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Erika Sawajiri continues comeback with glossy magazine spread

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Actress Erika Sawajiri, 24, is continuing her comeback in Japan's entertainment world by appearing on the cover of the May issue of GLAMOROUS to mark the 5th anniversary of the magazine.

In a glossy 24-page inside spread, Sawajiri speaks candidly about her attitude toward the media and rumors of her drug use.

Sawajiri, once wildly popular, fell out of favor in 2007 due to problematic behavior. In a well-publicized incident, she was rude to people around her during a film promotion event, an incident which discouraged the industry from hiring her.

Sawajiri took a leave of absence from her former production company, Stardust Promotions, for eight months beginning in January 2009 after getting married. She said she wanted to study abroad in London.

Shortly after, rumors started circulating that Sawajiri may have been experimenting with drugs. Oscar Promotions dropped her last September for reasons that remain unclear. She then showed up in Spain.

After returning to Japan, Sawajiri held a "comeback" press conference in Tokyo in March. But she failed to settle a fresh argument with the press which started after her new agency refused reporters access to information on her website unless they promise in writing, for example, not to make public any information or comments involving her privacy.

Meanwhile, rumors have persisted that Sawajiri was spending time with actress Noriko Sakai, who was arrested for drug possession on last August.

In the GLAMOROUS interview, Sawajiri defends her past attitude toward the mass media and denies any involvement with drugs. “I’ve never heard of Noripi (Sakai). I’ve never touched drugs. I’ve never been suspected or questioned by police,” she states.

Regarding the media, Sawajiri says, “They were spreading these rumors about me at the same time Japan’s government was changing hands last summer. There were more important things to be covering than me at the time, weren't there?”

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Sounds like the press was ticked-off that she wouldn't "play nice" with them and so the "rumors" were generated to make her pay for her insolence.

It's good to see she's still thumbing her nose at the media. They want full access to her personal life and she's saying, "No". Is it hurting her career? Maybe, but it's definitely improving her quality of life.

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Her insolent attitude was a kind of triggers to be abused by the media. I would like her to come back as an actress, whose performance was pretty good.

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Sawajiri says, “They were spreading these rumors about me at the same time Japan’s government was changing hands last summer. There were more important things to be covering than me at the time, weren’t there?”

No, I'd much rather see pics of you, Princess. :P

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She is not only hot but feisty too and that is pretty cool in my book.

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I'm already sick of seeing her face everywhere. Don't like her 'me me me' attitude. Spain - you can have her back.

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Ouch...she is the lady

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i love her! i look up to her. i like her "i don't take shit from anyone" attitude! GO ERIKA!!!

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She is still so young. But she is entitled to privacy.

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No, I'd much rather see pics of you, Princess. :P

She completely ignores you and you insist to see her pics. This is called stalking.

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Yeah, Erika-sama doesn't put up with crap. Thing is, Japan doesn't put up with her crap either!

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She completely ignores you and you insist to see her pics. This is called stalking.

Actually, no. I don't insist on seeing her picture. I would PREFER to see her picture (if I were given the choice between seeing her or PM Hatoyama) on the morning news. Stalking is when you try and meet her uninvited.

I hope it's not stalking when you buy a magazine with a pretty girl on it, because that means the American media thrives on stalking, and creates stalkers out of normal people.

Also, "she ignores you" is not quite right. To ignore me, she has to know of my existence. Since I don't move in her circles, It would be more accurate to say, she doesn't know I'm alive.

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She is ridiculously hot.

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She completely ignores you and you insist to see her pics. This is called stalking.

Incorrect. Stalking would be following her around and TAKING pictures of her without her permission. (Paparazzi are the definition of stalkers)

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Yeah, don't cross the media because they will come after you. I had to roll my eyes at the weeks of outrageous and bizarre rumors that didn't even make any common sense.

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Zzzzzzzzzzip!

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Sarge:"She is ridiculously hot."

Ridiculous being the operative word.

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Potsu, are you saying she's not hot?

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she doesn't know I'm alive

good for you because if she knows that she may want you dead. anyway, talents are followed by a lot of paparazzi so she wants her privacy, it is very normal. Even with my humble appearance I have a collection of stalkers, i wonder how terrible a celebrity feels with exponent number of people who want to be near her, it is so annoying, irritating for her i guess....

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Double hot

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shes not so popular that shes worth all the crap shes demanding. dont become an actor if you cant handle the paparazzi, if you become successful and famous its something you just have to shutup and deal with, as unpleasant as it is.

is she trying to make a fresh clean start? because with all her demands, shes still very much 'erika-sama' to me.

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I am a sucker for a pretty face,and still to this day the most emotional watch for me was Ichi Rittoru no Namida in which Erika starred.So I am a fan and support her always,but like I said,I am a sucker.

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Anybody here actually see the infamous press conference? I did, and sorry but she didn't come off as a rebel who battles back against the media's worthlessly vapid line of questioning or as a voice railing against the relentless scrutiny of the paparazzi eye (though I wish she had).

Nope- she came off as a spoiled brat. That's probably the reason she's been able to salvage her career.

If a celebrity responded to a reporter at one of these attentionhore-selfpromo-plug-luvfests by actually making an intelligent, well-worded critique of the pop-media's obsessively redundant focus on trivial matters to do with the world of famous stars, they would be politely ignored and drop off the radar soon after, never to be seen again. Such is the Japanese way.

Erika's behaviour seemed more like a little girl having a hissy fit; and that right there is media gold!

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