Japan’s society has always been considered conservative in stark contrast to Western nations. This belief has often placed authorities on the lookout for those engaged in illegal gambling and drugs oftentimes employing drastic measures to keep it at bay, if not, non-existent. The studio pull-out on this famous J-Pop act Chage & Aska is just an example of this cultural quirk on Japan.
Recently, police have arrested the J-Pop duo Chage & Aska of the “Yah Yah Yah” fame, after being caught with stimulants such as MDMA in their possession. Police have used the duo’s celebrity status to make an example of what not to do to the Japanese public. However, the negative image caused by the incident has extended to their music career as Universal Music Japan has decided to cancel its contract with the duo. But the music company did not stop with that, it has also ordered shipment and digital distribution of all their music and video products to be halted. The company has since apologized to fans and said that the decision is a corporate one operating as a member of society. If you are not familiar with Chage & Aska, see the video immediately below.
The bad publicity has also affected Walt Disney Japan’s release of a Blu-ray boxed set of Hayao Miyazaki’s works called Miyazaki Hayao Kantoku Sakuhin-shu (The Collected Works of Director Hayao Miyazaki). The original boxed set contains an animated music video of Chage & Aska’s song “On Your Mark,” which Studio Ghibli has made. But Walt Disney is pulling out this music video, which has caused the release to be pushed from June 18 to July 2. Some loyal fans of Miyazaki have expressed concerns, as it would seem that the animation studios are removing an important work by the master animator and his studio. But the video could still be viewed online and would definitely continue to garner views regardless of being pulled out as is the case with most negative publicity. The deleted video is shown below.
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