TWICE Sana is in hot waters for something she posted to TWICE’s official Instagram account.
April 30, 2019, is the last day of the current Japanese imperial era with Emperor Akihito, he has given up on his throne after 30 years and 3 months, he will step down so his son takes his position.
What makes this even more special for Japanese people is that usually, the position is given for the next in line when the current emperor passes away but Akihito decided to give up the throne and his son ‘will ascend to the Japanese throne on May 1’ according to CNN.
TWICE Sana, a Japanese member of the popular girl group, expressed her feelings about the end of the Heisei era.
In her post, she expressed that she’s sad the Heisei era is coming to an end considering the fact that she was someone who was born in that era. She also says she’s going to face a new era and complete the last day of Heisei era neatly. She also thanked Heisei.
The relationship between South Korea and Japan is tense due to many reasons (I would recommend you read up on the subject to get a clear idea of why is that, news outlets in the political realm will explain it well).
However, Korean netizens were less than pleased with what Sana wrote, a lot of netizens heavily criticized her post and called her out for writing that post to TWICE official group account.
Many asked of Sana to be more cautious expressing her political views or talking about it since she’s promoting in South Korea.
Netizens left comments such as, “Rude,” “you shouldn’t have done this,” “TWICE didn’t post anything at all during Korea’s Independence Day. Why is she posting that in all Japanese?”
What do you think of this?
My Personal Thoughts
Listen guys; before you jump to conclusions and bash supporters or haters or netizens let me just say this one thing.
I will not go into much depth about my own thoughts on her post specifically because I don’t feel I am in the position to say much since I am not Japanese/Korean and not knowledgeable (in both sides POV) enough to express my thoughts here.
However, I would like you to understand that the reason this post caused an issue is because of the tense relationship between South Korea and Japan. I read on comfort women tragedy and understand (to a degree) what South Koreans think of Japan and why they think that way.
You might say ‘why is she getting hate for talking politics?’ but generally speaking netizens don’t like it when idols get political or talk politics, at least this is what I perceived being a kpop fan for a long time.
A lot of idols have landed in hot water because they expressed their opinions or dedicated post or said something relating to politics before.
So before you criticize I hope you realize this is a very sensitive topic. Now whether you think she has the right to do so or not is your own and I would like to read that so let me know in the comment section what you think.