The media has already reported Noriko Sakai and her husband’s abuse of stimulants at their home in Minato Ward as well as their beach house in Katsuura, Chiba. What hasn’t been publicized is the "sister" who was a frequent visitor at both locations.
Locals in Katsuura describe this "sister" as longhaired and petite, with a resemblance to Sakai, and that the 10-year-old son of the couple also seems quite attached to her. A restaurant employee who made deliveries to the beach house comments, “Sakai introduced this woman to me as her younger sister. She appeared to be in her late 20s and was on very friendly terms with her husband (Yuichi Takaso). When Sakai was away, the two often dined at our restaurant.”
A certain TV producer introduced the woman, identified as M, to Sakai some time in 2000. The two became close friends, and ever since, she has been a "family member," always with the couple at clubs and various events.
While Sakai was busy selling herself as a "mamadoru" (mommy idol), her husband, a self-professed surfer, had plenty of time to hang out with M who is unemployed. A friend of Sakai recalls a bizarre scene at the couple’s home after clubbing all night. M sat on Takaso's lap, cheek to cheek, while Sakai started preparing breakfast. Sakai laughed and said M was like family, so her behavior wasn’t a big deal.
Takaso’s acquaintance provided a similar incident from two years ago at a bar near Sakai’s home. Introducing M and Takaso to his group of friends, he explained that the young woman was living with Sakai and Takaso, which the latter neither affirmed nor denied. Takaso said jokingly, “We’re all happy together so it’s fine.”
The same acquaintance also commented, “The family goes on vacation with her, can you imagine that? When Sakai is away on business, this woman looks after their son. The three even take a bath together. She’s practically a mother to the boy. I guess she is Takaso’s lover, but this relationship is a bit too weird.”
A different perspective comes from a friend of Sakai who has known the TV idol since her childhood in Fukuoka. “I went to Nori-P’s home early in the morning after partying with her. M and Takaso were sitting side by side, their eyes looking glazed. Nori-P turned on trance music, cranked up the volume and started dancing on her own while snorting some white powder. She offered me some, but I said no way and told her to chill out.”
It was then that Sakai slumped down and mumbled about how much longer it was going to continue. “She was obviously referring to the life with her husband and his lover. I had no words to say.”
Indeed, Sakai had counted on M to take care of her son owing to her work schedule, and it is rumored that the boy was in this woman’s care during the six days Sakai disappeared after her husband’s arrest. In response to Shukan Post’s interview, however, M insisted she had nothing to do with Sakai’s son and denied that she was Takaso’s lover. But police investigators are currently looking into all parties who were involved with Sakai or aided her while she was on the run.© Japan Today