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Crystal Kay releases PV teaser for her new song, “Superman”

Switching up her labels and her look, Crystal Kay revealed a PV teaser for her new song, “Superman“ on November 14th.

She was also quoted as saying, “I’m nervous, but I’m filled with excitement! I want to create GOOD MUSIC utilizing my heart, body, and voice to the fullest.”

Check out the vid below…and see what you think.

Fuji TV tries to stir the crowd at latest Hanryu protest with worn out Japanese Flag

This demonstration was organized by Channel Sakura and took place in front of the Fuji TV building last weekend. The first movie shows the national flag in front of Fuji TV. It’s a very raggedy and frayed Japanese flag. And you can see it was split once and then sewed back together. Odd? Thinking so…

One would think that Fuji TV put it there on purpose to frenzy the protesters the day of the demonstration. The motive here…
(If they can upset the protesters, Fuji TV can broadcast them as a dangerously rampaging lunatics.) Maybe…

Satoshi Mizushima, Toshio Tamogami and other delegates that attended the demonstration spoke to Fuji TV and asked to put up a new clean flag. Fuji TV said they would put a new flag, case solved? Not so fast, they also said that they didn’t know if they could do it or not without permission from higher up. So flag maintence at Fuji TV is a serious job managed by the executives of the company? Maybe, but anyway–So, Mizushima tried to put a new flag. Here’s the video of that…the Fuji TV guards don’t seem to thrilled.

But that’s not the end of the story…this movie shows that Fuji TV was biding time to irritate the crowd.
The guardsmen already had a new flag…yep. Busted.

Is Fuji TV ruled by Korea?

On September 2nd, Fuji TV put a message responding to the criticism about their biased and fabricated coverage on their website.

Stating that foreign stock holders, who have “voting securities”, are under 20%.

They then mentioned the reasons for cutting Kimigayo (Japan’s National anthem) and awards ceremonies of figure skating broadcasts. They said, “The sport relay has to be broadcast in real time, so they had to edit enormous images and information one after another and we sometimes can’t broadcast them in order to get the correct timing of those images and information.”

They could show whole Korean National anthem and Korean flag without any problems, however but couldn’t show Japanese National anthem or Japanese flag because of the TIMING???

And they didn’t even mention the reasons why they interviewed Mao Asada in front of the life size panel of her falling after she won.
You can see that video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhrt7ACQOG4

They didn’t mention many other inconvenient criticisms, either. Those are all conveniently left out of the response. The rest of the statement is full of lame excuses justifying Fuji TV’s actions.

But, Japanese people deserve better from Fuji TV. Racism seems to be the card being dealt to this movement against Fuji TV and the Korean influence that it is perpetuating. But, racism can not be used in this argument. It is not the issue here. Japanese people love foreign culture. The people who demonstrated against Fuji TV were not political or patriotic extremists, but just those who have at least some patriotism and dignity. This isn’t anything to do with being racist against Koreans. It’s just patriotic dignity and love of one’s own country that the Japanese people are having to stand up for to get fair representation on their own country’s TV stations.

Many Japanese people are starting to feel the danger of Korean propaganda that is showing on their TV set everyday. The admiring of Korean people and culture with constant comparisons between Korea and Japan. Ratings of everything to see what is the best, with anything to do with Korea usually at the top of the list. The debunking of Japanese celebrities, historical figures and culture and sometimes even replacing it with historically incorrect facts has happened. This isn’t anything to do with racism, it’s about getting to the facts.

But back to the story here and why this is weird that Fuji TV suddenly put their response on their website after ignoring the protests and demonstrations and rejecting to receive even a letter of protest from the masses. Perhaps Fuji TV has to worry about it’s sponsors now, as the Japanese people have started to boycott their products. The Japanese people are planning to have another demonstration against Kao, which is a big sponsor of Fuji TV, in Tokyo on September 16th and in Osaka on September 23rd. Kao is a Japanese toiletry product company, which is also sponsoring a TV drama that portrays Japanese people as evil during WW2 and airing in Thailand.

The Japanese people are typically quiet and open minded to other cultures, but this is a bit too much to be tolerant.

