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Posted in: TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt See in context

@smithinjapan

Making more money and "needing" are not the same thing. Celebrities like Brad Pitt, DiCaprio, and David Beckham make HUGE amounts of money in Japanese commercials, but they don't "need" it. If they can make an extra buck where they can't get as much if any back home for the same, why not?

Unlike major hollywood celebrities K Pop is still a niche market around the world. Their most important market is the Japanese market and I will use SNSD as an example (as they are the group that I follow). SNSD's highest selling Korean album was around 450K at £10 per album. Meanwhile their highest selling Japanese album was just under 1 million at $50 - $60 per album. The Korean market is mainly focused on digital sales whilst the Japanese market is still focused on physical sales.

Then there are the concert venues where most groups will perform at 6-8K venues, with some of the bigger acts maybe playing in 15K venues. However in Japan they fill out massive arena and dome tours. Some of the highest grossing girl group tours of all time came from SNSD who grossed between $20M - $30M+ from their Japanese tours.

This is why K Pop needs Japan. Because they can't reach these figures in Korea.

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Posted in: TV Asahi cancels performance of K-pop group BTS over A-bomb shirt See in context

International (and Korean) K Pop fans who think that K Pop groups don't need Japan makes me laugh... There is a reason why the like of SNSD, Bigbang, TVXQ, BTS, Twice etc all come to Japan for extensive tours. Its because they make a lot more money in Japanese album sales and tours than they do anywhere else.

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Posted in: Nintendo wins court battle over Mario go-karting See in context

Good! These karts are a bloody nuisance and danger. With more tourists visiting Japan you'll find more idiots on the roads in these karts rising the risk of a collision with either another vehicle or pedestrians.

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Posted in: Man suspected of terrorism attack on UK parliament after driving into pedestrians See in context

Both the Metropolitan Police & London Ambulance Service have issued statements that they believe that nobody has suffered serious injuries. Thank god!

And can I also just praise the Police on their quick reaction to this incident. Without any information on possible dangers the officers were surrounding the suspect without any concern for their own lives. These are the people who we should be respecting!

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Posted in: British warship arrives in Tokyo as UK expands presence in Asian waters See in context

AsakazeAug. 3  10:03 pm JST

I still remember when in 1997 another British ship, an aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious if I'm not mistaken, also docked at Harumi. I was a kid then, and the visit on the ship was awesome. Looking forward to see Albion.

My Father was stationed on HMS Illustrious on that visit ^^ I remember being about 6 or 7 at the time when he called me from Japan telling me all about the trip. And when he got home we showed me the photos that he took and those were the very first images that I had of Japan.

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Posted in: British warship arrives in Tokyo as UK expands presence in Asian waters See in context

"The Royal Navy is now pathetic"

But I bet that you would still come calling for the Royal Marines and all the additional support to help you out when the time comes...

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Posted in: Trump to meet Queen Elizabeth next week despite chorus of discontent See in context

I'm glad that the Trump Baby has been given the green light to flew over London during his visit!

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Posted in: UK police arrest health care worker on suspicion of killing 8 babies See in context

Lucy Letby is a evil creature and its a shame that the UK has abolished the death penalty. Child killers are absolute scum!

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Posted in: 4 dead, more than 300 injured after M6.1 quake hits northern Osaka region See in context

My heart jumped as the alert came through on my phone and I saw how intense and shallow the earthquake was :(

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Posted in: Britain sends warships to Asia to monitor N Korean trade See in context

The frigate is HMS Sutherland.

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Posted in: Nestle to launch ruby chocolate KitKat in Europe and Americas See in context

Or Kitkat could stop messing about and bring back the original mint chocolate Kitkat.... Its not the same since they replaced the milk chocolate with dark chocolate ¬¬

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Posted in: Japanese ships leave for whale hunt off northeastern coast See in context

Oh joy. More whale meat that nobody wants to eat! smh

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Posted in: S Korean court sentences ex-President Park to 24 years in prison See in context

Only feels like yesterday that I was in Seoul as the weekly protests that garnered more than 1 million SKs were going on.

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Posted in: N Korea's Kim attends concert by S Korean entertainers See in context

Looking forward to Seohyun and Red Velvet touching back down in Seoul. Those girls shouldn't be over there where anything could happen to them.

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Posted in: K-pop v Kim-pop: Battle of the bands, Korean style See in context

Seohyun of Girls' Generation (RV's seniors under the same agency) is also attending as a performer and MC. She's been chosen to lead the delegation of SK performers who are going due to her huge popularity in both SK and NK.

