Art by Tibino
Shanghai Expo Song (2010)
そのままの君でいて by Mayo Okamoto (1997)
Comparison [via Japan Probe]
It is still possible that they created the song independently, but highly improbable. What is wrong with people? I wonder, what caused them to steal the song? Where they too busy, lazy, burnt out? Music and song writing is a very fun activity, it is sad that people resort to such measures… Also I wonder what kind of a reaction the events would induce if the situation was reversed: Japanese writers stealing from Chinese ones…
Update: They admitted it! The organizers have asked Mayo Okamoto to use her song to prevent further controversy – she agreed.
そのままの君でいて by Yuko Nitou from Patlabor OP is a different song, but I really like it 🙂