On the 7th of August, one of the main Japanese broadcasting stations, Fuji Television was surrounded by hundreds of people demonstrating against its pro-Korean bias. The demonstrators prepared their assembly on an internet website. What made them so angry about the bias? Today, there is a massive wave of Korean pop singers coming into Japanese entertainment industry, and it is said that Japanese Production Company can make a lot of money promoting them in Japan. Moreover, it is said that the Korean Government is supporting the flow to spread their cultural industry worldwide. Therefore the mass media always tried to push Korean culture and avoid bad news about them. Fuji television is said to have the strongest bias. The demonstrators say that they do not dislike Korean people or its culture, but they want to see Japanese news on TV.
Historically, however, there lies antagonism between Japan and Korea. The two countries have a territorial dispute, Korea wanting justice for Japanese invasion of Korea during the war, and Japan, violation of intellectual property rights, etc. People still feel deep down unsure about their relationship with Korea, holding many problems. The extremists would sure be feeling uncomfortable about this pro-Korean bias.
For Japan’s benefit, accepting Korean culture is now no going back because they have already created the boom and trend here, and it can be a good influence to the economy. However, the news should not be biased towards only Korea. If the broadcasting companies wanted to share the news from other parts of the world, they should pick it from different countries, not from just one country. It might have been the last choice for them to promote Korean culture, because of the decreasing budget and the viewers drifting away. However, TV is still a credible main source of information for people, so the companies should consider the effects that it can create. Otherwise we are creating more and more Anti-Korean people in our own countries.
by Kumi Nakamura