Japanese TV presenter Rei Kikukawa’s multimillionaire businessman husband, whom she married only a month ago, is in hot water after weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun reported this month that he has four children out of wedlock, two of whom were born in the same year to different women, while he also had a serious relationship with a minor simultaneously while he was married to his former wife.
The scandal broke with the release of the weekly magazine’s May 10 edition, in which it revealed that Yoshiteru Akita, 48 — Kikukawa’s husband and a prominent Japanese businessman — had three out-of-wedlock children with two different women. In the follow-up version of the scoop this week, the magazine further revealed that they were contacted by a third woman, referred to as “Keiko,” who reportedly said she had borne Akita a child several years before his other children were born, and had been in a relationship with him since she was 17. At the time, Akita was married with a different woman.
Though it is not illegal in Japan to have a child outside marriage, the tabloid questioned Akita’s behavior, focusing on the fact that two of the children were born in the same year, 2012, to two different women, and the fact that he had been in a physical relationship with a minor.
Akita is the former CEO of major IT service company Kakaku.com and recipe website Cookpad, and currently manages the wedding service Minna no Kekkon and real estate service O-uccino. He is a well-known multimillionaire in the Japanese business world, whose assets are estimated at over 20 billion yen.
According to Shukan Bunshun, Akita hasn’t legally recognized any of the children and is not paying monthly child allowance regularly.
The magazine reported that Akita began his relationship with “Keiko” in 2004, while he was still married. The girl was still in high school and was working part-time at a bar in the countryside, saving money for college in Tokyo. Akita met her at the bar and brought her back to Tokyo, securing her a weekly apartment and supported her financially. The two had been reportedly in a relationship until 2012, by which time she had already given birth to his daughter. However, in 2012, he ended the relationship suddenly by discontinuing contact with her.
In the same year, Akita reportedly started dating “Chiaki” and “Ayako,” (also pseudonyms) both of whom became pregnant by him in the same year and gave birth. Akita had a second child with “Chiaki” in 2015. He married Kikukawa on April 27 this year.
According to Shukan Bunshun, Kikukawa’s management agency has confirmed that she “is aware” of the existence of all four children, though Kikukawa herself has not released any statements, nor referred to the scandal as of present.
Kikukawa, who started her career as a model and actress, is currently a newscaster on the popular morning Fuji TV morning program “Tokudane,” and is one of the best known TV personalities in Japan.© Japan Today