some people will place morality above a paycheck.
I wouldn’t count creators of manufactured pop groups amongst those people. But ultimately having shows cancelled and the uproar surrounding the issue does affect their pay check. The fact that it seems that the members themselves haven’t come forward to apologise only highlights the fact that they’re glorified ken dolls.
Its also dissapointing to see this issue bringing Japan’s fringe nationalists out of the woodwork, bringing out the worst and most petulant of both sides that don’t represent the majority of Koreans and Japanese.
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Trump: I told Saudi king he wouldn't last 2 weeks without U.S. support
...and then the Saudi King says “American wouldn’t last 1 week without Saudi oil.”
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Looks like the old boys have painted a target on her back for making them look bad last year.
Hammer the nail that sticks up.
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Japan currently has a public debt to GDP ratio of 236% and it’s only increasing. The bubble has to burst some time and I guess as long as it doesn’t happen on Abe’s watch he doesn’t really care. Maintain the illusion of a healthy economy and pass the buck on to the next generation.
or better still, wait until the opposition get into power and heap the blame on them for decades of self-destructive, irresponsible policy making. Just like Fukushima.
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Sounds more creepy than emotional. Watching some saccharine child actor reenact your life’s most treasured moments sounds like a cringeworthy nightmare.
Also sounds a lot like the premise for Hirokazu Koreeda’s film ‘After Life’. Life imitates art?
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Japan is a first world country and as such has a moral obligation to take in refugees and provide sanctuary to those who have no other option.
Worst still is that Japan is sorely in need of an immigrant population to replace its rapidly aging population. In a few generations Japan will be begging for an immigrant workforce.
It would be a great shame to see Japan destroy itself due to hysteric ethnic protectionism.
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Musicians make their money performing.
Sadly not true for a majority of musicians in Japan. Anyone who's been involved with performing here will be aware of the "noruma" or "pay to play system" where to play in even the smallest of venues will cost a band upwards of $200 and audiences will have to pay between $15-25 to see a short list of unknown bands. It guarantees that venues make hundreds of dollars every night while the musicians themselves are left out of pocket.
Venues here are just as greedy and self-serving as the record labels.
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