AKB48 has reshaped the landscape of youth culture in modern Japan. Such a strategy encourages young people today to chase dreams of being in the spotlight that many Japanese would have shunned years ago. These days, long-term goals of careers in politics or medicine have been replaced with the need for instant gratification and glamour. Nowhere is such an ideal more apparent than in the fashion industry, and youth fashion, in particular, has undergone changes in the past five years or so that makes it virtually unrecognizable from its former state. The modeling opportunities that exist for preteens in Japan nowadays were certainly evident at Yoyogi National Gymnasium at the beginning of August. Almost models under the age of 14 participated in Tokyo Top Kids Collection, competing for such categories as best fashion, best smile and best runway walk.
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PARIS Half a dozen years ago, in the grubbier reaches of filmmaking, there was a feeble vogue for snuff movies. These showed their protagonists being shot, strangled or slowly separated with buzz saws; but that was not the real point. The real point was the claim that the films had been made in countries where, as one put it, ''life was cheap''; and that what was shown happening to the character was in fact happening to the actor as well. It was a swindle, of course. What made it more displeasing than most was not only the pretense that somebody had died to make the film, but that people were supposed to go see it for that very reason. All this is a farfetched side of a question that a number of contemporary cultural phenomena have fetched somewhat nearer.
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