Yuichi Takaso, the estranged husband of singer Noriko Sakai, seems to have disappeared with his parents. A source related to the ski shop owned by Takaso's father, told Shukan Post that “they won’t be returning for a while.”
The March 30 edition of weekly FLASH magazine published an article with photos showing Takaso receiving some white powder from a man speculated to be a drug dealer. Whether Takaso vanished to "clean up" or to evade the media is unknown. What has been confirmed, though, is the comment that came from his wife: “That idiot!”
Sakai’s private life had been gradually returning to normal – continuing her studies with good grades, eagerly participating in her son’s school events and enjoying lunch with friends. Clearly the news about her estranged husband was unwanted in view of her effort to rebuild her life.
In addition, the couple was supposed to meet soon and for the first time since their arrest, to discuss legal separation, with lawyers present. Apparently Sakai was hoping to complete the divorce paperwork then and there, but that plan has become a dead issue with the disappearance of Takaso.
The report on her husband has also reinforced the impression that drug users will continue to be users once the heat is off and the publicity dies down. According to a representative of a drug rehabilitation clinic, the recidivism rate of drug users is as high as 60%. Hence it comes as no surprise that Takaso might be still purchasing drugs, as speculated by the media.
An acquaintance of the estranged couple witnessed Sakai’s anger regarding the tabloid article. According to this source, Sakai said, “I am absolutely not using drugs anymore! I just can’t stand the thought that some people may think that I still am.”© Japan Today