Thursday, August 18, 2011

Japanese hold anti-Korean wave protest

The sacking of Japanese actor Sousuke Takaoka by his agency fueled an anti-Korean wave street demonstration in Tokyo with hundreds of Japanese airing their sentiments against the broadcast of Korean dramas and other forms of Korean entertainment on TV.

The Japanese held their protest in front of the headquarters of Fuji TV, Japan’s No. 1 TV station, located in Odaiba, Tokyo. They waved Japanese flags and held placards that contain statements like “Give us Japanese TV.” They also sang the Japanese national anthem.

The protest targeted Fuji TV, which has been accused of airing more Korean content than any other Japanese TV station including numerous Korean dramas such as “You’re Beautiful,” “King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo,” “Coffee Prince,” and “Goong.”

The protesters are planning to hold more demonstrations in the following weeks.

The Korean wave has become popular in Japan. Korean artists such as Bae Yong Joon and Choi Ji Woo have gained a cult following in Japan ever since their drama “Winter Sonata” swept Japan in 2003. K-pop groups including Girls Generation and KARA have also successfully penetrated the Japanese music market.

Last month, Sousuke tweeted his gripes about the proliferation of Korean dramas on Fuji TV, accusing the station of being a pro-Korean TV station. He said that the dominance of Korean content on Japanese TV is like “brainwashing.” Days after his tweets, he was fired by Stardust Promotion, his Japanese agency.

Manila Bulletin

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