Japanese Actress Gives Birth in Korea

Kenichi Matsuyama (left) and Koyuki Kato Kenichi Matsuyama (left) and Koyuki Kato

A top Japanese actress has given birth in Korea recently because she was impressed by postnatal care here. Koyuki Kato (36) gave birth to her second daughter in Seoul last Thursday.

A former model, Koyuki starred in the 2003 movie "The Last Samurai" with Tom Cruise as well as a string of Japanese movies. In 2011 she married fellow actor Kenichi Matsuyama (27), who starred in the movie "Death Note."

Koyuki's agency said she was impressed by the around-the-clock care offered by Korea's postnatal care centers. Her husband was there at the birth.

Koyuki visited one such center here last summer while appearing on a Japanese TV program and experienced its services including childcare training classes and massage therapy. The experience apparently made her decide to have her second baby in Seoul.

The actress has already written a book on motherhood.

Japanese media reports said women in Japan spend between five days to a week in hospital after giving birth, but Korean women can stay at postnatal care centers for some two weeks where they receive around-the-clock care as well as other services to help them get back in shape. A growing number of Japanese women travel to Korean to give birth, according to the reports.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 14, 2013 10:49 KST