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9:46 am - 07/02/2011

Korean Wave Fakery: Phony Japanese Fans Paid to Greet Jang Geun-suk

South Korean actor Jang Geun-suk visited Japan this week. Media reports about his visit emphasized the fact that about 800 fans gathered to greet him on his arrival at Haneda Airport. Even Jang was surprised by the overwhelming evidence of his popularity in Japan:

“I was honestly worried that there might be an accident within the crowd because there were so many people there to greet me,” he said, expressing concern for the fans present.


“Honestly, it’s pretty scary. It just happened so fast; I gained a lot of fans in such a short amount of time,” he said about his new popularity in Japan.

800 fans at the airport is pretty impressive when you compare it to the greetings that other international stars have received. When Lady Gaga arrived at Narita Airport a couple weeks ago, about 200 fans were there to greet her. Johnny Depp, who is enormously popular in Japan, was greeted by a mere 400 fans when he visited Japan earlier this year.

The secret of the Jang’s huge fan gathering was revealed when a photograph of a flier found its way onto the internet

It is recruiting women to participate in the greeting event at Haneda Airport. A reward of 2,000 yen (about $25) was offered to each “fan” who attended the event.

According to an article on Livedoor, there were some diehard fans who showed up out of genuine excitement. Many others, however, were paid. Some people found out about it through the fliers, while others were veteran members of event mailing lists. People who replied to the 2,000 yen job offer were driven to the airport on two special buses. While on the buses, the phony fans were given Jang Geun-suk merchandise to wave around when the media filmed them.

One participant said the buses carried about 80 paid fans to the airport. Combined with the legitimate fans, there probably weren’t much more than 100 people gathered for the event. One of the event promoters walked around declaring that 800 fans had come to greet Jang, and the media didn’t bother to verify the claim.

Source: japanprobe

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fancifury 2nd-Jul-2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
flipangel_88 2nd-Jul-2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
forever LOLing ... who is he anyways?
kame_94 2nd-Jul-2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
He's the lead actor/singer from popular Korean drama, "You're Beautiful". That's the only reason I knew about him.
jadeswallow 2nd-Jul-2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
brucelynn 2nd-Jul-2011 05:00 pm (UTC)

19861122 2nd-Jul-2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
perfect gif is perfect
whie_khant 2nd-Jul-2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
cherrylng 2nd-Jul-2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
Can anyone hear the mocking voices through your head when you just read the title of this post?
iylover 2nd-Jul-2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
oh geez. way to make Korean celeb look even worse in Japan -____- First lying about album sales and now this.
whie_khant 2nd-Jul-2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Lying about album sales?
Never heard of that......
ocha_suki 2nd-Jul-2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
win03die 2nd-Jul-2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
...and the news is?

Most of the Korean acts have had similar things done. Still do.
Just to mention a few: Shoujo Jidai, KARA etc... Those "fake fans provided by the management and then the 'awesome' numbers celebrated proudly in most Korean media" even made it to the news last year (or was KARA in 2009 already? can't remember).
spidersky 2nd-Jul-2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
When has Shoujo Jidai ever done something like this? And actual facts and/or sources please.
maclou 2nd-Jul-2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Well I don't know how much of this I believe but I certainly do believe that the media didn't bother to verify the real number of people there. He seems popular in Japan so he probably could attract quite a few fans on his own but twice as many as Johnny Depp? hmm
flipangel_88 2nd-Jul-2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
He seems popular in Japan so he probably could attract quite a few fans on his own but twice as many as Johnny Depp? hmm

I thought the same thing! Although I do not know who he is that definitely does not mean that he cannot be a popular figure in Japan but OVER Johnny-ImpregnateMeNowInEveryFreakingLanguage-Depp that's just preposterous to the point of blasphemy!!!
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rebirthreborn 2nd-Jul-2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
belanina 2nd-Jul-2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
love this gif!!! where is this from??
yaoilicious_53 2nd-Jul-2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
murasaki_hoshii 2nd-Jul-2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
lol embarrassing
secretcodeblue 2nd-Jul-2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
wow really? that's so sad. D:
evymila_chan 2nd-Jul-2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
waaa.... !!!! pero jang en japon!! ya me iamgino a las verdaderas fans.. de el... como habran estado kasjfsd es demasiadoo!!!!
al menos ellas si sintieron la emocion y llegaron a verlo .... lksdnlsdnflksd
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