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This is my first time writing a forum topic. So I'm unsure of where to post this. If there is already a forum thread for this topic, I'll gladly close this one.

Reading up on my favorite anime, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, has lead me to find that the anime was boycotted because J.C. Staff showed a Korean dish in the anime.

Reading up on another anime I enjoyed, HENNEKO, I found that it was also boycotted because a poster showing a Korean drama was shown in the anime.

Both scenarios largely decreased the possibilities of these two anime getting second seasons, based on bad reception; solely due to the actions of childish nationalists.

Notes: What I mean by "boycotted" is that Japanese nationalists went on websites that sold the DVDs of these two anime, then 1-starred them and wrote bad reviews; without having bought the DVDs. People obviously aren't going to buy something that was seemingly bad, which drastically decreased sales.

Why does Japan have such hate for Korea?
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Actually, I think it's more that the two countries hate each other. There are anti-Japanese in South Korea.... The Japanese did many things and to Korea. They brought a lot of trauma towards that country. Don't get me wrong, many countries have many things in the past of wrongs.

But it's more like you can't really like someone if they dislike you back.

I wish I could say more but I'd think I'd be sugar coating it....
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Posted 8/15/14 , edited 8/15/14
Historically, Korea and Japan have been at odds with each other at fluctuating degrees for a very long time, since way before the Japanese occupied Korea in the early 1900s. Think of it along the lines of the history between France and England. It can be traced as far back as 660-799, with deteriorating relations between Japan and the former Korean kingdom of Silla. It gets uglier from there.
Posted 8/15/14
Long time ago, Japan violently ruled over Korea until they lost South Korea to the US after the end of WWII, and Russia got North Korea.

But, that's not to say Japan and Korea are like Israel and Pakistan. A lot of young Japanese love Korea, mostly thanks to K-Pop/J-Pop, and vice versa. I think if anything, South Korea hates North Korea more than anything, but that's none of my business....



This video should support what I'm saying, at least from the young perspective.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UipkzroSiE




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Posted 8/15/14
Lady Gaga was in Japan this week and people got mad because her clothes had Korean words on them.
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HuastecoOtaku wrote:

Lady Gaga was in Japan this week and people got mad because her clothes had Korean words on them.


That could be due to the common "white people" problem that concerns the inability to distinguish different Asian cultures. It's common to hear people confuse a Japanese person for Chinese or Korean, etc. and vice versa.

It's a really easy way to upset and insult anyone.


But there are tensions between Japan and South Korea beyond that.
It's all in the history books. They're both close neighbors on the maps and part of it has to deal with China and North Korea.

A lot of it is political. Technically, South Korea and Japan are more-or-less allies and their relations have been improving here and there. Lots of tension is tied back to WWII and everything before that.

There are also movements on and off within South Korea and Japan in which groups of people wish to keep their nation/population "pure." AKA they do not want non-South Koreans/non-Japanese in their respective countries. However, thanks to certain events in the past as well as the typical stuff that happens in these modern times, there are growing populations of mixed heritages in both countries. And it's a big deal.

Overall, it's a complicated relationship between two countries set in their mostly traditional ways. Try to understand the "personality" of each country, and it kind of makes sense over time. They're both very proud nations (not that it's a bad thing, but some people get carried away like "rednecks" in the USA).
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FuwaFuwaSensei wrote:

That could be due to the common "white people" problem that concerns the inability to distinguish different Asian cultures. It's common to hear people confuse a Japanese person for Chinese or Korean, etc. and vice versa.

It's a really easy way to upset and insult anyone.


But there are tensions between Japan and South Korea beyond that.
It's all in the history books. They're both close neighbors on the maps and part of it has to deal with China and North Korea.

A lot of it is political. Technically, South Korea and Japan are more-or-less allies and their relations have been improving here and there. Lots of tension is tied back to WWII and everything before that.

There are also movements on and off within South Korea and Japan in which groups of people wish to keep their nation/population "pure." AKA they do not want non-South Koreans/non-Japanese in their respective countries. However, thanks to certain events in the past as well as the typical stuff that happens in these modern times, there are growing populations of mixed heritages in both countries. And it's a big deal.

Overall, it's a complicated relationship between two countries set in their mostly traditional ways. Try to understand the "personality" of each country, and it kind of makes sense over time. They're both very proud nations (not that it's a bad thing, but some people get carried away like "rednecks" in the USA).


The commenters were saying the same thing as you. That she couldn't distinguish Korean from Japanese.
We have the same problem in Latin America. You call a Salvadorean a Mexican and you might get shot.
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HuastecoOtaku


The commenters were saying the same thing as you. That she couldn't distinguish Korean from Japanese.
We have the same problem in Latin America. You call a Salvadorean a Mexican and you might get shot.


It's surprisingly a big problem. I'm half-Asian, so I totally understand the whole confusion thing too. :< It's annoying, but I think lots of people are completely ignorant of the facts/differences.

Whatever happened to asking for clarification? Lol.
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FuwaFuwaSensei wrote:

It's surprisingly a big problem. I'm half-Asian, so I totally understand the whole confusion thing too. :< It's annoying, but I think lots of people are completely ignorant of the facts/differences.

Whatever happened to asking for clarification? Lol.


