Outrage at Korea “Stealing Japanese Rocket”


A South Korean English language report on the launch of a “domestically produced” Korean satellite on a Japanese rocket which used footage of the rocket from which “Nippon” and the Japanese flag had been conspicuously removed have outraged many Japanese.

The report, from “Korea Today,” uses CG footage of the Arirang-3 launch (aboard a Japanese rocket) from which the Japanese flag and “Nippon” are absent, whilst prominently displaying the Korean flag on the rocket instead.

The reporting also appears to be at some pains to avoid mention of the fact Japan conducted the launch, and is conspicuously vague as to what “home-grown technology” is actually used in the satellite (the previous two Arirang satellites were primarily made by France).

The English language report at issue (the comments field of which is presently swarming with outraged nationalists):

Footage of the actual launch:

JAXA stresses that the rocket used is of Japanese design and manufacture, but “has no particular comment” on the Korean portrayal of the launch.

The rocket used was an H2A, developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for JAXA and first launched in 2001, launched from Tanegashima in Okinawa. A Japanese satellite, “Shizuku,” was also on board.

South Korea’s earlier satellites were launched by the US and Russia, and whilst it has attempted to develop its own launch capability using adapted Russian rockets (the US regards their program as provocative and refused to help), they have so far all failed.

The satellite itself was a “multi-purpose” earth observation satellite, developed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute with the “technical support” of Astrium, part of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), and Europe’s main rocket and satellite manufacturer.

Given the reputation of Korea in these matters and their treatment of the Japanese rocket, there is some suspicion that the satellite was merely bought from Astrium and rebadged as Korean.

The rocket’s launch was widely reported in Japan, although these reports focussed on it being Japan’s first commercial entry into the international launch market, although with the proviso that its services cost 20%-30% more than competing offerings (although according to Korean reports, Japan was selected for being able to beat Russia on cost).

Amongst Japanese online there is the predictable outpouring of anti-Korean outrage, with particular umbrage at Korea portraying a Japanese rocket as being Korean to an international audience:


“What a shameless country!”

“Honestly, this is even more shameless than what the North gets up to in this area.”

“You can really tell they are both alike from incidents like this.”

“They always do this.”

“I just knew they’d do this.”

“Same tactic Samsung uses with Apple’s gear.”

“Space tech is hard to rip off, isn’t it?”

“I’m puzzled about why they left the Mistubishi logo on there though – what’s the point of removing the flag if you leave that on?”

“They can’t read the kanji for the company name under it, so it doesn’t matter!”

“I think it’s a bit strange to even have the Korean flag up first on the body…”

“JAXA is right to ignore this, you’ll just provoke hwabyung if you call them out on it.”

“A French satellite using German optics launched with a Japanese rocket – what part of this is Korean!”

“There are reports saying they asked JAXA for footage of the launch which minimised the visibility of the Japanese flag.”

“Erasing the logo and faking it with some CG, come on.”

“Faking history and now current events, eh Korea?”

“With reporting on these events being simultaneous and worldwide, it seems pointless to put out such obvious forgeries.”

“They are saying they made the entire satellite domestically as well – but in fact EADS (France) developed it, and Carl Zeiss (Germany) made the optics… They don’t say which part is Korea made.”

“The part where they lie about it being made in Korea.”

“Give them a break – a fake Korean beauty presenting fake CG about a satellite they didn’t really make is classic Korea.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 24/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    lol, look at all the white people pretending to be asians coming out of the woodwork...

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    Comment by Joshi Chugakusei
    00:43 24/05/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    17:19 26/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Only China has their own aerospace program, anything by Japan was created by NASA in the first place. So this was bought by korea, modded by japan, created by america.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 26/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    China has a knockoff of Russia.
    Japan has a knockoff of the U.S./Europe, with a little bit of their own genius.


    Comment by Anonymous

    lol korean = trash..

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 24/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    rejected by their fellow white people because all the stuff they like is asian. rejected by asian people because their skin is pasty white.

    they truly live miserable lives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 24/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    WannabeJap who's a Korean Maggot desparately trying to deflect his people's incompetence by pointing his finger at white people...


    Comment by Anonymous

    korean have no shame :P

    Comment by Anonymous

    LOL look at the powerless korean gook making anti-white comments & then voting them up. It must suck living in a country where everyone thinks you're a subhuman korean piece of trash.

    Comment by Anonymous


    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 24/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)


    Comment by Anonymous
    12:53 24/05/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    you don't use adblck plus?

    what a shame.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 24/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    by the way, it's funny how the correct spelling of that word is banned.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:55 26/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So many insecure asians on this site.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Check the site's yearly income. An awful lot of people are clicking those ads.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:52 24/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    you don't use adblock plus?

    what a shame.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 27/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hardly anyone azn gooks here uses adblock, judging from the assload of revenue Artefact brings in.

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    Comment by konakona
    12:02 23/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    2mins of the video:

    "What is a multi-purpose satellite?"
    "It's a satellite that can do many things."

    O'rly now? o_o

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:54 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    By sticking a bunch of different instruments in it and a programmable CPU. You know, kind of like thing you are using right now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:07 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They were asking for a specific detail, not diversionary lies. The guy was asking to be mocked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    why do all you english speakers even care about korea vs japan. can't you focus on something more interesting about either culture. get real.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:27 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    @13:54 This is the usual "sensationalist" stuff that gets Artefact the views...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quite obviously, you speak english as well.


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    Comment by tyler
    03:39 29/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    *You're an Asshole!

    Comment by Anonymous

    You're and asshole!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Get real!

