Japanese actress and TV personality Mika Mifune, 34, has filed a lawsuit at the Tokyo Family Court claiming property division from her former husband Joji Takahashi, the 58-year-old vocalist of rock band The Tra-bryu.
According to sources closes to the case, the first court hearing was conducted on Sept 5, and Takahashi is open to a settlement, Sankei Shimbun reported.
“Takahashi believes it’s only normal that the two split their property and they have been discussing on how exactly to proceed with it,” the musician’s manager told reporters Monday in front of his home in Tokyo. He also said that Takahashi learned of the lawsuit directly from the court.
A key point in the settlement is believed to be the former couple’s two luxurious mansions in central Tokyo, which the two built in 2009 and 2013, consecutively, for a total estimated amount of 300 million yen.
Mifune is currently based in Osaka, but according to sources close to the case, both she and Takahashi still split the monthly mortgage payments for their property, which is assumed to be close to 400,000 yen on each side, Japanese media reported.
The couple finalized their divorce on March 29 after 17 years and 6 months together.
Mifune initiated the divorce, seeking full custody of the couple’s 11-year-old daughter, claiming that Takahashi subjugated her to emotional abuse, or “moral harassment.”
The highly publicized divorce took both media and fans by surprise, considering the “good couple” image the two had been maintaining throughout their marriage, including a receipt of a “Partners of the Year Award” in 2011.
Takahashi first met Mifune when she was 13 years old and married her on her 16th birthday, the legal age for marriage, attracting massive media attention.
In 2011, during an interview about her marriage, Mifune said: “Being with an older man, you don’t get treated like a child even at the age of 16, so I had to try my best to grow up. When we were dating, we always went out together with my mother. But the first time just the two of us had a date, Joji turned to me at Shibuya crossing and just out of nowhere said, ‘Hey, why don’t we get married?’
“When we married, people were saying ‘You’re too young, it’s not going to work. It’s just going to end in divorce.’ So I thought I needed to grow up quickly, to become an adult. Of course, there was a big gap between my ideal of an adult woman and myself at that age.”
According to tabloid media, things started to go sour when Takahashi ordered a “curfew” for his wife whenever he was at home. Even if Mifune was out at business-related events, she had to be home by a certain time. On the other hand, Takahashi would hang out with his friends until the next morning, leaving his wife at home.© Japan Today