Japanese star Fukuyama Masaharu's marriage crushes hearts and stock value
When Japanese star Fukuyama Masaharu got married recently, what got crushed went beyond the hearts of his adoring fans. The aftermath explains why many Asian stars either stay single or marry in secrecy so that they don't risk extreme consequences.
Fukuyama Masaharu rose to fame in 1992 and has enjoyed a celebrated career of over 20 years as a famous singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He remains one of Japan's most popular male singers with sales of 23 million copies of records. He won Best Actor for his role in the TV crime drama Galileo. He starred in the annual big historical drama Ryomaden in 2010. He also played the lead role in the movie Like Father, Like Son in 2013, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Another title he held was being one of the most eligible bachelors in Japan. When he finally married at the age of 46, fans were still shocked. Many fans have posted comments online expressing sadness from a broken heart.
His agency, Amuse Entertainment, tried to be cautious. Fukuyama Masaharu married his long-time girlfriend, actress Fukiishi Kazue, on her 33rd birthday, which was Monday, September 28. The agency announced the news after the stock market closed that afternoon.
Unfortunately, Amuse's stock crashed the next day and suffered a loss of 4 billion yen, or more than US$3.3 million.
Even though Fukuyama and Fukiishi dated for many years before getting married, the couple each issued a statement that sounded like an apology hoping for fans' acceptance.
Fukuyama said via the faxed statement, “We had a friendship which over the past few years grew into a relationship. We started to see each other as partners supporting each other’s lives. I am hoping we will receive support from our fans and staff to create a happy family.”
His new wife Fukiish said in her statement, “My sincere apologies for informing (you) about our marriage in a written letter.” She added, “I want to build a loving family filled with smiles.”
Congratulations to the newlyweds. May they live happily ever after.
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