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15 November 2014 @ 11:59 am
On Inoo's fourth year graduate-level lab, and his feelings on school  
Earlier this week, a paper that Inoo co-authored got put up on an internet scholarly resource database called CiNii (it seems to be like the Japanese version of jstor), and this has sparked a lot of discussion as to if Inoo was in graduate school, or how he got such a paper posted. The paper is posted here; you can see that Inoo is listed with the subtitle of "graduate school" beneath his name. Assuming from this that he was or is in graduate school seems rational, and even sparked the confusion and surprise of various Japanese fans on Twitter (the second link there clarifies later that Inoo isn't a graduate student as far as the fan knows, but was just working in a graduate lab), but actually, while I can't prove for a fact that he doesn't go, I can prove that his work on this paper was not as a graduate student.

Inoo has mentioned before that he chose to take his senior lab on earthquake reconstruction in his 10,000 character interview (you can read a translation here), but a little digging around reveals that specifically, he did his lab here, with this particular professor. I'm not going to translate it all word for word because frankly, I don't have the energy right now, but on the website, it says that the lab is for 4th year college students and graduate students. So while the lab is associated primarily with the graduate school it also is open to 4th year students, which is when Inoo participated. As far as I can tell, Meiji University was either not allowed to use Inoo's name anywhere, or they didn't want his events getting attacked by yarakashi, because his name isn't listed pretty much anywhere, and, in fact, events that I have proof he attended aren't even listed on the website. I found two slip-ups, the first of which is on the schedule-- if you scroll down to the 2011年度 section (which means the 2011-2012 school year), the event on 2月28日(火)(2/28, Tuesday) lists Inoo's name. This was the beginning of the project that he worked on for the whole next year, a study about elementary and junior high schools in Iwate prefecture in relation to the earthquake. In the Japanese school schedule, February 2012 was right at the end of Inoo's 3rd year of college, so he took part in this lab mostly in the next year, 2012年度, or the 2012-2013 school year, which was his fourth year.

Unfortunately, since his name/events he attended aren't listed, I can't give that much more information, but in relation to this project, I found him in two news sources, by some miracle. The first is this news article, which doesn't mention him by name but (accidentally?) posted his photo for a brief time. A bunch of fans screencapped it, but by now, his photo has been removed from any remaining news sources, which leads me to believe that the press didn't realize one of the students was a Johnny |D; But either way, it talks about how on May 19th, 2012, Inoo went to Iwate with one other student and the professor, Yamamoto, to interview students in a survey they were doing. This trip isn't listed on the lab's schedule website (others to the same town in Iwate are listed), which, like I said above, makes me think that they didn't list anything with Inoo so that fans wouldn't stalk him.

The other place I can find him named is this article, which talks about his lab's group taking a trip to talk about post-earthquake development in Germany. It lists that three graduate students and eight 4th year college students, including Inoo (you can contol+F 伊野尾慧), for a total of 11 students, going on the trip. This is posted on the Meiji Graduate School page, because, as mentioned before, the lab seems to be more affiliated with the graduate school than the undergraduate architecture department (it seems like the undergrads are more research assistants?), but when the same article was posted on the Meiji undergraduate architecture department's site here, Inoo's name was removed and instead it lists 10 names "etc" for a total of 11 students. XD;;; Seemingly, the graduate school didn't get the notice that they were supposed to remove Inoo's name.

So then that brings us back to the paper that was posted on the CiNii database. It doesn't say it in the English, but in the Japanese, it says that the paper was published in relation to its presentation at the 2013 Japan Architecture Academic Conference. The conference happened from August 30th to September 1st, 2013, which means that Inoo was already graduated, and its existence on the schedule on the Yamamoto Lab website leads me to believe that Inoo didn't go, but on the conference's website, it says the submission deadline was April 4th of the same year, just a week after Inoo graduated. So it seems logical that the paper he helped write would have been submitted at that time. While, without either being enrolled in a Japanese university or paying, I can't access the actual articles, if you search "2013年度日本建築学会大会 都市計画" on the CiNii database ("2013 Japan Architecture Academic Conference Urban Planning"-- Inoo's paper was in the urban planning section) you can see other papers submitted in the same publication; many of them are works by students who participated in the conference, and at least some percentage of them appear to be college students despite being listed as graduate students. I tried to see if Inoo himself participated in the conference, but I can't find any proof that he was in Hokkaido, where the conference happened, in late August/early September 2013, so I can only assume that, since he had already graduated, he didn't go.

And… on top of all that, it was never any secret that Inoo went to college, or where he went. It was common knowledge that he studied architecture at Meiji University. Why would it be a secret that he went to graduate school, if he was going to go? Just recently on Little Tokyo Live, he talked about how he had graduated with an architecture degree. If he was doing grad school, why wouldn't he have said he was in grad school?

