Japan indifference to 'Gangnam Style' riles S.Korea
(AFP) – Oct 22, 2012
SEOUL — While South Korean rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style" has taken the world by storm, it has largely fallen flat in Japan -- an anomaly viewed with grave suspicion by some in the singer's home country.
Korean K-pop music is huge in Japan, but for one reason or another Japanese music fans have remained relatively immune to the seductive powers of Psy and his horse-riding dance.
In South Korea there has been speculation that a bitter territorial dispute over contested islands may have caused Japanese fans to shun the song.
On Monday the Korean Wave Research Institute (KWRI) -- a non-profit body established in 2010 to "aggressively" promote Korean popular culture around the globe -- hit back.
Denouncing the "conspiracy theories" of YouTube chart manipulation, KWRI president Han Koo-Hyun said the "outrageous" Japanese argument was "tantamount to doubting a world record in an Olympics marathon".
Scepticism about the song's worldwide popularity on YouTube "should be viewed as a primary school kid's jealousy and envy", Han said in a press release.
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