Hiroi Oji is known for many things. Creator of the video game series Sakura Wars,he has also penned manga and even written musicals. But he’s now being known for something else entirely.
Japanese weekly Shukan Bunshun is running photos of the 56-year-old Oji visiting the residence of 22-year-old AKB48 singer Sayaka Akimoto. AKB48 is currently the most popular girl group in Japan, even getting its own PSP game (and PSP bundle) this December.
According to the Shukan Bunshun article, shortly after Oji arrived at Sayaka’s residence, the lights were turned off in the apartment. Oji apparently left the next morning.
Idols are not supposed to have boyfriends. In fact, one of the rules that’s AKB48’s producer, Yasushi Akimoto (no relation to Sayaka), set forth was no boyfriends.This has been a long standing tradition for Japanese idols — male and female — because having a lover destroys the illusion for fans.
Oji told the Shukan Bunshun that he has only been to Sayaka’s house once and that he was discussing work with her. He says he left at six in the morning.