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

  In this article, we began to introduce the research by undergraduate students, “Antipathy towards Politics: The movement of # Get Out from Our Music” serially. Part.1 is in here.

2. Antipathy towards Political Speaking
  Why do Japanese people dislike that artists and musician says their political opinion? There is no previous research had mentioned directly about antipathy toward politically opinion artists argue. However, a lot of researchers are interested in political antipathy of Japanese. Koichiro Kokubun says that Japanese people tend to take a distance people who speak about politics today(Kokubun 2013)and aggressive political actions (Kokubun and Asagi 2013). Actually, the data presented by Hiroshi Hirano shows that almost of Japanese do not participate in politics except voting (Hirano 2012). Previous research show that almost Japanese people have no interest in politics and have antipathy.
  Moreover, some research argues the findings from the framework of distance. Kazunori Inamasu mentioned that Japanese people recognize politics as different things, but as things exists in distant place (Inamasu 2015). It is difficult for us to experience to acquire politics in our daily life, so we cannot help recognizing that political behavior in places far from us. Political behavior in places far from us and complete there, so we might have resistances of political system hardly.
  Hiroki Okamoto redefined the distance on the contexts of relationship with others. He says that most of Japanese people do not have resistances to speak about politics between close relationship like family and friend (Okamoto, 2004). From previous research, we do not have antipathy that both people who is in located from us (e.g. politician) and who are the nearest to us (e.g. friends and family members) talk about politics.
  By the way, why does Japanese have antipathy for political opinion from celebrities? In the distance of relationship with others, where are celebrities placed? In everyday life, artists are in far existences for us because we cannot communicate with them in our daily life. However, we enjoy the creation (e.g. arts and musics) made by artists through daily actions like listening to music, or watching TV. Thus we place artists as close existences in the frame of close relationship.
We felt that artists have a close position with us, but actually they have far existences from us.
  Even if artists and celebrities say the political opinion at a distance from their audiences, audiences do not think so. They recognize that artists’ political speaking in the frame of close relationship. We argue that such cognitive contradiction is one of the reasons why the antipathy for saying political opinion by celebrities.
  In the next section, we study the political antipathy deeply from the interview data.

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