Daily Archives: September 14, 2011

Never Too Late

Midai Junka, Nakamoto Koji

If it’s good enough for the 68-year-old Kato Cha…The veteran comedian shocked the showbiz world recently by marrying a woman 45 years younger. Well, his former Drifters comrade Nakamoto Koji (70) may soon be following suit, as his working relationship with enka singer Midai Junka seems to have turned romantic, according to this week’s issue of “Shuukan Bunshun” magazine.

Nakamoto has three children from his previous marriages. His first wife died in 1982 and he remarried in 1991 to a woman 25 years younger. They had a son and two daughters but divorced in 2004. Nakamoto and Midai have been close for about five years and released a music CD of duets in 2008. Her age is not given in the magazine article but it says she is “in her 30’s.” Nakamoto’s mother died in June, so there will certainly be no marriage announcements until the first anniversary of that date.

In addition to Kato, other elders of the showbiz world who have got remarried in their twilight years to much younger ippanjin include singer Terada Minori (68), who married a 33-year-old last week; actor Kobayashi Kaoru (60), who it was revealed just earlier this month remarried to a 30-something woman a few years ago and now has a baby son; and actor Sakai Masaaki, who chose his 65th birthday last month to marry a 43-year-old woman.

Yuukorin in New Legal Battle

Ogura Yuuko, Kikuchi Isao

It looks like the legal battle between ditzy talento Ogura Yuko (27, photo left) and her former management agency will continue for a while. The Tokyo District Court handed down a decision in Ogura’s favor in July, saying that her contract with the Avila agency terminated at the end of 2010. The agency immediately filed an objection, while Ogura announced that she had found new management and would continue her showbiz career. But yesterday Avila announced that it had filed a new civil suit against Ogura on September 9 seeking recognition of their contract. The company also filed a suit against publisher Kodansha seeking a stop to the scheduled September 16 publication of “Kofukuron,” a photo book featuring Ogura.

Popularly known by her nickname Yuukorin, Ogura can be seen as just another pawn – albeit a successful one – in the massive industry that recruits, markets and disposes of pretty young women. She was formally with the now defunct Avant Garde agency, whose CEO was arrested on tax evasion charges in 2009. On a brighter note, Ogura is still planning to marry hair stylist Kikuchi Isao (40, photo right), though the date is now said to be sometime in the autumn.

Related stories:
Yuukorin Engaged (Nov. 9, 2010)
Avant Garde CEO Arrested (Aug. 26, 2009)