Hiroshima-born TV presenter Mona Yamamoto, 35, has announced that she is to retire from the public eye. In a fax distributed to media agencies this week, she wrote, "I apologize for the suddenness of this news, but as of June 30, I plan to retire from public life and return to my married name."
Yamamoto, who is daughter to a Norwegian father and a Japanese mother, said, "I have been thinking deeply about what I want from my life and where my choices will lead me. I have decided to accept the challenge of becoming a working mother and housewife and to lead a more regular life. I truly appreciate all of the support my colleagues and the public have kindly given me up until now. To all of those people, I wish to say a heartfelt thank you."
Yamamoto, an employee of Asahi Broadcasting Corp, has taken breaks from news broadcasting before. In September 2006, she was accused of having an affair with married DPJ politician 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.
Yamamoto married her husband, the president of a real estate investment company, in 2010.© Compiled from news reports