A lot of people are complaining about how Sony are treating SCANDAL, saying they're being overworked, forced into recording etc. Some are even complaining that their image is being manipulated to sell more records. My opinion on the matter? What's your point?
Bear in mind, I am in no way saying SCANDAL should be worked to the point they become ill, I'd never wish that upon anyone. What I am saying is, this is the path SCANDAL chose. The Japanese music industry is tough, there is no question of that. However, in comparison to the Western industry (USA, Canada, UK, Europe etc.) The Japanese artists have a relatively easy time.
Think of it this way: You make it big in Japan, you tour around Japan, maybe around Asia too. This can be tiring, of course.
However, you make it big in the US, you're almost guaranteed to become popular in places like Canada, the UK, and Australia. This means not only touring around the US, which itself is many times bigger than Japan, but touring in other countries that are thousands of miles away. Some artists have that many shows they can be doing a show in England, then almost straight afterwords be taking a flight to somewhere else to perform the next day.
I'll admit, the two industries works a lot differently in terms of how music is released: In Japan, you get multiple singles then an album; in the west it's the opposite way round (Promo single for the album, then multiple album tracks aired on radio in the weeks/months after the album releases).
Taking into mind what I just said, SCANDAL doing their show at AFAX, then flying home and recording the next day isn't as much of a hardship as some people are making it out to be. It seems to be forgotten that SCANDAL signed a contract with Sony/Epic Records. That contract will have undoubtedly said that SCANDAL have to record X amount of albums and singles during the term of the contract, on the condition that Sony promote them and that they get a share of the profits.
Using an example, let's say SCANDAL signed a 4 year long contract saying they have to release 4 full-length albums, each with at least 3 singles to be released before it. SCANDAL signed with Sony in 2008, released BEST*SCANDAL in 2009, with 4 singles (DOLL, Sakura Goodbye, Shoujo S and Yumemiru Tsubasa). They then released TEMPTATION BOX in 2010, with 3 singles before it (Shunkan Sentimental, TaiKimi and Namida no Regret). They also release SCANDAL Nanka Buttobase and R-GIRL's ROCK in the same year. Since RGR is a mini-album, it wouldn't count as a full-length album. This means that under their contract they still have 2 albums to record, each with 3 singles which likely need B-Side tracks. This means around 15-17 songs per year have to be written, composed, recorded and produced. This is relatively easy, given the fact that SCANDAL don't compose their songs, instead they only write the lyrics for them.
The bottom line is, SCANDAL made a business agreement. They need to honour their part of that agreement, as Sony have undoubtedly honoured theirs. If that means having to go without as much sleep as they'd like every so often, that's the way it goes. They are more than fairly compensated for their efforts.