Korean actress cancels visit to Japan amid tension over Dokdo
A Korean TV actress has canceled her plan to visit Japan, her entertainment agency said Monday, after a Japanese network suspended the broadcast of a television drama starring her amid heightened diplomatic tension over the Korean islets of Dokdo.
Ku Hye-sun planned to visit Japan on Monday and Tuesday to attend events to mark the release of a DVD set of "Absolute Darling," a Taiwanese TV drama in which she took a lead role.
"We canceled Ku's visit for various reasons," a source at Ku's management agency, YG Entertainment, said, without elaborating.
The cancellation came after Japanese Fuji TV's satellite channel, BS Fuji, suspended its plans to broadcast "Absolute Darling" late last month citing problems with programming. The channel had planned to start airing the show on Sept. 13.
However, industry watchers say the recent diplomatic tension over Japan's territorial claim to Dokdo probably influenced the decision to suspend the drama starring a Korean actress.
Ku is best known for her role as Geum Jan-di in the hit Korean TV show "Boys Over Flowers." (Yonhap)