Why does it feel like 2018 won’t end nicely for Kpop in Japan?
We have another Japan-Korea situation here, a Japanese politician Onodera Masaru shared photos of TWICE’s Dahyun. It’s an old photo (from September 2017) and she’s wearing a shirt supporting comfort women victims.
To give you a bit of a background check, ‘comfort women’ is a term used to refer to Korean women who were forced to be sex slaves for the Japanese soldiers during WWII.
The issue is still not over to this day, Koreans have been demanding an official apology from Japan to this day, and these days the relations between the two countries are tense.
— 小野寺まさる (@onoderamasaru) November 14, 2018
— FLOWER DANCE (@TheFlowerDance) September 24, 2017
Onodera Masaru wrote in his ranting twitter post,
“BTS won’t be going on NHK’s ‘Kōhaku Uta Gassen’ because they turned the Japanese to the enemy with the atomic bomb shirt. This is good news but we have another bad incident. Ms. Dahyun, a member of TWICE, who decided to participate for the second time is wearing a ‘comfort women’ shirt.
The profit from the shirt goes to Korea’s unreasonable ‘comfort women’ movement funding. NHK will make an anti-Japanese activist participate in Kohaku.”
TWICE has been previously confirmed to make an appearance on the historic New Year’s Eve music show Kōhaku Uta Gassen, the event literally translates to Red and White Song Battle.
TWICE is the only Kpop group to appear on that show this year. This was good news considering the fact that the relations between Korea and Japan are tense right now.
The brand who designs this comfort shirt is called Marymond, which was created to incorporate pressed flower designs made by comfort women.
His tweet went viral and many Japanese liked the tweet, as of this writing the tweet garnered more than 20k likes.
The right-wing Japanese netizens are, as you’d expect, not happy with this and demand TWICE be removed from the show.
On the other hand, Korean netizens are showing support for Dahyun and TWICE, they are joined by international fans who also defended the girl for standing up for something she believes in.
What do you think of this?