Downfall of Japanese TV’s girl next door highlights wider industry sexism

From nightly appearances on TV to persona non grata of Japanese show business in a matter of weeks, the drama of Rebecca Eri Ray Vaughan’s fall from grace was matched only by how much it revealed about Japan’s harsh treatment of its female entertainers.

Until news of her alleged affair with a married man surfaced earlier this month, Becky – as she is known – was one of the most popular people on Japanese television, with regular appearances in 10 commercials and on at least half a dozen variety shows.