I have been so busy lately, and things don’t seem to settle down…I don’t have much time to post. I am sorry about this.
Having said that, I didn’t miss Tokyo Game Show.
Well, I am quite curious about this kind of thing often happens abroad. In the anime Ookiku furikabutte, the protagonist Ren Mihashi who had previously held the position of ace pitcher in his middle school’s baseball team, but only due to the fact that his grandfather owns the school…In other words, he has a connection with something that gives him a better chance than anyone else. Yes, we Japanese say コネ[kone] which derives from connection though it doesn’t sound good. When I was a student at university, a lot of career advisors used to say like “The more connection you have, the better” or something like that. (Seriously, I couldn’t believe how they could say like that in front of all the students?) At any rate, how many connections you have could give you so much possibility…Yes, in Japan the great power works so well. In Ren’s case, the reason why he used to be rejected by his teammates is not only the fact he has a connection, but also the real him…so eventually they were jealous of him.
In this way, コネ makes it easier to start something. But even if it comes to pass, it might matter to you somehow…like Ren. Having said that, I think I have seen so many people who got famous just because of コネ, especially in the entertainment industry such as Koutaro Koizumi(Japan’s ex-prime minister’s son), Hikaru Utada(the singer Keiko Fuji’s daughter), or Mari Sekine( the comedian Tsutomu Sekine’s daughter), Emiri Henmi(the singer Mari Henmi’s daughter), Shouko Kitano(the filmmaker Takeshi Kitano’s daughter), and so on. Just because he/she is the son/daughter of someone who is a great celebrity, they can get into the same industry as parents…this is what’s called, 親の光は七光り[oya no hikari wa nanahikari, “one’s parent’s coattail“]. The more common form should be abbriviated as 親の七光[oya no nanahikari]. Literally, I could translated it as parent’s light has seven layers (correct me if I am wrong). But why seven? I quickly investigated, and the number Seven stands for such a strong great power, so seven itself is not so meaningful…
I am not saying that all of above celebrities are doing good. Even though some of them made a debut thanks to 親の七光, the glory didn’t last so long…For example, Shouko Kitano made a debut as a singer at the age of 15, and her first song was composed by Yoshiki(the ex-leader of X-Japan). However, she could only release two songs. Even her first album didn’t come out. Meanwhile, Hikaru Utada still keeps working because she is a talented singer although she has a connection with music industry. After all, unless he/she is quite something, they can’t survive so long…though even now this still happens.
What about in your country? Does this kind of thing happen so often?