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Jero visits grandmother's grave in Pittsburgh

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American enka singer Jero, 26, on Monday returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh to visit his Japanese grandmother's grave and tell her about his debut in Japan. Jero, whose grandmother Takiko passed away at the age of 76, visited her grave to mark the 3rd anniversary of her death, closely observed by Japanese media.

Jero will hold an enka concert at the University of Pittsburgh on Wednesday to introduce the music genre to locals.

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closely observed by Japanese media

With all respects to the departed and Jero's grave visit, this sounds to me like a promotion trick . . .

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Boy, this guy will stop at nothing for fame. Disgusting.

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incredible news. just amazing.

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Using your dead grandma to increase you media exposure is sick. His carrer would be over in the US or Europe for stooping so low. Let`s see what happens in Japan.

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Probably the first purpose of his visit is to have a concert in his hometown and it is the Japanese media that is focusing on his visit to his grandmother's grave. It appeals greatly to the Japanese sentiment and fits enka spirits. No need to blame Jero.

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What a load of rubbish.

Not to mention that anyone with any style would not be seen dead singing that garbage especially in public. He is, sorry this is one big gimmick that will be forgotten soon enough.

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guess his star was fading some so he shot home to do the Obon thing, lame, and who in their right mind wud want the J-media to be closely observed, totally creepy!

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You'd think he'd at least take his cap off in front of his grandmother's grave. Pre-mature balding perhaps.

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Good grief! A man can't even visit his granmother's grave without people jumping all over him. Sheesh!

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Jealous, Kameleon? Give the guy a break. He's a stranger in a strange land and I hope he keeps kicking butt. He seems to me to have real humility about his grandmother, and obviously got a lot of influence from her. Go, Jero.

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Let`s see what happens in Japan.

I know what exactly will happen. A little square will open up on the top right hand corner of the TV screen. A tarento's face will appear. He or she will start crying and sympathizing. Then another face will appear, etc. They'll then start clapping their hands.

Have they shown it yet?

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totally shameless, milking his poor dead nan for a few more cd sales. awful awful man

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What (almost) all of you are crying for? For one thing I just learned Jero had a Japanese grandmother so that's a news for me - period.

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Yuns (that's Pittsburgh for "you all) can dump on Jero all you want but I know one thing for sure: he's got more money than all of us put together. And I'm sure we've all done worse in our scramble for the legal tender. At least in his granny's eyes.

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things like this clearly separate him from the 'artist' category and place him clearly in the media whore camp. still, there are plenty of idiots out there who will go out of their way to throw money at you.

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I'm sure his granny is proud of him.

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thepro: he is only following Enka tradition. Besides, he is part Japanese and this was the Obon season. What cultural arrogance I dare say.

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Guess his career is over. Wonder if he's even coming back to Japan?

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I don't know why all of you are crying foul out over this. I've actually met the guy and he has nothing but respect for his grandmother who first introduced him to enka. Long live us Gaidai alumnus!

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Which Gaidai?

Didn't his grandmother die while Jero was still in Japan, and he wasn't able to return for her funeral? I seem to remember hearing that on TV.

Wish him the best.

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