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ONE OK ROCK's Taka Goes Off Against Japanese Fans In Instagram Rant

7mo ago   ·   Thursday 26 Jan, 2017 - 05:41pm UTC   ·   Aysohmay   ·   17 upvotes   ·   15 comments   ·   123,786 views
ONE OK ROCK's Taka Goes Off Against Japanese Fans In Instagram Rant

ONE OK ROCK's lead vocalist Taka went on an Instagram rant to complain the band's Japanese fans.

Between January 15 - 24, ONE OK ROCK has been touring across North America. After the band's January 24 show in Seattle, Taka posted a blank image on his Instagram. He used this to vent about his frustrations towards Japanese fans.

"I have reached the limits of my patience, so let me write this as it is. Recently, regarding my Japanese fans,, I don't know how to handle it anymore," he wrote.

Taka started his rant by complaining about his Japanese fans not giving him a moment of peace.

"When I get off the bus in the morning tired, there are Japanese people taking photos and videos of me like they found a Pokemon on their phone...I can't eat meals in peace. I can barely breathe in the air outside," he stated.

While performing across North America, Taka said Japanese fans monopolized the front row, furthering their inability to give the band space or allow non-Japanese people to get the full experience.

"I don't understand anymore why I'm doing my best every day abroad. I don't want to make rules, but I want you to think a little more...What does it mean to be doing lives abroad!," he said.

Response to Taka's rant has been negative across social media platforms in Japan. The singer eventually issued an apology, stating that he did not explain himself well enough, and that he did not hate his fans.

Taka has not taken down his Instagram post or removed any of his controversial statements.

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    Momo 7mo ago

    All celebs go through this. They are humans and work hard. Think about how you feel at the end of a work day and someone is in your face screaming & you just want sleep or peace. & Here is the thing about concerts.. if you stand in line and wait then all of a sudden a crowd of large Japanese men (who did not get the memo on deodorant...You can be a fan who packs deodorant) push over your wheelchair .......Yes people they pushed me out the way. I saw nothing but big 40 year old buts instead of Eiro. I have a sense of humor and I am laid back but this was rude beyond rude. These guys follow concert after concert....This was my first time seeing her and my first time going out after my car accident in four years. Not a good image of Japanese people. I love all things Asian and I know not everyone in Japan is like this. But not sure if I will have the courage to place myself in a zombie apocalypse scenario again. 

    My point. Taka is one hundred percent correct. Be more human to each other at the concert and to the hard working performers. Please. 

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    shio 7mo ago

    Mad props to Taka for addressing this. I've heard about people having problems with Japanese fans at other concerts but this was my first time seeing it up front. Obviously not all Japanese fans are inconsiderate, this bunch was just incredibly rude. I was at the Seattle show with 2 of my friends and we were behind a rather sizable group of Japanese fans. The front row was pretty much mostly Japanese fans. They would turn around and tell us to shut up and to be quiet, even though the concert hadn't started yet and they were much louder than we were. It felt like they acted entitled because they were Japanese fans and because they had paid for VIP tickets. Even though they got all the bonuses that came with VIP, they weren't even respectful of the other fans who hadn't been able to get those tickets and who had waited in line for hours ahead of them to get into the venue. 

    These fans were also very tall and many of the smaller fans were pushed to the back and couldn't see the band at all (my friends and I are all under 5 ft and a lot of the people around and behind us were barely much taller). During the concert, Taka actually had to tell the fans up front to stop crowding because the people behind them couldn't see and the smaller people were being crushed. Though we were able to watch and enjoy the rest of the show in the end (from somewhere more safe), those fans definitely put a damper on our experience.

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    mab0roshi 7mo ago

    Is he talking about Japanese-American fans, too? Anyway, he isn't a diva for wanting less attention and   "He likes to be alone or with friends instead of strangers, what a stuck-up diva!" I wish I had the courage to ask people to just leave me alone sometimes. This has made me a fan of Taka   

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    thisudumbkid 7mo ago

    I totally understand why he would rant about this. i don't care about the japanese fans hogging everything but the thing is, when he's out in public and CLEARLY tryna get some space or peace, give it to him. Fans are for cheering on the band, not being stalkers 24/7

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    Mevi 7mo ago

    That's what FANS are for, isn't it?? 😇😇

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    Lunatic 7mo ago

    Fans are there to cheer the band. Not stalk them 24/7 and not give them any free time whatsoever. I can completely understand why Taka is fed up with those fans. No one would enjoy that kind of a behaviour coming from someone towards you. 