And besides, Inoo has said before (sorry, I'm too tired to dig up the articles now; the problem with reading Japanese is that I read things in magazines and then forget which magazine from my huge shelf of magazines it was in) that he was really glad to be done, and the other members have talked, too, about how happy he was to be done. I saw him with my own eyes at the Johnny's World Kanshasai back in March 2013, and his demeanor was so different than it had been. And I think, more than anything, what sticks with me is what he said in his 10,000 word article. This is my own translation below-- I wanted to translate what he said in my own best expression of his feelings:

ーYou went on to college after you debuted, huh.
Yeah. I said that high school never really agreed with me and I never really adjusted to it, right? I always thought there was no point in going to high school, and there was no point in graduating. But then my mom said to me, "Is that really so?" Wasn't it true that if I graduated high school, I'd have the qualifications to get into college? Since that's how it was, I started to think, maybe I should try out going to college in order so that I could feel like there was some meaning to graduating high school. I guess I decided sometime around the end of my second year of high school.

ーYou didn't get the feeling that, in going to college, your work and your classes might end up half-assed or done carelessly?
Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's because I was constantly in state of indecision. There were times when I thought that deciding to go to university was a really bad choice. But I also thought that there were good sides to it, like being able to meet a wide variety people, and being able to view my job from the point of view of a university student.

ーThat is to say, that one that was your base was…?
My base was first and foremost being an idol . Even though it's difficult (laugh).

This interview was done after he had already graduated, which means that these were his feelings about college after he was done. It's not that he didn't really feel it before he went, but then went and discovered that really what he wanted was to continue education… he appreciated that he went, but being an idol has always been what he wants in the end.

So in conclusion, I'm not so much of a stalker that I can say with conviction that he isn't in grad school and never went, but I do feel that it's highly unlikely!

…wow am I a weirdo. I'm sorry for all this. x___x;
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beach_bum1303beach_bum1303 on November 16th, 2014 01:27 am (UTC)
I would be really impressed if he was. I was a bit taken aback when my tlist started exploding with this: part of me wanted it to be true and part of me didn't. But from the beginning I wondered if it was, because I remembered him doing all that work while in undergrad and it didn't make sense for that to be something coming out because of him being in grad school? If that makes sense. But the "Inoo Kei Graduate Student" wording was really confusing.

I'm sort of glad to know (or, assume) he's not because I really don't want him to put too much stress on himself.

However, I think you're right. When I was in undergrad I took a handful of graduate level courses because.. well.. my university sucked at life? My major was English and I had to choose a concentration (literature, creative writing, folklore, etc.) so I decided to go with something useful: Linguistics. However, my university didn't have a huge linguistics program, it was decent but not big enough to offer undergrad versions of all the courses. So I had to take graduate level classes. Man.. that sucked. Not getting any credit for doing grad school work lol. So I think it's very plausible that that's what happened with him. I never got anything exciting like "graduate school" next to my name. :'( Actually I'm pretty sure my name isn't anywhere anyway lol
ミランダ (大丈夫): Inoo: intimatefaded_lace on November 16th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, exactly… mostly I'm glad that all the effort he put into undergrad came to something? It's really great that he worked so hard and his paper got published, even if it was just as a part of that conference. When I was in undergrad, I had a paper (or maybe it was just the abstract, I don't remember) published as a part of an academic conference that I did, so it doesn't seem that unthinkable for it to happen to him as an undergrad, too.

But yeah. I really didn't want to think he was doing more schooling, because I knew how stressed it made him, and I want him to be healthy ;___;

And it sucks that you didn't get credit D: But yeah, within departments, especially at the upper level, it isn't too surprising that he was doing work in affiliation with the grad school. It's just sort of weird that that's how his name got listed. I guess maybe the website, or the conference, didn't have an option to list undergrads, or something…?
aiy_chan: InooKeitoHikaYabuaiy_chan on November 16th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
Oh my~~~ your information sooo great!

but, everything Inoo had done, i feel he become more more kakoii~!!
so cool Inoo Kei~~~<3

thank you for this~~~<3
ミランダ (大丈夫): Inoo: Pretty princess ♥faded_lace on November 16th, 2014 05:55 am (UTC)
Haha, thanks. I spent a lot of time digging around Japanese sites yesterday |D;

He is really cool, and he worked really hard, so I'm proud of him! ♥

You're welcome, thanks for reading!
(Anonymous) on July 9th, 2016 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your thoughts on his university life and about the graduation thing. Good research!

Aside that press photo from Kei, he's also clearly on a photo doing his victory signs pose, posted by his professor that is from the time when he was in Germany. It was posted the day when they had the small public presentation in the evening that could be visited for free (you linked to the resume of the event on meiji architecture website). None of the lab students are tagged but yet his professor forgot that he shouldn't have him on the photo, too. On that evening itself he definitely stand among the guests watching the presentation but he didn't appear in official(!) photos.
ミランダ (大丈夫)faded_lace on July 11th, 2016 04:53 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know!
xanithofdragons: nino smirkxanithofdragons on November 16th, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
I can't help but just think it's really cool that Inoo has a published paper. xD Idol and scholar.
ミランダ (大丈夫): Inoo&Hikaru: upwardfaded_lace on November 16th, 2014 05:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, it is pretty awesome XD He worked really hard, so I'm glad something came of it!
narqissanarqissa on November 16th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
This is some research you have done *0*

