Recently, it was revealed that 56-year-old actress Keiko Matsuzaka's father died in December 2007, leaving unresolved a bitter feud between the two over her husband of 16 years -- guitarist Haruhiko Takauchi.
A source in the entertainment business recalls how Matsuzaka’s father Hideki repeatedly said, “Keiko is naïve and ignorant about the real world. I don’t care what others think – she’s being fooled by that man. He’s just after her money.”
Matsuzaka’s popularity rose after her 1979 hit song "Ai no Suichuka” and performances in films as “Kataku no Hito” and “Kamata Koshinkyoku” in the ‘80s. When Matsuzaka married Takauchi, who was an unknown guitarist at that time, Matsuzaka’s parents were outraged and went so far as to publicly disown her.
Despite the family friction, Matsuzaka sought ways to reconcile with her parents after the birth of her two daughters in 1992 and 1994. According to the aforementioned source, “She made time between film shoots to visit and look after her father, a diabetic, with her daughters. She handled the monthly bill of 500,000 yen for her father’s live-in caretaker.”
The actress strongly desired her father’s acknowledgement of her husband, and while her relationship with her father improved over time, he absolutely refused to meet Takauchi right up until his death.
An acquaintance says that Matsuzaka traveled with her mother to South Korea, her husband’s home country, after the father passed away. The mother is now on good terms with Matsuzaka but not with Takauchi, probably because of the father’s resentment.
It appears that the successful actress has yet to achieve the true reconciliation she yearns for.© Japan Today