In what can only be described as surprising given that many celebrities in Japan don’t usually involve themselves in politics, a whole bunch of them have recently tweeted out their displeasure with a government proposal pushed by Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo regarding the public prosecutor’s office.
A new move by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and the Liberal Democratic Party (民主党) to change a seemingly obscure rule in the way Japan’s public prosecutor’s office is run has many claiming that Abe and the LDP are attempting to erode the separation of powers in the Japanese government. The move has proven so unpopular that hordes of manga artists, celebrities, idols and, singers – including notable names such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and actor Asada Tadanobu – are joining in on the protest.
Read more about the issue itself here, but yeah, you read that correctly: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is raging against the machine now.
Nikkan Sports compiled a list of celebrities that have spoken out so far, and it is extensive.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Taikyokugu (Osawa Arimasa / Miyabe Miyuki / Kyogoku Natsuhiko)
Atashinchi / Kera Eiko
Needless to say, this seems to be snowballing.
Of particular note would seem to be actor Shirota Yu, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, actor Tadanobu Asano, SKY-HI from AAA, Mizuno Yoshiki from Ikimonogakari, ex-MMA fighter Sudo Genki from WORLD ORDER, and ex-AKB48 member Akimoto Sayaka. I’m sure there’s more people to recognize there cause it’s a lot of directors and people involved in manga/anime that I probably don’t know.
Oh yeah, in the midst of this, I also learned that one of the fan favorites from Battle Royale, Yamamoto Taro, is now a leftist politician who seems to hate Abe. Rebellious king.
2020 is a wild ride.