Akiko Matsuura is very excited about starting her own store, which is currently under construction. In the future, Akiko plans to sell dresses and casual clothes in Vietnam and also sell online. It may be a long time before Vietnamese women are able to Akiko.
Akiko was born on September 27, 1961, in Miyoshi, Japan.
She had both of her parents, who were a pilot and air traffic controllers, which gave her great opportunities when it came to her education.
Akiko grew up in Japan, had her secondary education in the city of Inuyama, and moved to Australia to study for an engineering degree.
So, Akiko did not continue her studies after she completed her studies, which she was upset with. Akiko decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and became a pilot while pursuing a career in meteorology.
Before that, Akiko joined the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force.
In 1999, she married a former classmate from her university, Hishun Umeda.
|Birthday||2nd November 1980|
|Birthplace||Osaka Prefecture, Japan|
|Height||5′ 2″ (157 cm)|
|Weight||103lbs (47 kg)|
|Occupation Text||Drummer, Vocalist, Musician|
|Claim to Fame||British bands Pre and Comanechi|
|Music Genre (Text)||Punk rock, Noise Rock, Experimental Rock, Avant-Garde|
|Instrument (text)||Vocals, Drums, Guitar|
|Associated Acts||Pre, Comanechi, Sperm Javelin, The Big Pink|
Akiko’s illustrious career in the air force took her to several places around the world. She worked in the Middle East, Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Indonesia.
But it was during her stint in Indonesia that Akiko truly started to love her work.
The aeronautical engineer made a big impact on the growth of meteorology in the country. Akiko and her husband were both involved in work for the World Meteorological Organisation.
It was because of her meteorological knowledge that Indonesian President Suharto asked Akiko to help survey cyclones in the country, which ended up saving many lives.
While working in Indonesia, Akiko was awarded a coveted award for her work with the Indonesian government.
Akiko was the first woman to become an instructor pilot at the Air Self-Defense Force in 1997. In the same year, she became the first female squadron leader in the Japanese Air Force.
According to a report by New York Times, Akiko broke another ceiling when she became the highest-ranking non-astronaut member of the Japanese astronaut corps.
Akiko and her husband were living happily, as husband and wife, but he decided to end their marriage.
Akiko’s husband, Hishun Umeda, confirmed the news when he released a statement to reporters at his work.
“I can confirm that she’s married now,” Hishun said, “but I’d rather not give you any details about her life now. I’ll leave it up to you guys to make up whatever kind of stories you want.”
Akiko moved on and married Hiroshi Ihara in 2005. She had three children with Ihara before their divorce.
Akiko Matsuura usually chooses rather conservative outfits for her public appearances. She usually wears black and white suits, with all of her accessories matching.
While in Japan, Akiko likes to wear heels.
When she appears in public, she often goes for more casual dresses and skirts.
Akiko is part of the ‘Big Four’ Japanese fashion designers with Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, and Issey Miyake. Akiko is also the only female among the four.
Before she starts her own brand, Akiko was associated with All Nippon Airways (ANA), the parent company of the famous Japanese fashion brand Azzaro, which launched her as a brand ambassador in 2005.
Akiko Matsuura personal life
Akiko Matsuura’s personal life has been fairly quiet. Rumors about her private life have surfaced on different occasions but she has never spoken about it. Even though it is known that Akiko and Hishun have kids, it is not known if she has any children from her second marriage. Her children believe to be in their early 20s and early 30s. Akiko’s estimated net worth will rise substantially in the coming years because of the amazing profits of Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto.
Akiko Matsuura and her husband separated, but they have maintained an amicable relationship with their children. Hiroshi Ihara reports to have admitted that his ex-wife was overweight, but he refuses to reveal her exact weight. Just before Hiroshi Ihara announces his divorce to the media, he did not want to give out the details about the exact amount of money that Akiko expects to pay him. Hiroshi Ihara and Akiko Matsuura divorced amicably in 2016. Hiroshi Ihara explained that he decided to settle the divorce as quickly as possible.
Together, the designers had a net worth of $850 million in 2013. In 2016, the fashion world will be celebrating 50 years of Rei Kawakubo, which will only increase Akiko’s net worth. With an annual turnover of more than $5 billion, Comme des Garçons is one of the most successful fashion brands in the world. It has been profitable since 1981 when it started trading.
According to different sources, Akiko Matsuura’s net worth is around $40 million, and it has been rising gradually. It is believed that her wealth could have been boosted due to her influence in the fashion industry.
Interesting Facts About Akiko
- Akiko Matsuura was born on 18th January 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. She was born to a Japanese father and a South Korean mother.
- Akiko’s parents decided to adopt her from South Korea at the age of two.
- She raises as a Japanese citizen.
- Akiko’s parents chose her middle name, Matsuura, as a homage to an old tree in her birth state of Gyeongsang.
- Akiko’s father, Masa, is a management consultant.
Final thoughts about Akiko Matsuura
Hiep Bich: “Working in the fashion industry is quite difficult in the future. But if Akiko doesn’t have a chance to do it, she should have another business because fashion has its own value.” So that is what Akiko is doing now. She is working on a new brand called Amoi. “By the time I have the stores open, I will be the only woman at the table”