Uno Tsunehiro
  • Uno Tsunehiro 
  • By this author: 1 Latest posted: 2014.09.01
Social critic and editor-in-chief of Planets magazine. Born in 1978. Author of Zero-nendai no sōzōryoku (The Imagination of the Millennial Generation), Ritoru pīpuru no jidai (The Age of Little People), and Nihon bunka no ronten (Issues in Japanese Culture), and co-author of Konna Nihon o tsukuritai (A Roadmap to the Japan of Tomorrow). Is an adjunct lecturer of pop culture at Kyoto Seika University.
Hashimoto Kanna and the 40-Plus Consumers of Idol Culture2014.09.01

I have been asked by to write about Hashimoto Kanna, a 15-year-old sensation who has been described as a “once-in-a-millennium idol,” and the somewhat surprising phenomenon of older fans—primarily those in their forties—who are supporting Japan’s idol culture today. To be quite honest, I found the choice of topic rather peculiar. Why Hashimoto Kanna? And why 40-plus devotees? As an e…

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