Erika Sawajiri signs with Avex

Erika Sawajiri signs with AvexJapanese actress Erika Sawajiri has announced her plans to return to Japanese showbiz.

The 25-year-old actress, who was vilified in the Japanese press for her outspoken attitude about the outdated facets of the Japanese entertainment, is to attempt a comeback under her own talent management company in association with industry giant Avex.

Sawajiri added that she plans to concentrate on acting, she told the press on Monday, “I would like to get involved in various areas of entertainment, while keeping acting as my central focus. I plan to work hard to change my attitude so that I can be seen as an actress in Japan once again.”

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Erika Sawajiri getting married in January

Japanese star Erika Sawajiri, 22, is set to marry with DJ/filmmaker Tsuyoshi Takashiro, 44, in January 2009.

Japanese couple Erika Sawajiri and Tsuyoshi Takashiro

Rumors about their marriage has been widespread for a few months, and it seems now that a January wedding is very likely… it’s reported that Takashiro has confirmed the news, while other sources cited that Sawajiri’s mother has confirmed it as well.