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Grandpa idol group from Kochi Prefecture rise to popularity


Five-member grandpa group Jii POP have been rising to popularity in Japan.

The group's average age is 67 with the eldest member being 80 and the youngest being 58. The remaining three members are in their 60s. Through their activities, the group aims to publicize their hometown of Kochi Prefecture, which has the second biggest aging population in Japan, while showing that aging can be a cool thing. And their debut song "Kourei Banzai!" ("Hooray, Old Age!") has done just that. 

With humous lyrics such as, "Kochi-ken, this is how it is. One out of 3 people are over 65. But lively, lively. Everyday is lively," and "Even if I stay up late, I still wake up at 5:30." This song has been a big hit in Japan, and its promotional video on YouTube has received over 370,000 views in about 3 weeks. 

In an interview with Asahi Shimbun, one of the members stated, "I didn't know it would become this big." Besides their musical activities, the members are active in fishing or managing the local fishery cooperative association.

Source: Chuo Nippo

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