So I'm sure no one noticed, but I mentioned in another thread earlier today that I was a Jpop fan... and Morning Musume from Hello! Project (which Ai-chan and LinLin, as we call them, are from) is like the major group in my fandom! XD I got a twitter from my fansite (non-FFXIV-related) about this article, and when it redirected me to ZAM I was like "holy @#$%!!!"
Okay... lol. So. Some here may have noticed, but Takahashi Ai (Ai-chan), who is also leader of Morning Musume and Hello! Project (the umbrella "idol factory" over groups such as Morning Musume), has actually become quite a covergirl for SqEnix and the Final Fantasy series, as she did many promotional events and broadcasts for FFXIII's Japan release. It would be awesome if she did XIV as well! Though as you can tell from the interview, I don't believe she has played a MMO before (her pop idol schedule likely leaves her too busy for the timesinks ;)). However, she's been playing FF games since she was a little girl, since her parents were into them as well. LinLin was brought into the group a couple years ago as their first international member along with JunJun, also from China. She's known as a big anime fan, but hasn't done any promotion such as this for FF or SqEnix up to this point.
I'd say it's very possible Ai-chan or maybe LinLin as well could participate in promotion for FFXIV in the future as well (albeit promotion in Japan), so look for them again sometime!
If there is a Takahashi Ai NPC or mob put into the game, you can bet I'll be camping it round the clock. ;) Then again, there'll likely be many Japanese otaku with the same idea... haha.