is anyone kind of confused why arashi is bothering to have an international concert in hawaii when 99% of the audience will be members of the japanese exclusive fan club
I wrote up a big, long post about this, but it comes down to a few things:
1) The insularity of the Japanese media market. They may like your money, but they don’t really give a shit about you. Even if they do give a shit about you, outdated business practices make it real difficult for them to change. I really do not think Arashi themselves wanted this, but they’re bound by management. Again, they appreciate our money (which has only increased in recent years) but we’re not their primary market and they don’t really need us (plot twist: they kind of do, but try getting them to admit that).
2) Johnny’s has attempted to engage and include foreign fans through J&A International, but it’s impossible to see if they saw that as a success or not. I’m leaning toward no, seeing as how they shut it down a few months ago and I’ve seen neither heads nor tails of a successor. I have no idea how many people used it to see other groups, but I know quite a few who went to see V6 (myself and one of my good friends included. I’ve used it for both tours) (bring it back, J&A).
3) It’s also highly likely that, rather than bringing in the foreign fans, J&A thought it better for business (read: to keep the domestic market happy) and probably monetarily better to do this joint deal with JAL. They’re already embedded, and then they both get to share in the profits, compared to having foreign fans using a number of different airlines and flying in from nearly every continent.
I know, you know — shit, everyone knows — it would be quite easy to add a couple extra dates for foreign fan shows, because it’s not like they haven’t done it before, or opening up certain sections for foreign fans, but their business practices are functionally intransigent and obtuse/nebulous.