Odaiba Fuji TV Hanryu Protest

It really happened on August 7th.
More than 1000 people gathered around the Fuji TV building in Odaiba.
They were holding Japanese flags and saying “No more Hanryu(Korean Boom)”
One of the protestors said, “Fuji TV is an evil of Japan. Hanryu Boom is made up and fake.”

It may have come as a shock to people who came to Fuji TV for sightseeing to see so many Japanese protesting the station.

Fuji TV has been quoted stating “Only a few internet users are complaining about Hanryu.” But looking at the sheer number of complaints on the Fuji TV YouTube Channel, one would tend to disagree. The site is currently generating more comments than Lady Gaga’s.

According to the protestors at the demonstration, there is already a bigger demonstration planned. It will be held on August 21st.

Here are some videos from August, 7th.






Is Japan ruled by Korea?

Fuji TV channel(http://www.youtube.com/user/fujitv) on You Tube is erupting with more than 10000 criticisms a day.

It started with Sousuke Takaoka, a Japanese actor, and his tweets condemning Fuji TV playing too much Korean content. He just said “Fuji TV should play what we Japanese people want to see.” Then he was promptly fired from his agency, Stardust Promotion.

After his dismissal, many people poured out support on his twitter page insisting he didn’t say anything wrong. This started a backlash.

Many Japanese who were not interested in watching Korean content in their living-rooms expressed their frustrations on Fuji TV’s YouTube pages, but the comments were almost immediately erased by Fuji TV.

To give further background on the subject and perhaps insight into why this spread of hanryu as it’s called in Japan, meaning the Korean wave, has produced this sudden “Korean Movement” or explosion of Korean Culture and Advertising, let’s looks at a few facts and examples. One such example that is taking place is the K-Pop Sensation, which has suddenly begun to segway into Samsung Appliances becoming “popular” in Japan, and there are other related stories, so let’s have a look behind the curtain, so to speak.

Fact 1: Many stockholders of Fuji TV are Korean and Korean residents.
Fact 2: The Korean government has hired an advertising company, Dentsu Inc., to promote Korea in a new Korean “movement” campaign.
Fact 3: Fuji TV has censored Japanese Nationalism.

Let’s start with Fact 3 and What Fuji TV has done. First, when Mao Asada won first place in a figure skating competition, Fuji TV blipped the scenes of the award ceremony and playing of the Japanese national anthem. Second, when the Japanese women’s soccer team won the 2011 World Cup, Fuji TV didn’t broadcast the award ceremony at all.

On to Fact 2. Fuji TV shows K-pop, Korean drama and Korean gossip shows all day long. Fuji TV has a spot where they rank the most popular food in Japan. The first prize is always something Korean like bulgogi Pizza, Hiyashi Kankoku, which normal Japanese most likely have never even had or seen.

And lastly Fact 1. There is no denying that Koreans own 20% or more of Fuji TV. Fuji TV has stopped sharing information on its stockholders in an effort to hide this fact.

If Korean culture such as food, K-pop and TV dramas were really organically popular in Japan, none of this would be much of a problem or even an issue, but all are fake reports or media trying to persuade the minds of the Japanese. And Sousuke Takaoka just pointed out those problems. Sousuke likened the proliferation of Korean content on Japanese TV as an act of “brainwashing.” It’s an invasion of free will, thought and expression.

Another problem is pachinko, the industry is 80% owned by Koreans, and they are a huge sponsor, but sponsoring TV programming that is Korean within the Japanese media.

Also, the Japanese main party is trying to make a new law, focused on Civil Liberties. It appears to be a great law on the surface, but it is actually a gag order law to prohibit free speech. Ultimately stripping the Japanese people of their civil rights, by allowing harassment and arrest for such things as expressing your opinion. The problem has gone beyond media and the K-Pop Sensation. It’s political as well, with the main party of Japan being caught paying money to North Korean groups that have been linked to the kid-napping of Japanese citizens. The victims of these crimes committed by this group, have been abducted and taken to North Korea. This includes PM Naoto Kan’s personal office making donations of nearly $625,000.

