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[YRP Students' Essays] Korean Stars

Japanese people are easily influenced. They tend to be attracted to what's popular around the world. For example, during the World Cup in 2002 David Beckham attracted Japanese women's attention, and it still continues now. Since then he's been asked to make appearances in advertisements all over Asia. Trends like this in Japan are able to change the economy and politics.

It's noticeable that Korean entertainment has started to have a big role in Japanese media recently. Last summer I watched a Korean movie called "Brotherhood". It was worth watching on screen. I think the relationship between both countries is getting more attention from Japanese people, especially from middle-aged women. For example, the recent drama series, "Winter Sonata" that has touched people's hearts, has made a big profit in Japan. The main character in "Winter Sonata", Bae Yong Joon, is seen by Japanese women as a very attractive man. This Harry Potter-looking actor, who is called "Yong-sama" in Japan, appears in advertisements in Japan and sells a lot of pictorial magazines. Another actress from the "Winter Sonata", Choi Ji Woo met the prime minister of Japan, Junichiro Koizumi last month. They had a conference to cultivate exchange between Japan and Korea. The soccer World Cup in 2002 took place in these two countries. Therefore they cooperated as international partners. I think that Japan and Korea becoming partners and people commuting between the two countries will lead us to a good consequence.

Nowadays the relationship between Japan and Korea is getting better and better; unbelievable things are happening between the two countries, compared to the time during the Japanese occupation of Korea. At the time of World War II, Koreans were brought from their country to Japan and forced to change their names. Most of these people are still living in Japan. I wonder how they react to seeing the two countries getting involved with each other over the past several years.

Therefore, the relationship between Japan and Korea is getting better because of sports and entertainments. I think Japanese people cling very closely to popular trends and they are influenced all the time by these trends. To conclude, I think it is an important thing for the country and for the people to be like this. The Japanese market and affiliation with other countries are affected by the matter, and I think it is important for us to take care of it.

Child Research Net would like to thank the Doshisha International Junior/Senior High School and Yumito Hiyama, student and author, for permitting reproduction of this article on the CRN web site.
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