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Friday, February 23, 2007

Kago Ai on Friday 3 ... Translation Summary

I don't have the time to translate the ENTIRE article, but I thought I'd post a summary of it.

I want to provide a translated summary of the article, but Hello!Online have it posted already.
Those guys there are uber-effective!

Okay, I have problem accessing Hello!Online just now. But I want this good news to spread. So here it is:

Source from Hello!Online

Full Article summary:

- Kago's been working in the UFA offices since January 23rd.
- The photos of her on the street were taken while she was on her way to the office.
- She's working in the office because UFA wants her to get back some self-confidence, and to help her to start from scratch by learning about how the company works.
- The reporter was surprised that UFA let him meet Kago without any prior arrangement. Kago was quite nervous hearing that he comes from Friday (as they broke the news about her smoking incident in the first place. Interestingly enough, smoking, tobacco, etc., isn't mentioned in the interview part).

Interview tidbits:
"For that entire year, I haven't met my friends at all. I was scared to leave the house."
"At the beginning, I also had problems eating anything, and before I knew it, I had gone down from 47kg to 39kg"
"I didn't watch TV much. I saw Musume a few times, thinking "Ah, MoMusu. This is a new song"
"I didn't know much about household chores before, but being at home, I learned some cooking, cleaning and laundry. I started to like doing these."
"I'm cooking myself a lunchbox every day. When I come to the office, first I start with cleaning. My job is to serve tea to customers, and pick up the calls. I still have problems saying "Wait a minute, please" properly. (:D) Also, I'm studying kanji, reading newspapers and helping with searching information on the PC".
"When I was helping out backstage during the Yokohama Arena concert, I met with the members again. But as I lost weight, they had problems recognizing me. Even Nono passed by me without noticing. But everyone said, "Welcome back!" to me, so I was happy."
"Nono brought me a birthday cake, and we did the "Double U desu!" pose again after more than one year"
"I feel bad about how I betrayed the fans, especially the youngest ones. It still feels rough, even after one year. I lived by the motto, "Let things flow" until now, but I realized that doesn't work in the real world. My aim is to be positive and work hard from now on. I don't know when it will be possible, but I really want to sing again."

UFA's stand

"The last year's incident was very serious, so we had Kago stay in 'house arrest' in Nara for almost one year. We checked up on her to see if she had learned from it, and talked to her parents, and now we've allowed her to return to Tokyo. Fans and ordinary people might think we are underestimating this, but by observing her behavior and taking into account that she's already 19 years old, we decided to start preparing for her comeback. But as for exact dates or details, these are unsettled yet."

Mine is a bit longer, but H!O gave us the most juiciest part of the article. Indeed, the first page is all boring stuff on the scandal history, how they discovered Aibon in Tokyo.... blablabla. It's like they are trying to protect their journalistic integrity there. The remaining pages is where the important points are. So click and go there to have a look!

I'm smiling away as I publish this post from my workstation. I need to get back to work now, before they start to think I've gone crazy.... because I've been acting weird since 1:51 P.M. yesterday!

But before I go..... *ahem* (clears throat)

\(^o^)/ WHOOOHOOOOOO~~~~~~~~~~~!!!!!!!!


Anna said...

*clears her throat with you*


Xacur said...

I'm all exited about that!
I can't tell no bady in my house, school or any friend 'cause they don't care about that, they don't even know Aibon.
I'm going to explode is I don't express myself!!

Mick a.k.a. jinryuichi said...

it's very simple... just do it HG style....


Cookie Holiday said...

Hell, nobody I know cares about this except me, but that doesn't stop me from telling them! A lot of my friends are Japanese and even they don't care, but I'm gonna be telling 'em all anyway!

Iris said...

Yea. I thought I was the only one who cares but there are ppl here that cares a lot about Aibon. I've been telling ppl about her to ppl who doesnt care. On purpose.

Xacur said...

and there are color photos already in hello girls uploader!!

Faramir, said...

Perhaps nowadays might be a golden opportunity for us all to take our chances and make international calls to the offices of UFA or TV Tokyo or the H!P department and hope for Aibon to pick up the phone!

Come to think of it, maybe UFA/Tsunku might be using this publicity stunt to test the response of the public, and see how many people actually bother to make more phone calls just to speak with Aibon!

Radicalpatriot said...

Basically, this is all good. One of the tidbits I picked up from Ikimassoi is that Aibon was way, way down in weight -- maybe overdoing it -- but a major slimdown (then slight rounding) is often a precede to actually performing again. The hardest part is over. It is also no coincidence, in my view, that Aibon's reinstatement coincides closely with Yossi's graduation.

Tomo-chan said...

nothing more to say than: WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO~ best news in a loooooooooooong time ^-^ that made my day~

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