(Random unrelated photo of AKB, in case you don’t know what idol bands look like.) J-CAST reports:
In Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, there’s a furor brewing over an idol group with a name that conjures up images of radiation. The group’s manager claims, “it was our plan to bring at least a little light into the world”.
“Improve the image of regional radiation hotspots”
Accompanying the AKB48 phenomenon, there’s been an outbreak of regional girls’ bands all over Japan. The group being criticized is one of these.
On January 16, 2012, they created a member recruitment website, posting advertisements to the recruitment website “Maipure” as well as the Kashiwa City notice board. The group name:
According to the press release, the group planned to “improve the image of regional radiation hotspots through dance and song”. It added that a debut single “Millisievert Fever” was being planned for an April release.
The release sought girls from the Chiba area ages 10-22, with auditions to be held on February 28th. Apparently there was a good response too, because the manager tweeted on the 17th that he was “getting a large number of inquiries and collaborators”.
On the 18th, though, he admitted that a number of complaints about the harsh group name were coming in: “I expected a healthy amount of debate, but the pressure is not insignificant.”
“It’s easy to see that I was the idiot”
Finally, on the 21st, the manager explained himself on Twitter as follows:
There are people who think radiation is a huge deal, and people who think it’s totally insignificant, and I was making fun of both sides. But I think I need to develop more respect for both views. For me, now it’s easy to see that I was the idiot here.
But even after this confession, he attracted the wrath of city employees. On the 31st he changed his group’s name to “Hop☆Steps”, but recognized that farmers and realtors were both being angered by his missteps. After discussing the issue with Chiba Prefecture’s Radiation Countermeasures Office, he ended auditions altogether. On February 2nd, a letter of apology was apparently sent to all girls who had auditioned.
The Radiation Countermeasures Office said that “we do not have the ability to outright stop this kind of activity, but we asked him to hear us out and explained our viewpoint to him. We don’t believe this was good judgment on his part.”
The manager said that 7 or 8 women had auditioned in the week that he was setting up the band.
3：名無しさん＠恐縮です [sage]：2012/02/09(木) 00:06:32.73 ID:U3bZMrYu0
This is a bad joke.
4：名無しさん＠恐縮です ：2012/02/09(木) 00:06:35.72 ID:T07m+gqU0
10：名無しさん＠恐縮です ：2012/02/09(木) 00:08:11.72 ID:NkcG+TnCO
This is terrible
17：名無しさん＠恐縮です [sage]：2012/02/09(木) 00:09:23.26 ID:HQsrINre0
If you do something like this, see it through to the bitter end.
19：名無しさん＠恐縮です [sage]：2012/02/09(木) 00:09:34.09 ID:m6UPx6P20
Haha, what an idiot
24：名無しさん＠恐縮です ：2012/02/09(木) 00:10:09.27 ID:e0ddPnOW0
This is unthinkably dumb
62：名無しさん＠恐縮です [sage]：2012/02/09(木) 00:16:41.28 ID:MigS9Kwt0
At least say “microsievert”, the song will be that much stronger
99：名無しさん＠恐縮です ：2012/02/09(木) 00:23:12.08 ID:NzaVVNls0
Recruiting for a TEPCO ad?
106：名無しさん＠恐縮です [sage]：2012/02/09(木) 00:24:16.60 ID:6XgyTXAE0
I could forgive him if he was being outright imprudent, but this…
111：名無しさん＠恐縮です [sage]：2012/02/09(木) 00:25:14.02 ID:S7lPEkpo0
“Hot☆Spots” Debut Album
1. Millisievert Fever
2. Petroleum Explosion Demagogue
4. Thyroid Gland SOS
5. Magnitude 7 Aftershock
6. Yellow Rain
7. Goodbye, Normal Life
8. Shake Your Geiger Counter
10. My Dear Strontium
120：名無しさん＠恐縮です [sage]：2012/02/09(木) 00:26:35.72 ID:GZUfIQMZ0
Human beings spend too much time paying attention to idiots like this
125：名無しさん＠恐縮です ：2012/02/09(木) 00:28:26.35 ID:xtcm5ho1O
Straight from the lips of a 2channel poster
410：名無しさん＠恐縮です ：2012/02/09(木) 02:25:20.11 ID:dLuuV2Rm0
There are real bands that sing songs like this, you know…
“Seifuku Kojo Iinkai” has basically turned to hippie-ish folk music
(English subtitles included –Shii)
(This is a song about TPP. If you don’t know what that means… uh… never mind –Shii)
209：名無しさん＠恐縮です [sage]：2012/02/09(木) 00:49:09.01 ID:hnL1GFAjP
Change the name to G☆Spots, everyone will love it
Original post: 2ch matome R (Japanese)