A taxi company in Japan has called a song by a Japanese pop group a sad day for its women drivers, saying it could be used as a vehicle for discrimination.
The Japanese Taxi Association, a group representing about 2,500 taxi companies, said in a statement on Tuesday that it has been alerted by a member of the band Girls, which performed the song “Fairy Tail” in Japan last year.
In a message on its website, the association said the song was composed by the band’s singer, Yuuko Nakamura, and that it “may be interpreted as a derogatory term against Japanese female taxi drivers and their mothers.”
Nakamura has since apologized, and the group has since been banned from performing in Japan.
The association said in its statement that it is “deeply concerned” about the song and is seeking to ban it from its website and the video-sharing site Vimeo.
“I sincerely apologize for any discomfort that it may cause the members of Girls,” Nakamura wrote in a video message posted to YouTube.
“As a result of this song, it’s now difficult for the members and their families to work and to enjoy the rest of their lives.”
The statement said Girls “had been working on a song that will allow the women of Japan to become better taxi drivers, so that they can become more aware of their rights as women and to better understand and respect the rights of women drivers and the people in their communities.”
“The members of the Girls group are also saddened by the lyrics that were sung by the female taxi driver, Yuuuko Nakamura,” it said.
“She was one of the first to sing the song with us, so we’re really sorry that the lyrics were hurtful to her.”
The association, which is composed of members of taxi companies from all over Japan, said the members were all volunteers.
“The lyrics of the song are about women who are driving for money and to get by.
They are a sad, bitter, sad day,” the statement said.
“We are not aware of the intention behind the lyrics, but we will look into it in detail and do everything we can to correct this.”
We will also provide the lyrics of ‘Fairy Tale’ to the girls and women who may want to sing it for themselves, to be performed and released in a song.
“The group’s singer has since said she was surprised by the song’s lyrics.”
My initial thought was that it was something for the young girls to sing,” she told the local Yomiuri newspaper.”
But the lyrics are just a reflection of the time and circumstances at the time.
It doesn’t mean that they meant any ill will towards women in general.””
I think it’s really sad that the girls who sang the song for us were told that this was a sad and bitter day for them,” she added.