• Kyodo News


Actress Erika Sawajiri said she plans to file for divorce from her video artist husband Tsuyoshi Takashiro on or after May 16.

“We agreed on a (May 16) deadline, and after this date, I will submit a divorce paper under my authority,” the 24-year-old actress said at a news conference Monday. Sawajiri and Takashiro, 46, tied the knot in January 2009.

She dismissed media reports that she has been in a relationship with a Spanish man, saying, “I know him, but (the reports) are groundless.” The news conference was held in Tokyo to introduce a new TV commercial featuring the actress for Takano Yuri Beauty Clinic, a major aesthetic salon operator.

Sawajiri said she sympathizes with the message in the commercial, which is about women’s “dual nature” of being able to be both saint and villain. “That’s so me,” she said.

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