I translated Nino's interview in Anan. He talks about his attitude towards work, motivation to do work, how he views his juniors and seniors, and he makes a couple of trademark humorous comments. What do you think about his attitude to work? Personally I wish I had it.
Please let me know if I've made any mistakes!
2018.07.20: Changed a couple of lines
Anan 2018.04.25 no. 2099 (Nino)
When we told Ninomiya-san this feature's theme, we were briefly met with a worried face as he said, "Version upgrade?" And then he smoothly evaded by saying with a smile, "I have absolutely no interest in myself, so… I haven't even thought of anything (laughs)." "I have no interest in myself" are words that he has often said before. However, we're unable to resist asking while knowing it's a foolish question because Ninomiya-san is a person who forces himself to keep raising the bar, and skilfully and easily exceeding it.
"I don't really have anything like ambition (laughs), if I'm forced to say something, it's that I'm responding to a duty because it exists… something along those lines. For example, even if it's different from what I want to do, it's my job so I can't just do as I please. In the first place, whether it's singing or acting, rather than me having or lacking the ability to do it, whether or not I'm motivated, it may be the agency's decision. I believe Johnny-san values that disposition of ours. That's why since I was young, I haven't been thinking about work as whether or not I want to do it or can do it, but just doing it if it's been decided. It's because there are people who allow me to try things that I can receive [drama and film] stories, which I am truly grateful for. That's exactly why I make sure not to cause trouble on set (laughs)."
Even towards commendation for his strong enthusiasm about his surroundings, he responds, exceedingly composed, "Those are simply opinions based on hindsight." He is always personally overseeing the situation and circumstances which have been put into place. He says about receiving new work, "I basically do it thinking that this is the last time I'll get to do it."
"I don't know how everyone feels, but don't you dislike people who perform their work thinking that their next job will also just come to them naturally? (laughs) If they're not betting on work as if they're prepared to accept losing something, I wouldn't want to see it. That's why receiving work brings to me a strong feeling that my life has been extended."
I want to hand over the world that my seniors prepared for me, without tainting it, to the next generation
The way he tells a story is carefree. But the words he emits are profoundly heavy. At the root of this is the idea that he is a part of Arashi's significant existence.
"Returning to Arashi is the first priority regarding my motivation to do work as an individual. I don't want to go only for the sake of improving my own reputation. That is to say, it's meaningless if I can't return."
One more thing that Ninomiya-san is concerned about is his juniors entering the same entertainment world.
"We're currently able to appear in films and dramas without any kind of inconvenience because many seniors including those from Johnny's prepared that kind of environment for us. They showed us the excellence of this world, and told us what not to do. It feels like I'm a tenant renting that space. I have to hand it over to the next generation without tainting it. That's why as much as possible, I strive to show my gratitude for what my seniors did. Well, my juniors will outlive me, so after I die I want them to say that I was a good person (laughs)."