Noriko Sakai, who was handed a suspended prison sentence for violating the Stimulants Control Law on Nov 18, has been admitted to a college in Gunma Prefecture to study welfare and nursing care. The college, which has been suffering financial difficulties, is overjoyed to have the former pop idol as their student.
The Social Work Department that the college has had a critical shortage in student enrollment over the last several years. According to a former instructor, delays in payment to faculty had been common.
Needless to say, Sakai has made a profound impact on prospective students’ interest in the college, and inquiries have increased dramatically. The college plans to take advantage of this opportunity in promoting its “E-learning” online study program, which Sakai signed up for, to students residing overseas.
Knowing that Sakai is particularly popular in China, the college plans to make online classes available in Chinese. A college source commented that the institution aims for the enrollment of 5,000 new students. The only requirement for the distance-learning program is a computer or mobile phone and attendance at the campus for one to two weeks a year. The tuition per student is 400,000 yen, and if the college can achieve its goal of 5,000 students, the revenue will easily make up for the financial losses incurred over the last several years.
Too convenient? Then again, sources in the entertainment industry hint that Sakai is preparing for a comeback in China. It remains to be seen who will benefit more.© Japan Today