Japan’s Year-end Music Show Has Dropped K-Pop Acts

Japan’s widely-watched year-end TV show will feature only Japanese acts this year, with popular South Korean performers left out of the line-up amid territorial frictions with Seoul.

Taxpayer-funded broadcaster NHK insisted politics had played no role in the selection of performers for the New Year’s Eve broadcast watched by up to 40 percent of the nation’s TV audience.

Korean girl groups KARA and Girls’ Generation and male group Tohoshinki (TVXQ) were among the headline acts last year on “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (The Red and White Song Contest).

The live TV show lasts more than four hours, and features established acts like AKB48, as well as grandees of J-pop like ageing boy band SMAP.

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“Ongaku no Hi” on TBS to set world record for longest single music show

On July 16, TBS will broadcast a live music show called “Ongaku no Hi” (“Music Day”). It will last a total of 7 hours and 40 minutes, setting the all-time record for longest single music show ever televised. SMAP’s Nakai Masahiro (38) and TBS announcer Azumi Shinichiro (37) will serve as hosts.

At a length of 7 hours and 40 minutes, “Ongaku no Hi” will surpass even the big year-end music events like NHK’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen and Fuji TV’s FNS Kayousai. Currently, the longest such show is TBS’s “Countdown TV Special” at the end of every year, which was 5 hours and 15 minutes last year. Nakai also hosted that show, and he has previously hosted Kouhaku Uta Gassen on 6 separate occasions.

Approximately 50 artists will perform on the show. According to the TBS website, the roster currently includes:

  • Ishikawa Sayuri
  • AKB48
  • Every Little Thing
  • Ogura Kei
  • Kayama Yuzo
  • KARA
  • Kuraki Mai
  • Sato Muneyuki
  • SID
  • JUJU
  • Sukima Switch
  • Tokunaga Hideaki
  • Dream Morning Musume
  • Nakagawa Shoko
  • Hikawa Kiyoshi
  • flumpool
  • Becky
  • Makihara Noriyuki
  • Minami Kosetsu
  • Moriyama Ryoko
  • Rake

“Ongaku no Hi” will be aired from 7:00pm to 2:40am.