|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
芸能特捜班企画 私はこれで「紅白」を棒にふりました！ 1991,12,02
Geino Special Report: This is how I blew “Kohaku”!
Josei Jishin 12/10 By Anthony J. Bryant
Being asked to appear on NHK's annual year-end song contest, the Kohaku Uta Gassen (or just Kohaku for short) is one of the most prestigious honors a Japanese singer can hope for (and will continue to be until the show's eventually scrapped - maybe sometimes soon?).
Over the years, some very famous names have been conspicuously absent from the list of invitees.
Why is a singer acceptable one year and a pariah the next?
Josei Jishin recalls that veteran enka singer Kitajima Saburo and his friend and fellow singer Yamamoto Kenji were dropped after an invite a few years ago because they had sung at a big-shot gangster's birthday party;
the late great Misora Hibari was booted off the rolls because of some scandal involving her brother;
Nakamori Akina was struck off for her attempted suicide;
and Sagara Naomi was barred because of her “lesbian” tendencies.
Other singers will likely not be seen on Kohaku because they have chosen the dangerous path of badmouthing the competition and its organizers.
Says gravel-voiced Nagabuchi Tsuyoshi, “The sets are the pits and the staff are all idiots.
If I'm asked this year, I won't do it. Forget it.”
Among other “talents” who refused were pop duo Pink Lady, and Ishihara Yujiro.(AJB)