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Utada Hikaru and her father release statements on her mother's death

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Her site is running super slow because everyone is trying to read the statements. First one is hers and the the second is her dad's.

 

 

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Gathered some translations: 

 

Utada Hikaru has written a message acknowledging the death of her mother. Beautiful words. So heartbreaking.

 

Utada explains that her mother suffered from mental illness, and that it had been an ongoing battle for many years.

 

"While there are countless sad memories, when I think of my mother, my heart sees her smiling."

 

"I am so proud to be my mother's daughter. I am filled with such gratitude to have met her."

 

"I have received such warm words from countless people, and am once again reminded that I am supported by so many. Thank you so much."

 

If anyone wants to go more in depth translating, please feel free to.

 

 

 

 

EDIT:

 

Mandilinn has translated Hikki's statement:

 

On the morning of August 22nd, my mother took her own life.

There's been lots of speculation going around, so please let me say a few words on this.

For the longest time, she had been suffering from a mental illness. Due to the nature of situation, it was very diffcult to convince her to get treatment. As a family we wanted to do what was best for her in the long run, but it was very stressful.

I've watched my mother's illness progress from a time when I was very young. Her symptoms worsened, and she began to distrust people, including members of her own family. The distinction between delusion and reality became blurred, and she lost control of all her behavior and emotions. I felt like I was just flailing about, unable to do anything.

While I hope that mother has been released from her years of suffering, her last act was just too heartbreaking, and it fills me with regret.

Although she was often misunderstood...she was actually a very shy person in spite of her image, she had a strong sense of justice, she loved to laugh, she had a quick wit, she was very protective of her children, she was a bit of a scatterbrain, and she was the most beautiful person I knew. I have many sad memories, but when my mother comes to mind, I remember her smiling.

I am proud to be my mother's daughter. I'm very thankful that I met her.

I have recieved so many warm words from countless people, and I'm reminded again that I have a lot of support.

Thank you very much.

August 26th, 2013

Utada Hikaru

 

 

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Such beautiful statements. 

 

I guess this does confirm that her mother was mentally unstable. I hope they can get through all of this well. 

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I hope they can stay strong :( I can't even imagine...

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Omg!

 

My heart is breaking for Hikki.

 

I hope people gives her the privacy she needs during this time, but also still support and love her.

 

Mental illness is such a hard thing to deal with for everyone. Because of the stigma that's attached to it and the nature of it, it's really hard for people to get help sometimes.

 

I hope that can change soon.

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Very shocking. I figured Junko was somehow mentally troubled a long time ago but I didn't realize it was this bad. She left a beautiful legacy in this world with her music and family.

My condolences to Hikki, Teruzane and everyone else touched by her passing.

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Both messages are really heartbreaking, but make it so clear and easy to see how much she meant to them.

I wish her peace.

 

a translation of teruzane's

 

An update, and words of thanks
 
With regards to the late Utada Junko's suicide, I would like to sincerely apologise, both as representative of the agency to which she belonged to and as her former husband of 25 years, for all the trouble and inconvenience this incident has brought about to all those concerned in the various industries, to the fans of Fuji Keiko, and to the fans of Utada Hikaru. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude and thanks for all the kind words and well-wishes sent to both Utada Hikaru and myself.
 
As per the wishes of the deceased as expressed in her will, both an all-night vigil and a funeral were not carried out. (Translator's notes: Seems like there will only be a cremation.)
 
Ever since I met her, I recognised that there was some degree of emotional instability within her, but instead of seeing it as a mental illness, I simply came to terms with it by viewing her as a uniquely "whimsical" person, and perceived it as something I could deal with adequately enough.
 
It was when Utada Hikaru was around 5 that these emotional changes started becoming more noticeable. She would launch aggressive words and actions towards my mother, the late Takeyama Sumiko, and even Hikaru and myself soon became the targets of her attacks. However, her emotional changes were frequent, and days where she'd go, "Sorry, I've caused trouble again", and reflect on her actions a few minutes after her outbursts continued on for a long period of time. When her suffering became more frequent, she was advised on numerous occasions after being examined at hospitals to undergo appropriate treatments, but this advice instead caused her to develop feelings of mistrust towards me. In the end, I believe that her suffering became a lot graver as the years went by and she continuously refused treatment.
 
In these twelve years, she lived life as she pleased, going on vacations and trips when they came to her. She got an American visa that allowed her to stay in the country for a maximum of five years upon entry, and made New York her base, frequently travelling to the European countries, various parts of America, and Australia as and when she felt like it.
 
While living such a lifestyle, she would call Hikaru and myself regardless of the time of day and without any prior notification; while there were times where she'd ask "How're you doing?" and the conversation would continue on normally, there were also times where she'd yell at us for no apparent reason, and we were very worried about her, her mental condition speaking to us very plainly through her words.
 
The last time I spoke with Junko was on the 14th August this year. It was her who called me. This time, it was one of the few occasions where Junko's voice had a cheerful tone and she sounded energetic. It lasted eight minutes, including some small talk, and accepting a few requests from her, I hung up the phone. And eight days later, she committed suicide.
 
It is impossible to know whether Junko made an active decision to take the leap, or whether it was an act of impulse. All I can say is that I am filled to the brim with regret for having been unable to help her in her situation, and with sadness for having lost someone dear to me.
 
I would like to thank everyone who has watched over Utada Junko and Fuji Keiko with all their love on behalf of her. Thank you all very much.
 
The time I spent with Junko is firmly engraved into my memory, and will never fade away.
 
26th August, 2013
 
Utada Teruzane

 

Read more at Arama They Didn't: http://aramatheydidnt.livejournal.com/5004220.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+aramatheydidnt+%28%E3%81%82%E3%82%89%E3%81%BE+They+Didn%27t+%21+Japanese+Entertainment+News%29#ixzz2d7yrqw67

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From what I can gather from both statements, her suicide didn't come as a complete surprise to either Hikaru or Teruzane

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From what I can gather from both statements, her suicide didn't come as a complete surprise to either Hikaru or Teruzane

 

It seems like it was only a matter of time...

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It seems like it was only a matter of time...

reminds me of when Amy Winehouse died, how the statements from her parents shocked many people at how emotionless they reacted to the news. If you know how big the possibility of that person dieing is, in your head you have already prepared yourself for their deaths and made peace with it.

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Utada's father's statement almost made me cry. I feel bad because Keiko obviously had a problem and her husband knew it, but didn't he didn't seem like he tried to get her help since he thought he could deal with it or something.

Poor woman :(

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she was very protective of her children

 

 

Hmmm? Does Utada have half brothers/sisters?

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she was very protective of her children

 

 

Hmmm? Does Utada have half brothers/sisters?

 

No, it's probably comes from the fact that there's no such thing as singular and plural in Japanese like there is in English. You have to indicate a number.

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No, it's probably comes from the fact that there's no such thing as singular and plural in Japanese like there is in English. You have to indicate a number.

 

I know but I would have thought Mandilinn would have taken that into account. Must just be a translation error

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I know but I would have thought Mandilinn would have taken that into account. Must just be a translation error

 

Yeah, it's an error. Sorry. .__. I was really tired when I worked on it, so I wasn't really thinking about it.

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Yeah, it's an error. Sorry. .__. I was really tired when I worked on it, so I wasn't really thinking about it.

 

No problem, simple mistake. Much appreciated still.

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Yeah, it's an error. Sorry. .__. I was really tired when I worked on it, so I wasn't really thinking about it.

 

No need to apologise bb, thank you for your efforts~

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