Fuji TV's YouTube Account Turned Ablaze
Started with the unfair discharge of Japanese actor, Sousuke Takaoka, whose tweet on Twitter about anti-Korean pop-cultures (K-POP) that promotes not to watch Fuji television that broadcast Korean TV dramas more than 40 hours a month, Japanese anti-Korean movement has finally gotten shape as an avalanche of posts with strong words on the YouTube account (http://www.youtube.com/user/fujitv) of Fuji TV, which is perceived by Japanese Net-users as a television-network commandeered by the South Korean Government and Korean financial farms.
Takaoka's rapid discharge form his ex-agency, Stardust-Promotion made Japanese Net-users doubt that Fuji TV might put pressure upon Stardust Promotion to discharge the actor.
As expressing their disgust against Korean pop-cultures, or just enjoyably showing their daily personal displeasure by posting on the Fuji TV's page on YouTube, the posts on the page surpassed 30,000 on the morning of August 1st; this is an unprecedented level. Usually, South Koreans try to turn Japanese sites ablaze, but this time is different.
Historically, Japan and South Korea has crashed with each other number of times over historical issues especially after 1945 in when Japan officially made its unconditional surrender.
While Koreans cry about what Japan has done to Korean Peninsula as well as other Asian parts during the World War II, Japanese claim against Koreans' anti-Japanese segment as well as their point-of-view that heavily colors Korean mindset against the neighbor.
While Japanese tend to perceive their own country as a victim of nuclear weapons with Hiroshima-and-Nagasaki issues, Koreans tend to view Japan as an aggressor of the war. According to the historical fact, South Koreans have made thousands of times of aggressive demonstration march in their cities, especially in front of Japanese Embassy as the bi-lateral relationship turned bad.
Also, dispute over an island called Takeshima - Dokdo by Korean - as well as the official name of the sea situating between those two nations, called Sea of Japan - East Sea by Korean - worsen the relationship between those neighbors.
Almost daily, Fuji television has broadcast Korean TV dramas as well as promote the fact that Korean pop-cultures, especially female idol groups, including KARA, Girls' Generation and so forth, take Japan by storm, although some Net-users started to doubt if Fuji TV pushes the envelop in its own direction. Their claim is that Fuji television tries to create a fake-trend of Korean cultures despite the fact that only few Korean enthusiasts love Korean products.
Not only has Fuji TV covered Korean pop-news as well as Korean dramas; the network has described succor-games between Japan and South Korea as Kan-Nichi-Sen, meaning Korea-Japan Match, while other Japanese networks described them as Ni-kkan-sen, Japan-Korea Match.
Fuji TV's so-called arm-twisting is extending to cousin cultures too. In its long-standing famous show, called Waratte-iitomo, Korean pizza, called Purukogi, was showed as the number-one-hit pizza in Pizza-hut ranking while Pizza-hut's official ranking showed different result. "We haven't heard such Korean-named pizza,"Some Net-users commented on an online message board, called 2channel. With more of those facts, Japanese Net-users try to slap Fuji TV as well as the entire Japanese society as a whole.
A Japanese brain-scientist: Kenichirou Mogi （茂木健一郎）
The unprecedented movement against Korean products finally let Japanese prominent figures to take part in. A famous Japanese brain-scientist, Kenchirou Mogi who has appeared on a number of TV shows posted his ideas on his twitter account. "The trend today is globalism. The time for us to accept foreign cultures has come," posted Mogi. His argument was that Japan and South Korea is both geographically and culturally close to each other; compared with other cultures like those come from the West, proportions of Korean cultures automatically get bigger than others.
However, Japanese Net-users claim that Mogi tries to dodge the main point of this issue with the fact that almost 30% of Fuji TV's stock-share is owned by foreigners, and that fact explains everything.
According to the Japanese broadcasting low, broadcasters must not been owned more than 20% of their stock-share by foreigners. If Fuji can't decrease the stock-share to lower than 20% by 2013, its broadcasting license will be discarded.
The anti-Fuji-TV movement, moreover, shows a sign of its extension to the real world. Net-users are frequently call on people to take part in a demonstration march on August 7th in Daiba, where Fuji TV's main office building situate in as well as not to watch Fuji TV's programs on the following day with the fact that Fuji's channel is 8 in the capital area.
While the Net-users enjoy their electronic attack on Fuji TV, participants in broadcasting industry commented on this issue. "In U.K., for example, the Internet's ad revenue surpassed that of television industry. Since we can't survive without depending on ad revenue to run our business, we sometimes have to practice economy, broadcasting Korean TV dramas: economical to the industry and attractive to housewives,"said him.