Research Project by Tominaga Seminar 2016-2: Antipathy towards Politics: The Movement of # Get Out from Our Music” 1/3

  In this article, we began to introduce the research by undergraduate students, “Antipathy towards Politics: The movement of # Get Out from Our Music” serially. We uploaded the Japanese version in advance in here . We conducted another project, “Why does nationalistic TV programs in Japan?” in here.


1.Introduction
  In the summer of 2016, there is political debate over FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL in Twitter. FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL is held for the first time in 1997 and it is held every year in the beginning of August from the end of July and held in Naeba, Niigata skiing area. It is one of the largest music festivals in Japan which 125, 000 people participate in and has some kinds of spaces and events which have political aims. In 2016 FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL, when appearance of Aki Okuda who is a member of the peace movement organization “SEALDs”(*1) was announced to “the ATOMIC CAFE “(*2) held in one of the stages of FUJI ROCK on an official homepage, huge criticism avalanched in SNS . In contrast, the celebrity including the musician argued and became the big topic and social phenomenon . And hashtag which is “#Get out from our music” (政治を音楽に持ち込むな) was made on twitter.
  After 3.11 nuclear disaster, many artists have argued their political opinion in their concert, SNS and their websites. For example, TOSHI-LOW, he is the member of BRAHMAN/OAU, talked about his opinion against Japanese government which activating nuclear power plant in the rock concert. I took part into the concert and heard his opinion. A lot of audiences said their sympathy with TOSHI-LOW in there. I am inspired from him as well.
  After 3.11 nuclear disaster, many artists have argued their political opinion in their concert, SNS and their websites. For example, TOSHI-LOW, he is the member of BRAHMAN/OAU, talked about his opinion against Japanese government which activating nuclear power plant in the rock concert. I took part into the concert and heard his opinion. A lot of audiences said their sympathy with TOSHI-LOW in there. I am inspired from him as well.
  However, a lot of fans have antipathy for the political opinion like TOSHI-LOW argued. I wonder why the situation happens in Japan. In 2016 presidential election in U.S., many musicians and artists say their opinion clearly in front of their audiences. Why some audiences can receive the political argument by celebrities, but others are not? We started our research because I was interested in the difference. We thought that there might be feeling of negative images such as antipathy and evasion against the Japanese politics in the background of the social phenomenon in Japan. We consider that why it is feeling of resistance and evasion occur in the political remark by the celebrity who does not have the specialized knowledge like the politician.
(To be continued…)

*1) The abbreviated designation of the Japanese student group “Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy”. They performed the protest demonstration activity to a security bill and a constitutional amendment, but announced the dissolution on August 15, 2016.

*2) The stage for appealing about antinuclear anti-nuclear power generation carried out for 6 consecutive years from 2011 to 2016. In there, some celebrities, activists and journalists have a round table and live concert

Original article written by Risa Kato
Translated by Yui Hamasaki, Mai Hashimoto, Risa Kato and Tatsuki Niga

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