Television in Japan is pretty much a wasteland at night with one food or game show after another almost every night and news hardly worth watching for shallow content. The other wasteland in Japan is J-pop, one “TV tarento” after another brought up through the agency executives for their “tarento” at entertaining the Japanese night after night of mindless programming. This morning on television I noticed the popular “TV tarento” (geinojin) named Becky (Rebecca-Eri Rabone?), was exposed by the media for getting some sex (sex スキャンダル) on the side with some married Japanese music producer four years younger than her. Becky signed with the entertainment company Sun Music Productions and anyone who has been in Japan long enough knows the entertainment business in Japan is pretty ruthless and controlled by the Yakuza. Huge amounts of money are made in the industry here for young people who prostitute themselves out to pop culture. Once you walk through that talent agency door you have no privacy. If anyone does not know this watch this video clip of Jake Adelstein coming to the defense of Ikumi Yoshimatsu.
Several years ago in an interview, Becky (ベッキー) said in public she didn’t want to get married because it would interfere with her decision to make a career as a “TV tarento” in Japan. After watching this clip below, which is a promotional clip, can anyone tell me with a straight face this chick can go through the prime of her life (she is now 31) and not want to hook up with some guy for some sex on the side? As a tarento in Japan and in a culture where there is no privacy especially if you are a TV tarento like this chick, you can be assured the media here probably had her every move staked out as to where she went, who she was seeing and who she was with waiting for that moment to expose her. Then the media jumps on the story and magnifies to the point now where Becky’s little sex (スキャンダル) on the side has national attention. Over the years this tarento Becky has appeared in more commercials than any other tarento in Japan. I give Becky about a year to recover and she will be back after a few deep bows and some apologies to her fans. And please Becky, no more fucking commercials.
Japanese cute TV tarent & J-pop singer, Becky ベッキー