Media Entertainment – Dark Side of Japan

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Entertainment sometimes turns into slavery. You've probably heard of the unwritten rules for all Japanese models. If you date, you will be publicly humiliated. If it grows old, it will fall into oblivion. Kill yourself from working and finance these corporations that treat you like a machine and not like a person.

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The Japanese entertainment world is full of dark things. Since involvement with yakuza to sexual harassment, Japan's media entertainment is a veritable Pandora's Box.

Check out below what else goes on in the world of Japanese entertainment:

An image of purity and innocence

It is expected that the idols be, above all, purer than pure and perfect beings, similar to angels. The image of innocence and naivety is very attractive and strong in Japan.

Media entertainment - japan's dark side

Of course, this applies to all Idols, but it mostly applies to female Idols. Idols have to give the impression that they are romantically detached and sexually inexperienced.

There are several examples of idols having secret relationships. If the media finds out about this news, her career will be over. This can be extremely stressful for Idols in their early twenties, for example, who are at the age where romantic relationships are normal and healthy. Rejecting any kind of sexual and romantic life is a big sacrifice.

Sexual harassment and exploitation in entertainment

There are many reports of Idols being sexually harassed by their employers and industry managers. Most being men.

Media entertainment - japan's dark side

Seen this way, Japan still has a long way to go when it comes to preventing sexism and sexual harassment. This is reflected in the fact that despite numerous reports of abuse and harassment, basically no action is taken.

Exploitation is also another negative that comes with Idol's work. Many do not earn much more than the minimum wage, while the men behind the curtains make their fortunes.

Not only are Idols extremely financially exploited, but they often work long hours and are showcased and objectified.

Having to deal with fanatical and obsessive fans

Media entertainment - japan's dark side

At these box office events, there are reports of male fans acting improperly with the idols. However, this is seen as just part of the job.

In 2014, two members of the AKB48 and a staff member were violently attacked by a man with a handsaw.

Furthermore, the limbs still have scars. Eventually, this attack security was increased in these types of events. However, this is just an extreme example. There are freaks everywhere.

Business agencies in Japan

Unlike, say, the United States, where stars hire agents to represent them, Japanese artists are hired by a secret network of agencies and are paid salaried wages. Profitable fees and advertising contracts often go straight to the agency.

Media entertainment - dark side of japan

In turn, the agency pampers and protects the stars, arranges suitable accommodation and ostensibly guides their career towards success.

As such, agencies have absolute control over the stars' private lives and public image. This is to the extent that many artists are unable to marry.

In short, the Japanese entertainment industry, contrary to the media, is a sad and stressful world.

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