Keyakizaka46 “Nazi” Uniforms Force Sony Apology

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Keyakizaka46 (a sister idol group of Nogizaka46) have been at the center of a storm of criticism for their “Halloween” costumes they wore not too long ago, with the “inexcusable” offense being the costume’s distinct resemblance to Nazi attire – mustering so much opprobrium that Sony issued an apology in order to quell the masses.

The blissfully unaware idols had donned the chic military outfits (NDSAP uniforms enjoyed the attentions of Hugo Boss as a designer, although the group’s ensemble appear to be originals) during their “Perfect Halloween” concert held at Yokohama Arena, promptly causing sensitive snowflakes to rush onto Twitter and give voice to their opinions as to how offensive the seemingly “Nazi-inspired” apparel was.

Sony’s official apology, which was available in both Japanese and English:

Thank you for your continued support of Keyakizaka46.

We have received inquiries and comments pointing out the similarities between the costumes worn by Keyakizaka46 at a Halloween event on October 22, and Nazi-style uniforms. Although it was not meant to carry any ideological meaning whatsoever, we deeply regret and apologize for the distress it has caused all people concerned. The costumes in question shall not be used again, under any circumstances.

All of the input that we have received will be taken under careful advisement, and we will do our utmost to ensure that no incident of its kind recurs in the future. Once again, we sincerely apologize for this insensitivity.

While the uniforms do indeed look similar (as do many retro outfits of that era), the swastika was at least absent, perhaps supporting the idea that a Nazi cosplay was not the costume’s original intent.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 05/11/2016 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This is so retarded, those are not Nazi uniforms, those are wehrmacht uniforms. They existed even before the Nazi party took over Germany and started to bitch around. Why must uneducated stupid people have so much power.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It doesn't matter when that costume has become associated with them now... and not just out fo thin air, but because they fucking used it themselves.

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    Comment by oniichan
    07:24 04/11/2016 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Seriously? They are cute outfits worn by cute girls. It has a military look, but it adds to the style. Who cares if it looks like something Hugo Boss made back in the 40's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:45 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan used to be allied with the Nazi's; Germany, Italy and Japanese culture chifted drastically after WWII. For example anything that promotes, glorifies or instils Nazism in Germany will get you imprisoned, if they don't just shoot you first.

    Japan was also known for its horrid imprialism, which is why it avoids calling its military a military or gives its military any power over its countries citizens.

    WWII cut the country deep and showing off such damnable history to a population that helped incite it is going to cause an outroar within the population.

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    Comment by kanbanmusume
    00:13 05/11/2016 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If anything Japan defied its German allies when they were requested to start persecuting and expelling Jews. Japan took in Jewish refugees and resettled many of them in occupied China as well as Japan in the hopes of creating new businesses and markets before the war and because it would benefit them with favorable influence with US Jews.
    Chiune Sugihara the Japanese Ambassador to Lithuania saved 5,000 Jews by issuing them exit visas to Japan. The only European Jewish Yeshiva to survive WWII was because of Sugihara-sans actions. Sugihara and Japan were awarded the title "Righteous Among the Nations" by Israel in 1980 for their help in saving Jews during WWII. There is a park in Jerusalem named after him and also a street in the city of Netanya, Israel.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:25 05/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, if that's true I didn't know about that. That's pretty cool, I actually learned something on SanCom for once. In that case it makes sense then why, with stuff like that in their history, this costume choice was seen as a mistake and ultimately an apology was made. I hope the youth in Japan are made more aware about their nations relationships to people beyond their borders so that something like this is less likely to happen in the future.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:13 05/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Nazism in Germany will get you imprisoned, if they don't just shoot you first."

    lol nope. Yes, representing ideals of Nazism or presenting its symbols will get you in trouble but they don't shoot you. People aren't that bloodthirsty over here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 05/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    "People spread hyperbolic lies here..."
    "By the way have a hyperbolic lie about trump!"
    Shills for Hillary are retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 05/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    How was that a hyperbolic lie? It was just speculation, maybe even a jest, not trying to state a lie as a fact. But even then, there is actual proof out there pointing to the fact he likely does get his info from the internet (lots of social media), people who run internet tabloids, and TV (as he's said so himself on video).

    Comment by Anonymous

    People like to spread hyperbolic lies on places like this on the internet... how do you think Trump gets all his info?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:36 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The japanese population doesn't care. (((They))) do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of the Japanese population has never even met a German or Jew or any non-Japanese to care about their feelings. Hell, the only people who even sympathize with people outside of Japan are the elderly and people who went through that 1990s sarin terrorist attack.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:43 04/11/2016 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    The don't... or more like "ignorance is a bliss".
    I been to comiket a couple of years ago and was delightedly culture shocked by middle aged Japanese men promoting their hobby to dress up like Grenztruppen der DDR.
    In a matter of if the care or not, I understand the obsession towards Hugo Boss design fashion regardless of the time period. But East German border patrol was the icing on the cake for me, the really don't give a flying fuck.

