormitory to buy food. I think there is a possibility that Mr. Koichi asked her to support him in his personal life, including his health care.” (LDP insider)
On December 10, we interviewed Mr. Koichi directly at the entrance of the LDP headquarters.
— “There’s talk of getting back together.
Is it coming out? Please don’t ask me questions like that.”
–Didn’t they get back together?
Please don’t do that. Yes.”
With that, he got into the elevator.
I spoke with Ken Yamamoto, a member of the Fukui Prefectural Assembly and the son of Mr. Yamamoto and his ex-wife.
In late November, my father called me and told me he was getting married again. I was surprised when I heard, but my father is almost 70 years old, and I feel safer than being alone, so I am grateful.
Needless to say, the presence or absence of a spouse is irrelevant for the head of a country, as was the case with former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. However, there is no doubt that Mr. Takaichi has gained a strong supporter.
From the December 31, 2021 issue of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Takeshi Kinugawa (1st) Nikkan Sports/Afro (2nd)