Daily Archives: April 7, 2004

“Comeback” for Hidemi

A box set of all 30 singles by former idol singer Ishikawa Hidemi (37) has been released by BMG Fan House. The set includes 4 CDs and a DVD. Hidemi shocked her fans when she retired after marrying fellow idol star Yakumaru Hirohide (38) in 1990. She has rarely appeared in public since then, ensuring huge demand for the new release. Hidemi made her debut in 1982, after she was chosen from 56,000 hopefuls to be the “younger sister” of pop star Saijo Hideki (48). She won a newcomer award the following year, as did her future husband as a member of the Johnny’s Jimusho boy group Shibugakitai (The Cool Kid Gang). They are now the parents of four children.

• The luxury Tokyo home of comedian Okamura Takashi (33) – the short half of the duo Ninety-Nine – was recently broken into. According to reports, nothing was stolen from the 6th-floor apartment in the fashionable Takanawa district.