Professor Seo Kyoung-duk of Sungshin Women’s University pointed out Japan’s antipathy towards Korean contents such as “Pachinko” and “Infinite Challenge”.
On May 12th, Professor Seo Kyoung-duk posted a photo on his SNS.
Along with this, he explained, “It has been revealed that Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida asked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to remove the ‘Statue of Peace’, a symbol of comfort women by the Japanese military, in Berlin. Yesterday (May 11th), Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary said at a regular press conference about the summit meeting with German Chancellor who visited Japan on April 28th, ‘Prime Minister Kishida reiterated his request for cooperation from Germany, saying it was very regrettable that the ‘Statue of Peace’ was still installed.'”
He then emphasized, “Seeing that Prime Minister of Japan directly requested German Chancellor to remove the ‘Statue of Peace’ built by a private organization, it seems very scary that the entire Japanese society’s ‘harmful history’ will continue to be known around the world. In particular, through the global OTT drama ‘Pachinko’, Japan’s ‘harmful history’ such as rice exploitation, forced labor, comfort women and the Great Kanto Earthquake massacre was naturally revealed, and Japanese society was very nervous.”
Professor Seo Kyoung-duk continued, “Some Japanese netizens criticized ‘Korea sent a new anti-Japanese drama to the world’, and major Japanese media outlets seemed to have deferred the drama’s evaluations. As expected, the power of ‘cultural content’ is great. A few years ago, as the movie ‘The Battleship Island’ and the episode ‘Hashima Island’s Secret’ of the national entertainment show ‘Infinite Challenge’ were broadcast, Japan was also nervous that forced labor on Hashima Island would become more known.”
Above all, he added, “In order to prevent Japan’s continuous distortion of history, I think the best way is to promote worldwide through ‘cultural content’. These days, when ‘Korean contents’ are spotlighted by people around the world, it is judged that the time has come.”
“Pachinko” is an Apple TV+ drama based on the novel of the same name. The drama chronicles the hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family across four generations as they leave their homeland in an indomitable quest to survive and thrive. Actors Youn Yuh-jung, Lee Min-ho, Jin Ha and Kim Min-ha appeared and performed enthusiastically, receiving favorable reviews from viewers around the world.