When a foreign-born contestant won Miss Japan last month, it sparked much wringing of hands from certain sections of the commentariat and internet, and a roughly equal amount of earnest gushing about how much Japan was changing. Karolina Shiino, who was born in Ukraine but has lived in Japan since the age of five and eventually naturalized as a Japanese citizen, was awarded the title of Miss Japan in a ceremony in January. The face of Japan was now officially a white woman. This was enough of a news story to make waves internationally. Now, as they say, the plot thickens. The 26-year-old ...

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The biggest entertainment world scandal in Japan of late has been the allegations of past sexual assault made against one of the nation's most famous comedians, Hitoshi Matsumoto. The reports first emerged in a tabloid magazine in late December and have continued to unfold. At first, Matsumoto, his agency (Yoshimoto Kogyo), and broadcasters ignored or gave the report a minimal denial, and colleagues offered on-air support, but more revelations are still trickling out in further articles, and 60-year-old Matsumoto has now withdrawn from his television commitments, nominally so he can pursue a ...

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They say that YouTubers and other social media content creators are the new celebrity elites of our day, and that seems to extend to their romantic escapades. A list has emerged apparently showing the sexual conquests of the macho male YouTuber Purotan, who has 2.1 million subscribers to his channel. The list features 127 women. It was supposedly saved on Purotan's phone and then leaked by another YouTuber, Yagi, after their own relationship ended badly. Purotan has apparently paid ¥5 million as compensation for his alleged domestic violence and infidelity. Yagi appeared in Purotan's ...

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On October 13, NMB48 announced that Fuuwa Kuroda (黒田楓和) was to leave the music group with her graduation performance being on October 26 and last official day as a member on November 5. However, on October 28, the group announced that Kuroda will instead leave with immediate effect, and won't attend three hand-shaking events as planned on October 29, November 4, and November 5. Health issues are nominally cited as the reason, but Japanese netizens have speculated that the real reason is much darker. It is alleged that the 19-year-old made a sex tape with her boyfriend, which has ...

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Takako Uehara is back in the news again over another alleged adultery scandal. The beautiful former member of pop group SPEED has experienced some real highs and lows since the group disbanded in 2000. Uehara published a successful semi-nude photo book, Vingt Takako, in 2003, but this divided fans, some of who saw it as a betrayal of her image. We are eternally grateful, though, for the fapping material she provided during this period. She worked as an actor and model, fronting advertising campaigns for the likes of Shiseido. But the Okinawan's complicated love life has proved a thorn ...

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We recently wrote about the Ryoko Hirosue adultery scandal, which has effectively meant her immediate disappearance from public life (no more TV ads, no more fashion magazine covers, no more acting roles). When the scandal broke about her affair with a chef, many noted the irony that she had received a "best mother" award in 2022. The annual awards are given to female celebrities each year to celebrate them as a maternal role model. The awards are announced each May near Mother's Day, awarded to several celebrities in categories such as acting, business, singing, and sports. The winners ...

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The actress Ryoko Hirosue has been accused of adultery with a famous chef. In a scoop published by Bunshun this week, photos show the 42-year-old going to a luxury hotel where the 45-year-old chef Shusaku Toba, who runs a restaurant called sio that has a Michelin star, was also staying. The two are already known for being close. There's an aphorism, often muttered by jaded guys on bar stools between swigs of beer, that it doesn't matter what you look like or even about your personality, hot women will inevitably go to bed with you as long as you're funny, tall, rich, or a successful ...

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Another day, another celebrity adultery scandal. Sometimes it feels like this. But there's something a little different about the latest (minor) scandal to hit the news. Yukie Joji is herself a reporter. The 48-year-old is currently seen doing live reports twice weekly for a show broadcast on CBC and TBS. Since its employees apparently have little important journalism to do, scoop-hunters from Flash trailed Joji as she enjoyed a date in Yokohama's Chinatown in mid-April. She and a man lined up to enter a popular restaurant. They allegedly left the restaurant after their meal and held hands ...

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This story broke at the end of last year and we sat on it for a few days to see if there were any further developments. A minor scandal has emerged involving top Nogizaka46 member Yuki Yoda, after the tabloid magazine Weekly Bunshun caught her going to a luxury gym in Ebisu, Tokyo, in which she was allegedly in a room alone with a male trainer for several hours. The 22-year-old, who joined the idol group in 2016 but came firmly onto our radar when she released her hit photo book in 2020, apparently attends the gym twice a week and has the same male trainer for her sessions. As noted in its ...

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Sumire Yokono suddenly left NMB48 in May 2021 -- shortly after a report broke that went to a hotel with a male celebrity twice her age. Even more shockingly, she was also spotted on a date (six days later) with yet another boyband member, with who she also spent the night at an expensive hotel. The resulting scandal sunk her NMB future. After a year off, the 21-year-old relaunched her career in May this year. Su-chan is now trying to go it on her own (with a little help from a major modeling agency). She is carving out a career as a gradol and model, and is succeeding: three gravure cover ...

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