Date
22 August 2017
The Korean TV series My Love from the Star was popular last year, but Japanese program Hanzawa Naoki also attracted much attention in Hong Kong. Photo: Internet
The Korean TV series My Love from the Star was popular last year, but Japanese program Hanzawa Naoki also attracted much attention in Hong Kong. Photo: Internet

Expert links fall in Japanese interest in HK to Fukushima

Declining interest by Hong Kong people in Japanese culture may have less to do with their increased fascination for Korean entertainment than with the lingering effects of the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

A Japanese learning school said the popularity of Korean culture, such as K-pop and Korean dramas, has reduced Hong Kong people’s interest in learning Japanese, the report said.

Tokyo Love Story, Long Vacation and Love Generation were among many popular Japanese dramas which aired in Hong Kong in the 1990s, prompting many young people to learn Japanese. But Korean shows have replaced Japanese entertainment in recent years, according to the report.

Although not many Japanese dramas have been shown in Hong Kong in recent years, Hong Kong people still have many channels to reach Japanese programs and shows but they might be less willing to visit Japan after the nuclear disaster, said Tong Ching-siu, an expert in Japanese studies.

The Korean TV series My Love from the Star was popular last year but Japanese program Hanzawa Naoki also attracted much attention in Hong Kong.

Tong said Korean popular culture emphasizes visual elements, making it easier to resonate among the mass audience.

By comparison, Japanese entertainment has gone past that stage and is geared more toward the domestic market rather than a global audience, he said.

“Japan’s last star [from the 1990s] is Takuya Kimura but he cannot just rely on his handsome look. He gives a 20-minute speech when he plays a prime minister in the TV series Change,” he said.

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