TWICE Sana In Messy Situation Involving Politics While Angry Korean Fans Condemn Her
TWICE member Sana is currently one of the most talked about K-Pop idols in South Korea at the moment as she made a controversial comment on her Instagram account involving politics.
“Being born during the Hesei era, it saddens me to know that it has come to an end. Hesei, you worked hard until the end. Now it is the beginning of the Reiwa era. I will face the beginning of a new era while completing the final day of Hesei.”
This has caused some South Korean netizens to criticize Sana while demanding that JYP Entertainment properly educate their idols about history.
But given that the history between Japan and South Korea is a delicate matter, the task seems easier said than done.
The granddaughter of a victim of Japanese imperialism in South Korea spoke up through Instagram.
” When my grandfather was alive, he did his best to raise awareness by going on interviews, despite his weak health both physically and mentally. He wanted to spread the truth about what happened to the laborers on Battleship Island, while requesting an apology from the Japanese government as well as compensation. He also wanted to prevent the island from becoming a UNESCO world heritage because of the distorted history behind it, which is why he went back to the island that was filled with horrific memories for him. As his granddaughter, I am disappointed in Sana’s post.”
The writer also called Sana a typical Japanese citizen who feels no sense of remorse nor guilt for what the atrocities committed by their nation’s government.
While JYP Entertainment has not addressed the issue yet, a professor at Kwangwoon University has stated that Sana most likely didn’t mean to cause any disturbances as it is common for Japanese people to make references to the era that they were born in as a way to identify the times they are living in. The professor has also suggested that Sana spoke of the end of the Hesei era to express that she is no longer part of the younger generation of Japan any more.