So much for Aiba-sensei…
Rumor has it that Arashi‘s Aiba Masaki has been called by the head office to study. “It is said that strict orders was given for [Aiba] to study social studies. The management also ordered him to read newspapers and books orally and there will be no exceptions, ” a well-informed person said.
“I often heard that Aiba doesn’t even know the name of the Japan’s Prime Minister,” an insider shared.
Apparently, the era wherein idols who know nothing but sing and dance is over. Idols like that of Aiba’s caliber should be knowledgeable enough, if not intelligent, to performed other duties like hosting, joining a quiz show, etc. Sho Sakurai is a very good example, aside from having a University degree, he is also a newscaster, and is well-regarded in the industry.
“Arashi is a national idol, foolishness/stupidity cannot be tolerated,” the insider added.
However, despite the office order for him to study or read newspapers, Aiba hardly reads anything except for manga and he would rather watch TV for news than read them. “When the office found-out that Aiba ignored their order, he received a stern warning so he started reading Sports Newspapers,” according to one informant.
Finally, Aiba have realized how stupid he is and have started studying in hopes that the baka stigma will be removed from him.