• Zushi, Kanagawa


Why focus on the trivial?

While I completely understand the decision of the various organizations that employed SMAP star Tsuyoshi Kusanagi to distance themselves after he was found intoxicated and naked in a Tokyo park, I cannot understand that TV programs dedicated so much time for such a trivial incident. NHK dedicated an entire 15 minutes of its 9 p.m. news broadcast on just this incident, going to such length as interviewing police officers, neighbors and even a foreigner who was in the area. I was amazed by the incredible zeal of TV reporters in exposing the most juicy details, however useless, as if they were in a vendetta. Simply mentioning that Kusanagi had been arrested for public indecency in a minute-long report would have sufficed. Instead, the TV reporters looked like they were in a mission to shame him as much as they could.

Surely, there were more important things about this incident to discuss such as what pushed Kusanagi, who is reputed for his gentle demeanor, to drink himself to a blackout and why his so-called friends abandoned him.

andre colomas

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