Media recently have been reporting that Osamu Higashio, 59, former manager of Seibu Lions, is concerned about his daughter’s engagement to actor Junichi Ishida, 55. His prospective son-in-law is only four years younger than himself, and twice divorced.
Ishida proposed to Riko, 33, in Greece last month and has already visited her father to ask for approval. Apparently, he didn't give his blessings.
A family friend comments, “He’s not so much concerned about the actor’s past relationships as he is about the way the privacy of the courtship is being advertised on TV. The marriage proposal was aired as part of a TV variety show. That his daughter, a professional golfer, is being subjected to such scrutiny by the media, he finds unacceptable.”
Higashio has been facing difficulties in her golf career, and has performed poorly since her shoulder surgery in 2006. Of the eight tournaments held this year, she qualified only for two. Some suggest that she is aware of the end of her professional career, which could have had something to do with her engagement to Ishida.
However, other pro golfers and the golfing association seem to feel that the timing of the engagement announcement, made during the week of the prestigious Japan Women's Open Golf Championship, was a poor choice.
Despite all the hoopla, Riko seems unaffected and is looking forward to her marriage. The wedding is planned for April next year in Hawaii, while her father may, by then, be appointed as manager of Rakuten.
In which case, the wedding will take place without his attendance.© Japan Today