It seems that Nishikawa Ayako (38) has finally met a man who meets her famously high standards. The former beauty queen, doctor and talento is renowned for saying that money is more important than love. In fact, she has built her whole showbiz image around her obsession with wealth. She has said she could never marry a man who made less than ¥40 million a year. Well, she finally seems to have found that Mr. Right. Her romance with Fukumoto Asia (35), a director of a welfare company, was first revealed in one of the weekly gossip magazines in September of last year. He finally proposed on July 7, the day of the romantic Tanabata festival. They plan to get married next spring. The daughter of a plastic surgeon, Nishikawa was Miss Japan in 1996 while studying medicine at St. Marianna University.
In other marriage news, Asahi Housou announcer Kotera Yuko (32) is engaged to marry a fellow company employee (33), the network said this week. The couple plan to tie the knot and hold a reception at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka in November.