Gasp! It seems that Manabe Kaori has been lying about her age all this while! Previously, it had been stated that she was born on March 31, 1981, but after the anullment of her contract with her agency, it was discovered that her actual date of birth is 31 May 1980. This information comes from the official records of Ehime Prefecture. There is a discrepancy of 10 months and though Manabe was supposed to have turned 29 in March, she actually welcomes her 30th birthday within a month.
A source was quoted as saying that "For idols in the industry to change their profile is not uncommon. Perhaps by pretending to be younger, it appeals to the firm, who is attempting to audition for a variety of crew".
This public discovery will certainly come as a blow to Manabe as doubts about her profile continue to surface. (Entame)