Though I fear a backlash for posting two consecutive posts about pop music acts of the Lost Decade, I do wish to follow up on the Sakai Izumi/ZARD story.
Her funeral had been a private and quiet affair, with just her family in attendance--not even longtime associates from her record company or her back up band were invited. About 30 fans who had managed to find the funeral site hung around outside.
Yesterday (June 27) was the wake for Sakai Izumi which members of the music industry and the general public could attend.
The attendance at this memorial service was somewhat different.
Forty thousand persons waited up to four hours in line to pay their respects to the older sister whom, to the very end, nobody knew.
And on the news this morning, in their special reports on the wake, did they mention "it"?
Of course not.
Not even in passing.
The Sankei Shimbun does have a special article about the human papilloma virus and the HPV vaccine--which is available in Japan for women age 20 and over, though fewer than 20% of women have received it.
Maybe some lives will be saved that way.