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The 2014 edition of NHK’s venerated song contest, “Kohaku Uta Gassen,” broadcast on Dec. 31, was remarkable for several reasons, though the performance that generated the most remarks was the one by the equally venerated pop-rock group Southern All Stars, their first on the show in 31 years.

Getting the band to agree to perform was a coup for the public broadcaster because the All Stars have traditionally spent New Year’s Eve playing for fans in their home base of Yokohama, as they were this time, so NHK arranged for a live feed from the concert venue.

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