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Posted by yckim124 AKP STAFF Thursday, November 8, 2018

TWICE and BTS might not be invited to 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' due to Japan-Korea government issues

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K-pop stars most likely won't be invited to NHK's 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' due to the current issues between South Korea and Japan.

On November 6, Japanese media outlet Zakzak reported that TWICE and BTS might be excluded from the lineup of 'Kohaku Uta Gassen', a popular Japanese end-of-year music festival, due to the current tension between South Korea and Japan revolving the wartime forced labor issues. 


A rep from NHK, the host of 'Kohaku Uta Gassen', stated, "Maybe if the ruling was in early next year, but the ruling was so close (to the event). The controversy is at a boiling point. It'll be difficult to have Hallyu artists."

Another Japanese affiliate stated, "Recently, there was a controversy involving a BTS member's t-shirt. There were many complaints when an article about BTS' attendance to 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' got released. There could be greater criticism if a Hallyu artist makes an appearance."

Last year, TWICE attended 'Kohaku Uta Gassen'. It was the first time in 6 years that a K-pop artist made attendance to the event. The Hallyu wave in Japan has undergone a revival. However, the recent conflict between Japan and South Korea is expected to play a detrimental effect, not only in government but also in entertainment. 
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MaeilKpop Thursday, November 8, 2018 5
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Even if Japanese and Koreans can't get over their old grudges they should leave idols out of it, they're just entertainers who want to make people happy. The whole point of PD48 was to bring Korea & Japan together and instead some people are still giving them shit.

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satyrr Friday, November 9, 2018 0
Friday, November 9, 2018

Wait a minute... I'm Japanese and I wonder what kind of rumors K-netz make. For girl group, Twice's attendance was almost certain but for boy group, TVXQ was the considered one not BTS. This was even before t-shirt incident. TVXQ's popularity in Japan is so big that they don't even promote to make headlines here. There were only some speculations that BTS may be invited to be given a chance coz Twice is also a 3rd gen group and TVXQ have already attended 3 times. It's still not clear who will be invited. Going to be announced next week. After the t-shirt incident, probably another Hallyu Wave ban is on the way, so none of them will be invited but still I can't talk for TVXQ. Although Hallyu ban starting slowly, Korean acts' performanses get cancelled, TVXQ still gets invitations and love. Just a reminder, during the previous Hallyu bans, only Korean act that wasn't affected by the Hallyu ban was TVXQ. They are like Japanese group

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