She says the lamb/poodle scam was a complete fabrication. Too bad. It's a great story, but if it ain't true, it ain't true.
W-H-A-T???? People in the news media make things up completely out of thin air? NO!!!!:
The British tabloid The Sun reported that the scam came to light after Kawakami complained on a television talk show that her new poodle refused to bark or eat dog food and that she was devastated when told it was a lamb.
"Ms Kawakami is very surprised by how much this has spread overseas. She was just recounting on television how she had heard of such a story while she was at a nail salon," a spokeswoman for her talent agency said.
"Ms Kawakami does not even own a poodle," she said.
As a result of the international coverage, Kawakami - who starred in Takeshi Kitano's Japanese thriller Violent Cop - appeared on television again today to deny the reports.
Police in Sapporo, where the fraudulent company was reportedly based, also denied the tale.
"We have had inquiries from so many media - CNN, CBS among others - and all I can say is that that article is completely made up," a spokesman said.