The suicide by freelance announcer Ako Kawada, 29, in May came as a great shock to media insiders and television viewers. While it was reported at the time that Kawada had been suffering from depression, some insiders suggest that problems in her relationships with her two boyfriends might have been contributing factors.
Kawada's mother recently talked to Shukan Post about her daughter's relationships with the two men. One was Kawada's boss, Mr A, and the other was American peace activist Matt Taylor.
Kawada's mother recalls: “Our family appreciated Mr A's support at her funeral, although some people criticized him. However, we don't feel like that toward Mr Taylor. He met her on the day she committed suicide. Apparently, she had talked of suicide before and he knew everything about that. I wonder why he wouldn't have told us. I just can't understand it.”
Taylor directed a film on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a project in which Kawada helped. At the press preview, Taylor said: “She was a very pure person. We cried together several times when watching the film. I am proud that her name will forever be part of the credits.” However, this has caused some resentment that he is making use of Kawada's name to get extra publicity for the documentary.
“We don't want him to use Ako's name to promote his film," said Kawada's mother. “We don't even want her name to be part of the credits.”
Commenting on the reaction by Kawada's family, Taylor told Shukan Post: “I promised her that her name would be in the credits. In the American film industry, it is common for film producers to put the names of people involved in the film and loved ones who passed away, in the credits. I think her mother would understand this if she had an opportunity to see my film.” (Translated by Taro Fujimoto)© Japan Today