Lol
A lot of white people think that if you speak Spanish you're Mexican.
Some of us also reject the terms Hispanic or Latino. Latin America is so big that every culture is different.
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HuastecoOtaku wrote:

Lady Gaga was in Japan this week and people got mad because her clothes had Korean words on them.


I know this was written some days ago but I thought I'd add my knowledge. Lady Gaga breathes publicity, so this was not some random mistake. Anything for the media.


Everyone else pointed out valid reasons why Japan as a nation (not individuals) dislikes Korea and vice-versa. Why we can't ever get along (at least for long periods of time) is beyond me. It's sad really.
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Lol
A lot of white people think that if you speak Spanish you're Mexican.
Some of us also reject the terms Hispanic or Latino. Latin America is so big that every culture is different.


Definitely! I bet it makes Spanish people pretty ticked off too hahaha. One of my friends is Puerto Rican, and it drives her nuts when people assume she's Mexican.
HIspanic/Latino is almost used in a negative sense - it really shows how they know so little about the cultures. And lots of people can't tell the difference between Spanish and Portuguese languages among others. It's sad.
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FuwaFuwaSensei wrote:
Definitely! I bet it makes Spanish people pretty ticked off too hahaha. One of my friends is Puerto Rican, and it drives her nuts when people assume she's Mexican.
HIspanic/Latino is almost used in a negative sense - it really shows how they know so little about the cultures. And lots of people can't tell the difference between Spanish and Portuguese languages among others. It's sad.


Hispanic isn't a race either, so it always frustrates me when I'm filling out forms and such. Hispanics come in all different colors.
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Correction, Korea was 1 nation at the end of WW2. the USSR tried to help the war torn country when no one would. the US got the red scare and caused the Korean War. This was quite a few years after WW2.

South Koreans do not hate North Koreans nor vise versa. Most if not all South Koreans have relatives in the North and vise versa. What people dislike is the form of government, the people are not so ignorant to judge an entire country by the choices of their governmental system.

Japan in general is pretty racist, the majority of the yakuza are of korean descent due to discrimination baring many koreans from getting jobs (although they all have japanese names due to an old law that made all people have and use japanese names even if they were not japanese). Korea is also racist to an extent, but it is not quite as systematic as in japan where only ethnic japanese are allowed to be school teachers etc.

My japanese friends say that many White and Black people don't find Japanese people racist because the way the racism is displayed. Many japanese seem to "expect less" in terms of manner from non-asians (implying that they are inherently brutish and unsophisticated animals). For example a girl who just came from japan was being hit on relentlessly by a white guy, she laughed it off and "gave him face" but later scolded her japanese friend for not doing anything about it. "He is white he doesn't know, you are japanese you are supposed to know better than them." was what was said.

Korea's "turtle ships" beat japan 100 - 1 ships some 800 or so years ago, after Genghis Khan failed to beat the japanese navy (due to typhoon "kamekaze"). That would be considered a great dis-honor, it was something like 10 ships against hundreds and hundreds.

Other than that I don't see how Japan is bitter, they were pretty much the Nazi's of Asia. Well i guess it is pretty obvious why some would hold a grudge. but as stated before, most of the newer generation don't really think too much on that history.
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If you want a REALLY short version of it; Japan is the biggest jerk out of a group of three jerks.

Japan, Korea, and China have all been really shitty to each other for a million reasons for hundreds of years. Japan was the shittiest of the three in the 20th century and Japanese social relations can be extremely xenophobic and classist.
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Correction, Korea was 1 nation at the end of WW2. the USSR tried to help the war torn country when no one would. the US got the red scare and caused the Korean War. This was quite a few years after WW2.

South Koreans do not hate North Koreans nor vise versa. Most if not all South Koreans have relatives in the North and vise versa. What people dislike is the form of government, the people are not so ignorant to judge an entire country by the choices of their governmental system.

Japan in general is pretty racist, the majority of the yakuza are of korean descent due to discrimination baring many koreans from getting jobs (although they all have japanese names due to an old law that made all people have and use japanese names even if they were not japanese). Korea is also racist to an extent, but it is not quite as systematic as in japan where only ethnic japanese are allowed to be school teachers etc.

My japanese friends say that many White and Black people don't find Japanese people racist because the way the racism is displayed. Many japanese seem to "expect less" in terms of manner from non-asians (implying that they are inherently brutish and unsophisticated animals). For example a girl who just came from japan was being hit on relentlessly by a white guy, she laughed it off and "gave him face" but later scolded her japanese friend for not doing anything about it. "He is white he doesn't know, you are japanese you are supposed to know better than them." was what was said.

Korea's "turtle ships" beat japan 100 - 1 ships some 800 or so years ago, after Genghis Khan failed to beat the japanese navy (due to typhoon "kamekaze"). That would be considered a great dis-honor, it was something like 10 ships against hundreds and hundreds.

Other than that I don't see how Japan is bitter, they were pretty much the Nazi's of Asia. Well i guess it is pretty obvious why some would hold a grudge. but as stated before, most of the newer generation don't really think too much on that history.


Korea was isolated nation back in the around time of the Joseon dynasty of course being nation being invaded many times in history they wanted to be left alone which Is what screw them over and the Japanese took advantage of the situation and colonized the country forcing under their rule.
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