In such a competitive industry as Japan’s music circle, it is no longer enough to be able to sing and dance. Looking at Momoiro CloverZ, it may not even be necessary to be able to sing. The idea is to stand out from the mob of singers to-be, or wanna-bes.
A relatively new idol unit known as 街角景気☆Japan↑(yes, the arrow is part of their name) has recently caused some unhappiness among their fans by failing to do what they promised.
The group, by Alice Project, is created based on the theme of support for the economics. Before their official debut, they made a daring promise to fans that Japan’s stock market will determine the length of their skirts. At below 10000 yen, they will perform in long skirts. From 10000 to 11999, they will wear middle-length skirts. Up to 12999 yen, they will put on mini-skirts. And if it rises to the 13000 levels, they will be debuting without skirts on.
So what happens when Abenomics kicked in? The stock market price soared to above 13000 yen just 2 days before their debut. Fans were of course really excited about it, but surprise, surprise! They “kept true to their promise” by turning up in shorts! Not the best time to ruffle the feathers of your fans, I’d say.
So they turn up on variety show 有吉反省会 where anyone who causes problems goes on the show to reflect and repent. At the end of their segment, the host offers a suggestion for them to atone for what they did. So it was decided that if the market goes beyond 15000 yen, they will go on stage without skirts as promised.
A couple of days later, the market did go above 15000 yen, and this time, they did as they promised, performing live in bikini bottoms to a crowd of very satisfied fans.
This would be illegal back home.