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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
cherrycoloured 9th-Sep-2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Fuck you for telling me to get over it. When did I claim that only Jewish people were effected by Nazis or that only Nazis are bad? Of course the Soviet Union was just as evil, I am aware of history. As well, in another comment, I did bring up that gay people, Romani, and disabled people were targets of the Nazis as well.

I understand that was the video's message, however, using Nazi imagery for it was extremely tasteless.

I respect your right to not be offended by this. Please respect my right to be offended by this.
redwinter42 10th-Sep-2012 12:49 am (UTC)
i just want to say i have read all your comments and you have my complete respect. as a fan of Tanaka Koki i am afraid that it has clouded my ability to be offended, as i think it has for many fans, and sadly they cant seem to understand that, even though the events happen in the past the pain inflicted by the events still hurt and continue to reverberate into the present and depiction of certain images and symbols outside of historical reenactment is a offensive.

Oh and too every one calming "oh i am sure he didn't know what he was doing" That is a bunch of B.S!! I love Tanaka Koki so much so that it makes me very mad that people want to assume he is ignorant and stupid. What!, you don't think he has ever pick up a book or learned world history! or even worse you think because he is Japanese that he lacks common world knowledge, what kind of crap is that! I hate to burst your Fan-girl bubble but he is a complete stranger and we have no idea what he was thinking when the concept for the video was presented nor when the stylist brought out the uniform. I understand that as fans we feel that we have some sort of connection and insight on the stars we love, so assumption will be made regardless, but please do me and other fans a favor don't make our bias look like an asshat.
hisjulliet 10th-Sep-2012 05:48 am (UTC)
I agree with your comment completely.
sashwizzled 15th-Sep-2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, I'm six days late in on this, but this whole thread. I cannot. I am sorry you have to deal with this shit.
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