Daily Archives: February 5, 2005

Cho Speed Kon

Fuji TV announcer Umezu Yaeko (27) recently married a director at the same company, less than two months after they started going out. Not surprisingly, she is expecting a baby in September. Deguchi Takao (30) is a direcor of variety shows, and was an american football player in college. Umezu is a regular on several shows, including the long-running afternoon variety show “Waratte Ii Tomo.” When a marriage takes place soon after a couple meet, it is referred to as a “speed kekkon” or just “speed kon.” In this case it’s a “cho speed kon” (super fast marriage).

• Celebrity Rikiya (57) is in a Tokyo hospital and has undergone surgery for cysts on his liver. He is expected to make a full recovery and return to work in a couple of months. His large physique and deep voice make him perfect for gangster roles, which he has played in many TV shows.