Deceived broadcaster Natsuko Irokawa
On October 26, Bunshun Online reported that popular voice actor Sakurai Takahiro (48) had betrayed two women while hiding the fact that he was married. Sakurai is one of the best-selling actors in the industry, having played important characters in very popular anime such as Rohan Kishibe in “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”, Yoshiyuu Tomioka in “Demon Slayer”, and Suguru geto in “Jujutsu Kaisen”. He also has a reputation as a “voice actor with a voice of betrayal” due to the many disturbing characters in his past winning roles. On September 23, Bunshun Online reported that he had married a former voice actress of the same generation, and his agency officially announced the fact. Fans were both surprised and congratulatory. However, behind the happy married life, he had been dating for more than 10 years with Ms. Ako, a broadcaster who is also in charge of his radio program “P.S. Genki Desu Takahiro”. According to the article, Ako was unaware that Sakurai was married. At times, the topic of her own marriage came up. Then suddenly the news of his marriage to another woman came out, and the shocked Ako was rushed to the emergency room on the day of the report. Sakurai himself and his agency apologized to all parties concerned, and the radio broadcast “P.S. Genki Desu,” which had been on the air for nine years, was cancelled on October 23. Takahiro” will suddenly come to an end on October 23. His fans are upset and saddened by his double betrayal: he hid his relationship with his wife from the public, while hinting to his business associates that he was married, and continued his relationship with her.
Sakurai himself posted an apology on his office’s website titled “Apology regarding Takahiro Sakurai,” and made the following comments
I would like to express my sincerest apology to everyone for the inconvenience my inappropriate behavior has caused. This incident was the result of my irresponsible behavior, and I deeply regret that my actions were never forgivable and that I betrayed everyone’s trust in me. From now on, I will reflect on my own behavior and make a sincere effort to regain the trust that I have lost. I sincerely apologize for this incident.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Hirohiko Araki