Pop music often opts for positivity rather than confronting the uncomfortable, but Seiko Oomori has never really adhered to J-pop norms.

“The bad things that happen to you can also be attractive, almost kawaii,” she says from one of the upper floors at the headquarters of Avex, a music label that has pumped out no shortage of feel-good pop. “You can feel OK about something that is kuso (crappy).”

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