TOKYO (TR) – Early last year, former adult video (AV) star Yuma Asami shocked the industry and her fans with revelations that she was battling ovarian cancer.
Now on the road to recovery, the ex-starlet announced on Tuesday that she has written an autobiography, reports Sankei Sports (Apr. 9).
Scheduled to be released on May 8 by publisher Kodansha, “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.
“Even though I hit a roadblock in my life I didn’t want to give in,” the former actress is quoted.
Asami began suffering from stomach problems in January of last 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, a native of Gunma Prefecture, was a member of Ebisu Muscats, a pop group of gravure (pin-up) models and AV idols which ended activities following a farewell tour in April of last year.
In 2005, Asami 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.
Last August, Asami announced 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.
“This is a new me,” she said in referring to the title of the book. “There is no ‘reset’ in life.”