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3:33 am - 10/14/2013

Former Morning Musume Idol Mari Yaguchi Formally Retires


The agency of former Morning Musume idol group member Mari Yaguchi announced via fax on Sunday that she is formally retiring from the entertainment business. The 30-year-old has been dealing with the aftermath of press reports of her infidelity and her subsequent May 30 divorce from actor Masaya Nakamura.

Yaguchi had already been absent from her last regular television program, Jobtune, due to "poor health" and other cited reasons. The program formally replaced her at the end of September. She appeared on five regular programs before this year's scandal, but now has none left.

During her time in Morning Musume and its sub-unit Mini Moni, Yaguchi voiced a super-deformed "Yaguchi-san" version of herself in Mini Moni the TV and Mini Moni Yaru no da Pyon! She also made cameos as the hamster version of herself, "Gucchan," in Tottoko Hamutarō: Ham Ham Ham - Jya! Maboroshi no Princess and Tottoko Hamutaro Hamuhamuland Daiboken. She guest-starred as herself in Futari wa Precure Max Heart 2: Yukizora no Tomodachi and as Yoko on One Piece. Among other songs, she sang theme songs for the Hamtaro films and television series, One Piece, and Orphen.

Yaguchi designed a character called Panbachimon for the television anime Digimon Xros Wars, and she also recorded the voice for the character.


wapiko 13th-Oct-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
I think what surprised me most about this story is that the announcement was faxed.

rainbow_yarn 13th-Oct-2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
I feel like faxes are pretty normal in the Japanese entertainment industry; people often announce their marriages or pregnancies or hiatuses via fax.
wapiko 14th-Oct-2013 01:34 am (UTC)
I'm still gonna be amused. lol
girltype 13th-Oct-2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
I can't remember something NOT being faxed in the entertainment industry in Japan.
tsukino_aki 14th-Oct-2013 12:54 pm (UTC)
Even if the artist makes an annoucement on official website, a message is always sent via fax to the media. Live in Japan and you'll see that ppl here still prefer some old-fashioned methods.
monotuned 14th-Oct-2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
I can't get over how Japan loves their faxes too haha.
rainbow_yarn 13th-Oct-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
Boo, Mari, that's disappointing. But I hope she's just doing what will make her the comfortable and happy. Sigh. Have a good life, Mari.
singlouder 13th-Oct-2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised. I really thought she would try to come back eventually. I wonder what she'll do next. She was so young when she started out in the entertainment industry.
exdream1999 LOL whoever translated this originally needs to go back and study Japanese again13th-Oct-2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
On TV this morning (Monday in Japan), it was reported that she updated her blog, but I guess she sent a fax too, saying that she's taking an indefinite hiatus from working(芸能活動無期限休業).

AND, if you click back to the original Japanese source, that's also what it says.

Like, the word for retirement from work is very, very specific...

Edited at 2013-10-13 11:54 pm (UTC)
mcdulljov Re: LOL whoever translated this originally needs to go back and study Japanese again14th-Oct-2013 12:34 am (UTC)
LOL. I was about to comment on that too. Not only "retires", but "formally retires"????? They will never use such specific words... not in Japanese media...
zoemi Re: LOL whoever translated this originally needs to go back and study Japanese again14th-Oct-2013 03:30 am (UTC)
I was waiting for someone to post this article so I could point out they were wrong, lol
exdream1999 Re: LOL whoever translated this originally needs to go back and study Japanese again14th-Oct-2013 09:26 am (UTC)
Sorry I beat you to the punch. XP

And, lawd, no one is reading this comment, the comments after this one are still think she's retiring...
pumpkinskin Re: LOL whoever translated this originally needs to go back and study Japanese again15th-Oct-2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
Oooooh ~ so it's a indefinite hiatus.
thanks for the explanation
sundaetea 14th-Oct-2013 12:25 am (UTC)
She'll probably come back in a few years, at least I hope so.

She made a big mistake, but there have been bigger scandals that have happened within Japan's showbiz. I hope she is happy, or will at least find happiness.
spiritofvenus 14th-Oct-2013 02:17 am (UTC)
She should audition for Ai Kago's girl group.

Also does that mean we can get Maki back now plz.
bear100 14th-Oct-2013 02:46 am (UTC)
Kago's putting together a girl group?
taylorniw 14th-Oct-2013 04:33 am (UTC)
Disappointing because what she did shouldn't be something that kills your entire career.
fukkthedumbshyt 14th-Oct-2013 05:27 am (UTC)
I don't remember my initial reaction to this news but I think it sucks she's going away. Men cheat on their wives ALL THE FREAKING TIME and don't go on hiatus (unless you're like a US politician, they resign). Like I'm so tired of women being held to standards that men have been leaping over since the worlds first sunrise.
gpbasicfan1 15th-Oct-2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
She's not retiring, she's going on an indefinite hiatus. Basically meaning that she doesn't know when she's returning to the entertainment business.
winds_daichi 16th-Oct-2013 02:35 am (UTC)
This really sucks. Yea, what she did was wrong, but I expected her to make a comeback. T.T I hope she's happy in her decision. I'm sick of people bashing her. It's getting so old. We get it.
lady_mercury 17th-Oct-2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
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