Archive for February 7, 2010

Below is an article about the Korean wave or what is most popularly known as the Hallyu wave in Japan.

Mighty ‘Korean Wave’ Needs Localization in Japan

“So you’re asking me whether `hallyu’ is facing a crisis? I don’t think so. Maybe it doesn’t have the same almost blind zeal among Japanese it enjoyed during the initial stage. Rather, I think it has entered a stabilization stage,” said a Korean movie producer, Shawn Shin, who works in Japan.

The view that hallyu or the Korean wave (the popularity of the Korean culture abroad) hit its apex and stands now on a downhill curve in Japan surfaced in recent years.

But those who work on the frontier of hallyu in Japan flatly reject the view.

The most profitable mobile entertainment contents in Japan are of hallyu. As much as 30 percent of video rented in Japan are also Korean movies and dramas, according to Shin.

A recent survey in Japan supports Shin’s view. The Korea Creative Content Agency (KCCA), a government body that promotes and exports Korean culture abroad, in August found that 90 percent of Japanese respondents said the number of Japanese who like to watch the Korean popular culture increased or leveled out. Only six percent said they feel hallyu’s influence decreased.

Hong Jung-yong, KCCA chief representative in Japan, said thanks to the popularity of “Dong Bang Shin Gi,” one of the hottest and youngest Korean idols today, known in Japan as Tohoshinki and other Korean pop idols, hallyu today in Japan is not just popular among the middle-aged Japanese women, but its fans have expanded and diversified.

Katsuki Yoshiharu who runs a company, called SPO, which imports Korean popular entertainment contents, said “these days, Japanese don’t get automatically excited about any Korean drama, but have developed a taste for a certain products they prefer.”

Contrary to some concerns, the number of Korean dramas, aired in the Japanese TV also increased
from 27 in November 2008 to 42 in June 2009.

While the survey quells worries about the losing popularity of hallyu, experts said Korea should eagerly
explore “localization” strategies, including co-production of dramas and movies to maintain popularity of hallyu in Japan.

“The age for unilaterally selling Korean dramas and movies to Japan is over,” said Choe Jae-young with the KNTV media group. “We should move into a new business model in which we co-produce contents and seek a win-win results that also reflect the Japanese culture as well.”

02-06-2010 22:22

Source Credit: The Korea Times News
Shared by:

Okay… I think I need a kind soul to explain to me what the article is all about. I’m seriously confused when I read the article. I don’t get it – has the Hallyu wave increased or decreased in Japan? It seems that there are parts where it says Japanese fans gain more interest in Korean entertainment and culture while in some parts, it just sounds like Japanese fans’ inclination to anything Korean is beginning to decrease.

Well, I’m just really curious. I just wanted to know, that’s all. :D


Here’s a translation of the article about the boys on KBOOM magazine. I’d have to say that my most favorite part on this article is the description of DBSK as one of the top stars of Japan and the last paragraph where the writer talked about the current issue surrounding the group.

Source: KBOOM March 2010 + HEROKO
Translation: smiley, junsulv and Taiyo @
Special thanks: ミ♥ Lovedust and xU* @
Credits: { One World. One Red Ocean. One TVXQ! }
Feel free to repost, but please upload the images to your own host.
Do not remove the translations from the PS-ed scans. Thanks!