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7:49 am - 01/30/2014

Controversial TV drama on orphanages goes ahead without sponsors

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A Japanese drama about children living in an orphanage that has been attacked for stereotyping was broadcast as intended, a TV station said Wednesday, despite being abandoned by all of its sponsors.

Rights groups have complained that “Ashita Mama Ga Inai” (Mamma won’t be here tomorrow) depicts youngsters as if they were “animals in a pet shop” and say it could reinforce negative views of children living in care.
The program shows young people “being controlled and coerced by violence and fear”, said an association representing workers in children’s homes.“We are concerned that the drama will reinforce stereotypes and discrimination against children’s homes,” they said in a statement.



The furor erupted after the Jan 15 broadcast of the pilot, which showed children in the fictional “House of Small Ducks” being punished for bad behavior by being forced to hold buckets full of water. The show details characters’ quests to find a foster home, missions that end in failure with the child returning to the bosom of friendship among fellow orphans.

It has also attracted criticism because one of its characters, played by child actress Mana Ashida, who appeared in the 2013 U.S. sci-fi film Pacific Rim, is called “Post”. The name is apparently inspired by the Japanese word for “baby hatch” (akachan posuto), a place where parents can anonymously leave unwanted infants in the care of a hospital.

The public outcry over the program has led to all eight corporate sponsors, including Fuji Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Estate, withdrawing their commercials from the prime-time offering, the Asahi Shimbun and other media have reported.

Undaunted, broadcaster NTV aired the program as scheduled at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Vehement audience reaction is relatively unusual in Japan, where often-formulaic dramas tend to shy away from controversial topics.
A typical series sees a cast of stock characters move artlessly through tried-and-tested plots revolving around romance or criminal investigations.




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coika 31st-Jan-2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
LOL people are mad because this drama depicts people in an unrealistic way?

Uh... hate to break it to you Japan, but that's like every drama you make. Unless there's some prefecture I've missed reserved especially for burikko and people who do overdramatic stage acting IRL.
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coika 5th-Feb-2014 02:28 pm (UTC)
Perhaps, but I can count the number of good dramas I've seen over the years on one hand and most of them weren't exempt from bad acting face palms while watching.

I have yet to meet anyone that actually resembled any character of these ridiculous dramas, and believe me it's not for any lack of language skills or interaction with Japanese people. Dramas here are just like live action anime TBH. It doesn't help that popular people are hired to play the parts over people will actual acting skills and that many aren't given the kind of funding it would take to make them better.
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