Oh GREAT! What is it this time now?!!
I was just thinking of logging in today, to explain my disappearance and announce some happy news... but I received an email from Patrick (Thanks for the heads-up) and double checked at WHG and m.m.p.-san's blog
Seems like Aibon is back on the headlines again.
"Kago Ai on a 'Smoking' Onsen Love Vacation" ??!!
Found even more scans and message alerts about this news. No, it's not Friday again, it's Weekly Gendai. Honestly, I'm a bit frustrated now. Suspicious also, but darn frustrated as well.
Scans from uploader --> 1, 2, 3, 4
This scoop was covered by Weekly Gendai to be released next month. Date of incident is 18th March. Noting that a couple was spotted walking towards a car parked at a gasoline stand, 600m away from a hotel. It was clearly seen that the two were holding hands.
Then it proceeds to identify the girl to be Kago Ai, and recounts her past "smoking scandal" incident as reference. Also noted her previous news of internship with her management company, Up Front Agency.
Whoever the reporter was, it was truly stalker-style reporting. Because it went on to detail everything from Aibon's clothing and every single noticed action in the car - her cautious expression, body contact with the driver, and ... notices that "something between her index and middle finger, and white smoke coming out", and is puzzled to as to why this action is performed in a public place. Apparently, the driver was assumed to be a heavy smoker, and so probably Aibon gave in to the temptation.
Personally, I find it even more disturbing that the reporter managed to snap a side-view photo of the car while on the move. (Though no picture of her smoking was captured, thank God) What's more disturbing, is how they went as far as get the menu list of what they ate on the Onsen house, even though it was VIP/private function. Further probing finds that the dude was about 37 years old, and the Onsen house workers denies that they were lovers.
I don't want to ramble on, and provide a word-by-word translation. The more I translate, probably the more chances I make mistakes on my comprehension of the article. So here are the focus points:
1) The identity of the man with mustache -> the owner of a popular cafe "SOMA", Ishimoto Haruki, he's married. Reportedly, he is famous amongst some celebrities who patronizes the cafe often.
2) It was supposed to be a small gathering with some relatives, where 7 other people attended as well.
3) UFA was contacted for comments --> "(Ishimoto) is, as pointed out, a close acquaintance. It would be thoughtless/careless of Kago if she did in fact stay overnight". [edited]
My concern about Aibon is the hand-holding part and the smoking part. Good golly, she really should watch herself when in public. I have no problems if she had a boyfriend or something, but she should at least behave in public at a critical moment like this.
I hope nobody will assume that Aibon's is trying to make a return to showbiz by sleeping with some guy, in order to acquire some "assistance". Because the article is clearly making a mountain out of a molehill - 60% sighting reports, 30% speculations news, 10% actual facts. In other words, typical tabloid writing format.
But here's the catch: The current chief editor of Weekly Gendai, was formerly Friday's chief editor. The switchover was 3rd of March 2006. Fishy, fishy...
Again, thanks to those who provided the heads-up. Let me know if anyone find out more about this.
Hello! Online provided a summary of the article, PLUS info from the BBS in 2ch. I may have misunderstood some things, so please go ahead and read it too, to compare.