8 Korean Celebrities Labeled “Anti-Japanese” for Their Position on Dokdo
Dokdo, or Takeshima in Japanese, is a small group of rocky islets that lie in between South Korea and Japan. Although South Korea has been deploying its own Coast Guard members to the islets since 1952, and now stations its national police detachment, administrative personnel, and lighthouse staff to the islets, Japan has continuously claimed sovereignty over Dokdo.
It has long been the subject of a territorial dispute between the two countries, and any official comment regarding the islets from either country would easily raise tension in the whole region. However, some of the top Korean celebrities have recently stood up for their country regarding Dokdo, voicing their opinion on this highly-sensitive topic.
In doing so, they put their popularity in Japan at risk, which is one of the largest K-Pop markets in the world. In fact, Japanese local press even labeled these stars “anti-Japanese,” and some have even been banned from entering the country.
Here we put together a list of how some of the top Korean celebrities responded to the whole Dokdo/Takeshima controversy. Some of them didn’t necessarily happen recently, but they should give you a better idea of where they stand on this long-standing territorial dispute.
(Scroll through the list by clicking the arrow at the bottom right!)