Members of a Japanese girl idol band have come under fire recently on social media for donning Halloween costumes that resembled Nazi SS officer uniforms, The Japan Times reported Monday. According to the report, J-pop group Keyakizaka46 sparked uproar after wearing the military-inspired black, button-up trench dresses at a concert labeled "Perfect Halloween 2016" on October 22 in Japan's second-largest city, Yokohama.
The Japan Times quoted one Twitter user, @batayanF3 as condemning the apparel-choice, writing: “Just because you didn’t know or because you don’t praise Nazis doesn’t mean you can do these kinds of things. It’s unforgivable considering how influential they are as talents.”The newspaper also cited Berlin-based Japanese writer Ichika Rokuso as writing a Twitter post invoking the tragic memory of World War II, during which Japan was defeated along with Germany and Italy.“Dear young people,” her message began. "Seventy-one years have passed since the war ended, but there are still so many people who have lost their family members, friends and their loved ones. Even in Japan. You should understand that."
秋元康ってネトウヨ？欅坂46の新衣装が思い切りナチスドイツの軍服なんですけど。安倍政権がナチス崇拝だから問題ないのかな？:(ヽ'ω‘): pic.twitter.com/fWpWnwDecH— いちごoじゃむo (@xoxo_me_chuchu) October 23, 2016