Jap girl­band in ‘Nazi’ out­rage

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SONY Mu­sic Ja­pan has apol­o­gised af­ter a pop­u­lar Ja­panese girl­band came un­der fire for per­form­ing in out­fits re­sem­bling Nazi-era Ger­man mil­i­tary uni­forms.

The mostly teenage mem­bers of Keyak­izaka46 ap­peared at a con­cert in black knee-length dresses, with black capes and of­fi­cer caps bear­ing a Nazi-like ea­gle em­blem.

Sony Mu­sic Ja­pan, the band’s record la­bel, said: “We ex­press our heart­felt apol­ogy for causing of­fence ... be­cause of our lack of un­der­stand­ing.

“We take the in­ci­dent se­ri­ously and will make ef­forts to pre­vent a re­cur­rence of a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent in the fu­ture.”

Spokesman Ya­suyuki Oshio said there had been no in­ten­tion to link the per­for­mance to Nazism.

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