Netizens in China applaud ‘iron rules’ for Japanese stars in the Chinese entertainment industry – Global Times

The poster of CHUANG 2021. Photo: Weibo

A list of tips that was recently circulated around the Japanese internet has won Chinese netizens’ applause as it shows a good attitude by recommending Japanese idols to respect Chinese history and culture while talking part in China’s hot reality TV program Produce Camp 2021

The list, originally written in Japanese, was re-posted and translated by attentive netizens on Chinese review platform Douban. It points out seven “iron rules” to follow for Japanese entertainers and their agencies who intend to join a recently launched male idol training competition show in China. 

The first recommendation is to avoid publishing works relate to culturally sensitive subjects such as the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, while the second tells idols to avoid visiting the Yasukuni Shrine and to issue a clarification about previous visits. The third covers controversial designs such as clothing incorporating the Japanese rising sun flag.

The others include making confusing statements regarding the keyword “Taiwan,” China’s geography as well as the provincial issues. The last says idols should maintain a stand on issues that is consistent with content published on both Japanese and Chinese social media platforms. 

The list of political and cultural dos and don’ts quickly received massive support from Chinese netizens on Douban and China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo. 

“This attitude is good. When finding a job in China, you got to respect Chinese culture and history, it is as simple as that,” posted a netizen on Sina Weibo. 

“Guiding young idols to respect history; this is a good
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