Erika Sawajiri announces looming divorce

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 月曜日, 1月 24, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment


Actress Erika Sawajiri (沢尻エリカ),24, tearfully announced that she and her husband, media creator Tsuyoshi Takashiro (46) have mutually agreed to get a divorce.

According to Sawajiri, the divorce procedures are already in the final stages. There have been rumors since last year that the two would likely split up, though a couple months ago it appeared that they might be getting back together. However, it seems that her meetings with Takashiro were primarily to settle the divorce.

Last March, Sawajiri became the president of the management agency that she and Takashiro had established in Spain, but she revealed that she resigned from that position in December and became the president of a brand new agency that she founded on her own. It is still unknown whether she will be able to continue negotiations with Avex for a management contract in Japan.

In September 2007, at the movie premiere for Closed Note, Sawajiri responded in a terse manner to reporters’ questions. After much criticism in the Japanese press, she posted an apology on her website. A few days later she appeared on a TV show, and gave them an exclusive 120-minute interview. She also denied the rumors that she was being suspended by her management.

However in September 2010, Sawajiri said that her apology after the 2007 movie premiere incident was a mistake in an interview on She didn’t want to apologize but her management at that time forced her to apologize; “I told them ‘this is my way’… but in the end I surrendered. That was my mistake.” Sawajiri believes that the agencies that are forcing too much from their idols are too old fashioned and that “The managers themselves are old but we have to change this situation.”

Sawajiri stated that she currently has no work scheduled, though she affirmed that she strongly wants to return to acting. However, a commercial contract is in the works, with more details expected to be announced at another press conference on February 28.

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