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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
terrorpinguchib 10th-Sep-2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
so honestly, usually I'm more on the "Let's get this over with"-side, but sometimes you just HAVE to stop doing something. Everyone here knows people in japan aren't as sensitive as others when it comes to nazi germany, but sometimes I really wonder if they ever think about their image to the world...

yes, the holocaust and everything related to it was horrible, just as much as the things the SS (and before, the SA) did. and yes, our current generation in germany is fucked because we still have to cope for what our great-grandparents or whoever did. but that doesn't mean it's okay to a) be outraged everytime someone does something nazi-related (just remember the time when Mein Führer - a satirical movie about hitler - came out in germany) and b) do something totally tasteless just because 'whatever it was too long ago'

(discussing the power jewish people have now - especially in germany - is a complete different topic, so we should do that elsewhere)

there will hopefully be the day when people can get over it but until now, you just have to make sure you're not tactless.

there is a line and japan still steps over it.
hisjulliet 10th-Sep-2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
I agree with what your are saying for the most part, but no, I don't agree that people should "get over it." It's not that simple. And it is not your place to say. I'm curious, would you ever tell a war victim this? How would you feel if you went through the most horriblest moments of your life and years later you hear from someone telling you to "get over it"? Seriously, how would you feel?

My grandmother wasn't a victim of Nazi Germany, but she was a victim of the war between Japan and the U.S. When she was a little girl she had to constantly move areas because of the bombing. She even experienced the bombing first hand. To this day she refuses to see any movies about the war. She won't even tell me all the horrors she went through. After the war she had barely nothing - no photos, no money, no real food - she had to eat the same damn canned food for years.

Personally, if someone told her in front of her face to "get over it", I would punch them in their face. You never tell people get over something, no matter how small you think the matter is. You just don't.
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