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Actors Koji Ishizaka and Ruriko Asaoka separated in an amicable divorce Wednesday after a nearly 30-year marriage due to Ishizaka’s desire to care for his aging mother, the couple said.

Veteran thespian Ishizaka, 59, said at a press conference in Tokyo, “I have recently been interested in my life with my aging mother, but I did not want my wife involved. She is the type of woman to complete her career as an actress.”

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