Teenage Idol Unit Criticizes Proposed Security Bills, 'What Happens To A Pacifist Japan?'
TOKYO, JAPAN – JUL. 28: Teenage idol unit the 'Uniform Improvement Committee,' known for their political activism against the restarting of Japan's nuclear reactors and other messages, held a press conference on Tuesday Jula 28 at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. Yuria Saito, 18 years-old criticized the country's security-related bills, saying, 'The people running the government today think there is value in sticking their neck in other people's arguments,' adding, 'We should rightly criticize what is wrong, whether adults, children, or teenage idols.' Formed in 1992, the group has had a revolving cast of members over the years. Though the group has been criticized in the past for having minors making political commentary, member Kana Kinashi, 17 years-old rebuffed this, saying, 'Young adults are on the verge of entering society as adults. Criticizing us for being 'children' is absurd.' Noa Saito 15 years-old said, 'Since becoming a member of the group, I've started watching the news and studying current events. Our generation has not been through war, but we want to take an active stance and express our own opinions.' The four members, dressed in school uniforms, also performed the 'Da! Da! Datsu Genpatsu! Song -- No More Nuclear Reactors Song.“