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10:45 am - 02/20/2013

Shinoda Mariko resigns as mayor of Fukuoka Kawaii Ward



On February 19th, it was announced that AKB48’s Shinoda Mariko has resigned as mayor of Fukuoka City’s virtual administrative ward, ‘Kawaii Ward’.

Since last year, the city received four complaints, citing reasons such as “Encouraging cute women hinders women’s self-independence,” and “It encourages gender discrimination.” As such, Shinoda was asked to step down as ward mayor. The city explained, “We can’t cause trouble to Shinoda-san, who has no direct relationship with the argument.

Shinoda had been serving as the ward mayor since late-August without compensation. She was in charge of promoting the city by informing registrants of events.

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dollfacesaori 20th-Feb-2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
this is stupid, who says you can't be cute, or "kawaii", if you want to have a successful, professional life or something?? i can't be independent if i am a "kawaii"? if they are worried about girls getting carried away, they could just put more emphasis on "we can be cute while we work and/or study!" or something like that o__O

japan, you are seeing things from a wrong pov, and like the previous comment says, there really are bigger inequality issues that are being overlooked...
myharu 20th-Feb-2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
LAWD GURL I ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK. I read "Shinoda Mariko Resigns" and literally felt my heart trying to pop out of my chest.

I'm too old for this

ohprecioustime 20th-Feb-2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
smh we can never have good things with fema-nazis ruining everything

poor Mariko :(
manriikyo 20th-Feb-2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
fema-nazis

royu_kiyo 20th-Feb-2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
Girl, you know it's real.
manriikyo 20th-Feb-2013 11:03 pm (UTC)


dishonor
agirlsgarden 20th-Feb-2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
manriikyo 20th-Feb-2013 11:02 pm (UTC)


flawfree gif though
agirlsgarden 20th-Feb-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)


Joan has the best gifs, ngl.
manriikyo 20th-Feb-2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
I cannot wait for the new season uuugh also loving your Rainbow Dash icon
agirlsgarden 20th-Feb-2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Yessss. There's still like 2 months left though? Whyyy.
manriikyo 20th-Feb-2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
April right? Why you so far awaaay D:
umbrellaphone 21st-Feb-2013 03:17 am (UTC)
Sry but it's true. Not to mention women criticize women the most these days.
a_cheshire_grin 21st-Feb-2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
The term "Nazi" can't just be thrown around like that. Do you know what a "Nazi" is? Do you know what this term implies? If not, than please read some History books.

I work as a Historian and I too often come across people, who use words and terms without actually knowing anything about them.
a_cheshire_grin 21st-Feb-2013 12:40 pm (UTC)
The term "Nazi" can't just be thrown around like that. Do you know what a "Nazi" is? Do you know what this term implies? If not, then please read some History books and educate yourself!
rainbow_yarn 21st-Feb-2013 12:55 pm (UTC)
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hadashi_no_eden 20th-Feb-2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
Let me get this straight. She was mayor of a place that doesn't exist outside the internet called Kawaii ward. People got mad about this place that doesn't actually exist and so she had to step down from this position? Wow is all I can say. Aren't there some real issues people could be getting upset about?
lettace 20th-Feb-2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
What in the flaming idol-ridden hell...
manriikyo 20th-Feb-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
Though I don't think the complaints are entirely unwarranted... priorities, people, come on.
cherylena 21st-Feb-2013 05:59 am (UTC)
Urm okay..good for her i guess..

But is she aware that the entire idol industry(that made her famous in the first place) practically revolves around discrimination of women?
liime_arix 21st-Feb-2013 12:14 pm (UTC)
Not disagreeing about that fact. But it wasn't that the complaints were about her as the leader, but the whole idea of the ward (which doesn't even really exist but was just there to bring tourists to the area).
tousan_yamete 23rd-Feb-2013 06:56 am (UTC)
i'm a resident of kawaii-ku!
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