I just read some tabloid news saying that Billy Blanks of Billy’s Boot Camp has married a 39 year old Osaka woman named Tomoko Sato who works as an interpreter. A ceremony is scheduled to be held in Osaka in June. The woman is also reported to have given birth to their child in November… many tabloids are describing it as a “shotgun wedding”.
They are said to have met in California when Tomoko went to Billy’s house to take a picture of him. He asked her to teach him Japanese, then their relationship became more serious.
Billy is also planning to apply for permanent residency in Japan so that he can work and live in Osaka, and deepen his understanding of Japanese culture. The article also mentions plans to open an exercise studio in Shinsaibashi, Osaka in July.
Here’s the article in Yomiuri online: Billy Blanks to Marry Japanese Woman
I am pretty sure that Billy does not fit the requirements for permanent residency yet so if he is granted it that would be a case of the immigration officials making a huge exception.
The wedding ceremony for Billy Blanks and Tomoko Blanks is done and some pictures have been published in Japanese news.