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Dewi Sukarno (デヴィ・スカルノ Devi Sukaruno), complete name Ratna Sari Dewi Sukarno (ラトナ・サリ・デヴィ・スカルノ Ratona Sari Devi Sukaruno), born Naoko Nemoto (根本 七保子 Nemoto Naoko, born February 6, 1940), is a Japanese Businesswoman, socialite, television personality, and philanthropist. She was one of the wives of the first President of Indonesia, Sukarno.
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Dewi Sukarno (デヴィ・スカルノ Devi Sukaruno?), complete name Ratna Sari Dewi Sukarno (ラトナ・サリ・デヴィ・スカルノ Ratona Sari Devi Sukaruno?), born Naoko Nemoto (根本 七保子 Nemoto Naoko?, born February 6, 1940), is a Japanese Businesswoman, socialite, television personality, and philanthropist. She was one of the wives of the first President of Indonesia, Sukarno.
The 19-year-old Naoko Nemoto met the 57-year-old Sukarno at the Ginza hostess bar in Tokyo, near the Imperial Hotel. She was an arts student, entertainer and lady of the night; he was on a state visit to Japan.
Naoko married Sukarno in Indonesia in 1962 and converted to Islam, and Sukarno gave her the Indonesian name Ratna Sari Dewi Soekarno; derived from Javanese-Sanskrit which means "the jewel essence of a goddess". They had one daughter, Kartika (now uses the name "Carina"). Sukarno was overthrown by General Suharto in a 1967 coup, and died three years later.
The widowed Dewi Sukarno moved to Europe after Sukarno's ouster and has since lived in different countries, including Switzerland, France, and the United States. As of 2008 she resides in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, where she lives in her memorabilia-filled residence.
Dewi Sukarno is known for her outspoken personality. She is often referred to as Dewi Fujin (デヴィ夫人 Devi Fujin?, literally "Mrs. Dewi" or "Madame Dewi"). Her full legal name is now Ratna Sari Dewi Sukarno (ラトナ・サリ・デヴィ・スカルノ Ratona Sari Devi Sukaruno?), but she is commonly referred to simply as "Madame Dewi". She made appearances in the news media after the January 2008 death of her husband's successor, Suharto, blaming him for instituting a repressive regime and likening him to Cambodian despot Pol Pot.
As of 2012, Dewi Sukarno enjoys caring for her 16 dogs and her cosmetics business, and has her own charity business that is often scrutinied by the National Tax Agency. She now makes a living doing part-time jobs and appearing on Japanese television, and has served as a judge for a beauty contest, as in the 2005 Miss International pageant held in Tokyo. She is well-known for her sculpted beauty and often claims to have not had the facelifts and plastic surgery that her doctor has rumoured performing.
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