J-pop idol culture is fun and all, but it may have some longer-lasting effects on Japanese culture.
18 Oct 2017 - 1:31 PM  UPDATED 18 Oct 2017 - 1:32 PM

Every Monday, YouTubers Joey the Anime Man and Aki Dearest join forces to bring you The Anime Show, an hour that covers what’s hot, what’s not, what’s new and what you should be watching in the world of anime!

In the latest episode, Joey and Aki take a slight detour from anime and decide to dedicate their chat to one of Japan's most popular obsessions (aside from anime) - Japanese idol culture! 

After watching a documentary on Japan's idol culture, Aki quickly became obsessed with it. As for Joey? Not so much! But beyond getting hooked on J-pop and idols because of the visuals and all the fervour surrounding the culture (the AKB48 member elections are broadcast live to the population, something that doesn't even happen with Japan's actual elections!), Joey and Aki note that despite the good stuff that comes out of Japanese idol culture, there may be some negative effects as well.

Japan currently has a serious population problem in which fewer couples are getting together and the population is getting older, and it is suggested that idol culture may have a hand why that is. Because of the obsession with idol culture, this may actually be feeding into a fantasy that distracts men (and some women) from dating, thus contributing to Japan's population problem.

Listen right here to Joey and AkiDearest chat about Japan's idol culture:


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