I’ve seen Kotaro Koizumi in dramas quite a bit lately, and most people who are watching Platonic probably would have noticed him in that this season. One thing I didn’t know about him is that he is actually the former-prime minister(Junichiro Koizumi) of Japan’s son. It just didn’t click to me at first, I mean Koizumis really are a dime-a-dozen in Japan second only to names like Tanaka or Nakamura. Anyway, there was a press conference for the new drama “Petero no Souretsu” this week and Koizumi made an interesting comment about his father. He that said during his teens and early twenties his father’s existence was only really a hindrance to him.
He even said that he used to not want to tell people what his surname was in the fear that they’d figure out who’s child he was. Koizumi also added that sometimes he’d go to goukons(Japanese group dating) and people would ask him if he was from THAT Koizumi family when he introduced himself. He confessed that he’d always lie to them and say that he wasn’t part of the (then) prime minister’s family. I can only really imagine what it’d be like to be too famous. It’s hard to imagine what it’d be like to be a young actor but almost live in the shadow of one of your parents who is more famous(and as a politician at that, not just a fellow actor). I suppose his father isn’t in office any more so things have gotten a little better for him at least.