The private lives of a former Kashima Antler soccer player and his model wife were recently publicized on a TV variety show. Yumiko Takaoka, 34, who was married to Yasuto Honda, 40, has been described as an "oniyome" or "wife from hell" who refuses to be touched by her husband and locks the door to her bedroom at night.
The last six years of their life together have been sexless, say the tabloids. In fact, Honda was kicked out of their home by Takaoka early this year, and he had been staying at various friends’ houses.
Finally, the two are legally separated. A friend of Takaoka says that Honda was against divorcing in consideration of their daughter. But Takaoka, who has become a frequent guest on TV shows as an "oniyome," is convinced she can raise her child on her own.
Few realize that Honda helped raise the model’s popularity by acting the part of a submissive husband in public. His former team members and others in the soccer circle had strongly advised him against making such TV appearances, considered a taboo particularly for ex-players who wish to become team managers some day. He continued, though, saying it was what he promised his wife.
As the only soccer player who stayed with Kashima Antlers for 15 years, many had hoped Honda would return to the field one day, but instead he chose his wife over future prospects. And now that he’s been dumped, what’s to become of his career?© Japan Today