Police in Kanagawa revealed on Friday that Daisuke Oku, a former midfielder for the national Japanese men’s football team, was arrested in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture for making death threats towards his wife, actress Hinako Saeki. Few details have been released, but investigators say the athlete threatened his wife on more than one occasion, however Oku is denying the allegations.
The 37 year old was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon, but was transferred to the custody of Kanagawa Prefecture police on Friday. Police stated that Oku called Saeki, 36, several times on the telephone and made statements such as, “I’m coming to kill you now.” Japanese news agency TBS reported that Saeki then went to the police for help. There’s been no word yet on whether the phone calls were recorded or what other evidence they might have against Oku.
As a midfielder, Oku was capped 26 times and landed two goals while playing for Japan’s national team between 1998 and 2004. In addition to representing the country, he also played for the Jubilo Iwata from 1994 to 2001, the Yokohama F. Marinos club between 2002 and 2006, and finished his last season in 2007 with Yokohama FC.