Noriko Sakai has sought refuge at a university hospital in Shinjuku. Admitted on Sept 17, she has remained in a special high-security ward often used by politicians and other VIPs. The entire floor is equipped with surveillance cameras and guarded by two security personnel to prevent intruders, especially those from the media.
According to hospital sources, Sakai does not leave her room and is examined there by a mental health care physician and an urologist. She is undergoing detox by IV, which is the standard treatment for patients like her to flush the drugs out of the body’s system. This treatment is followed by various mental care programs such as group therapy.
Speaking of mental care, another reason why Sakai chose this hospital is because of her stepmother, who is also an inpatient in a different ward. Being in the same hospital allows Sakai to see her 10-year-old son who can visit his mother with relative freedom. According to a source in the entertainment industry, Sakai plans to sell her condo in Aoyama and move to her stepmother’s home in Setagaya with her son once she completes her treatment.
However, there already are rumors about her comeback, which includes the publishing of a tell-all memoir and participating in anti-drug campaigns on a volunteer basis. Some film directors and screenwriters have even expressed interest in having Sakai play “bad guy” roles.
Despite her fall from stardom, her return to show business seems to be a matter of time.