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    Comment by oniichan
    12:14 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    But it didn't. It pissed off a certain vocal group only. I assume you watch Anime if you visit a site as this. So you know that a very common theme is the "German" character dressed in WWII looking outfits or just plane German based Anime.

    Infinite Stratos had Laura
    Strike Witches had Erica
    Girls und Panzer
    Schwartzmarken
    Hellsing

    Just to name a few off the top of my head.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "And there's always been discussions about how fast and loose Japan tends to use cultural stereotypes and misconceptions about people outside their borders all the time"

    I love them for that. I wore a mexican sombrero and walked around with a fake taco for Halloween this year.

    Also SJW-chan, if you guys didn't promote 'diversity', the stereotype of French people being white would still be true.

    I like that Japan remembers the west as it was 30 years ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:33 05/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    @20:32 you think halloween costumes celebrate and honour their subject matter?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:01 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    1. It's spelled Schwarzesmarken.

    2. Schwarzesmarken is set after World War 2 when Germany was split into West and East.

    Just some friendly corrections, mate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:19 05/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    @5:33

    "@20:32 you think halloween costumes celebrate and honour their subject matter?"

    Read: "I don't think those characters having ww2 german inspirations behind them CAN BE PERCEIVED as celebrating or honoring nazism the way wearing nazi-like costumes in real life can"

    Just to be clear, that does not translate to: "I believe these costumes celebrate and honor nazisim!"

    To answer your question: No, not inherently. But I wouldn't fault anyone for believing that about the wearers of certain costumes. Determining a person's intentions requires mind reading, but just the possibility of that intent is bad enough as it is. Even if such costumes are not inherently celebrating nazisim, they are inherently disrespectful and insensitive, regardless of the wearer's intentions.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I don't think those characters having ww2 german inspirations behind them can be perceived as celebrating or honoring nazism the way wearing nazi-like costumes in real life can. In those shows there's context and character to go along with their stereotypical german elements. But even they walk a fine line and sometimes people have felt various anime have crossed it, like what happened with Brocken Jr. from Kinnikuman or various controversies with Pokemon. And there's always been discussions about how fast and loose Japan tends to use cultural stereotypes and misconceptions about people outside their borders all the time, whither it be in anime or games (like in Street Fighter).

    Comment by Anonymous

    "I wore a mexican sombrero and walked around with a fake taco for Halloween this year."

    Hmm, so for Halloween you went as an ignorant, selfish, and insensitive asshole or is that just your default and you decided to wear it on the outside for one day instead of just reflect it on the internet? Next year be sure to try walking around in Arizona while wearing an "Indian" headdress, and yell out "woowoowoowoo!".

    I didn't even state what side of that discussion I'm on, I just state that there has been a discussion... for like the past 20 years, not just since people started using acronyms like "SJW". Hell, Dhalsim is one of my favorite characters in SF so, if anything, that shows my position in that discussion isn't clear. I wasn't promoting or advocating anything, it's just facts, but of course it's not facts people around here like so rather than dispute any of it (which no one can) I'll just get downvoted as usual, because fading someone's text gives their words less power. It's hilarious that when people do nothing other than provide facts, not opinions, they get treated as if they are being opinionated just because it's not the facts they like. "Oh, he said something that doesn't support my views, he's an [insert currently hated group here]". What's happening in the US these days with "the media" is a great example of this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:22 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Logic and sensibility have no place in SanCom!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 05/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    SanCom is crazy town.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure kid, but so a guy use a costume of the Enola Gay B-29 in Akihabara???....aaaahhhhhh not

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:53 05/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    I didn't realise these girls wore these hats on their tour in Israel and Poland, oh wait.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Soo if a Nazi ever had ramen for dinner.. then nobody can eat ramen again because it would be a nazi thing??

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah, because only caring about the people within its borders and not any part of humanity outsode of them has never been a problem for ol' Nippon.

    Comment by Anonymous

    whoops, I meant that as a reply to 14;44

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:18 05/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Funny how people try to dress up as something scary on Halloween. And then when you pick a costume that actually strikes terror into the hearts of man, people get mad.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It might be ok to scare on Halloween, but I doubt it'd be ok to "terrorize". I mean, I thought we're supposed to be fighting terrorize...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:28 05/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That's all right. It's not like Jews are people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    07:06 10/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    proof that ww3 is totally gonna happen enevitably... as will a 4, 5, 6, etc... humans will never learn from their history or mistakes

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:12 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Seeing as how the apology was made in English as well, does this mean the complainers were SJW?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't that the basic definition? People who fight for social causes and annoy people who are more concerned with themselves?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It's upside down. Social Justice Warriors only pretend to fight for social causes as the status of "Victim" gives you power. The fake outrage to help themselves.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    05:28 06/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Real victims are probably all the working people, that have to pay for everything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    So who are the real victims these days?

    Comment by Anonymous

    @05:28 - I had a feeling you were a true republican...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:07 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    people are way too sensitive. so what if ppl dress up as Nazis. its in the past just get over it.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    21:41 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    They'll soon have a comeback and it will be entirely the fault of the extreme left, which is hilarious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget the 6 gorillian!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 04/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That number is so last year. It's 7 gorillion now.

