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Posted by yckim124 AKP STAFF Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A segment in Jinyoung's Japanese fan meeting canceled after complaints from Korean fans

AKP STAFF

A segment in Jinyoung's upcoming Japanese fan meeting has been canceled. 

Jinyoung is scheduled to hold the fan meeting, 'Party Jinyoung,' in Japan on May 31- June 2. The fan meeting consists of various segments including 'Special Talk Time,' 'Game Time,' and the 'Favor Event.' What became an issue to Korean fans is the 'Favor Event.' 

The 'Favor Event' allows Japanese fans to choose one activity with Jinyoung. The options are talk and handshake with Jinyoung for 10 seconds, receiving a pat on the head from Jinyoung for 5 seconds, receiving a shoulder rub from Jinyoung for 10 seconds, Jinyoung whispering 'I love you' in the fan's ear, and a hug from Jinyoung. 

Korean fans complained the activities require excessive skinship (physical contact) and may cause Jinyoung to feel uncomfortable. 

Ultimately, on April 24, Jinyoung's agency LINK8 Entertainment stated to Newsen"After a discussion with the Japanese event organizers, we've completely excluded the (Favor) event."

On the issue, netizens commented, "Ah... so dirty... Why don't they just say they want to sleep with him? Japanese fans..," "We can never understand but that's Japanese culture," "I understand it's a fan meeting but does he have to whisper 'I love you' in the ear..," "Gross."

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Ohboy695,253 pts Wednesday, April 24, 2019 8
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

It's funny that Korean comment on Japanese fans being dirty, when it wasn't their idea in the first place. And Korean fans aren't better than that anyway. I bet most of them would love this segment in Korea. (I think it's kinda gross, at least the whispering part, but that's not the point.)

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Blue821,671 pts Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

I don't think any idol should be forced to do those things. It's one thing to shake a fans hand or high five but massages and whispering in ears is much more intimate. We've already seen idols who get caught complaining about how they don't like touching strangers. You can't blame them either. Would anyone really want to touch hundreds of people they don't know? I would dearly love to attend a fansign but I would never want to make an artist touch me in ways that would potentially make them uncomfortable. When an artist chooses to reach out and hold a fans hand or pat them on the head it's one thing but it's another to 'buy' the right to force them.

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