On Thursday, Sept 3, Kingdom mangaka Hara Yasuhisa released a statement on his Twitter account, confirming that he divorced in March and admitted to adultery.
— 原泰久 (@HaraYassa) September 3, 2020
His full statement is translated below:
I extend my deepest apologies to the readers and those around me whom I have inconvenienced recently.As was written in part of a weekly magazine, I divorced in March this year.
I was unable to treat my family with the care they deserved. I used work as an excuse instead of properly talking things out with my wife who supported me.
I acknowledge that the people around me were hurt by my dishonest actions, and I am currently reflecting deeply on what I have done.
I truly regret that I was dishonest towards my family.
I cannot turn back time, but from now on I will live life with the desire to atone.
I’m sure that there are many readers who are feeling disappointed. I am deeply sorry for making you feel uncomfortable.
I am sorry for inconveniencing everyone who has supported me.
I extend the deepest apologies from my heart.
Hara was married in 2006, and has three children with his former wife. In August, 26-year-old television talent Kojima Ruriko said on a radio show that she was currently in a relationship with Hara.
Hara’s record-setting historical manga launched in Shueisha‘s Weekly Young Jump magazine in 2006. Hara said he is considering writing up to 100 volumes. The series has inspired a television anime and a live-action film.
Sources: Yasuhisa Hara‘s Twitter account