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Sony Apologized for Japanese Pop Band Nazi Costumes

Shortly after a Japanese department store came under fire late last year for stocking a Nazi costume, The Guardian published a response suggesting the Land of the Rising Sun might be suffering from cultural amnesia. In other words, new generations of Japanese have somehow forgotten their ancestors fought alongside Hitler.

Reinforcing the notion, another blunder hit the newswires early this week. The BBC reported that Kishidan, a popular J-pop band known for portraying school boys, appeared on MTV Japan back in February clad in SS-style black uniforms with iron crosses and red armbands.

As if the boys’ haircuts weren’t heinous enough.

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Sony Apologized for Japanese Pop Band Nazi Costumes

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