5 Japanese Music Artists who Should Perform at the 2020 Olympics

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  • The Olympics 2020 will take place in Tokyo, Japan from 24 July 2020 to 9 August 2020. China’s breathtaking performance as a host in 2008 means the bar has been raised for Japan and other countries to outperform China. Much debate has been sparked on choosing the suitable artists to bring out the best of Japan to show to the whole world who will be watching the games. Here are some of the popular picks.

    1. Utada Hikaru (宇多田ヒカル)

    Utada Hikaru is a Japanese artist who is hugely successful in Japan and is pretty well-known in other countries especially in Asia. She is currently on hiatus but she should be able to write a song to perform for the Olympics 2020. She has a talent for writing and producing good, memorable and unique music.

    2. AKB48

    This is a highly controversial choice. Yasushi Akimoto, the creator of AKB48 who was named as one of the members of Olympic organising committee executive board, suggested using the best girls of AKB48 to perform at the Olympics. Matsuko Deluxe, a TV celebrity, opposed the idea and said that the girls would be an embarrassment. Nevertheless, supporters claimed that idols are a big part of Japanese culture which Japan should not be ashamed of.

    3. Sakamoto Ryuichi (坂本龍一)

    He gained major success during his tenure as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra in the 70s and 80s. He is now pursuing a solo career and has produced successful, beautiful pieces such as the soundtracks of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence and The Last Emperor. A survey conducted by GooRankings to find out which artist the Japanese public wants to see perform at the Olympics revealed that Sakamoto Ryuichi is the first choice.

    4. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ)

    She has been accused of lip-synching during her live performances so perhaps singing is not her forte. However, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is all about the visual performance to entertain your eyes with colorful and strange patterns.

    5. Hatsune Miku (初音ミク)

    Hatsune Miku is a Vocaloid who had also appeared in the Late Show with David Letterman. She would probably appeal to international fans who like anime but it might be hard for non-anime fans to accept her.

    I am leaning towards Utada Hikaru and Ryuichi Sakamoto as performers for the Olympics games as I love their music. Even though I am not a fan of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, she might be able to carry out an interesting and attractive visual performance. Despite the otaku culture which is unique in Japan, I think it is inappropriate for Hatsune Miku who is not even human to perform at the Olympics. I also do not the support the idea of having Japanese idols to perform at the Olympics due to their popularity which is mainly attributed to their cult fanbase.

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