Namie Amuro’s Son Attends Prestigious University; Intends to Become Artist in America

Singer Namie Amuro shocked the world when she announced her shotgun marriage to Japanese musician and TRF member Masaharu “Sam” Maruyama in 1997. Following the emotional announcement and media frenzy in 1997, she made her final appearance on the annual Japanese television music show Kohaku Uta Gassen performing her hit CAN YOU CELEBRATE?. Namie then began the beginning her one-year hiatus from the music industry for her pregnancy.

On May 19, 1998, Namie’s son Haruto was born. After nearly five years of rocky marriage Namie divorced from SAM in July 2002, citing irreconcilable differences. At the time of the divorce Namie had given full custody of Haruto to SAM. Many tabloids reported on the tumultuous relationship between Namie and SAM’s family as one of the primary reasons for their separation.

SAM’s family owns a very successful hospital located in the Saitama Prefecture, three of SAM’s brothers are also doctors. Namie had a much more humble upbringing in Okinawa, where she was brought up by a single mother who did her best to make ends meet. It’s been said that SAM’s family looked down on Namie, despite making such a big name for herself in the entertainment world. SAM’s family never approved of the marriage, or even the relationship.

Namie eventually regained custody of Haruto in 2005, all while reviving her career at the same time. Starting with the release of her 2005 album Queen of Hip-Pop, and culminating with the compilation album BEST FICTION, Namie defied the odds by once again reclaiming her crown as Japan’s top diva.

From elementary school, Haruto attended an international school in Tokyo, and in high school transferred to a Japanese school that specialized in English education; during that time he also had a short-term study abroad experience in the United States. Now 19 years old, Haruto began attending a prestigious university this past spring.

Parenting Style

Namie would tell her son, ‘I’ll mother you until you graduate from high school, but after you graduate [from high school], you will have to forge your own path [as an adult],'” explained an entertainment official. “She would also caution him, saying ‘Challenge yourself, take responsibility for your actions, and don’t break the law.‘”

Namie set restrictions on herself to ensure that she spent quality time with Haruto, knowing well enough how hectic the life of a celebrity can be. She would not work after 6PM or on weekends, and would wake up every morning at 6AM to prepare lunch for him. Namie would try her best to pick him up from school as often as possible, and travel with him whenever she had a long break from work.

Her son has already introduced his girlfriend to his mother. It’s a long-term relationship, staying together even while he spent time studying abroad [in the US].

If there’s ever a television show called “Rich Kids of Tokyo” don’t expect Haruto to be there, Namie raised him with strict rules when it came to money.

Concerning education, she doesn’t mind spending her money on her son studying abroad. She told him if he’s going to study, she’ll help him out as much as he needs, but she is teaching him how to use it responsibly.” (Same entertainment official)

Her Son’s Future as an Artist

Now that her son is an independent adult as per his mother’s parenting, it is said he is attending lessons on his own accord with the intent of becoming a musical artist active in the American market. People have allegedly witnessed Amuro attending his lessons at the training studio of Avex office in Harajuku.

He has been practicing his dancing and singing skills on the same floor as other trainees, though they are separated by a room divider. He has expressed his intention working on musical composition, and has recently been playing piano in his own style.” (Avex Official)

If Haruto continues to follow this path this will without a doubt be one debut to look out for!

(via onehallyu & biz-journal)

  • Comments

    • Skai

      I’ve always wanted to know more about Haruto and I guess this article answered it all.
      Namie seems like she’s a great mother.
      If Haruto does indeed debut, I’m sure he’ll be very successful.
      I can’t wait to know more about what happens next!

    • AkaneHaga

      kind of war
      when ayumi boast abt staff, shoe, bag, and home and she boast abt her child
      Vote your Queen now

      • Liz “Lizzy” Colton

        What does Ayumi have literally anything to do with this? Why do people always feel the need to drag her when the article has absolutely nothing to do with her? Namie sounds like an awesome, responsible parent, but this has nothing to do with Ayu, so why bring it up? It just makes you sound petty and bitter :/

      • Welp


    • H

      Sam’s family was awful to her and watched her like a hawk. Around the time she was off for pregnancy there were tabloids of her wandering around local places in sunglasses and PJs just so she could get away smh.

