This scandal may have been a cynical attempt influence the judiciary, an abuse of power to avoid prosecution for corruption, or an innocent attempt to retain an experienced prosecutor, but it is clear that the very public backlash on social media was celebrity led. A number of renowned actors, manga artists, comedians and musicians led the anti-Abe protest on Twitter, in what some have commented is a sign of celebrities in Japan waking up to the fact that they can have a positive influence on society. Speaking out with passion about politics is commonly seen as a faux pas in Japan, but Abe seems to have inspired the breaking of this tradition with this celebrity led protest on social media.
Seemingly encouraged by the social activism of foreign celebrities like Leonardo Di Caprio or Bono, celebrities have tapped into the fact that people are tired of the government not working in their interest. Actors such as Arata Iura, Kyoko Koizumi and Noriko Suwon, musicians such as Komuai, Okamoto Rage of Okamotozu, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Licaxx, Ikimonogakari, Yoshiki Mizuno, as well as comedian Kayoko Okubo, renaissance man Shigesato Itoi voiced their opinions on twitter. While theatre director Amon Miyamoto wrote "in this confusion over the coronavirus, we should focus on (saving) people's lives. It's a tragedy for Japan to forcibly decide on the bill, which is far from democracy", and Arata Iura was even more direct, with "Please do not twist the law or politics anymore for the sake of self-protection. Please do not destroy this country" .