Japanese talent and Chitchat of Beauties panelist, Rie Akiba has become the target of a hate/anti campaign by Korean netizens after her comments about the sensitive Dokdo island issue between Korea and Japan. In an interview with Dong-A weekly newspaper magazine, Rie Akiba was asked about her thoughts about Korean politics, society, culture and values. Regarding Dokdo, she expressed,
"I only knew about it when I arrived (in Korea). The end of World War 2 on August 15, 1945 was an important event for Koreans. For the Japanese, it was a sad thing since we lost the war but we don't harbor any hatred against America. When Koreans who feel that Dokdo should be regarded as Korean territory, ask me about my opinion, I would answer, 'Why do you think of it that way?'. There's no hidden meaning in my words because I just want to know if their opinion was shaped by what they have heard from people around them."She continued,
"I did some research. And I found out that it was Korea who discovered it (Dokdo) first. But it's difficult to determine which country does Dokdo belong to. The first country to discover it was Korea while Japan was the first to give it a name."Fellow Japanese talent, Tokiwa Fusako who was also interviewed, said,
"Whenever the Dokdo issue gets escalated in the media, I would get scolded when I walk on the streets."Netizens were split on this although most expressed fury with regards to Rie Akiba comments. They posted on her Cyworld minihompy,
"So you are implying that even if it's Korean territory, as long as Japanese give it a name, that territory will automatically become part of Japan?"
"I think her Dokdo comments were a bit over the top."
"Is she trying to make a name for herself?"
"Do you know how much hurt this will cause for some people?"Some netizens have even motioned for MBC to remove Rie Akiba from her lead actress role for Hyunhaetan Marriage War special drama which will air from March 1 - 2. But MBC has responded by saying that everything will proceed as planned since filming was almost completed.