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Japanese demonstrators rally against 'Korean Wave' in Tokyo

All Headlines 22:18 August 21, 2011

TOKYO, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- Japanese demonstrators held a rally in downtown Tokyo to demand less broadcast time for Korean dramas and music videos by a local television station.

According to Japanese Internet news outlets such as J-CAST, roughly 6,000 people gathered outside Fuji Television Network to protest what they believed was too much time allotted to "Korean Wave" content on TV.

"We don not want to watch Korean TV dramas," protesters chanted, adding that Fuji TV should not force people to watch programs they did not want to see.

They added that the Japanese people desired more homegrown programs on TV.

The protest marks the second time that people have held a rally in the Japanese capital against products of the "Korean Wave" that have become common fixtures in TV, news, magazines and popular music. The first protest was held on Aug. 7 with around 2,500 people taking part.

The "Korean Wave," also known as "Hallyu," refers to the phenomenon in which South Korean popular culture, ranging from television shows to pop singers, has spread to abroad in recent years. Japan has been one the countries that has been affected the most, with many dramas and songs becoming very popular with ordinary people.

Organizers said that they did not expect such a large turnout, and said they will send a open letter to the management of Fuji TV to stop favoring Korean entertainment content.

The privately owned TV station usually concentrates broadcasts of Korean dramas to the daytime hours.

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