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Thursday, 29th November 2012
In Japan Entertainment News,

Korean pop acts dropped from Japanese music show

Popular South Korean music acts, also known as K-pop, have been dropped from Japan's New Year's Eve television show.

Almost half of Japan's population (40 per cent) sit down to watch the end-of-year special show hosted by taxpayer-financed broadcaster, NHK.

Spokespeople from the company told a press conference that after reviewing the popularity of Korean acts over the past 12 months with the Japanese audience, they decided against including them in the show's 50-strong line-up.

They vehemently deny that this is influenced by the current tense situation between the two countries over the sovereignty of a pair of islands in the Sea of Japan, named Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan.

The television show is aired live for four hours and usually features Japan's top acts such as boy band SMAP and AKB48.

Last year's "Kohaku Uta Gassen" featured Korean boy band Tohoshinki (TVXQ) and girl bands KARA and Girl's Generation.

Written by Mark Smith