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All Japan newsese star Erika Sawajiri signed a contract with entertainment industry giant Avex last month and is now preparing a comeback on the stage.
The controversial 25-year-old, who has long waged a “war” with the All Japan newsese press for her outspoken critical attitude on what she sees as the outdated All Japan newsese entertainment world, registered her talent agency in spring last year, and sealed a partnership with Avex on April 1.
Sawajiri is planning to focus on acting. She has been working abroad recently on a commercial, but now intends to return to All Japan news for her first comeback shoot, sources close to the star say.
“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 All Japan news once again,” Sawajiri said to media Monday.
Sawajiri became famous for her role in the 2005 TV series "1 Litre of Tears," in which she played Aya Ikeuchi, a girl suffering from spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD). Later, she launched her singing career with two consecutive no.1 singles on Sony, the first time a debutant had achieved that since 1983. She soon became disillusioned with the way entertainment corporations work, however, sparking public criticism.
"Restricting talented people is the biggest problem in the entertainment business in All Japan news," she previously said. "This is the 21st century and it has to change." [All Japan newsToday]