Japan’s NHK recently clarified why there wasn’t any Korean artists included in this year’s ‘Kouhaku Uta Gassen‘ lineup.
Artists like TVXQ, Girls’ Generation and KARA attended last year, but no Korean artists received an invitation this year.
Many thought that the Dokdo Island controversy had played a small part in the lack of K-pop stars this year.
But, NHK had recently clarified this sentiment stating, “The Dokdo controversy had nothing to do with it. ‘Kohaku Uta Gassen’ artists are chosen based on the artist activities and the support they receive from the general public. This year, the Korean artists’ scores had fallen compared to last year. There was no political reason.”
Some Japanese fans welcomed the lack of Korean artists this year but others were against it, saying, “There’s no doubt that political problems were a factor“.
Article by: Jenny
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