The Collapse of Television in Japan

Every family has at least one TV set, but the collapse of TV programs is remarkable. Every day when I turn on the TV, I see comedians appearing on quiz shows, Youtubers appearing on TV, and many TV programs that seem to be clones of Youtube. Buying TV programs from abroad and broadcasting them in Japan has been around for a long time, but it seems as if they have run out of material. When elementary school students are asked what they want to be in the future, Youtubers and comedians are at the top of the list. No matter how highly educated you are, it is obvious that Japan will be left behind in a world full of old people as the life-time employment system completely collapses as stories of mass restructuring at large corporations circulate.

Individual hobbies will become less popular and more individualized, and the collapse of the television age will continue. The term “family gathering” may become a dead word. Family gatherings will be spent with each family member using his or her own favorite media. Such an era has already begun.

The quality of comedians has changed. There used to be a manzai boom for two years starting in 1980, but that kind of manzai has now changed. Manzai that panders to society and goes outside the box has disappeared, and all I can feel is a flimsy laugh. At that time, Two Beat, Shinsuke Ryusuke, B&B, etc. were at the forefront of the times and sounded the alarm about the bubble era. Manzai tried to change the times, and the times were on the verge of changing again. I think it had such momentum.
I don’t know what Takeshi is talking about. When I saw a post on social media that said, “I don’t know what Takeshi is talking about, hurry up and pull over,” I couldn’t help but feel a sense of discomfort in this day and age. Takeshi may be old, but I think he can still live with just his presence. I remember Takeshi saying this about Kokontei Shinshou (5th generation) on All Night Nippon. I remember Takeshi saying this about Kokontei Shinsei (5th generation) on All Night Nippon: “Mr. Shinshou I used to listen to his rakugo on record, borrowing it from the library, and I thought that Takeshi would become like him, a feeling that has not changed to this day.

I still feel the same way. The TV program “Live Until Morning” discussed many taboo subjects in Japan. It is said that the program still exists, but I cannot watch it since I am in Kyushu, but I hear that the content has changed a lot. I heard that politics is involved in the background and the words of the pundits are flimsy, but I feel this is true and I don’t want to watch it.

There are moments when people try to change the course of the times. In the case of music, it would be punk. Lyrics attacking the Queen of England were unthinkable at the time.

My generation came after the student movement, so I wasn’t directly involved in it, but someone who knew it at the time said, “Japan was almost at the point where it might move. At least once a year, my university would barricade the entrances and exits to the university and not allow staff to enter when tuition fees went up. It seems that this is no longer the case now.

The future of Japan is already in sight. If I could, I would like to say “Farewell Japan. I don’t know what choices the young people who will carry Japan on their shoulders will make, but I hope that they will not leave Japan but revive it. It is not an easy task.

The future of Japan depends on its young people. Unless the declining birthrate and aging population are controlled, it seems impossible. However, the power of the Japanese yen is still very strong. I believe that there is a lot of money lying dormant in Japan. Just in case.

I would like to meet my end in this uncertain Japan, but I am even willing to leave Japan as long as I am healthy.

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