On January 22, actor Arata Mackenyu (26) sent an announcement to media outlets announcing his marriage to a non-celebrity woman. At the same time, Mackenyu's younger brother, actor Maeda Gordon (23) also announced his marriage to a non-celebrity woman.
January 22 marked the 84th birthday of their late father Chiba Shinichi, also known as Sonny Chiba. According to Gordon's agency, the brothers had planned to make the announcement on their father's birthday.
Mackenyu reported, "At this time, I, Arata Mackenyu, would like to announce that I have gotten married. From now on, we will continue to support each other while spending precious time together. I will devote myself to deliver dreams and inspiration to more and more people. It would make me happy if you would watch over us warmly."
Similarly, Gordon announced, "I'm sorry to trouble you with my personal affairs, but at this time, I, Maeda Gordon, would like to announce that I have gotten married. It's been about four years since I started my work as an actor. I am still very inexperienced with a lot to learn, but I will work even harder."