So, the Japanese magazine SPA!—which I am to understand is a men’s weekly attached to the Sankei Shimbun—has run in its latest issue a special that good-looking but low-grade Korean men were latching on to the Korean Wave to, horror of horrors, make sport of Japanese women.
Needless to say, this has Japanese right-wing, anti-Korean netizens gnashing their teeth as if Korean men were stealing their own girlfriends. Or so reports the Gukmin Ilbo.
The magazine recounted the evil deeds done by Korean men, including those done by a 24-year-old Korean exchange student identified as Mr. Im (fake name), who said he worked in a “‘flower men’ Korean Wave cafe” in Tokyo’s Shin-Okubo, which apparently is being reborn as a Korean Wave street.
Im, who reportedly looks like Gwon Sang-woo, practically ran away to Japan as a student after failing to get a job in Korea. Learning that Japanese women would dig him just by telling them he was Korean, he now went around messing around with Japanese women into the Korean Wave.
Im even told the magazine his method. He would hand the women a memo or business card with his cell number and email address.
No, seriously, that’s it.
According to the magazine, many women even gave him financial support when he gave them the puppy dog look and told them his life was hard.
And I thought Newt Gingrich had game.
The magazine introduced another case, a 37-year-old man by the name of Choe (fake name), who claimed he hooked up with 12 women a week—one in the morning, one in the afternoon. He said even if he had several bodies, it wouldn’t be enough.
The magazine also went to a “Korean Wave Boys Bar” in Shin-Okubo. Japanese women pack the place out when “K,” a boy-band who doubles as the bartenders, do their live show. Singing shirtless, they do a bit of bump and grind with the customers and even kiss the regulars. Some regulars even form “deep relationships” with the members they like.
The article finishes by warning that “the lewd acts of Korean men who have jumped on the bandwagon of the empty fad of the Korean Wave do not stop.”
This had the magazine’s male readers throwing their manga at their computer monitors, with angry otaku leaving comments like “Korea exports not only female prostitutes, but male ones, too,” “You’d never contact a Korean man if you had any sense,” and “It’s extremely unpleasant seeing pure Japanese women being used by beastly Korean men.”
By the way, don’t laugh about the “pure Japanese women” line—sadly, many in fact may be.
Other commenters criticized the magazine, with one Japanese netizen saying SPA! was famous for ordinarily running deluded and perverted stories.