Japanese Channels Start to Cut Back on Korean Dramas
According to such Japanese media outlets as Sankei Sports on September 8, the president of BS Nihon TV, a popular satellite channel in the country, announced on September 7 at the company’s periodic conference that the channel would cut down on Korean dramas in the future.
BS Nihon TV currently airs four Korean drama episodes a day on weekdays and one episode on Sundays.
An official from the channel said on the matter, “Viewers have been complaining that there are too many Korean dramas. We’ll look toward the future and try to find the balance. If you ask us which direction we’ll be taking, I believe we will be taking the way that decreases the number of Korean dramas.”
The official added, however, that the Korean dramas already scheduled for October won’t be taken out.
Anti-Korean sentiments have been spreading in Japan due to Korean stars’ Dokdo performances, President Lee Myung Bak’s visit to Dokdo and his demand of an apology from the Emperor of Japan. Politicians have even been demanding hallyu boycotts.
Even Fuji TV and NHK, which have always been more favorable channels toward Korean content, have revealed that they are willing to cut back on Korean shows, indicating how it will become harder to see Korean dramas and K-Pop singers in Japan.
BS Nihon TV previously pushed back the airing of A Man Called God, starring Song Il Kook, after the actor participated in a Dokdo project on August 15. Gu Hye Sun’s Taiwanese drama, My Perfect Darling, was also postponed due to ‘time slot reasons’.
Photo credit: Japanese DVD covers for ‘A Man Called God’ and ‘My Perfect Darling’
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