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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
miyukiflax121 9th-Sep-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
I get where you are coming from. I'm half German, none of my ancestors were Nazis though, and half Filipino, my grandad fought for the Americans. I can't speak for all Germans and I won't. I will never deny what Germany has done in the past, but I do feel that is unfair how we are still seen in the world. I was born way after the war and everytime I say I am German I get accused of being Nazi.
One time I heard a speech of a lady who survived the Holocaust and I was deeply touched and very sad about what she and her loved ones had to go through, but I didn't think I deserved to hear that Germans haven't changed one bit since the Holocaust.
Now about the PV, I think it is distastful and politically incorrect. I get that they want to show the bad side and the good side, but they could have chosen a topic less 'hot'. As they are very influencial Johnny should have said something against the concept.
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