Japanese are supposedly now more interested in the AKB general election than their own parliamentary general election, with 68% more concerned over which idol finds herself “elected” to than which bunch of incompetents will be running the country next.
According to their survey, only 32% of those questioned found the business of re-electing the LDP more interesting the AKB general election, which was found to be more interesting by 68%.
A certain amount of scepticism attaches to the findings online, in no small part thanks to the slavish adulation the Japanese mass media lavishes on AKB48:
“Get out of here…”
“What, they asked 10 people in Akihabara or something?”
“It was held outside a concert stadium perhaps?”
“Obviously only these kinds of people would install the app they used to conduct the survey.”
“Anyone interested in AKB48 is much more likely to vote in this kind of stuff.”
“If 70% of the people have no interest in the election, I’d say that’s the real issue here. The show should have followed up on that, not the AKB angle.”
“Well, either election is just an elaborate farce anyway…”
“Behold, world, this is Japan.”