Japanese media have come under fire for BTS popularity. There was even a story about making up Korean history.
The Japanese media, Tokyo Sports, published an article titled “The Unusual T-shirt of Korea and BTS, The Leader’s Tweet Criticizing Japan” on October 26th.
They accused the group of being anti-Japanese. On the basis of that, RM’s Twitter and Jimin’s T-shirt five years ago were picked up.
On August 15th, 2013, RM wrote on Twitter: “There is no future for a nation that has forgotten its history.” He meant to reflect the significance of the Liberation Day.
In response, the media claimed, “The phrase is a cliche used by Korea to criticize Japan.“
They also put blame on the t-shirt that BTS wore recently. In Jimin’s t-shirt, there was a photo of the Japanese atomic bomb and Korea’s Liberation Day.
Tokyo Sports was wondering about BTS’ appearance at NHK’s Kohaku Uta Gassen despite their actions. “They’re gaining huge popularity in Japan, but they don’t hide their anti-Japanese status.“
Osamu Tajima, the author of “Rule of Korea by Japan was bright so much, as shown by 300 unique posters” said: “In Korea, that is one of the things to criticize Japan. It’s because Korean people have a deep-rooted complex about their own history.“
The media analyzed that the reason for the complex is that Korea is a compassionate country. “The reason why Joseon was able to gain independence from the Qing Dynasty was because the Japanese fought for the Joseon people instead of the Japanesea and shed a lot of blood during the Sino-Japanese War.“
“They were also able to gain independence from Japan because of Japan’s defeat. In the end, Koreans have never shed their blood to achieve independence, saying they have never experienced a country’s passage through which even a small country in Southeast Asia has been subject.”
The article has about 6,100 comments. Most of the comments were negative. “If BTS appears at Kohaku Uta Gassen, we will refuse to pay the fee“, “Even BTS Japanese fans will be disparaging. Japanese fans will also buy CDs or goodies for people who do this.“
However, the reaction in Korea is the opposite: “It is surprising that there will be an article about Korean idols who are gaining global popularity“, “Japan will not even teach about World War II properly at school“, “So surprising”, etc