Ai Iijima’s Death was Predicted

December 27, 2008

This is an interesting video that’s been going around. It was aired about three years ago on the popular tv show “Kin Suma” or “Kinyobi SMAP” which is hosted by Masahiro Nakai, leader of the uber-popular and ubiquitous SMAP. The show generally targets women and covers topics such as women with interesting jobs and some information about the biographies and personal lives of popular stars. In the video below, you can see Ai Iijima talk about how a fortune teller in Taiwan had cried while telling her that she’d die in three years. Ms. Iijima even looks into the camera and says, “Maybe you can use this video three years from now!”

You can see in the video how bright and open she was. I know that the news keeps mentioning her career as an AV star in Japan, but that was a short time a long time ago (although she was incredibly popular). It was just how great a person she was that enabled her to transcend all that and become popular with both men and women in mainstream tv.

There are reports that she’d gone to the local police station last January and said she was lonely and afraid of what she might do. She left the entertainment world nine months ago saying that she had kidney problems.

If it was a suicide, it may have been through loneliness, pain, depression, or some side effects from the kidney medicine she was taking. My first reaction was that she had had enough of the pain from the kidney problems, but the fact that she had not been found for a week also suggests that the loneliness was real and she may have been having other personal problems in addition to the sickness.

Shortly before her death she had created a company to sell her own brand of condoms over the internet. This goes along with her dedication to wiping out AIDs in Japan where AIDs is still a big problem (despite almost no media attention to the widespread sexually transmitted diseases here). Her dedication to wiping out AIDs and bringing these societal problems out into the open is yet another reason this death is a tragedy.

The newzjapan family out here is really sad about this. We’d been looking forward to her eventually returning to tv once she felt better. This is all too sad. Another tragedy out here.

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1 jay December 27, 2008 at 10:31 am

I’m not a very superstitious person, but I don’t know what to think about this.

Your article”Ai Iijima Dead For One Week When Found” by the way, is great as usual. Good pictures too… I mean who wouldn’t have wanted to be friends with her? There’s definitely more to this story. It’s just so sad.

2 Dave December 27, 2008 at 9:07 am

Wow. That is pretty spooky. Am going to link to this story from my website as I’ve been talking a little about it.

3 Dave December 27, 2008 at 11:26 am

Yeah, that is just a bit too close a prediction for comfort.

Thanks for the compliment on the article. I tried to post pictures that were classy, but still as people would want to remember her. Still don’t think it was suicide. I just think there would have been some sort of note or signal given in her blog or in her apartment that would explain her decision. Might be proceed wrong but that’s my hunch is unfortunately going towards natural causes.

4 jay December 27, 2008 at 1:59 pm

If it is suicide, it may have more to do with the kidney disease. Could also have been kidney failure. I’m sure her autopsy is a big priority up there in Tokyo so we’ll know soon enough. I’d like to see some of her friends in the entertainment world pick up her battle against the spread of AIDs here.

5 Dave December 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Agree with your last point 100%. Japan is the only developed country where AIDS is on the increase and there does not seem to be any awareness campaign or anything about it. It is still seen as a foreign disease, which is one of the main problems. The mentality could be seen as one of “If you don’t have sex with any foreigners, there is no chance of you getting AIDS”.

6 rion February 21, 2009 at 11:16 am

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