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3:25 pm - 11/27/2012

NHK denies not inviting Korean acts to 'Kohaku' due to territorial dispute

Japan’s widely-watched year-end TV show will feature only Japanese acts this year, with popular South Korean performers left out of the line-up amid territorial frictions with Seoul.

Taxpayer-funded broadcaster NHK insisted politics had played no role in the selection of performers for the New Year’s Eve broadcast watched by up to 40% of the nation’s TV audience.

Korean girl groups KARA and Girls’ Generation and male group Tohoshinki (TVXQ) were among the headline acts last year on “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (Red and White Song Contest).

Viewers are drawn from a wide cross-section of society on an evening when Japanese families traditionally gather at home, often around a television set.

NHK officials told a press conference that Korean performers were dropped after reviewing how popular they were over 2012, and after looking at support for them among Japanese fans.

They denied speculation that the spat over the sovereignty of a pair of islands in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, had played any role in the decision.

President Lee Myung-bak’s visit to the islands in August angered the Japanese public, and cooled ties between the neighbors.

Korean political leaders and cultural figures, including actors and an Olympic athlete, staged a series of stunts over the following months designed to reinforce Seoul’s control of the islets.

At least one popular Korean drama was pulled from Japan’s airwaves after one of its stars voiced support for Seoul’s claim.

Tokyo has also spent several months in bitter dispute with Beijing over the ownership of a different set of islands.

Source: japantoday

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jojibear 27th-Nov-2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
LOL I told you it wasn't because of the island~

Edited at 2012-11-27 11:13 pm (UTC)
amenooto 27th-Nov-2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
lol at this explanation
burger 27th-Nov-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
lol this nonsense
liime_arix 27th-Nov-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
Lol yeah right.
peachie_ego LOL! Yea yea whatever!27th-Nov-2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
They are lying through their fucking teeth. Most of it definitely has to do with the dispute. That and how vocal and xenophobic the J-media has become towards Korean and other foreign cultures. Kpop sales may have settled down a bit but the genre is still POPULAR there. The big 3 definitely has outsold some of the invitees on the list including Ayumi, Kana Nishino, Koda Kumi, and Nana Mizuki. Not only that but 2PM and Super Junior have sold sell very well this year especially for non-JE group in Japan. Like how much do people really want them to sell before accepting their popularity/influence? It really doesn't matter anyway though. I'm pretty sure Korean investors gives an earful to Kpop companies about abandoning K-award shows. They really hate that shit. Don't go! You're irrelevant the next hour.

Anyway, all of those excuses are pitiful and definitely reek of "I'm not racist!" after being called out on it. So glad that majority of Japan's top selling acts don't participate that award show. I definitely lol @ Mr. Children being like "lol! Nope!" everytime they're are asked. I'm pretty sure Hikki hangs up the phone the moment the word Kohaku pops out their mouth. They literally have to pay Namie to give a half-ass of a half-ass to appear on the show.
dramajewels Re: LOL! Yea yea whatever!28th-Nov-2012 12:13 am (UTC)
Whether or not this is because of the territory dispute, that dispute is not about race. Therefore not inviting Korean artists to perform is not a racist action. Its more similar to the nationalist actions of those actors, entertainers, athletes, politicians and other people who decided to voice an opinion or take action in stating there feelings on this dispute. NHK's action may just be to not invite these artists. I don't work there, own it, nor do I live in Japan so I can't rightly say my opinion is an accurate one.

If the media is xenophobic as you say the many foreign artists who come to Japan, including Korean artists, would not become successful. They would be figuratively stopped at the door. I mean in your own statement you said "Kpop sales may have settled down a bit but the genre is still POPULAR there. The big 3 definitely has outsold some of the invitees on the list including Ayumi, Kana Nishino, Koda Kumi, and Nana Mizuki." I don't know there sales but you seem confident in this fact, so I will heed to your knowledge of this fact. You seem to have a lot of behind-the-senses knowledge of the Japanese music industry and this show.

2coco 27th-Nov-2012 11:45 pm (UTC)

yeah, right...

Tohoshinki is still selling very well in Japan even going on a 5 dome tour which some of the JE groups can't even do yet..

and Big Bang is doing a 3 dome tour in Japan right now...the male Korean idol groups are still doing really well..

that excuse doesn't stick...
yasmine2009 27th-Nov-2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
All they had to do was invite Toho and this excuse would have passed. Most the other Kpop groups weren't that big this year.

I don't know if it's because I'm a PR major or what, but every time I see dumb excuses like this I can't help but SMH. Smarten up just a bit and a lot more companies/committees could avoid backlash... :/
scubajr 28th-Nov-2012 12:10 am (UTC)
eishastan 27th-Nov-2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
Why did they even bother? their reason doesn't make sense if you take a look at the list of performers, you have artists on the list that would kill to have Tohoshinki, Kara or SJJD's sales and support.
queencrystallia 28th-Nov-2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
not really lol SJ sales this year were down same for kara and they sing better than kara and snsd so ~~~ lol

though :| i admit i wish they at least invited tohoshinki :|
smilepi 27th-Nov-2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm sad THSK wasn't invited. :(
Not sure if I accept their explanation, but whatever, Kouhaku has never been my favorite end of year show.
scubajr 28th-Nov-2012 12:07 am (UTC)
Ha ha. Okay.
dramajewels 28th-Nov-2012 12:13 am (UTC)
I wish they hadn't bothered with an explanation or "excuse". They are not required to justify who they give an invitation to perform at this show. People will watch or not based on their preferences and next year the same will happen again.
anduril_narsil 28th-Nov-2012 12:53 am (UTC)

I mean, they don't explain why momosu, or Angela Aki, weren't invited either. So, why bother explaining for certain other artists? Even fujitv's FNS don't explain why they don't invite these artists.
tabbytabitha 28th-Nov-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
Kohaku belongs to Japan anyway. What's the dispute about? I don't understand >
ryrymini 28th-Nov-2012 01:45 am (UTC)
It's really not a hard concept. They're Korean singers who are reasonably popular and have worked to create Japanese music to appeal to that specific market.

Kouhaku has had many foreign artists in the past (not just Korean), so for them to pull this now is just simply bs.
xanithofdragons 28th-Nov-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
Since, "support for them among Japanese fans" was considered, it may not be directly about politics, but it seems likely it influenced their decision. Ah well, we'll never know for sure.
soundczech 28th-Nov-2012 02:03 am (UTC)
yeah, i was thinking this. there's been a definite cooling of sentiments towards kpop in the past few months which definitely IS related to the islands dispute, so no matter what it is an indirect factor.
supermusicmaker 28th-Nov-2012 12:51 am (UTC)
These lies tbh.

It's not like I'll ever watch Kouhaku anyway so I don't care. It's mostly idols and enka acts like it's always been. lord @ one guy having his 49th appearance this year

Edited at 2012-11-28 12:51 am (UTC)
midori_akanishi 28th-Nov-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
well. i dont care kouhaku is japanese thats all...

kpop que siga invadiendo el mundo bien por ellos!! para eso tienen a EEUU que vayan por ahi xD
yami_no_hoshi 28th-Nov-2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Lol didn't Lady Gaga go last year? Is she Japanese? No one here seems to have a problem with that.
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