Mother of Japanese Netflix star who killed herself will sue producers

Mother of Japanese Netflix reality star who killed herself following abuse she received for losing her temper in one episode says she will sue the producers

  • Professional wrestler Hana Kimura, a cast member of the hit Netflix series ‘Terrace House’, died aged 22 last year during the show’s run
  • The show, in which six young people share home looking for love, was cancelled 
  • Her mother Kyoko said she would file a suit against Fuji Television and a production company, seeking compensation 

The mother of a Japanese Netflix reality star who killed herself after being targeted by online abuse for losing her temper in one episode today said she will sue the producers of the show.   

Pink-haired professional wrestler Hana Kimura, a cast member of the hit Netflix series ‘Terrace House’, died last year aged 22 during the show’s run.

The show was cancelled after Kimura’s suicide, which also prompted Japanese ministers and lawmakers to revise laws to more easily identify cyber bullies.

Her mother Kyoko, who is a retired pro wrestler, said she would file a suit against Fuji Television and a production company next year, seeking compensation.

Pink-haired professional wrestler Hana Kimura, a cast member of the hit Netflix series ‘Terrace House’, died last year aged 22 during the show’s run


Hana Kimura’s (left) mother Kyoko (right), who is a retired pro wrestler, said she would file a suit against Fuji Television and a production company next year, seeking compensation.

‘I want them to sincerely tackle the issue, not just think about defending themselves, and find out what the problem was,’ she told reporters.

Kimura was a fan favourite on the internationally popular show, in which six young people share a home while looking for love.   

But she was the target of a torrent of abusive online comments, such as ‘everyone will be happy if you’re gone’, particularly after an episode in which she lost her temper after a housemate accidentally damaged her expensive wrestling costume.

Kyoko Kimura has reportedly claimed that staff on the show encouraged her daughter to heighten the drama. 

This year, the Tokyo District Court ordered Fuji TV and the production company to submit scripts, pre-edited footage and other materials after a request from Kyoko’s lawyers, according to Japanese media reports.

But they refused, citing ‘professional secrecy’, the Asahi Shimbun daily said.

Kimura was a fan favourite on the internationally popular show, in which six young people share a home while looking for love. But she was the target of a torrent of abusive online comments, such as ‘everyone will be happy if you’re gone’. Pictured: Hana Kimura attacks Giulia and Maika during the Women’s Pro-Wrestling Stardom – No People Gate at Korakuen Hall in March 2020

In May, a man who tweeted ‘Everyone is happy thanks to your death. Thank you,’ after Kimura’s death was fined 1.29 million yen (£8,464).

Another man was fined 9,000 yen in March over online abuse directed at Kimura, without the case going to trial.

He had sent online messages to the wrestler saying ‘You have such an awful personality. Is your life worth living?’ and ‘Hey, hey. When will you die?’

Before her suicide, Kimura posted a series of troubling posts on social media, including a picture of herself with her cat which was captioned with ‘goodbye’.      

Hana Kimura smiles during the Women’s Pro-Wrestling Stardom – No People Gate at Korakuen Hall in March 2020 in Tokyo

Mentioning the cyber bullying, she wrote: ‘Nearly 100 frank opinions every day. I couldn’t deny that I was hurt. 

‘I’m dead. Thank you for giving me a mother. It was a life I wanted to be loved. 

‘Thank you to everyone who supported me. I love it. I’m weak, I’m sorry. I don’t want to be a human anymore. It was a life I wanted to be loved. Thank you, everyone. I love you. Bye.’  

The tragic star’s wresting debut came at the tender age of 19 where she fought against Reika Saiki.

She won her first title, the JWP Junior Championship, that same year.

Kimura joined women’s pro-wrestling organisation Stardom in 2019. There she won the title of Artist of Stardom championship twice. She also won the Goddess of Stardom championship.  

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