We have been quite happy with the current flow of sexy South Korean girl groups that have been appearing here in Japan as of late, but the South Korean government seems to think they are going over board in the sexiness category.
Korea has long stuck by the Confucian ideal of showing no cleavage and no mid drifts in the media. Since the K-Pop boom has come to Japan, these principals are coming into question. Some of the big offenders, by Korean standards, are Girls Generation who have become famous for their legendary sexy legs, Brown Eyed Girl which, has a higher average age than most K-Pop groups in Japan, has become famous for their playful ass shaking, and they young group KARA who did some racy ass shaking of their own in the music video “Mister”.
Here’s the version of KARA’s “Mister” that has recently appeared on Japanese television in Japanese.
According to Cyzo the Korean parliament has been questioning the sexiness of these groups as of late due to their popularity in Japan. Some would argue that since they are not in Korea the rules do not apply, but the Korean government is saying that is not the case. Whether in Korea or Japan they, the image they are projecting is not one the Korean parliament condones.
Laws have been changed in the last few years, prohibiting under aged women from being seen as sexy symbols. The age was changed from 12 to 15. Many Koreans don’t think that is enough, and that the age should be higher. The restrictions, as far as show business is concerned, include sexy costumes, lyrics and dancing. Seeing as Japan as long been known for allowing much younger women to be seen as sex symbols, some in Korea believe that the K-Pop groups are being coerced into changing their image for the Japanese public. One of the main cases in point is a member of KARA who is still underage according to Korean law. A source was stated as saying that if it is found that the girls were coerced to change, it could even become a matter of child abuse punishable by law.
Having standards in show business is all well and good, but why did these questions come up once the sexy ladies from Korea appeared in Japan. If you take a look at any videos from before the K-Pop boom in Japan, they are doing the exact same thing. Girls Generation still show off their long sexy legs and KARA does the exact same ass shaking tantalizing they are doing in Japan. So I guess the question is whether or not the Koreans are just trying to pin the bad influence of sex on Japan or if they are just embarrassed at the image the girls are creating over seas. A case of something that’s ok to do at home, but embarrassing to do the neighbor’s house. For the record, I have no problem with them doing it over at my house.
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