Though I wasn't happy at the announcement of Seohyun, RV and the other performers being sent to Pyongyang. Of course they most likely will come back without incident but you can never be sure with a regime like NK and I would rather that they weren't put at risk.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un meeting with Moon set for April 27 See in context

I doubt very much will come from this meeting except maybe some cross-border visits and relaxation of loudspeaker propaganda across the border or some other symbolic gestures

There are some symbolic gestures that are already happening.

During the Winter Olympics Seohyun (of Girls' Generation) performed with a North Korean orchestra and at the beginning of April a group of South Korean performers including Seohyun and the girl group Red Velvet are going to be performing in Pyongyang at two concerts. One for the SK performers and also a joint performance with North Korean acts.

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Posted in: Re-elected Putin says 'nonsense' to think Russia would poison spy in Britain See in context

Putin and Russia aren't fooling anyone with their excuses. A former Russian spy was almost taken out with a Russian made chemical weapon after his daughter came to visit him. Why would any other nation have any motive to use a Russian made weapon to take out former Russian spy?

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Posted in: Sean Bean on his many deaths and 'Game of Thrones' legacy See in context

One does not simply die like Sean Bean.

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Posted in: Conveyor belt sushi chain where foreigner filmed GoPro video considers pressing criminal charges See in context

I've had the unfortunate displeasure of knowing about TkyoSam for a number of years now and let me just say that I am one of many people who are glad to see that he could finally see some repercussions for his atrocious behaviour.

If you take one look at his IG account or a topic about him on a website called PULL. You would see that he is a misogynistic racist and not only that. He takes pleasure in taking photos of a girl's private area (usually her butt) without her knowledge and he'll post it onto IG asking his followers to rate her out of 10.

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Posted in: YouTubers caught offering 'free boobs' to passersby in Shibuya See in context

Talk about deja vu of another girl who did the same thing last year outside Hachiko Exit for Youtube views....

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Posted in: Japan marks 7 years since Tohoku disaster See in context

I can't believe that 7 years have already passed...

I will always remember where I was at that exact moment in time and I will always remember the images that I saw being broadcast on the news.

My thoughts will always be with those who were affected by the devastation caused on 11th March 2011.

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Posted in: Woman gets 10 years in prison for killing, dismembering younger brother See in context

If their parents are still around I feel for them. They've effectively lost 2 children here..

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Posted in: Should saying thanks at a Japanese convenience store go without saying? See in context

Being British its always been a given to say a simple "thank you" to supermarket workers, bus drivers, taxi drivers etc in my home country. So saying "arigatou" has never felt strange to me after paying for my beer and fried chicken or whatever else it might be that I am buying from 7/11, Family Mart etc

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Posted in: AKB48 and S Korean idol groups perform hits at music awards; turns out to be a disaster See in context

Without meaning to nitpick but this event was held in Japan not South Korea. Its a Korean event but MAMA held 3 separate shows in Vietnam, Japan and Hong Kong.

I agree with the comments left though. They know the reason why AKB48 haven't enjoyed worldwide popularity that Korean girl groups such as Girls' Generation, 2NE1, Blackpink, 4Minute etc have enjoyed.

Moderator: Thank you. That error has been corrected.

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Posted in: Fake monks targeting foreign visitors to Japan? See in context

What surprises me more. The fact that this is only just now being covered by tabloids. Or the fact that its taken the police this long to arrest the 'monk'. This guy has been doing this for years! The first time I saw him was March 2015. Back then though he was trying to swindle you out of 10,000yen for his 'lucky beads' and good luck charm.

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Posted in: Orlando Bloom visits Japan to promote British Airways' 787-9 Dreamliner flights from London to Narita See in context

Oh good! After Virgin Atlantic pulled out of the route I started using BA instead.

Will they also eventually use the Dreamliner on the Heathrow to Haneda route I wonder?

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Posted in: Is it safe to let customers know workers' real names? See in context

I used to go by the fake name Bob. Good luck to finding someone with that name!

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Posted in: High school student expelled for having sex, sues school for Y6 million See in context

Last December, a student at Seiwa Gakuen High School in Sendai City was called into the principal’s office and told that he faced expulsion for the offense of engaging in sexual activity with a girl he was dating.

I'm sorry but what century is this? How absurd of this school to think that it can dictate what students can and can't do in their spare time! Considering the fact that the student in question was just leaving HS, he would've been 18. That is above the age of consent is it not?

If my school had such a ridiculous policy in place, over half the student body would've been expelled!

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Posted in: Britons cast historic vote on EU future See in context

I was so tempted to stick two fingers up at the EU by voting LEAVE. But I've voted REMAIN as I will give one chance for reforms and if nothing changes and we get another referendum (which with enough noise we would get) then I will vote to leave the EU.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't hires pirate hunter to search Internet for illegal anime uploads See in context

Is the 'pirate hunter' Zoro by any chance?

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