      • The Dark Dudette

        That’s terrible :(

      • Queen_Of_The_Yokai537

        That is so sad…like if a pregnant woman needs that kind of stress :(. You would hope the in-laws would be more supportive considering she is carrying their grandchild.

    • Hmmm

      It’s so interesting how perception of Amuro-chan has changed since back then. At the time of divorce when SAM had full custody Amuro-chan was called a bad mother for appearing on year end shows like Music Station, CDTV and Kouhaku and during her partying days rumors would come out that she would leave Haruto in his room while she would be having drinking parties in her apartment. Now that she’s well liked, pieces about her devotion to her son are coming out. It all depends on the celebrity’s likability smh. Same for Yamada Yu and Miyazawa Rie, who both have small children. They’re both seen as bad and irresponsible mothers. I’m sure it will change if they become liked again.

      Anyway, good luck to Haruto if he really is planning on becoming an artist! With a father like SAM and mom like Amuro-chan he has dancing in his blood. :)

      • Skai

        Can you provide links for the articles regarding her partying days?
        I’m not questioning your credibility, I just haven’t seen anything on the net regarding it.
        I didn’t know she used to party hard during those days 😅

        • Hmmm

          Most of them are pre-2003, in 2003 she started dating Miyake Ken, so they’re hard to find online. There are even fewer of them post 2008 (when she became a national star again). The bottom pic is from the drinking parties Kondo Haruna has with other celebrities like Perfume A-chan, Yoshitaka Yuriko, Mori Kanna, etc.

          She was also a big partier back in the 90s with Komuro Tetsuya’s protigees, that’s how she met SAM.

          • Skai

            Thank you so, so much for uploading these images!! I’ve never seen these before.
            Wow, I had no idea all that was happening. She’s done a really good job of concealing her private life so I’ve not come across that much information about her private life before.
            She doesn’t seem like the partying type to me…maybe that’s because I only became a fan over the past year or two (she seems more motherly somehow).
            Also, another question.
            What does her dating Miyake Ken have to do with the scarcity of information/photographs about her online? Is he a super private person or something?

            • Namie Amuro

              Just a side note, a year or so before Jolin Tsai’s “PLAY” album (during “Uncontrolled”, I think?) both had been seen together and Namie Amuro looked drunk like they just had gone out of a party. She looked beautiful and really close to Jolin Tsai, it was amazing to see her so happy and healthy.

              • Skai

                Do you have any pictures of that?
                I’m glad they enjoyed themselves ^^

    • surfboardt

      Good to hear that Namie does her best to raise her son to the best of her abilities. Definitely interesting to see what type of artist Haruto becomes since it sounds like he’s going more singer-songwriter if he’s working on musical composition and piano playing.

    • ʕ→ᴥ←ʔ

      Wow, it sounds like she is doing an amazing job raising him.. t_T <3 Namie <3

    • mi|kshake

      Oooh this is interesting! Good luck Haruto!

    • Liokt

      Can’t wait to see him/his face, he might look interesting.

      • Lyana

        he’s very good looking, I’ll say that ahah
        I was in his class for many years
        If I had to compare him to someone, I’d say he looks like Jin from BTS
        He’s very good at sports (especially football/soccer and running) and a very humble and kind person. But also very playful and happy

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    • PigeonPop

      The international school community in Tokyo is a high-achieving one but also rather loose when it comes to privacy, so I’m impressed by how Namie was able to keep a low profile. Everyone and their mother knew about how Utada had to transfer to ASIJ back in 1999 as Seisen did not allow their students to participate in showbiz; likewise, when Jesse (son of guitarist Char) was expelled from St. Mary’s in 93~94 the news spread life wildfire.

    • Guest

      More non news on Arama. Wtf is going on

      • ges

        People has interest in Amuro, just look at the number of comments. I see nothing wrong with it though. Not an Amuro fan but a lot of us are curious about her. This is an entertainment site afterall

    • Dayse

      Now I have an extra dose of admiration for Namie, that shows she´s a sensible person.

    • Jennifer Luster

      Um… I totally excited and happy for her family💖! Congrats!!!!

