TOKYO (TR) – Two years ago, former adult video actress Yuma Asami stunned the industry by announcing that she was fighting cancer. With her treatment now complete, the 27-year-old will later this year make her solo debut as a singer on Pony Canyon, the label announced on Friday.
The two-track single “Re-Start: To Tomorrow” will be available on May 20.
The former starlet has been active in music in the past. At the Rock Beats Cancer festival in June of last year, Asami sang and played acoustic guitar.
Asami began suffering from stomach problems in January of that same year. Ovarian cancer was discovered following a subsequent MRI exam.
The following month, Asami had surgery to remove a tumor — classified as being between malignant and benign — in one of her ovaries. Doctors also removed her uterus and ovaries.
Asami announced in August of that year that she had completed six treatments for ovarian cancer. She resumed her career as a gravure (pin-up) model in the fall. In a clip posted on YouTube, she said that her prognosis going forward was favorable.
In May of last year, publisher Kodansha released her autobiography. “Restart: Believe In Yourself” includes the reasons for why she became an AV star, some family secrets and insights into the struggles she faced following surgery.
During her AV career, Asami was immensely popular. In 2005, she made her AV debut for label Alice Japan with “Innocent Hard-Core” and later that year appeared in “New Face Risky Mosaic” for S1. Three years later, she took the Most Appearances title at the Sky PerfecTV! AV awards.