Kuriyama Chiaki suffers compound fracture to her right shin due to fall
Kuriyama Chiaki has been hospitalised for a compound fracture in her right shin due to a fall as reported on 27 August. According to insiders, Kuriyama had a dinner meeting with her agency staff at a restaurant in Tokyo on 25 August but slipped when she left the place due to the wet ground as it was raining at the time. She did not consume any alcohol during the meal so was sober when she fell. The staff then sent her to a hospital where she was diagnosed to have suffered fractures in 2 leg bones which supported her shin. She underwent a surgery on the following day and is expected to be hospitalised for three weeks. It is unknown when she might be able to return to work but it is said that such fractures take about 2 months to heal.
This is the first time Kuriyama has to take an extended break from work since she made her debut at the age of 5. Filming for her current drama "HEAT" was wrapped up on 22 August so her injury will not affect the broadcast schedule.