    • The Dark Dudette

      I’m glad she taught him the importance of money and not breaking the law. Those are good parenting skills there.

      SAM’s parents are the bigger jerks of the family…what’s with that classism? You got one of the most accomplished women in the country as your Daughter-in-Law and you think she isn’t up to your standards because of her roots?

      I admire the lengths to which the younger Amuro is going to make a name for himself in the States. But it’s not gonna work , sadly. If the USofA was truly ready for an Asian star, there would’ve been a major Asian American playing on heavy rotation on the radio by now. The industry will have to give opportunities to Americans of color before it starts importing from other countries, just like it does for white stars. I hope his career pans out eventually in Japan

      • Neutron

        Unfortunately most rich Asian families with old money be it in business, politics, medicine etc etc share the same world view with Sam’s parent as well. They tend to view those who are in the entertainment industries (as popular or well loved by the public) to be unaducated, morally loose and not suitable to be in the family. Good for Namie to prove them wrong!

        • The Dark Dudette

          Then that standard should fit both men and women. Why limit it to their DiLaw and not their son? Their son is in the industry too. If that is the logic behind their shunning of Namie, they failed big time to raise their own offspring, who is a total skirt-chasing industry tool. Either that or sexism is something that runs in the family.

          • Neutron

            Lol yes I believe it is double standard too. What I imagine the family told him yes you can go and sing and join the entertainment industry but don’t bring anyone from there to join the family, and I think SAM is not stubborn enough to stand up to the family hence the break-up and divorce that ensure after that.

      • Sakura94

        who is sam , and what did his parent say ??

    • guest

      imagine haruto topping the charts the same time as her mother, would it be the first time a mother and son are both in the top 10?

      • Queen_Of_The_Yokai537

        Or they make a collaborative song :O

    • shiryukun

      Glad to hear Namie really cares about her son and all. I thought that with her crazy work schedule she didn’t spend much time with him. Curious to see how his debut under avex will turn out, I believe he’ll be doing it under Dimension Point.

    • Queen_Of_The_Yokai537

      Wishing him all the best in his career. Being from the U.S., hollywood and American artistry in general SUCKS when it comes to POC. Always getting stereotypical roles and for Asian men being portrayed as nerds that can’t get laid, that extends to being awkward or “lacking creativity”, being passive, in other words bullshit racist stereotypes. Then again, we need people to keep fighting against this utter fuckery and being the first ones to take a chance. Believe in yourself Haruto! And if nothing works out, BOY you are Namie Amuro’s and Sam’s son. Just come back to Japan and slay all day. You have it in your genes to make it in this business whether here in the US or in Japan :D.

    • shannie4888

      He ex-husband’s family sound terrible. It’s harder to succeed when you come from nothing and Namie has not only become a top Japanese diva, but is now an icon. The nerve of them.

      She raised her son the right way. I like the low profile she keeps in her private life and the fact that she made her son her highest priority.

    • eplizo

      Wondering what he looks like…. can’t believe his face has never been revealed lol

    • Karen Khoo

      She sounds like a great mom <3

    • Just Tim

      Looks like Namie has Haruto’s future planned out with AVEX.

      Too bad AVEX is not that active in the USA, at the level of Sony (TM Revolution’s record label).

    • Ntouch

      Some day the world will see how amazing and great Namie is through Haruto.

    • WorldGN18

      She seems to be a really good mother, wish his son all the best! can’t wait to see him!

    • Lyana

      As someone who was in Haruto’s class for many years at the international school, I can say that he was very humble about it. He didn’t tell many people but in the end, our whole year ended up finding out that he was Namie’s son. But we never discussed it or gave attention to it. For us, Haruto was just Haruto. He was extremely good at all sports and very kind. I remember I hurt him once by accident, but he never got angry and just told the teacher he hurt himself when she asked.
      I won’t mention the name of the school we went to, or anything personal about him. I moved away from Japan when Haruto went to America and I haven’t spoken to him since (although we are still friends on faceboook.
      Namie did not often attend school events for parents as she had a very busy schedule (and I’m guessing she didn’t want to get recognised in public and draw attention to our school either)

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    • Amy Ali

      Finally! they’re saying something about ‘Namie’ being a “good Japanese mother”