TREASURE has found itself in controversy recently, following an unintentional omission of Dokdo from the map of Korea included in their Japan tour announcement video. The announcement video entitled 'Reboot' was unveiled at the fan meet event 'Hello Again,' held in Japan on October 1.
TREASURE, in the video, announced their highly anticipated Japanese tour scheduled for 2024. The tour promises an exciting itinerary spanning seven regions, commencing from Fukuoka in January, and concluding in Hiroshima in February. Alongside the announcement, a geographical representation of Korea and Japan was displayed, marking each tour location. However, this inadvertently sparked controversy when fans detected the map of Korea failed to include the Dokdo islands.
Notably, the map featured all major islands of both nations, including Korea's Jeju Island and Ulleungdo along with Japan's Tsushima Island. But, curiously, Dokdo was the only island absent, raising eyebrows among fans and inviting backlash.
In the wake of such feedback, the controversy continues to swirl, hinting that the issue is unlikely to be buried quickly. Armchair analysts continue to point out this omission, fuelling debates and conversations about the geopolitical implications.
On the positive side, TREASURE, aside from being embroiled in controversy, maintains a strong presence in the music world. The group's 2nd full-length album 'Reboot,' released last July, was well received and concluded its promotional activities on a high note. Despite the ongoing controversy, fans await their 2024 Japan tour with much anticipation and excitement.