Noripi’s Hubby in Latest Drug Arrest

Sakai Noriko, Takaso Yuichi

Hot on the heels of talento Oshio Manabu’s arrest for drug use just last night, this morning it was revealed that pro surfer Takaso Yuichi (41) has also been detained by Tokyo police in an unrelated drug arrest. The husband of actress and former top J-pop idol Sakai Noriko (38), he was stopped for routine questioning in the Dogenzaka area of Shibuya late Sunday night. He was found to be in possession of stimulant drugs and was arrested on the spot. Takaso and “Noripi” met in 1998, when she was getting into marine sports and he was running a sports shop in central Tokyo. She got pregnant and they were married by the end of the year. After taking a year of maternity leave Sakai was back at work, now appearing more often in “Mama-san” roles. Takaso runs the “Core Side” ski and snowboarding store in Minami Aoyama. There had been speculation recently of a split between the couple.