Rie Hasegawa, 35, attended Tuesday's inaugural press conference for Food Action Nippon's Rice Flour Club. This was the first public appearance Hasegawa has made since her ex-beau, 55-year-old actor Junichi Ishida, got engaged to 33-year-old pro golfer Riko Higashio.
At the press conference, Hasegawa was honored by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu as a new supporter of the Rice Flour Club, which aims to discover and produce new food made with rice flour to increase Japan's food self-sufficiency. The Q&A at the conference was supposed to be limited to questions regarding the event, but inquiries about Ishida soon started flying.
Hasegawa fielded the questions without letting the smile leave her face, saying that she congratulates the couple on what looks to be a smooth engagement so far. She said she had no ill feelings toward Ishida after the end of their 8-year-three-month relationship.© Japan Today