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Japan’s first Miss International, Ikumi Yoshimatsu, settles stalking lawsuit

Staff Report

Ikumi Yoshimatsu, who in 2012 became the first Japanese beauty queen to win the Miss International contest, has reached a settlement with a major talent agency executive she had sued for harassment and stalking.

The executive had meanwhile filed a countersuit against Yoshimatsu, 28, for defamation.

In a recent blog post, Yoshimatsu thanked the people who supported her in her legal battle. She wrote that she had reached a settlement but did not go into specifics.

According to media reports, the settlement reached early this month is centered on Yoshimatsu’s retraction of all the accusations against the executive — that he inflicted physical violence on her, obstructed her career and blackmailed her family members.

According to a separate source, the talent agency executive meanwhile promised not to contact Yoshimatsu, her family or her talent agency without due reason.

  • KenjiAd

    The name of this (alleged) harasser/stalker is not disclosed in this article. Why?

    • 151E

      His name is Genichi Taniguchi from Burning Productions – but I assume you already knew that. It was given in earlier JT articles, but perhaps it was omitted in this article because of the agency’s *ahem* alleged links to the Yamaguchi-gumi.

  • Toolonggone

    I don’t know how things went after two years. All I know for the input is that she was dogged and harrassed by a powerful executive of her former agent. The perpetrator did not have inflict physical violence upon her or impede her career. But it’s quite obvious he was constantly intimidating her and her family for dogged pursuit of her as an ideal model. The court considered his conducts as lawful by ruling out any possibility of ‘life-threatening’ consequence.

  • Sasori

    Strange, considering the local gripe was that she didn’t look Japanese enough.

    • 151E

      Wrong woman – that’s ‘Miss Japan’, Ariana Miyamoto. And stalking has nothing to do with looking sufficiently ‘Japanese’ or not.

    • 151E

      Wrong woman – that’s ‘Miss Japan’, Ariana Miyamoto. And stalking has nothing to do with looking sufficiently ‘Japanese’ or not.