In commemoration of his birthday, Jin released his self-written song “Super Tuna” on BTS’s official SNS and YouTube channels on December 4th.
While the self-composed song “Super Tuna” released by BTS member Jin is gaining popularity, some Japanese netizens were offended by the lyrics of the song. Some Japanese argued that “Sea of Japan,” not “East Sea” in the part of “East Sea, West Sea” of the song’s lyrics is the correct name.
Some Japanese netizens who heard the song said on Twitter, “Japanese should protest properly to change the lyrics because the song is listened to all over the world,” “The company confirmed it, so they must be making fun of Japanese fans. It may be for Korean fans, but the ‘Sea of Japan’ is the name used worldwide.”
The conflict between Korea and Japan over the notation of the East Sea has continued for years. Japan claims the Liancourt Rocks as its territory Takeshima and has argued that the sea they are in is the “Sea of Japan,” while Korea calls them Dokdo and calls the sea the “East Sea.”
In response, at a meeting held in November last year, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) decided to introduce a method of calling the sea by numbers other than the “East Sea” or “Sea of Japan”, but the war of nerves between the two countries still remains.
In response, some Japanese netizens said that “there is no problem at all” when Jin, who is a Korean, called the East Sea as “East Sea”. A Japanese netizen tweeted, “BTS members are Korean idols, so they naturally call it the East Sea. We learn it as the Sea of Japan, while Koreans learn it as the East Sea. Google Maps also changes the way it is called according to each country. But I still think it would be better to follow the international standards.”
Meanwhile, “Super Tuna” ranked No.1 in the list of popular Youtube videos worldwide for 5 consecutive days (from Dec 4th and Dec 8th) after its release. Meanwhile, Jin’s birthday video also topped the Weibo (China) trending. In addition, the hashtag “SuperTuna” recorded 80.6 million views on Tiktok.
The popularity of “Super Tuna” continues with dance covers and challenge videos. Recently, Haerangi, the official character of the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, also participated in the “Super Tuna” Challenge, becoming a hot topic.