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Softbank ad's Shirato family member Dante Carver announces wedding

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Dante Carver, 34, one of the stars of the popular series of Softbank commercials starring the Shirato Family, had a wedding ceremony this month to commemorate his marriage to former model Akiko Matsumoto, 23.

Carver is perhaps best known for starring alongside Aya Ueto, 25, as her fictional brother in the Softbank commercials. Matsumoto modeled for magazines such as ViVi, JJ, and CanCam while still a student in Osaka. After graduating last year, she moved to Tokyo where she runs an online apparel shop called Herradura.

Carver, who also has some modeling experience, said he was introduced to Matsumoto at a fashion show in Kobe a few years ago by a mutual friend. The couple registered their marriage on Aug 4 last year.

Carver recently updated his blog with the following message in both Japanese and English: "Recently we had our wedding ceremony. We didn't say anything due to the current events over the past month. This has been a very hard time for people all over Japan and in many places around the world. This is also the reason we went ahead and had our ceremony.

"Things have been so sad and dark, we hoped we could help by showing people smiles and love. We know it's hard, but family and friends give us all strength to move forward. From Dante and Akiko Carver, Ganbare Nippon!!"

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Congrats

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Not newsworthy

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Congratulations. But he doesn't star alongside Aya Ueto, 25, as her fictional brother in the Softbank commercials. He stars alongside Otohsan as his fictional son.

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"Not newsworthy"

Har! By the way, what is that Dante is wearing, and what kind of name is Dante, anyway?

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I saw this guy in Waikiki last week, cute girlfriend.

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I wonder if he makes enough money to live just off those cms

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thepro - Do you really have to wonder? Of course he does! More than enough!

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I met Dante and asked him if they ever need a Mexican Chihuahua dog, maybe I could be that cousin in this Softbank TV CM family??

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Congratulations!!

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he has joined CM for Softbank's mobile phones with other Japanese celebrities. Currently, SMAP has promoted the brand that has somehow surpassed NTTDocomo and KDDI. Softbank has a large share of Chinese investors and American investors. Dante Carver is one of foreign personalities who are working and living in Japan. Good Jobs, Dante.

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Best wishes to you, Dante. Congrats!

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If this was a 34 years old Japanese "actor" marrying a 23 years old model, there'd be a lot of people giving them 12 months till divorce etc.

Foreigners (not Asians) look silly in those Japanese wedding clothes, and minus points for the horrible photoshopping job of erasing the background.

But, congratulations anyway...

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I can't believe some people watch ads.

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Congrats...he's living the dream!

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Congrats...he's living the dream!

I'm sorry, what's that dream?

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Will Otousan be at the wedding? LOL

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Best wishes, Dante and Akiko. I see some English-speaking commenters are still trying to import their cultural ignorance of Black Americans to Japan. Ignore them, appreciate your supporters, and celebrate your beautiful new life with your wife, Akiko. By the way, Sarge, "Dante" was the name of a great 14th century poet who wrote an epic poem entitled, "Dante's Inferno." Dante is also a regular name in African-American communities. Get some education, please.

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