Sohu Korean Entertainment News – Korean star Jang Keun Suk held a “Marry me Mary” (M3) fan-meeting on 18 August at Budokan. This drama had favourable reviews when it was aired on KBS in May this year. On 18 August, JKS and Moon Geun Young re-enacted classic scenes from the drama, and also performed OST such as “Take Care, my Bus”.
In the talk segment, JKS continued his sudden streaks of cuteness. When asked which scene he liked best in M3, he answered directly, “the kissing scene, because we’ve had lots of practice”, which almost made all the eels in the audience faint. He then added that he was “joking, Michael Jordan (pronunciation of Jordan and ‘joking’ in Japanese is close)!” Every time that JKS visits Japan, he would exhibit the results of his Japanese language learning and the new phrases he learns.
Korean stars face difficulty on entering Japan
JKS passes Customs smoothly
On 17 August when JKS reached Haneda airport, around 800 fans were waiting for him. Upon seeing many reporters at the arrival hall, JKS waved and greeted them saying “long time no see”. When he saw eels, he pushed down his sunglasses and blew kisses, which earned praises from reporters that JKS was as intimate with his fans as before. Just like when he arrived at Haneda in June, relevant parties said to media that 800 fans were present, although certain airport personnel claimed that the actual number was 600. No matter which side is saying the truth, it is obvious that the situation (at the airport) was no different from the last time, and JKS’ popularity in Japan is top-class amongst Hallyu stars today.
Towards the end of July, Aoi Miyazaki’s husband Takaoka Sōsuke criticized Fuji TV on twitter for being favourable towards Hallyu, which sparked off a chain series of anti-Hallyu activities. The day before JKS arrived in Japan, K-pop stars such as BEAST and F.CUZ was refused entry by Customs which found out that their information submission was incomplete. The agencies of these artistes expressed that they had already completed all entry procedures and were puzzled at why they had been refused entry. The unspoken reason was clear, and it caused some worry as to whether JKS would face the same situation. Luckily, JKS had officially applied for a performance visa and was successful in clearing Customs.
Even so, in comparison to other Hallyu stars, the anti-Hallyu wave targeted at JKS was even more obvious.
Attacked by anti-Hallyu wave
Agency refutes rumour and states innocence
On 27 June when JKS came to Japan to promote his first official photo-book, rumours spread that “fans” had been paid to turn up and create a false impression of his popularity. The “recruitment” advertisement was circulated on the internet, offering 2,000 yen to women aged between junior high school to 49 years old and including meals and gift. The organiser on the advertisement was said to be JKS’ Japanese agency.
Other Korean stars had, in the past, also resorted to this method of recruiting fans, so JKS’ Japanese agency’s denial was not able to erase all doubt. As a result, on 17 Aug, besides being there to interview JKS, the media also tried to investigate the truth. Reporters at the scene interviewed more than 50 fans, who all said that they have heard about “fans recruitment” but have never seen any “fans” amongst the welcome contingent who have come as a result of the “advertisement”.
JKS’ Japanese agency which was thought to be the mastermind of the “fans recruitment” incident clarified to reporters that they have never done this sort of thing before, and say that this is the work of people who want to slander JKS.
A certain newspaper reporter pointed out that in Japanese showbiz, there are forces who aim to obstruct all Hallyu activities completely. As the symbolic representative of the new Hallyu wave, JKS is very unfortunately the target of slander by some people. Also, there are some Korean stars who wanted to get more compensation which was not provided for in their contract, and thus offending certain influential people in Japanese showbiz who then blocked their performance opportunities. JKS’ Japanese agency said that this is the first time that JKS has been wrongfully accused, and expressed puzzlement at this situation. JKS has a clear conscience that he has not done anything against anyone that might have resulted in such elaborate attempts to slander him.
Source: Korea Sohu
搜狐韩娱讯 （舍人/采访、文）韩国男星张根硕8月18日在日本武道馆举行了所主演的电视剧《玛丽外宿中》的粉丝见面会，该剧今年5月在TBS播放后获得不错的口碑。当天张根硕和文根英等人再现了剧中的经典场景，并演绎了《拜托了 Ｍｙ Ｂｕｓ！》等两首OST。
17日，张根硕到达羽田机场时，有约800名粉丝“接驾”。在到达厅见到众多等候的媒体时，根硕挥手寒暄道：“很久不见”，而见到鳗鱼时则摘下墨镜，派出飞吻，这一细节令诸多记者赞他对粉丝的贴心一如既往。和6月下旬抵达羽田机场一样，相关方面向媒体公布的是“800粉丝”，某机场人员则称“实际人数是600人才对”。不管如何哪一方的说法才是事实，“的确和前一次无异，根硕在日本的人气依旧是当今韩流明星中的top – class”。
6月27日为宣传首部官方写真访日的张根硕传出“花钱聘请‘粉丝托儿’，制造人气假象”的说法，“招聘启事”也在网络上曝光：“参加资格 高中生-49岁的女性 人数多多益善 有礼金2000日元”，并承诺会包饭及附送礼品，这一活动的主办方是“张根硕的日本事务所”。“聘请‘粉丝托儿’这一做法，过去某韩星的确使用过，所以这次张根硕事务所亦传出此疑惑时，外界半信半疑”。因此，17日在羽田机场，媒体除了采访张根硕，也试图验证这一说法的真假。记者在现场采访了超过50名以上的粉丝，她们都表示“我们都听说过‘粉丝托儿’这件事，但就从未真的见拿着这张所谓的‘招聘启事’在欢迎队伍中滥竽充数的人”。