QUOTE (haohao @ Aug 9 2011, 01:14 AM)
Recently Japan's right wing media, celebrities and organizations have been claiming a controversy theory that K-Pop Korean Wave is a conspiracy plot by the Korean government, the government is sponsoring the growth, and so on.
K-Pop has been greeted with an explosive response and popularity in Europe all over the world, especially in Europe. Japanese right wing's this kind of response is being criticized as a self-isolating, self-preserving action.
Korea has been known for the development in IT, construction, ship building, and car industry, as well as entertainment. For international growth of Korean entertainment industry, Korea has been pursuing openness, investment, and international competitiveness.
Saying that K-Pop, which is hugely popular in Japan right now, is hurting the economy and culture of Japan is not an appropriate thing to say for Japan, as it creates an anti-Korean, anti-hallyu sentiment, and it is not something a developed nation would say.
Perhaps those right wings in Japan should look back at their own entertainment industry's reality instead of creating anti-Korean movements to degrade Korean drama, K-Pop, and other Korean cultures.http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?biid=2011080940068
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If you keep searching for that type of news you will find it. It doesn't reflect the population. I would say that Korea is portrayed in too good a light on most TV shows. The TV audience in japan looks favorably on Korea and is interested in things related to Korea. The producers are quick to capitalize on that.
Example, on a popular Variety show(must point out this was not a news show or documentary) they had a segment that explained Yakiniku(cooked meat) was brought to Japan by Koreans. At best, there is a seed of truth to this, but that's all. Japan has always eaten meat even when laws against eating meat were created in 700A.D. The people in mountain territory ignored the law and continued eating bore, deer, bear etc.. In addition, the law didn't cover mammals of the sea or horses in certain areas. The meat was usually eaten cooked over fire in a shichirin(Japanese small barbecue)or in stews(nabemono). The thing Korea brought to Japan was cooking the meat at the table in a Restaurant.
. People in the mountain regions did sit around the Barbecue and cook and eat meat but that was at home, but not at a restaurant. The first cook-meat-at-table restaurant was opened by a Korean some 60 years ago(like 1950). According to her, meat didn't catch on for decades. Her customers instead were mostly cooking fish at the tables. Yakiniku didn't start to flourish until the 70s.
Anyway, because of this TV show, a whole lot of younger Japanese kids are going to believe Yakiniku was brought to Japan by Korea. Not really a ground shattering event, but no more important than the lies the nationalist say. It's wrong to skew the facts period, even if its to portray Korea in a positive light or to try to portray Korea in a bad light.