The 10-member boy group TREASURE has been embroiled in a controversy over Dokdo/Takeshima island.
TREASURE held its first Japanese fan meeting “HELLO AGAIN” at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on September 30th and October 1st.
In this event, the group made a surprise announcement of their upcoming tour schedule. Accordingly, TREASURE will perform in Fukuoka, Saitama, Aichi, Hiroshima, Osaka, Fukui and Nagoya from January 6 to February 23 next year.
Next, a map image was shown on the stage screen, showing some territories of South Korea, Japan, and China drawn with white lines. Islands belonging to each country were also marked.
However, there was no Dokdo island, or Takeshima island (as claimed by Japan). This is a territory that both Japan and Korea claim, which has become a dispute between the two countries for 19 years.
The map only includes Jeju Island, Ulleungdo Island, the territory of the Republic of Korea, Tsushima Island and other annexed islands of Japan.
Korean fans immediately protested against this map. They believe the map in question cannot be regarded as a simple mistake.
Meanwhile, TREASURE is a multinational group that debuted in August 2020. It consists of eight Korean members and two Japanese members.