    Comment by Anonymous

    The nazis are the reason people started to even say the term "Never Forget". Not caring about something like this is inherently ignorant, disrespectful, and insensitive, and even if none of those things were the actual driving force behind something like this, the perception alone is damaging to the person doing it. Why wouldn't it lead to that perception? This is a world where people still openly admit to their love for nazis and latch on to anything they even perceive as agreeing with their views (these girls probably have gained some new fans they wouldn't want, especially if they hadn't apologized), so is it so shocking that some people who understand history look at these girls and don't go "oh it's ok, they're obviously really respectful, informed, understanding, and sympathetic to history, but they're just having some fun!". No, most people would think "what a bunch of dumbasses". But of course, humanity can't be collectively perfect when it comes to even something like this, so there's bound to be a minority of idiots out there who prefer to remain ignorant or think they're above things that are bigger than themselves. A lot of people see importance in things like symbolism. I bet some Cleveland baseball fans are thinking about stuff like that right now when they should have before.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 05/11/2016 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "This is a WORLD where people still openly admit to their love for nazis and latch on to anything they even perceive as agreeing with their views"

    Here's where my problem lies. This is not a Japanese problem. The outfit (or cap, I should say) was worn at a Japanese event by a Japanese act for a Japanese audience. Not everything in the world is about Europe.

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    Comment by kanbanmusume
    01:54 06/11/2016 # ! Good (+0.6)

    @10:30

    You must be kidding. Japan was doing just fine by itself for 250 years. Then was forced into the present by America and Great Britain who sent warships to Japan to threaten them with attack if the didn't open up for trade.
    That's like waking up at 3AM with a burglars handgun staring you in the face.
    Japan then decided it didn't want to wind up like China so they modernized and militarized.
    The end result of that was Japanese Imperialism in China and eventually a World War with America and Great Britain. I bet they weren't counting on that when they bullied Japan.
    Better if they had left Japan alone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 09/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's not about Japan being closed and not giving fucks. It's about you Eurocentrists saying Japan needs to change its sensibilities to combat European racists. You're basically giving out to Japan for not having enough antisemitism for Nazi halloween costumes to be a big deal. Fuck off.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:35 06/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Besides, no one can go back in time now. Japan knows and is known by the world now. It's social not antisocial (despite it containing many antisocial people). The people running the country care if some of its people do something that embarrasses them in the face of the world, as do all the people who love non-Japanese culture and listen to their ipod while walking to mcdonalds or kfc. That's just the way it is now.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    18:30 05/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan was cooler when it was closed.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Well we don't live in a world anymore where a nation can remain isolated to trade, travel, and immigration through its borders. If the history is as simple as you put it, then forcing Japan to do anything was wrong in the first place, but if everyone had just left Japan alone then eventually Japan would still have to keep up with the world and open up eventually. Japan became one of the world's superpowers once it opened up to trade, it benefited from it more than most. People buy their shit by the shitload every day, other countries (mine included) would kill for their brand names to be as common as Japanese ones are (Sony, Panasonic, Toyota, Canon, Nissan, Nintendo, etc), as they're second only to US brands. If they never set their stuff out to sell then you wouldn't even be on this site without all the importing of anime and manga. But even now, Japan is considered to be pretty isolated and economic experts are pretty unanimous that Japan's economy is fucked if it doesn't open up some more to immigration soon due to its ageing population.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 05/11/2016 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Japan may be an island but it's not separated from the world, its history, or the history of the world. Nationalism and isolationism will get you nowhere. I know I should expect most people on this site to be entirely antisocial, but do you people really expect and want Japan to be the hikikomori of the planet or what?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Not to mention this happened in the weeks coming up to Veterans/Remembrance Day. It reflects badly on Japan and its youth if images like this are being seen by the rest of the world. Whither that's fair or not isn't the point, that's just reality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 05/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "Not to mention this happened in the weeks coming up to Veterans/Remembrance Day", I thought you couldn't possibly make this issue any more about forcing Western culture on Japanese but there you go.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:19 09/11/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Who the fuck said that. All I'm saying is your veterans day doesn't mean shit to Japan, any more than it means shit to Europe, Africa, etc. We don't know when it is and we don't care.

    We celebrate veterans in our own ways, at our own times. No one outside the US knows the US holiday calendar off by heart. You're not the centre of the universe, get over it.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    18:32 05/11/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the fuck is Veterans Day?

    Comment by Anonymous

    @15:19 - Im not even American! Who's saying that the whole world needs to memorize the US calendar? I just pointed out that yhe timing made this especially unfortunate for relations with people outside Japan. People all over the world need to respect all veterans any time of the year. And btw, the US ismt the omly country that has a day of rememberance around now.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @05:58 - You think only the west needs to remember WW2 and its veterans? Of course, a World War doesn't actually affect the whole world, does it? News that comes out of Japan, especially just days before certain countries set a date of remembrance, isn't seen by people outside of its borders, is it? No need for Japan to be careful about that... its as if some people actually expect entire countries to behave like anarchist and not give a fuck about anything. I wonder how many people around here think Duterte is an awesome badass mofo.







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