In the midst of TREASURE's recent Japan tour map controversy, a similar one involving SuperM is coming up in conversation.
As previously reported, Korean netizens expressed outrage after Dokdo, a set of islands contested by Korea and Japan, was omitted from a map displayed during the group's announcement of the '2024 TREASURE TOUR [REBOOT] in Japan.' This announcement occurred during their fan meeting, 'Hello Again,' in Tokyo.
In 2020, SM Entertainment found itself in a similar controversy when an English-language site created to promote SuperM featured a map labeling the East Sea as the Sea of Japan and Dokdo as the Liancourt Rocks. At the time, SM Entertainment did not release a statement in response to the controversy, but the controversy ended after the map was later taken down.
While some people defended the mistake by saying it is one that could easily happen when working with overseas partners, other netizens responded by saying, "YG is the one who does the final inspection, and of course, this is something that should've been checked." Other comments included, "I don’t know why this keeps happening," "We need to conduct thorough inspections," "Is this something that Japan cares about?," and "They need to give us a response [regarding this issue]."
Meanwhile, YG Entertainment is maintaining silence regarding the controversy.