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Posted by yckim124 AKP STAFF 8 days ago

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 8 days ago 5
8 days ago

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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CalB90 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

This!


Entertainment and politics should never mix. It's disgusting when politicians block entertainment for the purpose of their own political gain. The only people that suffer are innocent citizens that have done nothing and wish to move on from a dark past. Politicians will always drag up the past though, thus countries like Japan and SK will always have this tension between them.

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Anpanman 7 days ago 3
7 days ago

1. It's not old grudges. Abe and his party are outright denying the existence of war crimes and SK is siding with the victims of the war for obvious reasons. So not inviting Twice is on Japan and its being petty.

2. The whole point of PD48 was adding a couple of popular AKB members and becoming successful in Japan, since Japan is the second biggest music market in the world. So ofc there's nothing about unity and friendship between two countries

3. The outrage over Jimin's T-shirt is justified

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satyrr 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

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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switchplaid123 8 days ago 3
8 days ago

Japan has to summon up their big boy pants, and admit their wrongdoings specifically as it pertains to "Comfort Woman". Only then will this open the door for healing to take place. II understand the fear Japan may have in terms of the economic, and reputation affects, but most people just want to be able to move on. Most of the culprits and victims are ceased with one handful left at most. Let these entertainers live their lives where all they want is to spread happiness through their music and performance.

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KpopluvR 7 days ago 1
7 days ago

Japan actually have apologized, multiple times. There was even an agreement in 2015, where Japan admitted their wrongdoings, apologized again and started a fund for the comfort women. South Korea then promised that they would not bring the issues up going forward. But in 2018, South Korea began asking Japan for a better apology, which was going against what they signed in 2015.

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Anpanman 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

If you're wondering why SK is demanding the new apology: "The deal included a Japanese government apology and an $8.8 million fund to help provide old-age care for survivors. But the agreement was immediately criticized in South Korea as insufficient; after Ms. Park was impeached in 2016 and Mr. Moon was elected as her successor, he pledged to review the deal.

A government-appointed panel concluded that South Korea had failed to represent the victims’ demands for Japan to take legal responsibility and offer official reparations." (c) japan times

Japan also omits everything related to the war crimes in their text books, and Abe's own war crimes denial stance on the issue doesn't help: "Critics, however, noted that before becoming prime minister for the second time in 2012, Mr. Abe publicly questioned whether Japan’s imperial military actually coerced Korean women into sexual slavery."(c) japan times

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NgohiongPuso 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

No one will ever be able to do that until all the conservatives remain in power. Also, the people who might be responsible for all those atrocities might have already died. Therefore, the chances of ever moving forward will be slow and painful steps.


People should also understand why this sort of conflict still exist.

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Duckface9 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

The boy group who was going to be invited was most likely TVXQ already, not BTS. Last month NHK Kohaku representer stated that it should be TVXQ and TWICE because TVXQ is so popular among general public and have much bigger achievements like Nissan tour. Also they won the national votings by landlide with 47% and 63% against Japanese acts. A few articles stated that BTS might have a chance since they are 3rd gen like Twice, TVXQ already invited for 3 times and TVXQ's busy schedule but these were only speculations. Before the shirt incident, TVXQ's invitation possibility was like 90% and BTS' 10% and now it's like 1% for BTS. It depends on TVXQ's schedul. So, stop with these fake news. Japanese media outlet Zakzak just stated that now Twice and BTS' chances to get invited are very low. They didn't mention TVXQ becuse Japanese don't see them as a part of Hallyu.

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Lerasmus 7 days ago 0
7 days ago

I call this Karma. Remember stupid fans made fun of EXO when China banned Hallyu wave. Now it's your turn. I'm sorry for the other groups since the most profitable market for Korea is Japan. You see the craze that groups try to enter Japanese market with Japanese albums. Anyway, BTS is not popular in Japan. TWICE is popular. Don't trick yourself with single and album sales. In Japan you have to buy all versions of singles or albums to have a chance to attend BTS' handshake events. Not every group does handshake events but BTS does. Otherwise you won't see them selling over 50k lol. I also heard that the boy group considered for Kohaku was TVXQ. Seems like ARMY's know this and act like they won't be invited because of shirt incident. What an excuse.

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