Information from Mr. Masatoshi Takeshita and our readers posted on his blog – January 1, 2013 –
I’d like to applaud Mr. Kazuyoshi Saito and the resistant forces of NHK personnel. I also admire Mr. Mad Amano’s brilliant insight. With the start of a new year, I feel as if I saw a light.
January 1, 2013
English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: News US – January 1, 2013 –
“NUKE IS OVER” Seen on Screen of “Kohaku” - Kazuyoshi Saito’s Performance Attracts Attention on Twitter
On December 31, 2012, Mr. Kazuyoshi Saito, a singer, appeared on a TV program “Kohaku Utagassen”* with a guitar. A phrase of “NUKE IS OVER” written on the strap he put on the guitar is becoming popular on Twitter.
(Note) *Annual singing contest held on New Year’s Eve, sponsored and broadcast by the NHK
Comments on Twitter: “Well done!” or “I am concerned if his behavior might cause trouble.”
This is the first appearance on the program for Mr. Saito. When introduced before starting his performance, he answered quietly “I feel like a fish out of water.” He sang a song “I want to be kindhearted,” a theme song of a TV drama.
Although the lyrics of the song had no relation with nuke, a phrase “NUKE IS OVER” written on the strap of his guitar was visible on the TV screen, too.
Mr. Saito has maintained his stance against nuke. After changing the lyrics of his hit song “I have been in love with you” into those for an anti-nuke song “It has been lie” in April 2011, Mr. Saito sang the song personally, which was uploaded on YouTube and attracted great public attention.
Audience who watched the TV program was quick to respond to it on twitter. There are responses in favor of him such as “Natural message, terrific!” and “Really awesome! It’s Rock music sticking to his claim.” On the other hand, some people question his behavior, saying “Is this acceptable? I am concerned if his behavior might cause him a trouble later.”
Source: J-CAST News