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Documentary focuses on man behind a cruelly bizarre 1990s Japanese reality show

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By YURI KAGEYAMA

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This article makes is sound as if this were a one-off show. It was actually part of the Denpa Shonen series, which were all wacky and often cruel to the contestants. I remember a guy who was stuck in a box on wheels and would have to ask passersby to push him up the road, as he couldn't get out and walk.

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I used to watch this show and knew the premise that he was only supposed to receive what he could get from mail-in coupons.

But I never really believed the producers actually made him do it for 24 hours.

I thought in between shows, if he couldn't get some food that they actually fed him.

He was really quirky on the show, so it looked like he was having fun, but after reading this article, I guess he wasn't.

To the poster above who asked if his bits were pixelated, yes they were.

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A New Age Henna’ Oji’san TV show, if you will.

Shibura’-Ken was the epitome of that.

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Some of you forget that these people willingly sign up for these reality TV roles.......... so you can't really feel too bad for them.

The producer still committed a crime. The fact that the person agreed to it doesn’t mean anything considering the amount of psychological damage he’s been through. A person can be manipulated to "accept" being tortured but it doesn’t mean it’s right. Torture is still torture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWWK05t98os&t=2s&ab_channel=penguinz0

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uaintseemeToday  02:08 pm JST

It's just TV. Some of you forget that these people willingly sign up for these reality TV roles and know exactly what they're getting into, yet, for whatever reason, they're still compelled to sign on the dotted line (probably because for the money and fame) so you can't really feel too bad for them. They know what they're getting into before they start. Most of them.

It's a little more complicated than that - watch the documentary!

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It's just TV. Some of you forget that these people willingly sign up for these reality TV roles and know exactly what they're getting into, yet, for whatever reason, they're still compelled to sign on the dotted line (probably because for the money and fame) so you can't really feel too bad for them. They know what they're getting into before they start. Most of them.

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I never really watched Japanese TV - does anyone know if cruelty is still considered funny and entertaining today?

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Do any British people remember clips from a Japanese 80s game show called Za Gaman on Tarrant on TV in the early 90s?

That was equally mental and hilarious.

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The producers of this show should be jailed for torture and human exploitation. Pure evil.

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I still remember this silly show, I just arrived in Japan. Barely spoke Japanese. Thought the show was cruel for that skinny man,

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Eggplant is nasu. But so is Nasubi.

https://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2008/11/nasubi-no-nimono-simmered-eggplant.html

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I remember Denpa Shonen from back in the day. It was my favorite show. Hiroiki Ariyoshi got his start on the same show when he and Kazunari Moriwake, known as SARUGANSEKI, hitchhiked from Hong Kong to London. I was so disappointed when the show was canceled.

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BTW Eggplant in Japanese is 'nasu', not 'nasubi', is it not?

Both. I think it's an East/West thing (nasubi/nasu). Any Kansi people want to verify that?

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It has received some rave reviews and looks like an interesting look at Japanese culture.

However, while I'd like to watch, at the same time, I don't want to be complicit in promoting any stereotype about Japanese people whether it's positive (e.g. Japanese are 'disciplined', 'always polite' and 'safety Japan', etc.) or negative (e.g., Japanese are 'crazy and weird' ).

BTW Eggplant in Japanese is 'nasu', not 'nasubi', is it not?

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I'm glad the guy has gotten over what he considers the worst part of his life (and I'm gladder still he recognizes that). Also happy for his reconstruction work -- thank you!

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Did he at least pixelate himself in the special areas?

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This represents what average sararimen face. Earning money at all cost!

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I enjoyed this show. Good times back in the 90's!

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An extreme version of the British show Big Brother. Serves that gossipy, nosey, pervy, fly on the wall show as we look for and enjoy other peoples troubles, fights, arguments, secrets or pain. Not to mention cheapest to make.

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This will be the fate of lots of Japanese men in Japan

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Tomoaki Hamatsu — whose nickname “Nasubi,” meaning eggplant in Japanese, refers jokingly to his long chin — never manages to clothe himself and remains naked throughout the show. But he dances to celebrate the things he does obtain, especially food, even if it's just a pot of kimchi.

Bubble era J-TV was very transgressive but sometimes provocative.

Unlike the narcotic consumption and promotion focused drivel now.

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But, you know, as viewers we need to take some responsibility,” Titley said.

Perhaps. But maybe Ms Titley is unfamiliar with Japanese TV in general. Everyone is raised on it and get what they are given. This show would simply have been one amongst a range of inane offerings for the evening.

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