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10:57 am - 09/09/2012

Koki's Nazi uniform causes controversy

Tanaka Koki, member of the popular Johnny's idol group, KAT-TUN, has been stirring up some controvery recently as his new PV "Black or White" was leaked on to the internet. So what's the big deal? Some netizens are upset that Koki is dressed in full, Nazi uniform. The full PV can be viewed here.

To be specific, Koki sports the notorious SS black uniform, which was used from 1932 to 1934 in Nazi Germany. The SS uniform was worn specifically by people who worked in concentration camps and closest to the Third Reich. The PV features him dancing in the Nazi garb, while switching between scenes of him being experimented on. The SS was also notorious for conducting horrendous "medical experiments" on many Jews in concentration camps.

Koki's uniform shows off several Nazi era paraphernalia, including:

The Third Reich Eagle Emblem 

The Third Reich government adopted the eagle as a national symbol (Hoheitszeichen), in common with previous German governments and several other European countries. Originally, the design was to show the eagle's head facing to its right when used as a national symbol, and to its left when used as a Nazi Party symbol, but this convention was not always followed. The eagle's claws were to grasp a wreath of oak leaves surrounding a swastika.

The Iron Cross

The Iron Cross was used as the symbol of the German Army from 1871 to March/April 1918, when it was replaced by a simpler Greek cross. In 1956, the Iron Cross resumed its German military usage, as it became the symbol of the Bundeswehr, the modern German armed forces. 

However, the Nazi swastika band cannot be seen on his arm. 

Many netizens have voiced their concerns over the PV, including:

"That PV is disgusting, not only the SS uniform but also the experiment bits...Japanese groups have been called out for this shit before, he must've known. This is a disgusting grab for attention and it will work,"

"lol i don't get why you are all reacting so badly. okay well i do, but it's been done before and it shouldn't be a huge deal anymore. vk bands have dressed up with the actual nazi-swastika attached to their costume. for years and years and years."

It is widely known that the Japanese were allied with Germany during World War 2. However, many Japanese are still uneducated on the full extent of the atrocities done by the Axis Powers during the war.

Sources: 1, 2
mele_3_4 9th-Sep-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
I don't think Koki is a Nazi supporter or anything like that but I think depicting the evil vs good concept in a pv that contains Nazi themes was incredibly inappropriate. I think they were just using it to represent a renown symbol of evil within the history of humanity but even if there was no ill-intent, it makes me uncomfortable that they reduced an actual piece of history to a cheap pv plot. They could have gotten the message across without the Nazi symbolism but instead they used references to a real regime with real victims. Victims of the holocaust were not able to overcome the evil of the Nazi regime with their own pureness or goodness and it is insulting to their pain and suffering to reduce it to a movie concept.
yuuki_saya 9th-Sep-2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
The thing is, that very probably (I'm not a specialist, but I can assume) only 2 elements of this uniform can be linked to Nazi. Other parts are like taken from South America or North Africa higher officer. Very randomly.
tomoeicemaiden 10th-Sep-2012 04:05 am (UTC)
This comment sums it all up. Thank you.
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