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Shuchishin (Popular pop group of three guys)
Shuchishin are a popular Japanese pop group, who debuted in April 2008. The group consists of three guys: Takeshi Tsuruno, Naoki Nokubo and Yusuke Kamiji. We have many men's pop groups in Japan, but Shuchishin are very unique in that they were chosen for their stupidity.
The group are the product of a popular quiz show called “Quiz! Hexagon II.” The show first started as a quiz battle among six panelists, but then changed to more like a variety show with actors, actresses and comedians. In most quiz shows, the smartest person is praised. But Quiz! Hexagon II is a little different ―― the more stupid a person is, the more popularity he/she gains!
In fact, some of the regular panelists on this show are so stupid that they can't read some kanji or don't know common proverbs. Tsuruno, Nokubo and Kamiji became especially popular for their stupid(and funny) answers, and they finally debuted as a pop group! The name of the group “Shuchishin” literally means “sense of shame” ―― weird name, isn't it? But their first single, also titled “Shuchishin,” became a big hit with its rhythmic and retro sound.
With the synergy of the quiz show and the singing, the three members of Shuchishin have become even more popular. So many fans visit Kamiji's blog every day, and the blog has been awarded for having the “Most Unique Visitors on a Personal Blog” by the Guinness Book of World Records. Stupid answers and comments in TV shows are indeed fun to watch, but let's hope that the audience won't follow such stupidity in real life!