Maki Horikita Retires From The Entertainment Industry!

Maki Horikita Announces Her Retirement

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Earlier this week, the ever popular Japanese actress, Maki Horikita (28) announced that she is retiring from the entertainment industry for good in order to focus on her family. 

This is yet another blow to J-dorama fans. Last year, the great actor Narimiya Hiroki announced his retirement, though for completely different reasons. 

The responses from netizens have been mixed. Many fans are happy for Maki, while others believe that she may have been forced to leave her career because her husband became too possessive and jealous. However, at the same time, it's fairly common for Japanese women to give up their careers in order to become full-time housewives, placing Japan very low in the gender equality rankings. 

I guess we can never be sure. Instead, we can simply hope that Maki is happy.

The following is her official statement:

I have decided to leave my career that I’ve had until now.
As a mother, and I am living a very blessed life with my beloved family. With this warmth, I plan to protect this happiness with all of my might.

After discussing with my husband, he has respected my feelings. The two of us will continue to work together to create a family that is full of love.

To all of my fans who have supported me, to everyone who has taken care of me, thank you for a wonderful 14 years.

February 28, 2017

Maki Horikita

- source

Maki is famous for her roles in Nobuta Wo Produce, Kurosagi, and Hana Kimi. Her main role debut was at the young age of 14 in a drama Mobile Detective Zenigata Mai. Her first main role in a school film was in Winning Pass, alongside the legendary Matsuyama Kenichi.

She married fellow actor Koji Yamamoto (who is 12 years older than her) in August 2015, and gave birth to their first child in December 2016. The baby's name and gender have not been revealed yet.

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Traditional Roles and Discrimination

In Japan, 40 to 60% of women quit work after giving birth. According to WEF, in 2013, Japan placed 105 (out of 135 countries) in regard to women’s participation in the economy and politics. This places Japan below even Burkina Faso when it comes to gender equality. 

In 2016, Japan fell to the 111th place (out of 144 countries) in gender equality rankings.

As for other Asian countries, China was placed 99th, Thailand 71st, and South Korea 116th.

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What are your thoughts on this?


Sources: Oricon, Arama, JapanTimes, Nippon

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    MareSoares 25 days ago - edited

    I think she was "forced" to do it. All of these actress and actor has a role to play in life and has to say things that can "to model" a way of thinking of people. With serious problems with births in Japan, it is expected that influential people like her give "the exemple". So, after start a family, you should stop to work to be "a model mother and housewife".
    I hope she find hapiness in every path of life.

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    Mika931 25 days ago

    Respect her decision and wish her happiness with her family :)

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    NanaChin 25 days ago

    The implication that she was forced to quit is literally so out of place. She has talked about wanting to start a family while young and wishing to have many children years ago. It's been her dream, I really believe it was her own decision to dedicate herself completely to her family.

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    Shaira Porras 25 days ago

    o gosh!! Godbless her :(

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    jagasthesecond 25 days ago - edited

    She's the one I idolize the most. I will surely miss her :( Thanks for inspiring me!

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    NaniNi 25 days ago - edited

    And one correction to the article above - the child was born in December 2016, not 2015.

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    NaniNi 25 days ago

    Somehow I can't believe this is her own decision. She will be missed to the industry and her fans a lot, but the people who took this decision instead of her would not be able to grasp the meaning. I hope at least that she will be happy as a person and that we will not hear about her misfortune in the future.

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    Kevin 25 days ago

    :'(

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    Lucy 25 days ago

    She was my favorite Japanese actress. This is heartbreaking news but I wish her all the best.

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    Miyucchie 25 days ago

    While this is sad news i do hope she gets the happiness she deserves!

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    Kpopkdrama1 25 days ago

    I really liked her, its sad that she is leaving, however since its her decision, she shall be missed!

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    Anna 25 days ago

    So sad :(

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    atslipinbag 25 days ago

    i wish for her happiness but will be surely missing her,

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    Josh 25 days ago

    I am a little heartbroken over this

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