    Its ironic you say that and actually believe non-korean/japanese people will only comment on only positive things. This is not chinese media you know.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:16 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Speak English.
    >Do not care about Korea or Japan.
    >Be on Sankaku.

    inb4 you can't greentext here.
    inb4 you can't inb4 here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:30 23/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    And what makes you think what you say is significant in anyway? Fuck off/

    Comment by Anonymous

    and here come all the amerifag internet soldiers. GET THE FUCK OFF! your opinion dont mean shit! take your pride and shove it up your ass ya bunch of KKK's

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 24/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    And your opinion does

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 24/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    AAAANNNND the delusional re-paste of asians who think their repeated bitching is witty or sharp only in their head award goes to...?

    Fuck off asian bitch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:47 25/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, americans...

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    Comment by Firetribe
    12:21 23/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Looks like the work of lazy CG modelers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:56 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats always possible. Everyone might just be reading a little too much into it.

    But being Korean and all, I wouldn't be surprised if they did it on purpose too. The China - Korea - Japan relationships aren't one sided of course, so you see stuff like this happen in every direction, but there are tons of people who would much rather die than admit that their rival countries have done anything remotely worth acknowledging.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    people working in the IT-branch are a bunch of misanthtropes - no matter their origin

    maybe they just wanted to troll everyone

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    Comment by Dia
    23:26 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But the mitsubishi logo. It's so weird to have it on the CGI.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 23/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    They should kill themselves and take this shit elsewhere. World doesn't need to constantly hear about 5-year old bitching by growth/mentally-challenged races whose only talent is sucking their elder's cock.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:47 25/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bullshit comment

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The relation between Astrium and KARI is that Astrium designs the thing in Toulouse and then KARI assembles and tests it in Daejeon. That's what happened with the previous one, which was launched on an Ariane, and although it's possible that the Koreans might have been able to assemble the parts that didn't change again by themselves, the crown jewel of the satellite, it's optical instrument, was designed again by Astrium.
    ‘Domestic’ in this context means that Korea provided the money and some of the manual labour.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:35 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    well, i don't get it. if you bought it, there shouldn't be any problems, right? or was the actual blueprint of the damn thing was stolen?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    All this hoopla about national flags.

    Geez - you guys totally forgot that the Koreans totally failed, to obscure the Maufacturer's Logo, specifically "Mitsubishi Heavy Industries" triple diamonds.

    Chill out already - there are no Korean Tech companies claiming credit. And its too late now to retract the video.

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    Comment by Minru
    12:01 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Both sides appear to be trying to inflate their national ego like baloons. IE: all hot air. Do they think we really care who launched a satalite?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:06 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They be full of shit.

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    Comment by Godot
    12:52 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its actually quite significant especially since its a successful launch. And at the same time US commercial rocket actually aborted all within a few days of each other.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:28 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually it was put on temporary hold until its successful launch of a CARGO CAPSULE into space carrying materials for the space station just a day ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:05 23/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)


    You are the one getting nippy about overusing the word 'abort' in a general sense to give a false picture of the situation which you have no professional background to back up. The way you are using it is not consistant with the reality of the situation - your tone makes it sound like an absolute diasater, whereas the successful launch completely invalidates the picture you would like to convey that it was somehow a big failure.

    The very fact that you brought up these two launches as a comparison ((which is like comparing a toddler standing up for the first time while an adult is working and testing his new found mountain gear for his 15th climb to K2) shows that you have no interest in listening to hard facts and falling in line with what is reality, only using select words and your own fantasies with imaginary perspectives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 23/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    'Aborting' is not a right term actually. 'Aborting' in general sense implies failure and/or scrapping the plan, as in there was a critical flaw in the overall plan which pulled it back to the drawing board. Like if there was a fundamental design flaw that resulted in a failure of a car design.

    This was a temporary hold by a very minor technical issue that was fixed in less than two-days. The launch was not flawless, but it was not such a huge let down as you would like to imagine since it would be anticipated some problems would occur in undertaking of that size by a private company. Kinda like if a hit theater act would not be a 'failure' if secondary leading actor happen to sprain his ankle and it had to be pushed back for a day.

    By the way, ferrying a cargo capsule is MUCH more complex operation than getting a shitty satellite into orbit, which dozens of countries aside from them have succeeded countless times before. With indigenous technologies btw.

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    Comment by Godot

    I know. Which is why i said aborted, its not a success or failure yet. But even you have to admit aborting a much hype launch is a major setback. Especially when it was done mere seconds into the launch. Even the one doing the countdown wasn't aware so it could have probably gone either that instant.

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    Comment by Godot
    14:58 23/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)


    Ok if you wanna get nippy. Aborted is the word use by the NASA commentator himself.

    "3, 2, 1, 0, and liftoff … we've had a cutoff," NASA launch commentator George Diller announced. "Liftoff did not occur. We have a launch abort."


    Comment by Anonymous
    14:50 23/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    LOL so one US rocket carrying far more complex design by a private funded company gets postponed due to a glitch for a day, and they fire a rocket ripped from foreign tech carrying a third-rate thirty-year too late satellite with STATE BACKING and all of a sudden they out pace EVERYBODY?

    I suppose they need to find any excuse and timely coincidences to make themselves feel better from their terminal inferiority complex.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:25 23/05/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    15:15 is talking to himself, lol

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    Comment by Godot
    15:04 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like an excuse, indeed. And you manage to ticked off several of the key extenuating circumstances. Bravo!

    Comment by Anonymous


    I think you need to power up your internet detective skillz a bit more..you are probably off by about half a globe XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 23/05/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    15:04 You talking about yourself?

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