Thanks, I think I get clearer view on the event now ^^ Nevertheless I'm so proud of him~
ミランダ (大丈夫): Inoo: Pretty princess ♥faded_lace on November 16th, 2014 05:52 am (UTC)
You're welcome, and thanks for reading! He worked so hard, I'm so proud of him, too ♥
britkit27: daiki grinbritkit27 on November 16th, 2014 07:56 am (UTC)
Your research skills are insane XD;; This is really impressive! And it's super cool that he's published and was able to contribute to a paper like that~
ミランダ (大丈夫): Inoo: Pretty princess ♥faded_lace on November 17th, 2014 12:25 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm really proud of how hard he worked in college.
britkit27: daiki hmmbritkit27 on November 17th, 2014 08:04 am (UTC)
It's really incredible. I can't imagine trying to do anything other than college while in college @.@ We would have died at Bryn Mawr...
ミランダ (大丈夫): Inoo: intimatefaded_lace on November 17th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's insane. Also you could see the difference so much between the before March 2013 and after… he completely changed and seeing how he is now, remembering what he was like before is sort of terrifying.
akioruruakioruru on November 16th, 2014 10:14 am (UTC)
o my god you really did it! Thank you for giving us some important research about Inoo (this is important!) *i am flailing now*

yeah, being student in japanese university is very hard and I am doing it now >.< really stressing and sometimes i felt to go back my country hahaha xD but I have Inoo's figure in my head so when I feel down, just think how Inoo have done to treat it >.<

Edited at 2014-11-16 11:05 am (UTC)
ミランダ (大丈夫): Chinen: musingfaded_lace on November 17th, 2014 12:16 am (UTC)
You're welcome, and thanks for reading. ^^ Good luck with your studies.
Stefy Lee Chan [北野てっぴえ]: 형준kamui_lee_chan on November 17th, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
im glad you opened this topic up coz when i saw this floating around twitter I was like--wasn't this old news? I mean the article with his photo and his name printed in english, I saw this like last year or early this year and I was assuming since I saw it a few months after he graduated or maybe before (excuse my memory) I was thinking it was for his thesis paper or for graduation. Being a long time fan, I too didn't hear of him going to graduate school. I mean I followed him through his four years in college, it would have been by this time that he would be in graduate school right?
Right after he graduated from college he seem to regain his healthier glow and taking up even dramas (meaning he had free time unlike before)
After seeing him in the concert last month, he was way better looking like what 2 years ago when i saw him in another concert where he was doing so much work for school and he looked really exhausted.
Oh gosh, this is a really long rant. But I'm glad to read your post!
ミランダ (大丈夫): Inoo: intimatefaded_lace on November 17th, 2014 05:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't see why it would be any secret if he'd gone to grad school, since it was never any secret about his university. Not to mention that if he was doing a PhD program (which is what it says in the Japanese under his name), he'd probably have committed to another 5 years of school, which… just seems like it would be insane, considering that he never really wanted that strongly to go to college in the first place.

And yeah, I totally agree. He changed drastically after graduation, and he both looked and acted so much happier and healthier. His body language and movements in concert were totally different, and his skin, eyes, and general demeanor just seemed so much healthier. Just from looking at him, I really don't think he would still be in school.

No worries about long rants, I like discussion! And I'm glad you appreciated my post, too. ^^
S: Hikanoo :oyomimashou on November 17th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
Inoo ;~; It's really amazing that he accomplished so much in college WHILE being in Johnny's. It's a little bit heartbreaking to read about his reasons for going in the first place, but I'm so impressed by what he managed to make of it. And I'm so happy for him that he's done now ♥

And your research for this was also seriously impressive!
ミランダ (大丈夫): Inoo&Hikaru: upwardfaded_lace on November 17th, 2014 05:27 am (UTC)
I know, he's just amazing. Everyone always praises how smart he is, but more than that, I think that his effort and dedication are amazing. He put so much hard work into school even though he didn't even have a strong reason for wanting to go in the first place, and made it work on top of being an idol, and that is amazing in my opinion. Not only did he do really impressive stuff just compared to your average college student, he also made it into a positive experience for himself and I just… am really amazed by that.

Ahahah thanks |D;;; I'm weird and enjoyed it.
genderfuckeryleeributa on November 17th, 2014 03:39 am (UTC)
dude i want to hire you to do internet sleuthing forever.

thanks for all the info. i guess i was just hopeful that an idol would have to suffer through the same things as me. xD like i said over on my lj, that's still pretty amazing that he could be a part of something like that and get published as an undergrad.
ミランダ (大丈夫): Inoo: Pretty princess ♥faded_lace on November 17th, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)
I'm glad you don't think it's super weird, ahahaha. I'm really glad to do it! I like clearing these things up.

Ahahaha I totally understand |D;;; But yeah, it really is amazing that he was able to work so hard and do something so impressive as an undergrad, while doing a job as an idol at the same time. I'm so super proud of him and all his effort.