Mona Nakanishi (formerly Yamamoto), who retired from show business for the second time in 2011, marked a return to the entertainment world this week at the opening event of her new smartphone project "Tellme! Mona's consultation tour," in which she chats on her smartphone with users on any topic through Saturday.
In the past, Nakanishi, 37, was forced to retire after two illicit love affairs came to light. "This is my third comeback," she said with self-deprecating humor at Wednesday night's event.
"I want to take on new challenges while balancing my time with my family," she said.
Nakanishi, who is the daughter of a Norwegian father and a Japanese mother, married her husband, the president of a real estate investment company, in 2010.
Nakanishi's troubles began in September 2006, when she was accused of having an affair with married DPJ bigwig Goshi Hosono and was forced to step down from her position on TBS’s “NEWS23” program, a job which she had only held for five days.
She was fired again in 2008 from her position as an anchor for Fuji TV after news broke of her affair with Yomiuri Giants player Tomohiro Nioka, who was married at the time. The alleged tryst took place on the eve of her comeback from the first scandal.© Japan Today