Actress Kim Tae-hee has been forced to pull out of a press conference for a new cosmetics commercial in Japan.
Kim was supposed to attend the event Tuesday for her new advertisement for the Japanese cosmetic brand of pharmaceutical company, Rohto. However, she cancelled just one day before the event,.
The event was going to feature a preview of the new television commercial for a skin-care line starring the Korean actress.
According to Japanese sports newspaper Nikkan Sports, the event was cancelled because of hateful comments on Internet community boards and various blogs in light of Japan’s “Takeshima Day” on Wednesday. Her agency eventually decided to withdraw her from the scheduled event because of safety concerns.
The actress, who has appeared in Japanese TV drama, "Me and My Star’s 99 Days," began to receive criticism from anti-Korean Japanese protestors in October 2011, after she publicly advocated the Dokdo islets as Korean territory.
Korea and Japan are in a long dispute over the islets’ sovereignty.