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Japanese Fans Get Ruffled at Choi Siwon’s Dokdo Retweet

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2012.08.27 23:30 Mwave Lee, JinHo Translation Credit : Erika Kim

Some fans have started to rally against Super Junior member Choi Siwon due to his stance on the Dokdo issue.

Japanese Fans Get Ruffled at Choi Siwon’s Dokdo Retweet

Choi Siwon retweeted a tweet by Korea’s Blue House made on August 10, which read, ‘Dokdo is our land, and is a place we can give our lives for. Let us protect it with honor-From Dokdo.’

The news spread to Japan and China, and rubbed quite a few number of fans the wrong way.

Some Japanese fans spread the content of the retweet and expressed how they had been let down by Choi Siwon’s stance. One local sports newspaper even stated that ‘The winter of K-Pop has come’.

This wasn’t the end of it. Choi Siwon’s father Choi Gi Ho even tweeted, “Mayor Toru is a strong nominee for the next prime minister spot, but his statement shows the level Japanese politicians are on! This is proof that Germany and Japan are different; you should say you’re sorry for things you’ve did wrong. What is this? I just can’t understand!’

The tweet followed a statement made by Osaka’s mayor Hashimoto Toru, in which he said, “There is no proof that the comfort women were dragged to their posts due to violence or threats from the military.”

Choi Gi Ho’s tweet drew backlash from Japanese fans.

Cyzo Women, a Japanese magazine, said through an interview with a Japanese Super Junior fan, “He’s fully aware he has a son who works in Japan, and if he knew what he’s gotten his son into in Japan now, he wouldn’t have been able to say such things.”

This magazine also reported that some fans brought boards reading ‘Takeshima’ to Super Junior’s fanmeeting held in Yokohama, and yet other more extreme fans asserted that they should take raw eggs and throw them at Choi Siwon.

The report also said, however, that despite the negative public opinion, Super Junior’s recent single album Sexy, Free & Single sold a little over 60,000 copies, recording the group’s highest sales numbers in Japan and debuted* at no. 2 on the Oricon Daily Charts.

Japanese Fans Get Ruffled at Choi Siwon’s Dokdo Retweet

Photo credit: Kim Byung Kwan, Cyzo Women

This article was edited on August 28, 2012 to clarify that Sexy, Free & Single debuted at no.2 on the Oricon Daily Charts.

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