As the Japanese news media reports on Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger star, Ryota Ozawa, and idol and actress Shoko Nakagawa, alleged romantic relationship, rumors regarding Ozawa being a father have been confirmed by Ozawa himself.
The rumors of Ozawa’s relationship with Shoko Nakagawa, better known as Shotokan, surfaced on April 26th. The Japanese entertainment media outlet, Jōsei Jishin, followed with an article propagating the relationship rumor and added statements pertaining to Ozawa’s child from a previous relationship prior to his career as an actor***.
On his April 28th blog post, Ozawa formally revealed his fatherhood, stating:
I’m sorry for all the trouble I’m causing now.To everyone who has supported me and to everyone I work with, I apologize from the bottom of my heart for worrying and troubling you.
As it was said in the article, it’s true that I have a child. I will even now continue to support her and the child. As for the woman and the child, they’re just normal people. I beg of you to put that into consideration.
Acting is the first time in my life I’ve been so passionate about something. With this job, I’d like to repay all the worries and troubles I’ve caused*. For everyone to acknowledge me as an actor and as a man, I’ll devote myself to my work with sincerity more than ever.
Thanks for putting up with me.
Neither Nakagawa nor Ozawa confirmed any of the claims about the nature of their relationship, nor any of the detailed statements made by anonymous sources as noted in the various media articles. Nakagawa simply responded to the rumors on her own blog posted on April 27th, that focuses more on her concert performance on her birthday:
Unbelievable, right before I turn level 29!?**
I’m surprised myself.
I’m putting all my effort in the birthday live right now, I’m working my hardest so we can all level up together!
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*Translation Note: He wants repay more than what he caused.
**Translation Note: Nakagawa turns 29 this year
*** UPDATE: 4/28/14 8:58pm US-PST. Updated for clarification.