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Japanese rally against Fuji TV

Korean programming riles locals

Tokyo — A demonstration against Fuji TV’s heavy rotation of Korean drama programming attracted an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 protesters on Sunday.

This was the second demo at Fuji headquarters in Daiba, Tokyo since a far smaller one on Aug. 7.

The demo started at 1:30 p.m., with organizers telling protesters to mind their manners and refrain from displays of xenophobia.

As the marchers approached the Fuji TV HQ, they were joined by ordinary day-trippers, swelling their numbers. Also, members of a conservative group called Channel Sakura shouted “traitor network” and other epithets and sang the Japanese national anthem.

The demo, however, ended without major incident.

Both protests were touched off by thesp Sosuke Takaoka, whose tweets railing against Fuji’s Korean programming got him fired from his agency at the end of last month. Takaoka did not take part in the protests.

The so-called “Korean Wave” (“hanryu” in Japanese) of TV dramas, pics and music acts has been washing over Japanese pop culture for nearly a decade, but the pace has recently picked up several notches.

Fuji broadcasts Korean dramas from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

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