This Japanese Television Conspiracy Has Familiar Faces
Do you trust your local television media? In Japan, some folks are suspicious of the country's television media. Here's why.
Previously, Kotaku reported how some television news segments appeared to be what's called "yarase" or "staged" (here and here), allegedly filled with phoney people pretending to be regular folks called "sakura." As previously explained, this "sakura" literally means "fake customer" and is different from the "sakura" for cherry blossoms.
There is reason to be suspicious, as last year a variety show called Hokotate was cancelled after it was revealed to have been staged.
For television news in Japan, there are instances where it looks like random "person on the street" interviews are anything but. Conspiracy adherents say that the networks allegedly hire unknown actors or small-time performers to pose as regular folks and give good soundbites for news programs. Some people are shy! And camera crews might have a difficult time getting the answers they want to fit their narrative.
It appears as the same people are interviewed on different topics, sometimes by different networks, over the span of years. Honestly, what are the chances of that?