Reblogging this again because recently this thread popped up in arashi_on and I thought it was important to convey what lgtmars found when some Japanese fans pieced everything together about Nino’s father. I had no idea!
(The source links she found are here, here and here)
Another note: I’m going to simplify the wording of the original text for the sake of keeping it concise. There’s a lot of overlap, too, so these translations will not be word-for-word.
Q: Until around last year (2010), Ninomiya-kun used to talk about how his father isn’t around (I remember him saying in 2009 that his only memory is of his father reading the newspaper), but in the magazine I bought today, he talks about him. He said, “I don’t usually chat with my dad. So it’s awkward when he’s home for New Year’s. We’re always watching the Hakone Ekiden so I never know what to talk about. I end up wondering when my mom will get home… I guess it’s because he was never at home.” When did his father come home? He was talking about cleaning up his father’s room for when he came home. Also, he said his mother’s name is Kazuko but what is his father’s name?
A: He said something like his father was away because of work. In 2007 he talked about cleaning up the room for his father. It seems like he comes and goes, but I couldn’t tell you exactly when or how long. He mentioned his father’s name on C no Arashi once, but he hasn’t mentioned it since, so I don’t feel that it’s right to say it here. (Note: it’s Ninomiya Takanori)
Q: Please tell me about Ninomiya-kun’s father. He always tells funny stories about his mother and sister, but I’ve barely heard anything about his father. It seems that he hasn’t passed away or divorced, but he’s away from home because of his work, right? I remember he talked about his father often when he was a Junior. Please tell me what you know.
A: Ninomiya-kun’s father had to leave for work when Ninomiya-kun was still very young. There was a time when even Ninomiya-kun misunderstood and thought his father had left, so naturally the fans assumed his parents had divorced. Ninomiya-kun talked about cleaning the room for him in 2007 and being together for New Year’s in 2011. Apparently, his father is a teacher at a culinary school. A long time ago, Ninomiya-kun was talking about memories of his father. He said, “What I remember most about my dad when I was young is how he would fold his newspaper vertically to read it. Once, Sho-chan was reading his newspaper in the same way in our green room, so when I jokingly called him ‘Dad’ he gave me a hug.” This was in 2008.
Q: Is Ninomiya-kun from a single mother household?
A: No, his father is around. (They mention the above examples so I won’t repeat them) In January of this year (2012), Ninomiya-kun said that both of his parents came to their concerts. They couldn’t go to Kokuritsu, so they went to Nagoya Dome instead. Also, the Ninomiya surname is actually his mother’s maiden name, so many people assumed they had divorced. Actually, when they first got married, his father took the Ninomiya name in place of his own. Nino also once said, “The Ninomiya family is mostly women. Besides me, all of the children are women, so I’m the only one who can carry on the Ninomiya name. I’m also the only one who can end it.”