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Go Morita and Aya Ueto break up after eight years together

10:08 JST September 23, 2010 2 comments

Numerous sources have confirmed that V6’s Go Morita (31) and actress Aya Ueto (25) have broken up, it was revealed yesterday, reports Sankei Sports.

Aya Ueto appears at an event in Tokyo on September 22

The two had been dating since 2002, having met one another while working on a drama in 2001, but had for a long time never admitted they were in a relationship.  But in April this year the couple had confirmed to the press that they were in a serious relationship, leading some to believe that a wedding was on the way soon.

However, after going through long periods of not seeing one another due to their hard work schedules and having different views of marriage seems to have been the deciding factor that had ended the relationship.

According to one source, the two had separated in May.

While eight years may sound like a long time, it needs to be emphasised that both stars had been working to demanding schedules.  Ueto had been moving from one drama project to the next and had become an increasingly popular figure in TV commercials and events.  Morita had been working with V6, going on tours and working on albums, but had also been doing a number of solo jobs as a stage actor and film actor.

Another source had said that the couple’s public confirmation in April was a chance for the two of them to talk about their future.  The source had said that while Ueto had serious thoughts of marriage, Morita knew he had to make the decision carefully as a member of a popular boy band.  Both sides also knew that their long work schedules were unlikely to change in the future.

The same source has reported that the two stars had decided it was best for them to focus on their careers for a while, and had not broken up over a fight nor had been cheating on one another.

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Arashi cheer on prefecture hit with foot-and-mouth disease

09:33 JST September 23, 2010 1 comment

Arashi are releasing a video message only to the people living in west Japan whose lives have been turned upside down by the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, reports Sports Hochi and Daily Sports.

As the country’s tourism navigators, the group had volunteered to release a 15-second video to air only in Miyazaki prefecture, where tourist numbers have dropped considerably since April.

The cause being that the highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease had lead to almost 300,000 cattle and livestock being destroyed, which has set back the prefecture’s premium beef industry by years.  For a while road access into and out of the prefecture had been restricted in order to keep the disease from spreading, which has influenced people to think twice about visiting the area.

In Arashi’s video, the five members cheer on the locals.

“Speaking of Miyazaki, I can think of plenty of things to see!  Great food!”  Said Masaki Aiba (27).

“No matter what, Miyazaki beef is still the best in Japan,” said Satoshi Ohno (29).

“We support you,” said Jun Matsumoto (27).

The video will be broadcast on local TV stations and at local events held in Miyazaki.

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