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Japanese swimmer Seto apologizes for extramarital affair

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I believe things like this should be handled within the family. Not in the public. Imagine how hurtful it is to someone to see their spouses actions constantly broadcasted in TV or in the papers. Then also seeing an apology that may not even be sincere or just keeps reminding you of it.

29 ( +33 / -4 )

It's a private matter to the married couple (and the third, extramarital partner); none of business to the general public. An extramarital affair doesn't constitute a criminal charge in Japan. He didn't have to apologize to the public for "trouble and dismay."

27 ( +30 / -3 )

He should sue Shukan Shincho magazine.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

I didn’t know the gender of Seto before reading the article. When I read the headline I knew there were two ways this story could play out:

1) Seto is male: He bows and says sorry. That is the end of it, everybody accepts it as no big deal, really a private matter, and moves on.

2) Seto is female. She is subject to a tsunami of hate from the media and public. Hounded from the sport, she resigns, shaves her head and disappears to escape.

I was relieved that Seto turned out to be a guy.

24 ( +30 / -6 )

He should sue Shukan Shincho magazine.

He should have had his affair in a regular hotel and have had his girlfriend meet him in the lobby.

Magazine can take pictures in a public space.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Welcome to the 50es.

Frankly speaking this fake puritan society is so outdated,bigot and hypocrite.

Why the local press and media give such a fuss about his private life?

Why does he have to apologize to us?

Even if his situation and action was wrong this is something that he must solve with the people involved and in privacy.

Japan bigot society is really weird.

17 ( +21 / -4 )

That does not concern me who he gets sex with. What did he bow for please explain because if he had to bow it would be for his family only.

What about private life ?

Can magazine publish something about me doing something weird but legal without my agreement just to show me bad ?

Japanese under medieval times.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

I believe things like this should be handled within the family.

I agree.

If he'd done that he wouldn't have have sex with someone from outside his family. He broke the family chain so it's on him.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

Frankly speaking this fake puritan society is so outdated,bigot and hypocrite.

A country with a huge sex industry, massage parlors, delivery health, etc, etc

12 ( +14 / -2 )

His wife did everything she could to support him. Cooking special meals to give him strength and stamina and this is how he repays her.

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

disgusting and shameful to put his family through this regardless if public or not. What a poor representation to any youngster who would like to follow his sports career. What a role model and the sponsors who put up the money to fund this sportsman. Quit.

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

This is very sad. I know both Daiya and his wife, they're incredibly sweet people. Wouldn't have seen this coming, but they're both very young and young people make mistakes.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

He's only doing what most Japanese married men do.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

He’s very sorry he got caught. He probably wasn’t getting it at home so went looking elsewhere.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

Why on earth would he need to make a public apology for a personal matter?

9 ( +12 / -3 )

His wife did everything she could to support him. Cooking special meals to give him strength and stamina and this is how he repays her.

Perhaps she wasn't giving him "dessert" for all we know.

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Who cares!

6 ( +8 / -2 )

NOMINATIONToday 09:33 am JST

Perhaps she wasn't giving him "dessert" for all we know."

Instead he got his just desserts.....

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

In my opinion, stalking somebody, taking private pictures and then splashing them in public with assorted stories should be illegal. It is if I do it to somebody, it is not if I say I am a journalist and that somebody is famous fo whatever.

Just because somebody is good at swimming or whatever does not give anybody the right to know all the details of his/her private life.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

why apologies?? I do not need it. you regrets to be a man with desire??? the sex industry allowed by JGOV is here for you.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Glad I am not under the spotlight! Can live a normal life...

3 ( +4 / -1 )

His hard training never prepared him for swimming against the tide of Japanese hypocrisy. Let's hope he can recover his privacy at least because there is no chance others will mind their own business when there is moolah to be made.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

No. Just no. I have seen too many lives destroyed by extramarital affairs, and here's another one. Whether male or female, if you don't have the strength to commit, don't even try.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

This is none of our business. A family matter.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Aside from his athletic achievements, this guy was aggressively selling his public image as a sincere family man raking in numerous sponsorship deals and commercials. Thus carries great news value for tabloids. People feel betrayed, while also naturally sympathetic with his betrayed wife. No family matter.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

He should sue Shukan Shincho magazine.

Or just keep it in his pants?

apologizes for extramarital affair

To whom? Strangers? Apologize to your wife and kids. They are all that matter, fool. Well, apparently not.....

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Why is this even in the news? This is his family matter and nothing to do with anyone outside of his family. Period.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Japanese swimming star Daiya Seto has admitted to having an extramarital affair and offered a "deep apology"

Why? And to whom?

It's none of our business and the curtain twitchers who get off on these so-called scandals should perhaps take a closer look at their own lives.

Not all marriages/relationships are fairytales with joyful outcomes.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Aside from his athletic achievements, this guy was aggressively selling his public image as a sincere family man raking in numerous sponsorship deals and commercials

feel betrayed....

If people are putting that much stock into a swimmer, then they need to find a hobby.

There's no way he is affecting that many people's lives, unless they are his sponsors.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

i hope it was worth it

4 ( +5 / -1 )

well, he’s an athlete on the national team who also does commercials on tv.

public figure, celebrity so the story is fair game. That’s how fame works.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

If people are putting that much stock into a swimmer, then they need to find a hobby. 

There's no way he is affecting that many people's lives, unless they are his sponsors

I take the position that the level of influence these public figures have on others should not be underestimated. Additionally, I find (more so after reading the comments) that other countries may be more morally tolerant towards “affairs” of this nature.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

No it is not just a family matter. He is representing the national team and is probably well paid by sponsors in addition to the money he receives from the government. Using tax payers money for extramarital affairs is not sitting well for ordinary people.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

No it is not just a family matter. He is representing the national team and is probably well paid by sponsors in addition to the money he receives from the government. Using tax payers money for extramarital affairs is not sitting well for ordinary people.

"Ordinary people" or media shouldn't be too judgmental. Far more amount of public money are wasted in other areas but drawing much less public attention. In fact, some sponsorship programs have already been cancelled, even his qualification for the Olympics is now at stake... I find it overreactive and excessive. They are taking livelihood affecting not merely the cheating husband but other family members. Again, extramarital affairs are NOT a crime in Japan while I'm not saying that he is immune from any criticism. Should he be found "guilty", penalties are unreasonable, unfairly costly, disproportional to his "immoral" act.

Overall, extramarital affairs are too complicated to explain, prove (at court), let alone to resolve. The roles of cheater and cheated could often be reversed with several factors involved. Besides the concept of "married relations" have been more diverse than ever.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

No one business.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Why just out him and not the women who went to the love hotel with him. After all I am sure she KNEW he was married. I wonder what did she gain out of this?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I wonder what did she gain out of this?

Sex with a very physically fit guy?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

This is very educative especially to people like us dealing with this everyday in our marriages.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

How is this anyone’s business besides him, his wife and maybe her.

It happens for a wide varón reasons both bad and less bad.

Leave these people in peace.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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