MUSINGS / Sept. 29, 2018

The Yomiuri Shimbun The following is a translation of the Henshu Techo column from The Yomiuri Shimbun’s Sept. 29 issue.

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When Tetsuya Takeda was young, he suffered from an inferiority complex regarding his appearance. The actor and singer mentions an extraordinary experience concerning this complex in an afterword to one of his books.

Disgusted by his appearance, Takeda had burst into a bookstore and found a book written by a scholar titled “Rettokan o Buttobase” (Shake off the feeling of inferiority). He was wide-eyed with surprise at one of the taglines: “Tetsuya Takeda actually has been living strong by taking advantage of his inferiority complex toward his short legs.” He was introduced as a person who has lived confidently by overcoming his inferiority complex. According to the afterword, as Takeda has since tried to act confidently, he could eliminate such negative sentiments.

If it were today, people who choose cosmetic surgery as a way of conquering an inferiority complex regarding their appearance would be not a few. However, it would do more harm than good if your choice for your happiness results in more worries.

It is said that the number of Japanese who use medical institutions in South Korea for cosmetic surgery has been rapidly increasing due to the lower cost of operations and the popularity of K-pop culture, while post-surgery troubles grow. Experts say that operations, such as one to shave facial bones to make the face appear smaller, need follow-up checks and carry a high risk. You might consider it an old-fashioned way of thinking, but when seeing stories of lawsuits concerning cosmetic surgery troubles domestically and overseas, I immediately thought of the Takeda-style of conquering an inferiority complex.

However, the depth of worries varies depending on the individual, and each problem must be delicate. Living strong itself may be a difficult thing.Speech

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