TOKYO: Some 550
Japanese took to the streets in Tokyo on Saturday, to protest against
Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV's decision, to cast Korean actress Kim Tae
Hee as the female lead in its upcoming drama series "99 Days with the
Star", reported Japanese media.
The protesters marched for over an hour, waving placards and shouting slogans.
They labeled her as being "anti-Japanese", pointing out that she had campaigned in Switzerland six years ago to support Korea's claim over Takeshima (called Dokdo by Koreans) - a group of islets with rich fishing grounds and suspected reserves of natural gas - which is also claimed by Japan.
Protesters expressed disappointment that Fuji TV would allow the actress, who openly went against Japan's territorial claim, to appear on Japanese television.
A similar protest march was held last week to protest against Kim's involvement in the drama.
Kim had responded to accusations of being anti-Japanese in earlier interviews with Japanese media, saying that she is "very interested in Japanese culture" and had visited Japan "often enough to say that I am familiar with the country".
However, she has so far kept silent about the latest protest march targeting her.
In spite of the protests, "99 Days with the Star", which also stars Japanese actor Nishijima Hidetoshi, is expected to air as scheduled on October 23 in Japan.
she is a korean. isnt it only right she supports her homeland's claim?