In response to media reports about the marriage crisis between Japanese table tennis queen Ai Fukuhara and Taiwanese player Chiang Hung-chieh, Chiang’s management agency HIM International Music Inc. issued a nine-point news release on March 10 to clarify a few accusations against him, stressing that he would never use his mother-in-law and children as “hostages” to force Fukuhara to return.
Early this month, Japanese media outlet News Post Seven caught on camera Fukuhara and a man staying overnight at a hotel and her home in Japan, hinting that she was having an extra-marital affair. Later, she apologized twice for her misbehavior, claiming that the man was just “an important friend,” and that they had stayed in separate rooms at night.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Shukan Bunshun weekly quoted anonymous sources as saying that Fukuhara is currently asking for a divorce due to Chiang’s alleged verbal abuse. The Olympic medalist married the Taiwanese player in 2016, and her mother has lived with the couple in Kaohsiung in recent years.
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(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
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