It is very true that many people outside of Japan laugh at the popular culture videos, game shows, news, and photos. So, if foreigners think that some of the J-Pop is weird, is that good for Japan’s image? I think it is, because the bottom line is that you are garnering global attention. Lady Gaga is a weird American and that doesn’t stop her one bit from upping her Twitter follower numbers. Now I don’t think “weird Japan” will garner more support for Japan’s government policies, but at least it intensifies curiosity.
I do have an issue with the baby doll look of a lot of these adult women pop stars. Doesn’t it feed a stereotype of the Asian female in general and Japanese woman in particular as someone to be dominated and controlled? Am I just being extreme here in my theory? You tell me. I think that the West still gazes across the Pacific to the East and finds it a place of mystery and exotic adventure. We hold a lot of stereotypical images in our heads, both positive and negative, about the Asian region of the world. How can we get to know each other with more honest eyes?