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    xgessekai 7mo ago

    It's one thing to complain about fans not giving them space, that's totally understandable, but complain that japanese fans take over the first row on american shows? really? they PAY to be there, they have just as much right to be in the front row as the american fans. That's bs, they wouldn't have make it this far if it wasn't for japanese fans. He's acting like a diva.

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    ElisaWald 7mo ago

    The thing is, these Japanese fans push the others saying they deserve to be in the front row. So people who where there way earlier get  pushed away- and they've payed to be there too, + waited sometimes hours and hoursmore than the others. Maybe he just shouldn't have targeted the Japanese and say it generally  but it's true that these occurs. It's occurs in other's concerts too and Taka is not the first star to say something about this...

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    Shinny 7mo ago

    I saw rude things like this happen during another jrock band's show in Paris some years ago. I'm not saying all Japanese fans overseas act like that, but it's true that things like that actually happen. I'm sure Taka wanted to convey it too but he said it too generally, as you said. He has been honest to all fans anyway, that's honorable and brave from him. 

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    raspberry 7mo ago

    Even so, the point of performing abroad is to let the non-Japanese fans experience their concert. What's the point of performing outside Japan when it's just still monopolized by the Japanese fans? Yes, they pay to be there but it's a matter of etiquette and giving the non-Japanese fans the opportunity to see the band up close.

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    glou 7mo ago

    The point of performing abroad is to give the people living abroad a chance to see them live. That includes Japanese fans living abroad. But I do agree with you on etiquette. There's no need to be rude.

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    glou 7mo ago

    I think what he was trying to say was that the groups of Japanese fans that are pushing other fans and being rude need to stop. Everyone is there for the same reason--To see him live. Pushing others out of the way, being rude, and being disruptive simply because they are foreign does not make you a better fan. Being from his country doesn't mean you have MORE of a right to his shows. It's detestable fan behavior, at best.

    I don't think he was saying that all Japanese fans are jerks at his shows. Just that a select group should stop behaving badly. Frankly, it makes foreigners less willing to go to other concerts in the future. And reflects badly on him.

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    vkheromyhero 7mo ago

    It so understandable that this thing will happen to Taka because he's popular that wherever he goes he will be known. But I do agree with Taka. I am a fan of ONE OK ROCK too, but as a fan we need to give space to the people we admire because they also get tired, need to do things out of the usual things they do.

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    AwakenLove 7mo ago

    Omg! I had no idea this kind of stuff has been going on! So Japanese people fly all the way to foreign countries like USA and buy the best tickets and insult and push all the American people out of the way just because the feel "entitled"??? This is so heart breaking....What point is there for me to go to a Jpop/Jrock concert (i've never been) if I'm only going to be pushed around by foreigners in my own country??? 😖😞

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    mamokitty19 7mo ago

    It really is mind-boggling to me how at every jrock show there's always Japanese fans; when I saw Dir En Grey there were a few Japanese fans and I was really surprised that they'd fly all the way to North America to see them even though they're always touring Japan. Thankfully I had a good experience with the Japanese fans because they were very polite, but I'm taken aback that there were fans rude enough to tell others to shut up especially when seeing a band composed of such nice people... 

    And it's upsetting that people are being technical saying the Japanese fans have as much a right to the front as overseas fans because it's really not true at all; it isn't fair to international fans that they finally get a chance to see a foreign band they love but get second best because some die hards had to follow them to another country albeit having multiple more opportunities to see them in their home country. 

    Personally I feel bad that Taka had to apologize because some fans got butthurt that he called them out on rude and problematic behavior. If people respect him they'll respect his space and give him the privacy he deserves; this reminds me of when Dylan O'Brien asked for fans to take it easy on asking for pictures and such because he also wasn't able to enjoy eating out without being crowded by fans. 

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