Worse still is this is not isolated to Japan, other countries have had battle with Korea. Most recently, Taiwan, which is currently passing a law to limit Korean influence in it’s in media due to the tactics and falsehoods spread in the messages of Korean advertisements.

So, why is it that Japanese people can’t watch their own culture’s TV shows? Why are they instead force fed Korean culture? Why do they have to watch something they are not interested in on TV?

What happens if Korea takes control of all media in Japan? Would Japan be taken over, too?
Japanese people have to get back in touch with their nationalism, their county’s spirit, and support Takaoka with courage.

Nile Perch Creating the Fairy Kei & Pastel-Lovers Paradise in Harajuku

Nile Perch hasn’t always been a leading name in Japanese Fairy-kei fashion. More than 25 years ago it was a simple polo-shirt brand with a fish logo (the Nile Perch) inspired by Lacoste’s famous crocodile insignia. It’s the longevity and growth of Nile Perch which makes it different from other Fairy-kei labels such as 6%DokiDoki and the Tavuchi-led Spank!!!, Monascas Banana, and Ticket to Darling.

If we go even deeper into Fairy-kei, which has been a movement or scene in Tokyo for years now, we can see that there is no such thing as a unified Fairy-kei but multiple mini-scenes which make up Fairy-kei culture. 6%DokiDoki opts for vibrancy in colors and theme, Spank goes for second-hand pop and rock inspired 80s kitsch, and Nile Perch is a proponent of softer, kinder colors such as pinks and pastels. They might look similar to outsiders, but within the Fairy-kei community these brands are as different as Gucci and Takuya Angel.

Read the rest of the story: Nile Perch – Fairy Kei & Pastel-Lovers Paradise in Harajuku.

Traveling Japan: 24-hour Tokyo

From the heated toilet seats to the birdsong piped through the railway stations, Tokyo is a city unlike any other. You’ll find all the pop-culture chaos you associate with the uber-modern Japanese metropolis beside the serene calm of a Buddhist shrine and the broad sweep of a public park.

It means if you find yourself with only limited time in the city, you have to plan it well, but on the upside there are few cities that run as efficiently as Tokyo. Once you’ve decided where to go, you’ll get there quickly.

Tokyo is famous for its gourmet restaurants, but you can also find culinary treasures by being a little brave and wandering down the odd staircase or back street.

Read the rest of the story: Japan: 24-hour Tokyo.

X Japan providing the theme song for Osamu Tezuka’s “Buddha”

Rock band X Japan is providing the theme song for an animated film based on Osamu Tezuka’s manga "Buddha." The song, titled "Scarlet Love Song," is a ballad written by band leader Yoshiki. It will begin playing in theaters on December 23 when the movie’s trailer premieres.

"Tezuka Osamu no Buddha -Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku-" is planned to be the first film in a trilogy based on "Buddha." Directed by Kozo Morishita, the movie features a voice cast that includes Sayuri Yoshinaga, Masato Sakai, Junko Takeuchi, and Hidetaka Yoshioka.

"Scarlet Love Song" will reportedly be included on X Japan’s album planned for release next spring. "Tezuka Osamu no Buddha" will open in theaters on May 28, 2011.

“Space Battleship Yamato” rakes in nearly 1 billion in first 5 days

Film distributor Toho has announced the box office results for the live-action "Space Battleship Yamato" movie, which opened on 440 screens in Japan last week. Over the 5-day period between its opening on December 1 (Wednesday) and December 5 (Sunday), the film earned a total of 943,995,550 yen from 791,012 viewers.

Based on a survey administered by computer and mobile phone, Toho also announced some statistics about the viewing demographic. The audience was approximately 52% male and 48% female. The bulk of the viewers (44.4%) were in their 40s, with the next largest age groups being the 30s (19.0%), 50s (15.1%), and 20s (12.9%). As for occupation, 54.5% said they were company employees, while 16.3% were housewives.

The survey also asked viewers about their reasons for watching the movie. At 31.9%, the most common response was that they wanted to see a live-action version of "Yamato." 21.7% said they watched it because they liked the original "Yamato" anime series, and 15.8% said they went because it starred SMAP’s Takuya Kimura. 5.3% replied that they watched it because the special effects seemed amazing.

Official movie site