All About the Rebirth of Japanese Pop Music Group Ngt48
Japanese Pop Music Group NGT48 is Going in a New Direction
Japanese pop music group NGT48 is now undergoing significant changes as a group and so that is why I have titled this next article as such. It has now been announced that this group will end their team based system and restart their activities using a different approach. What does this all mean? I am glad that you asked because that is what the focus of this next part will be.
A Photo of Japanese Idol Group NGT48
What is the Current Structure of NGT48?
Now, NGT48 has the teams Team N3, Team G, and Research Students. Once the changes have been implemented, NGT48 will be operating musically with “First Generation Students” and Research Students.”
The One Major Event That Set The Stage for the Restructuring of NGT48 Is
Whether this has happened through mere coincidence or just a random act of change, there was a major event that happened to this group that may have put things in perspective. NGT48’s operating company called AKS issued a statement in early January 2019 because one of the group’s members Maho Yamaguchi was assaulted by two men outside of her home. In a LIVE broadcast done on Twitter and SHOWROOM, Yamaguchi confirmed the report and then attended NGT48’s 3rd anniversary event on January 10, 2019. She then apologized to the fans because this news caused them to worry. In addition to this public statement, the way that the group’s management handled the issue was said to have caused a riot in Japan. As a result, Theater Manager Etsuro Imamura was replaced by Maiko Hayakawa. This is the event that sparked outrage in Japan and led to the plans for restructuring the group. This is significant because this is the first time at least in my memory that a girl group in Japan has come under controversy for an event like this. In mid-January 2019, a statement on NGT48’s website revealed that one member of NGT48 told these two men when Yamaguchi might return home. It is reported that these two men were arrested on suspicion of grabbing her face but they were later released. Yamaguchi’s apology comes at a time when there is growing awareness of violence against women in Japan.
Note: as I read and find out about this unfortunate incident, why would you ever reveal private information about one of your team members to a fan of the group? This is like throwing a teammate under the bus and it is shameful.
Why is the Japanese Public Outraged at the Incident?
The outrage has come up to the surface because of the manner in which AKS has handled the incident. Yamaguchi’s apology has helped her to get more sympathy from the Japanese public.
Maho Yamaguchi Speaks Out About Not Being Properly Taken Care Of
Yamaguchi revealed in February 2019 that she has not even received the proper care even now as her relations with the company AKS are on a downward slide and are deteriorating. The parents of NGT48 members even spoke out against management wanting to know why the group’s former manager isn’t even present. Yamaguchi’s parents publicly spoke out saying that their daughter cannot trust anyone anymore and she deserves the proper mental and emotional care. Something that AKS has said that they would look into.
Interesting Video About the Maho Yamaguchi Case
Some Perspective About the Influence of J POP Idols
Kukhee Choo, a cultural studies expert at Sophia University in Tokyo put things in perspective, saying: "There's a lot of affinity in Japan towards idol figures as the management companies choose very average, cute, young cheerful women. They want everyone to feel like this could be your daughter or next-door neighbor.
If someone powerful has a hard time coming out, the average women in Japan thinks, what chance do I have? But idols are very relatable. This incident could help other young women to think, if she came out, then I can come out too,” (Emiko Jozuka, 2019).
A Little Bit About Idol Group NGT48
NGT48 now has 45 original members over their 2 generations. As part of the rebirth of NGT48 it is my hope that Yamaguchi can recover from this incident and resume a normal life. Yamaguchi who is 23, was chosen as a selected member for the group’s first single called Seishun Dokei.Bibliography
Emiko Jozuka, Y. W. (2019, January 16). CNN. Retrieved April 14, 2019, from CNN.com: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/16/asia/japanese-pop-idol-sexual-assault-apology-bullying-intl/index.html
"Seishun Dokei" The Debut Single of NGT48
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