Management agency Johnny’s Jimusho has announced that Arashi member Aiba Masaki (28) is currently in the hospital due to spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung). On the night of June 28, Aiba complained of chest pain after finishing a recording for the television show “Arashi ni Shiyagare.” He was taken to a hospital for examination, where the doctor diagnosed the pneumothorax and had Aiba immediately admitted.
Aiba was re-examined the next morning, and it was determined that he indeed had a collapsed left lung. He was advised to remain hospitalized for about a week.
As a result of Aiba’s hospitalization, he has canceled some scheduled interviews. He will also be absent from Arashi’s rehearsals on June 30 and July 1 for their upcoming tour that kicks off on July 24.
This is the second time that Aiba has suffered from pneumothorax. In March 2002, he had a collapsed right lung as a result of practicing the saxophone too hard for a television show project. He underwent surgery as part of his treatment at that time, but it appears that surgery will not be necessary this time.