TOKYO – Japanese actress Honami Suzuki, known for her role in the classic television series Tokyo Love Story (1991), has divorced her husband, comedian Takaaki Ishibashi.
Ishibashi, 59, dropped the bomb Friday night (July 16) when he uploaded a 50-second video to his YouTube channel. He and Suzuki, 54, announced in a joint statement that they had ended their 23-year marriage.
They added that they have completed their phase of life of raising their children and that their new relationship in the future will be that of an agency president and an actor.
The video, which ended with a photo of them together and their signatures, was taken off the channel on July 17.
According to Japanese media, their marriage has been in danger for several years, with the couple arguing frequently. Suzuki would have been unable to endure Ishibashi’s domineering behavior.
In January of this year, a Japanese magazine reported that Suzuki had bought a luxury home in Tokyo, which suggested that she was preparing for divorce at the time.
Suzuki and Ishibashi married in November 1998, the marriage being the second for them both. The couple have three daughters, who are currently studying abroad.
Suzuki, who rose to fame in 1991 with her role as Rika in Tokyo Love Story, quit acting after her marriage.
She returned to the entertainment industry in 2011 as an actress under her husband’s agency and starred in the historical drama Go.
She also starred in Suits (2018-2020), a Japanese television series based on the American drama of the same name, with her Tokyo Love Story co-star Yuji Oda, 53, after 27 years.
She recently appeared in the Chinese film Detective Chinatown 3, a mystery comedy set in Tokyo.